Since 1965, Head of the Charles Regatta has wooed thousands of rowers to the banks of the Charles River. This re-known annual event – the largest 2-day regatta in the world – brings rowers from around the world to compete every October. The 3-mile race upstream on a river full of bends and bridges promises to keep family, friends and spectators cheering from start to finish. More than 400,000 spectators cheer for their favorite team.
The 1st competition in 1965 was established by members of the Cambridge Boat Club and Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. The goal: a “head of the river” race, similar to those held in England. For over 5o years, the event has grown; today, nearly 11,000 rowers in 2,000 boats from 750 universities, schools, and rowing clubs representing 28 nations compete in 56 different race events.
Car-pooling or public transportation is strongly suggested. The Eliot Bridge Enclosure and Weld Exhibition are great places to watch the day’s events unfold. A staff of 1,700 dedicated volunteers, bring the Regatta to life.
Visit: PO BOX 52, Cambridge, MA; 617-868-6200; hocr.org/the-regatta