2015 Regatta News

Women’s Champ Eights

Golden Bears Shine 

By Matt MacCormack – Posted on October 18, 2015 

It had been 13 years since the California-Berkley women’s crew team made the 3,000-mile trek to Cambridge for the Head Of The Charles regatta.

But all that time away from the Dirty River didn’t stop the Golden Bears from roaring past the competition Sunday afternoon.

The Bears, who ended last season as the second ranked team in the nation, continued their dominance with a victory…. READ MORE


Men’s Champ Eights

Yale Wins First Ever Title

By Emily McCarthy – Posted on October 18, 2015

Six times Yale senior Christopher Carothers has brought a rowing shell through the tricky turns of the Head Of The Charles course, twice for New Trier High School in Illinois, and four times for the Bulldogs. He had never before won, but on Sunday his steering, and his boatmates’ rowing, brought Yale into the championships eights winners circle for the first time in the 51-year history of the Regatta…. READ MORE


A Rowing Life in Perspective

British Olympian Sarah Winckless Faces Rare Disease 


Video Report by Eva Maldonado

A bronze medalist in the Athens Olympic Games and twice a world champion, Sarah Winckless has finally added a Head Of The Charles medal to her trophy case. Rowing for the first time in the Head, the 42-year-old Winckless and her Moseley teammates won the women’s masters eights on Saturday afternoon. Winckless’s rowing resume is all the more extraordinary in that it has been fashioned knowing that she carries the gene for Huntington’s disease, a rare inherited affliction that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

Reporter Eva Maldonado spoke to Winckless after her race, about her rowing, the Head Of The Charles, and her work raising awareness of  Huntington’s. To watch the report, click on the image below or CLICK HERE


Women’s Championship Singles

Gevvie Stone Earns Sixth Title

By Bailey Knecht – Posted on October 18, 2015

Gevvie Stone rowed through a corridor of cheers and roaring applause over the entire three-miles length of the course on Saturday afternoon, winning the women’s Championship Singles race for the sixth time in her Head Of The Charles career.

“The noise today and the support…. READ MORE


Men’s Championship Singles

Drysdale Prevails Over Graves and Campbell

By Scotty Schenck – Posted on October 18, 2015

The riverside thundered as competitors in the championship men’s singles race passed the Eliot Bridge on Saturday afternoon, but one’s man’s voice stood out…. READ MORE


All In The Family

Parent-Child Race a Special Moment for Participants

By Alia Azmi – Posted on October 18, 2015

Eighty-six-year-old sculler Earl Johnson had always wanted to fly out to Boston to see the Head Of The Charles. He fulfilled his wish this year with an even better experience—rowing with his son…. READ MORE


He’s Got Good Reason to Love this Sport


By Zack Astran – Posted on October 18, 2015

Samuel Dempsey, a 24-year-old from Andover, Massachusetts, is back at the Head of the Charles for the third time.  And while it’s a bit different this time—he is now the assistant coach of the High Point University men’s team, after spending three years rowing for the North Carolina school—he feels that special feeling about being a part of the Head Of The Charles. Maybe even more than most.

While there isn’t a single person on the banks or on the water of the Charles River that doesn’t love the sport of rowing, none love the sport for quite the same reason Dempsey does…. READ MORE


No Speeding Tickets Here

Mass State Troopers Take to the Water


By Janine Eduljee – Posted on October 17, 2015

It’s a common sight at the Head Of The Charles Regatta, state troopers standing vigilant up and down the riverbank. Yet this year four of them were out of uniform during the club fours competition, because rather than providing security they were actually rowing themselves.

Four state troopers, Pat Mahady of Holden Barracks, Matthew Davis of State Police Academy, Patrick Moynihan of the Crime Scene Unit and Sean Maloney of the Underwater Rescue Unit… READ MORE


Winning Never Gets Old

By Aneri Pattani – Posted on October 17, 2015

While many senior scullers are content to simply get out on the water and enjoy an early morning workout, 71-year-old Chuck Cook is always determined to stomp the competition.

Cook, who successfully defended his title in Men’s Senior Veteran Singles race at the Head Of The Charles Regatta, relished his victory Saturday morning, rowing the windy course in 21:29.

He is not alone…. READ MORE


It’s Not All About the Money

By Bri Hollis – Posted on October 18, 2015

The National Rowing Foundation (NRF) has a concrete goal: to raise money to support the country’s national teams for international competition….

But inside the NRF tent today, no one was talking about money…. READ MORE


The Medal

A Rowing Icon Since 1965

By Vanessa Nason – Posted on October 18, 2015

For one weekend every October, world-class athletes from across the globe take on the Head Of The Charles Regatta–one of the most time-honored traditions in all of rowing, with one of the most desirable rewards.

Extremely difficult to obtain and iconic in design, the Head Of The Charles medal’s look and prestige remain unchanged since its inception 51 years ago…. READ MORE


Official Volunteer Jacket is HOCR’s Most Coveted Souvenir

By Matthew MacCormack – Posted on October 16, 2015

Bonnie Fuller-Kaska beamed as she walked out of the volunteer check-in tent Friday afternoon. In her hands was a brand new prize; the reward for coming to work as one of the nearly 2,000 volunteers that line the Charles on regatta weekend, doing everything from lugging sculls to… READ MORE


Everyone’s Thoughts on Rio

By Zack Astran – Posted on October 18, 2015

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are still over nine months out, but, as always in an Olympic year Head Of The Charles, the Games are never far from everyone’s thoughts.

Olympic training cycles generally mean a smaller international field in the October before the Games, and 2015 is no exception. For some, however, the peculiar demands of the Head Of The Charles fit perfectly into their long-term training for Rio…. READ MORE


Sunday Images

Photos by Tyler Blint-Welsh

To view slideshow, click on the image or CLICK HERE

Friday Images

Photos by Tyler Blint-Welsh

On a picture-perfect October day, photo-journalist Tyler Blint-Welsh captured the following scenes from Friday’s activity on the Charles. To view the slide show, click on the image, or CLICK HERE


Regatta’s Busiest Day

Video Report by Julia Guilardi

Half of the 10,000 rowers in the Head Of The Charles compete on Saturday, half on Sunday. but they all want to practice on Friday, which makes the day before the Regatta the busiest day for volunteers. Julia Guilardi filed this report. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.


Long Time HOCR Record-Holder Tells Story of Her Life in Rowing

By Emily McCarthy – Posted on October 16, 2015

Ginny Gilder returned to the water in 2007 after a hiatus from the sport of rowing, and in late 2008 considered making another run at a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

The 1984 Olympic silver medalist, former Yale rower, and longtime Head Of The Charles record-holder in the women’s championship singles had just turned 50, but thought returning to the Olympics was not an outlandish goal. She hired a sports psychologist with the intention of working through a fear of…. READ MORE




Elegant New Book Celebrates Regatta’s First Half Century

By Scotty Schenck – Posted on October 16, 2015

Even though there have been cold days in the first 50 years of the Head Of The Charles Regatta—that snowstorm in 2009 comes to mind—a peculiar warmth has run right along the riverbanks for most of those 50 years. Bill Becklean, 1956 Olympic gold medalist, will tell you it’s the camaraderie and….. READ MORE

Volunteer for HOCR

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Make this year’s Head Of The Charles® a success. There are many opportunities to get involved over race weekend and before.