2016 Regatta News

Women’s Champ Eights

Great Eight Scullers in a Class by Themselves

Womens Great 8

By Matthew MacCormack – Posted on October 23, 2016

Erin Driscoll has been rowing on the Charles River for more than a decade.

The Needham native has coxed teams for the Windsor School, Radcliffe College and the Cambridge Boat Club Great Eight, spending the better part of 11 years gliding across the surface of the Dirty River, barking signals to her rowers. READ MORE


Gevvie Looks Back and Ahead

Video Report by Eva Maldonado – Posted on October 25, 2016

Arguably the most popular athlete ever to compete in the Head of the Charles, Gevvie Stone’s unbridled joy and enthusiasm for her sport, and the river where she learned to row, has made her the smiling, radiant face of the Head of the Charles since her first win back in 2008. On the eve of her record-tying seventh singles championship and third triumph with her friends in the Great Eight, Stone sat down with reporter Eva Maldonado to talk about the journey to this point, and the road ahead. WATCH THE REPORT HERE.


Men’s Champ Eights

Washington Impressive as Collegians Humble Olympians

By Sophie Cannon – Posted on October 23, 2016

It was a day of college pride on the Charles River today, as the Men’s Championship eight race was ruled by student rowers. Leading the pack, The University of Washington stole the show, skyrocketing from their 6th place start to the winners circle. READ MORE


Leander Disappointed but Philosophical After Champ Eight Finish

By Isabelle Hahn – Posted on October 23, 2016

With five gold medalists and eight British Olympians in the boat, Head of the Charles fans were poised for great things the Leander crew in Sunday’s championship men’s eights. READ MORE


Women’s Champ Singles

Stone Wins Record-Tying 7th Title


By Brooks Sutherland — Posted on October 23, 2016

Rowing through a corridor of cheers from a loving hometown crowd, Newton native Gevvie Stone rowed herself into the Head Of The Charles record book with a dominant win in the women’s championship singles yesterday afternoon. READ MORE


Men’s Champ Singles

Kjetil Borch of Norway Win his 3rd Title



By Rich Petrilli – Posted on October 23, 2016

In a moment of calm after the heavy rains had ended and before blustery winds began to buffet the course, Kjetil Borch of Norway ran away from the field in the closing half-mile to win the men’s championship singles for the third time. READ MORE


Paralympian Great Eight Dominates Inaugural Mixed Eight

By Julia Guilardi – Posted on October 25, 2016

For eight Paralympian rowers from across the globe, the 2016 Head of the Charles Regatta was an event filled with firsts.

In the first-ever Director’s Challenge Mixed Eight on Sunday, the first-ever Para Great Eight earned top prize out of 33 boats with rowers of all levels of ability. READ MORE


Inclusion Now Included in HOCR

By Scotty Schenck — Posted on October 26, 2016

The crisp night air rolled in on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kate Barrett, 24, gave her all with three other rowers during the Head of the Charles.

Off the course, Barrett is held up by two crutches. She lost most of the use of her legs after a skiing accident in Spain while she was studying abroad three years ago. In front of her is Natalie McCarthy, 29, who lost her sight when she was 11 years old. They sit in between two able-bodied rowers, who at any other time tower over them. Rowing coach Paul Casey and Olympian Austin Hack were the two able-bodied rowers on the team. READ MORE


Aiming High, Training Harder: Juan Carlos Cabrera

By Felippe Rodrigues – Posted on October 23, 1016

After breaking-through with a Top 10 finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mexico’s Juan Carlos Cabrera wants more. At 24 years old, his career goals are ambitious: being among the best.

“The plan is to go to Tokyo, 2020,” said Cabrera. READ MORE


Men’s Champ Doubles

Penn AC Duo Stuns Champ Doubles’ Favorites

By Priyanka Ketkar — Posted on October 24, 2016

They are hardly without some strong rowing resumes. One finished second in the single scull in this year’s U.S. Olympic trials. The other represented the United States in the World Under-23 Championships two years ago. READ MORE


Old Habits Hard to Break

Retired Board Chairman Always Looking to Improve Regatta

By Maxim Tamarov – Posted on October 23, 2016

For the first time in more than 40 years, Ed Smith is just another spectator in a crowd of about 200,000 people at the Head of the Charles Regatta—sort of. READ MORE


Sunday Weather

Conditions Again Challenging but Manageable

By Charles Attager, Jr. – Posted on October 23, 2016

A front that moved more slowly than originally feared brought pleasant temperatures, a couple of tropical downpours, and some surprisingly flat water to the first day of racing at the Head Of The Charles Saturday. Not until the day’s final race did temperatures drop and the winds gust.

Sunday, however, will be different story. READ MORE


Fans Just Love These Guys

By Audrey Cooney – Posted on October 22, 2016

Gary and Paul O’Donovan have had an exciting few months. In May the Irish brothers, ages 23 and 22, won gold in lightweight double sculls in the 2016 European Rowing Championships. In August, they made headlines by winning the silver medal in the same event during the Rio Olympics… READ MORE


Singles World Champions Brennan and Twigg to Row HOCR Double

By Corlyn Voorhees – Posted on October 22, 2016

Years of competition have gone hand in hand with years of friendship for former world champion singles rowers Emma Twigg from New Zealand and Kim Brennan from Australia… READ MORE


Retirement? – Not So Fast

By Felippe Rodrigues – Posted on October 22, 2016

Bad news, scullers! Mahé Drysdale and Olaf Tufte may not be done just yet. Together they hold seven Olympic medals, but are still considering a run to Tokyo-2020. Rowing together this Saturday in the double, and then again as part of the Great Eight on Sunday, the long-time rivals and friends are also thinking about the future after Rio-2016 as they enter and near their 40s. READ MORE


And the Prize for the Trailer that Traveled the Farthest Goes To….

By Stephen Mansfield – Posted on October 22, 2016

The Head of the Charles Regatta attracts clubs and rowers from all over the world. Most of the competitors coming from a certain distance fly into Boston. This creates a problem unseen to many of the Regatta’s attendees. Boats cannot be shipped through the mail or carried on to a plane. Many crews rent boats and oars from the many equipment manufacturers on site. But for some, there’s nothing like rowing your own boat. READ MORE


Longtime Volunteer Honored by U.S. Rowing

By Elena Castriota – Posted on October 25, 2016
She will tell you she is just one of 1400 volunteers, working together to
make the Head of the Charles a seamless, smooth-running operation. Longtime Regatta officials and volunteers will tell you she is the reason those 1400 volunteers work so smoothly together. READ MORE


For 3-Time Olympic Champion Logan, A Change of Pace

By Janine Eduljee – Posted on October 22, 2016

Elle Logan has rowed—and won—all over the world. Three consecutive gold medals at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics, numerous worldand US rowing titles and an illustrious career under her belt. Yet she always comes back to her New England roots and the Head of the Charles Regatta, which she’s been a part of since she was a high school athlete in Maine. READ MORE


British Olympian Jack Beaumont Survives Accident to Row in Rio, Here

By Priyanka Ketkar — Posted on October 21, 2016

He has raced in the Olympic Games and one-on-one with a prime minister, and this weekend he will race in his first Head Of The Charles. But the Jack Beaumont rowing story everyone wants to hear is the one about the day he thought his career had come to an end in a terrifying accident. READ MORE


HOCR Fans to Get First Look at Silver Medalist Martin

By Rich Petrilli – Posted on October 21, 2016

After winning Olympic silver and missing out on gold by 5/1000ths of a second—or roughly half a bow ball—last summer in Rio, Croatian Damir Martin figures to be the guy to beat in Saturday’s championship singles race at the Head Of The Charles Regatta. READ MORE


A Forecast to Nobody’s Liking

by Katelyn Nardi — Posted on October 22, 2016

Athletes, spectators and staff alike were on edge all day Friday as the chance for poor weather during this weekend’s Regatta became increasingly likely. READ MORE


RegattaCentral Signs Five Year Contract with the Head Of The Charles Regatta

Cambridge, MA (April 28, 2016) Today,  The Head Of The Charles® Regatta (HOCR) and Regatta Central, leading provider of online solutions for the rowing community,  announced the signing of a five year contract designating RegattaCentral as the Official Registrar for the HOCR… READ MORE

Woodway USA joins the Head Of The Charles® Regatta as Patron Sponsor 

April 4, 2016 – Today, the Head Of The Charles® Regatta (HOCR), announced WOODWAY USA, the manufacturer of WOODWAY treadmills and exclusive US distributor of Wattbike, will be a patron sponsor for the 52nd Regatta… READ MORE

The Head Of The Charles® Regatta Names Kathy Kirk as New Chairman

Kirk succeeds longtime chairman Edward Smith, who will continue to serve in an ex-officio role with the Head Of The Charles Regatta

Cambridge, MA (March 16, 2016)The Head Of The Charles® Regatta (HOCR), the world’s largest two-day rowing competition, announced today that its board of directors has elected Kathy Kirk as Chairman of the Regatta, beginning in 2016. Kirk succeeds Edward Smith, who has led the board since 1997 and been a central figure in the running of the Regatta for the majority of its 51 years of operation.

Smith will continue to support the board and the Head Of The Charles Regatta in an ex-officio role. He was honored for his decades of work with a trophy in his name at the Regatta’s 50th anniversary in 2015…READ MORE

The Head Of The Charles® Regatta Introduces New Events for 2016

New Youth and Directors’ Challenge events to be added to the 52nd HOCR

Cambridge, MA (March 16, 2016) The Head Of The Charles® Regatta (HOCR), the world’s largest two-day rowing competition, is pleased to announce the addition of two new events and the expansion of Para Rowing events at the Fifty Second Race.  The 2016 Regatta will debut a new youth event, the quad with coxswain, and introduce the mixed eight to replace the mixed quad as a Directors’ Challenge event…READ MORE


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