Sunday Weather

Saturday's challenge was rain; Sunday's will be wind.

Saturday’s challenge was rain; Sunday’s will be wind. (Photo by Priyanka Ketkar)

Conditions Will Again Be 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.

With sustained pre-dawn winds already at 20 mph, race co-directors Brack Baker and Bob Mennino took to a launch at 5:30 a.m. for a first-person look at conditions on the course. After two hours on the river, and talks with Regatta executive director Fred Schoch and the river control and emergency services committees, the Regatta brain trust determined that while conditions will be uncomfortable, the river will not be unrowable. Races will cover the full course. There will, however, be some adjustments to the staging area before the start.

“We are not going to take rowers all the way down to MIT for the start, where the water is rougher and where it could be dangerous for singles,” said race director Bob Mennino. Instead boats will be lined up above the BU Bridge, and turned just before the start. The warm-up area in the basin will also be limited.

The early morning word from MIT and HOCR meteorologist Costa Christopoulos was that conditions were not likely to grow any worse than the blustery conditions that arose during Saturday’s final race. The day-long forecast called for sustained winds of 20-23 mph and temps in the forties and low fifties.

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