2013 Regatta News

Women’s Champ Eights

By Miharu Sugie | Published on October 20, 2013

As the women’s Great Eight, rowing under the colors of the Cambridge Boat Club, chased the U. S. Rowing boat through the Eliot Bridge, the crowd clapped and rang cowbells louder and louder. Perhaps they sensed that something very dramatic…

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Men’s Champ Eights

By Andrew MacDougall | Published on October 20, 2013

It has been quite the autumn for crews from the Netherlands.

Following a positive showing at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju, South Korea, the Danish national team elected to go its separate ways for nearly a month….

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A Lotta Buzz About One Boat That’s Not Even Here

By Jessica Mendoza | Published on October 19, 2013

Author Daniel James Brown knew he had a story the day he first heard the remarkable tale of nine boys from the University of Washington who rowed against all odds to win the gold in the 1936 Olympics. The Boys in the Boat describes one crew’s unlikely journey as a team: the years they spent as underdogs in the eyes of America’s elite rowing clubs, their victories in the country’s most prestigious races, and their ultimate triumph in the face of Adolf Hitler’s……

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Youth Rowing: Bigger and Better Every Year

By Emily McCarthy | Published on October 20, 2013

Youth crews from Long Beach to London and almost everywhere in between hit the water of the Charles River on Sunday and raced in one of rowing’s most magnificent displays. But for every high school crew that gets the chance to compete in the Head of the Charles…

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Reliving a Piece of Notre Dame History

By Anne M. Steele | Published on October 19, 2013

The eight women bring their oars from the uncharacteristically warm mid-October afternoon sun into the boathouse where the breeze from the water swirls the twang of wood and sweat with smell of old brick. Their coxswain chats….

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Women’s Champ Singles

Kate Bertko Prevails as Top Three Finishers Shatter Old Record

by Maggie Quick | Published October 20, 2013

Clashing oars did not stop Kate Bertko of the California Rowing Club from setting a new course record and beating Boston favorite and four-time champion Gevvie Stone in the championship women’s singles race Saturday afternoon….

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Men’s Champ Singles

Kjetil Borch Repeats in Course-Record Time

By Nigil Lee | Published on October 20, 2013

International scullers dominated the men’s championship singles at the Head Of The Charles, sweeping the top four places. For the second year in a row it was Norweigian world champion Kjetil Borch leading the way, winning the race in course record time of 17:12.31. On a speedy river in perfect conditions, Borch beat countryman and double…

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Speaking Coxswain

Audio Report by Zolan Kanno-Youngs | Published on October 21, 2013

On a course as curvy as the Charles River, no seat in the boat is more important than the coxswain’s. Reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs spent time on Regatta weekend listening to the language of coxswains.

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A Pair of Kiwis Win the Hearts of Boston

By Adam Anticaglia | Published on October 20, 2013

As New Zealand rowers Emma Twigg and Mahé Drysdale glided across the Charles River on Saturday afternoon, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that the Kiwis were native Bostonians.

Both competitors received some of the loudest cheers all day from the crowds…

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Reliving a Piece of Notre Dame History

By Anne M. Steele | Published on October 19, 2013

The eight women bring their oars from the uncharacteristically warm mid-October afternoon sun into the boathouse where the breeze from the water swirls the twang of wood and sweat with smell of old brick. Their coxswain chats….

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Orange Buoys and Green

By Connor McGann | Published on October 18, 2013

Think of the Head of the Charles and you think of the course. Three miles long, it weaves between Boston and Cambridge, presenting rowers with narrow turns, traffic reminiscent of a pre-Big Dig commute and an imposing series of bridges, and it’s Chris…

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Friday Night Gala Celebrates Olympians, NRF and Upcoming Weekend

Video Report by Karolina Chorvath and Andy Robinson | Published on October 19, 2013

On Friday evening, the Head Of The Charles welcomed Olympians from around the globe to the Director’s Tent adjacent to the Cambridge Boat Club for a celebration of the sport of rowing. The evening was also a fundraiser for the National Rowing Foundation, which support U.S. national team members in international competition. Reporters Karolina Chorvath and Andy Robinson filed this report.

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Can’t Wait to Get Started

By Nigil Lee |  Published: October 18, 2013

An hour before sunrise the first boat trailers began lining up on Soliders Field Road. The racing on the water doesn’t begin until Saturday, but the race to parking lot began early in the week for some long-haul drivers. The first team arrived by 6 a.m. Friday…

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Harvard Without Harry

By Zachary T. Sampson | Published: October 15, 2013

HOCR The Harvard rowers step from the cool October dawn into an upstairs room filled with warm wood and the smell of stale sweat. They stretch and warm up on rowing machines while their coach bounces around the boathouse, checking shells and greeting his team. It is, in most ways, the start of a typical practice…

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Mahe Drysdale and the HOCR

By Anthony Gulizia | Published: October 18, 2013

When one of the top rowers in the world wins an Olympic Gold Medal, they are undoubtedly entitled to an extensive break from the grueling training regimen that consumes his or her agenda….

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Close to Home: HOCR Extra Special to Cambridge High Schoolers

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs | Published on October 20, 2013

For one weekend every October, the rowing world comes to the Charles River. It is special to all of them. But one high school crew feels a special kinship to the river, not because of the big Regatta, but because for them it is simply home….

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Men’s Champ Eights Preview

Field Again Chasing UW Huskies

By Andrew MacDougall | Published: October 18, 2013

Some of best men’s eights in the world will line up at Boston University Sunday afternoon, and once again, they will be looking to best the Huskies of the University of Washington.

UW returns to the banks of the Charles as reigning champions, following a controversial…..

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HOCR Para Events Take on International Flavor

By Adam Anticaglia  | Published: October 15, 2013

For two crews in the para races at this year’s Head Of The Charles, their first strokes on the river will carry added significance. For Canadian Cameron Sinclair and Buffalo native Betsy Mitchell, their first strokes in Boston will be the very first they’ve ever taken together…

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Great Eight Ready to Roar

By Bri Hollis  | Published: October 15, 2013

This year’s women’s Great Eight started to come together at last year’s Head Of The Charles. Jack Carlson, a former Georgetown coxswain now studying at Oxford, coxed a combined crew of Great Britain and New Zealand Olympians in the women’s Champ Eights a year ago, rowing under the London Rowing Club banner and finishing fourth.

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