Regatta Articles

Women’s Champ Eights

Scullers Once Again Dominate Sweepers

By Emily McCarthy Published on October 19, 2014

On Saturday, they were eight scullers from eight different countries who journeyed to the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta to compete in championship singles and doubles events.

But Sunday, they were the women’s Great Eight, and stood as one as they were presented with the Governor’s Trophy after dominating the championship eights race…



Men’s Champ Eights

Heavyweight Great 8 Has Too Much Firepower

By Bri Hollis Published on October 19, 2014

They say practice makes perfect, but there are times when even the most practiced and cohesive of teams fall short when faced against an uncanny display of raw talent.

Such was the case with the Men’s Championship Eights victory this year, as the Great Eight out of Craftsbury Rowing Center successfully combined a group of distinguished international scullers that tailored its technique to sweep its way to victory.



The Guy Who Started It All

By Bailey Putnam Published on October 19, 2014

“D’Arcy’s putting on the hometown push. Boy, does he know this course.” A voice boomed over the loudspeaker as D’Arcy MacMahon glided under the Eliot Bridge onto the final stretch of the Head Of The Charles Regatta.

Know the course he does, and for good reason: he’s the one who laid it out back in ’65,…



The Most Be-Medaled, the Most Loyal of HOCR Rowers

By Andrew MacDougall Published on October 21, 2014

A 50-year love affair between Jim Dietz and the Head of the Charles Regatta began with the most inconvenient of circumstances.

In 1965, as a 15-year-old sculler for the New York Athletic Club, Dietz and a handful of teammates packed into a ’56 Chevy on Columbus Day weekend and shipped up to Boston. A head race had been born on the banks of the Charles River, and the NYAC….



Men’s Champ Singles: Andrew Campbell Stuns Field, Self, with Course Record Time 

By Maggie Quick Published on October 19, 2014

The Head Of The Charles has a hometown hero in Andrew Campbell, the winner of the men’s championship singles. Even though this was his first time racing in the event at the Regatta, the Cambridge Boat Club sculler managed to break the course record of 17:12.313 set by Norwegian Kjetil Borch last year by almost a full second.



Women’s Champ Singles: Gevvie Stone Returns to Winner’s Circle

By Miharu Sugie  Published on October 19, 2014

The stakes were high for Boston’s four-time champion Gevvie Stone yesterday afternoon.

Last year, Stone lost the women’s championship singles to California Rowing Club’s Kate Bertko by only two seconds.



Museum Quality Exhibit Tells Story of First 50 Years

Video Report By Julia Guilardi Published on October 19, 2014

One of the weekend’s most popular attractions has been the museum exhibit chronicling the history of the Regatta’s first 50 years, located at the finish line area next to the popular Brooks Brothers, New Balance and Swiss Army tents. Reporter Julia Guilardi spoke with curator Carlos Ridruejo, and files THIS REPORT.


The Volunteers Nobody Wants To Meet

By Erica Moser Published on October 20, 2014

Eight years ago, a Chinese team rowing in the Head Of The Charles Regatta hit another boat, kept rowing and ended up sinking.

“The boat had hit the rear of another eight, and it didn’t appear to be anything major or serious, but it must’ve cracked the bow,” said Skip Farkas, co-chair of Regatta’s emergency services committee, and volunteer representative from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.

When the boat approached Eliot Bridge, it began taking on water. The team found a coxswain who spoke Chinese, but apparently there was a bit of a language barrier, Farkas said: when she asked if everybody could swim, they all started jumping out of the boat.



New Video Celebrates 50 Years

Video Report by Natasha Chang Published on October 19, 2014

A new one-hour documentary chronicling the history and unique character of the Head Of The Charles had its premiere at Saturday’s 50th Regatta Gala.


Watch the video’s trailer HERE.


Croatia’s Sinkovic Brothers

By  Scotty Schenck Published on October 19, 2014

Fluid, dynamic, and agile: If you have seen Martin and Valent Sinkovic, you would know that these words describe their rowing technique. The Croatian duo not only won the 2014 World Rowing Championship for men’s double sculls in Amsterdam, but also set a world best for doubles, 5:59.72. The time sent a buzz through the rowing world, and made their appearance in Saturday’s championships doubles one of the most anticipated races on the 2014 Head Of The Charles calendar.



Together Again After 50 Years

Maggie Quick Published on October 18, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 16, 1965, four young friends from Philadelphia’s Penn AC Rowing Association raced in the senior four at the first Head Of The Charles Regatta when their coach could not pull together an eight. None of them knew what to expect in a head race. And when the race was over, none of them thought they had beaten Harvard University, but they had. The Penn AC four won the first HOCR elite four as high school and college students. It was their first time racing as a four.



Two Stories of Survival:

Finish Line Marks Triumph Over Breast Cancer

By Kiran Jivnani  Published on October 19, 2014

When Ami Mehr, a young mom from Upton, learned she had breast cancer in May, she resolved that cancer would not dictate the terms of her life. When she was diagnosed, she set one goal that would get her through her hardship—rowing in the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta. On Saturday, cancer free, she realized that goal…

When a Stroke Leaves You With One Good Arm, You Can Still Row in Circles

By Matthew MacCormack  Published on October 19, 2014

Steve Maloney stands on the banks of the Charles River, eyes fixed on the stream of rowers that cruise across the murky waters. There is a passion and excitement in his voice as he watches boat after boat power through the final stretch of the course. Maloney explains how special the Head of the Charles is…



Alte Achter Competes for the Final Time?

By Bailey Knecht Published on October 19, 2014

Pre-race jitters are a thing of the past for the seasoned Alte Achter Boat Club. The team competed in its 43rd Head Of The Charles Regatta on Saturday in the Senior Master Men’s Eights 50+ race. Nerves did not appear to be a concern as they readied to launch from Harvard’s Newell Boathouse on Saturday morning, as the members of Alte Achter meandered around the Newell dock with their families before the race, telling stories and laughing.



Rowing World Gathers to Fete HOCR

Video Report by Audrey Adam and Emily Huizenga Published on October 21, 2014

The Buckingham Browne and Nichols school gymnasium welcomed rowing pedigree from every corner of the globe on Saturday night, gathered the celebrate the 50th Head of the Charles with a lavish gala. Reporters Audrey Adam and Emily Huizenga went to the gala and filed this story.



The Mysterious Mr. Attager

By Erica Moser Published on October 18, 2014

When it was discovered that rowers were not eligible to be in the race in which they competed, Charles Attager disqualified them. When rowers grumbled that their late entries were not accepted, Charles Attager was the scapegoat. When D’Arcy MacMahon’s phone started ringing later and later into the night, Charles Attager took on more work.



Shoveling Their Way to the HOCR

By Bri Hollis | Published on October 18, 2014

Spending pre-dawn mornings shoveling snow around campus in the wintertime, Grand Valley State University rowing team members keep warm with thoughts of the Head of the Charles.

The school’s club program, out of Allendale, Mich., performs various campus-labor tasks in order to fund its way to events like the Head of the Charles and spring training in Florida.



Rowing’s Fashion Statement

By Madeleine Whittier Published on October 18, 2014

Jack Carlson’s new book, Rowing Blazers, makes the stylish suggestion that if clothes make the man, then blazers make the rower. The book, prompted by Carlson’s personal interactions with rowers and blazers from all over the world, has put a spotlight on a sport who’s long history is rich and, literally, colorful. “Talking to other rowers and hearing anecdotes and traditions related to the blazers is what made me want to write this book,” said Carlson, who recently finished his doctorate…



A 1965 Champion Rows His Second HOCR

By Eva Maldonado Published on October 19, 2014

Larry Fogelberg’s first experience with the inaugural Regatta in 1965 couldn’t have been more different than the extravaganza it is today.

“It wasn’t a big deal,” he says, a modest statement considering he was the champion in that race.



HOCR Announcers

Enhancing the Experience for Fans and Rowers

Video Report by Emily Huizenga and Audrey Adam Published on October 19, 2014

Some fans pick their viewing spot so they will be within earshot of a P.A. speaker. Some racers hear their names over the loudspeaker and get a sudden burst of energy knowing the fans on the shore are hearing their name. The race announcers for the Head Of The Charles Regatta bring another dimension to the Head Of The Charles experience. Reporters Emily Huizenga spoke with Ellen Minzner, chair of the Regatta announcing committee, and filed this report.



The BB1: One Unique Rowing Shell

By Madeleine Whittier Published on October 19, 2014

Brooks Brothers, the iconic American brand, and Fluidesign, a renowned boat maker from London, Ontario, have teamed up to create an impressive addition to HOCR history. The pair’s tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Head Of The Charles Regatta is a very unique lightweight single shell. Christened the ‘BB1’, the shell is a sight to be seen, and will be on display outside the Brooks Brothers tent for the duration of the regatta.



Remembering the Beginnings, with Some Who Were There

By Charles Fountain Published on October 28, 2014

On Labor Day weekend in 1965, a scant five weeks before the inaugural Head Of The Charles Regatta, the river smelled like an unflushed toilet. Motorists on Storrow and Memorial drives rolled up their windows against the stink.

This was not an uncommon condition on the Charles River, of course. These were the love-that-dirty-water days, remember—that hit record by the Standells was coming by the end of the year— when the river occasionally smelled like an unflushed toilet because that is exactly what it was. Boston, Brookline and Cambridge all pumped raw sewage into the Charles. Rainwater usually washed…



Women’s Great 8

By Emily McCarthy | Published on October 17, 2014

Few boats will better epitomize the spirit of the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta than this year’s edition of the women’s Great Eight. This championship eight boat that brings together eight rowers and a coxswain from eight different countries, each boasting a rowing résumé brimming with accomplishments at the highest levels of the sport, embodies everything the Regatta stands for.



Men’s Great 8

By Matthew MacCormack | Published on October 17, 2014

The Head Of The Charles men’s Championship Eights is always one of the Regatta’s featured races, even more so in the years when some of the world’s best scullers jump into a sweep boat and continue the tradition of the “Great Eight.”



The Head Of The Charles Regatta Plans Historic Programming
to Celebrate the 50th HOCR Regatta

The Head Of The Charles Regatta celebrates its’ 50th Race with commemorative programming, including the HOCR 50th Gala–to be held on 10/18/14, more information here–and the HOCR 50th Exhibit–located near the Finish Line Expo. The Regatta will welcome athletes and spectators from around the globe, including 50th Gala speakers Matthew Pinsent and Yaz Farooq, as well as remarks from Regatta founder D’Arcy MacMahon and current organizers.

One of the world’s preeminent rowing competitions, the 2014 Head Of The Charles Regatta features a variety of races for U.S. and international rowers of all ages and abilities. The 50th Regatta, scheduled this year for October 18 and 19, is expected to attract 11,000 competitors and thousands of spectators.

The Head Of The Charles Regatta is free and open to the public. In addition to exhilarating rowing action on the challenging three-mile course – beginning at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse and finishing at Artesani Park in Brighton – the Regatta offers a number of family-friendly activities for all ages, including a rowing and fitness expo; food vendors serving delicacies from all over the world; and Reunion Village – the half-way point between the race offering clubs, schools, alumni groups, parents, boosters and more the opportunity to catch up with friends in a fun and relaxed environment



The Head Of The Charles Regatta Donates $30,000
to Support the 2014 US National Rowing Teams

The National Rowing Foundation is pleased to announce that the Head Of The  Charles Regatta has agreed to donate $30,000 to support the United States  National Team in its quest for gold at the 2014 World Rowing  Championships,  2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and 2014 World Rowing Junior  Championships. These funds will be used to support each of the elite programs at  the senior and Para-Rowing, under 23 and junior levels.

The National Rowing Foundation is a 501c3 corporation dedicated to raising funds to support the U.S. National Rowing Teams including the Senior/Olympic, Under 23, Junior and Para-Rower teams. Founded in 1966, the NRF has been supporting Olympic athletes for more than four decades. The funds raised support year round training, development, competition and preservation of rowing history through the Hall of Fame and Rowing Museum. More information can be found online here.