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Photographs by Riley Robinson — Posted on October 22, 2019

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Champ Eights: USRowing Men and Women Both Go 1-2

By Ben Farber – Posted on October 20, 2019

USRowing coaches Mike Teti and Tom Terhaar each sought to balance the two boats they were bringing to the men’s and women’s Championship Eights at this year’s Head of the Charles. They would seem to have done their job very well. READ MORE


Racing HOCR Twice in Two Hours

By Calli Remillard – Posted on October 21, 2019

When the USRowing A boat pulled into the dock, Alexander Richards had less than an hour to get out of the boat, run a half-mile down to the Cambridge Boat Club, get in another boat with his father, and row the two-and-a-half miles down to B.U. and the start of the Parent-Child Doubles… READ MORE


Convention & Visitors Bureau Study Shows Regatta Brings Economic Windfall

By Ysabelle Kempe – Posted on October 22, 2019

The 2019 Head of the Charles is expected to draw about $88 million dollars worth of spending, according to a Convention and Visitors Bureau study… READ MORE


New Race Trophies Named for Long-Time Volunteers

By Abigail Hembree – Posted on October 20, 2019

Collectively they represent nearly 150 years of service to the Head of the Charles, and Sunday at 1 p.m., the Regatta will honor Steve Carr, Tom Tiffany and Jack Bakey by naming…. READ MORE


A Pioneering Journalist Crosses Big One off Bucket List

By Samantha Barry – Posted on October 20, 2019

Melissa Ludtke missed out on a chance to row in the first women’s eights race in 1972. (Photo by Samantha Barry) 

Forty-seven years ago, Melissa Ludtke, missed her opportunity to race in the Head of the Charles. Half a century later she is finally getting her chance. READ MORE


The Granddaughter in the Boat: Rowing Legacy Lives in the Family of Central Figure in The Boys in the Boat

By Elizabeth Lonergan – Posted on October 20, 2019

Eighty-three years and nearly 4,000 miles separate the 1936 Olympics and today’s Head of the Charles Regatta, but they do share one thing…. READ MORE


The Volunteers HOCR Could Not Do Without

By Ysabelle Kempe – Posted on October 20, 2019

No committee at the Head of the Charles does more essential work than the timing committee. Not even close…. READ MORE


Getting You Safely to the Start is Their Job

By Avery Bleichfeld – Posted on October 20, 2019

On a gravelly patch along the sunny shoreline, Christina Williams calls through a megaphone at the scullers rowing by. Their whoops and cheers echo and fly… READ MORE


Gevvie Wins Sixth in Row, Total Now 10

By Jenna Ciccotelli – Posted on October 20, 2019

For the record-tying sixth consecutive time, Gevvie Stone claimed the women’s championship singles title Saturday. The win broke yet another record for Stone… READ MORE


John Graves Edges Nielsen by Less Than a Second

By Katherine Isbell – Posted on October 20, 2019

After coming ever so close for ever so long, John Graves finally took home the gold in the men’s championship singles race on Saturday…. READ MORE


Greg Benning Wins 8th Straight Grand Masters 1x

By Riley Robinson — Posted on October 19, 2019

Since Greg Benning turned 50, in 2012, the results of the 50-plus men’s singles at the Head of the Charles regatta have been pretty much a forgone conclusion. READ MORE


High-Tech Erging

By Avery Bleichfeld – Posted on October 21, 2019

In addition to being an unmatched celebration of rowing, the Head of the Charles is also America’s biggest rowing marketplace, and maybe the only place in America where a customer shopping for an erg, where the field is growing and the technology is changing faster than on an iPhone…. READ MORE


Dane Sverri Nielsen Brings International Flavor to Men’s 1x

By Jenna Ciccotelli – Posted on October 18, 2019

Sverri Nielsen has always had the physical strength needed to succeed in rowing. It comes from the 26-year-old’s upbringing on the Faroe Islands…READ MORE


West End Boys and Girls Club Hosts Rowing Clinic

By Samantha Barry – Posted on October 19, 2019

Photos by Samantha Barry

With backpacks squished up against the wall, full of energy after just getting out of school they sat, 30 ten-year-olds jittery with anticipation as they waited for the Dutch National Team…. READ MORE


Preview Stories from Row2K

Women’s 1x Previews

Emma Twigg a Happy Woman

Kara Kohler on Top of Her Game 

Doubles Partners Now Singles Rivals

Men’s 2x Preview

Could This be Kevin Meador’s Year?

Champ 8s Previews

Fun-First Weekend for USRowing Women

USRowing Men Unaccustomed to Being Defending Champs

HOCR Goes Green

A large-scale sustainability initiative will have the Head of the Charles hauling away far less trash this year. Read more HERE.


  • 2018


    Mahe Drysdale and his Two Biggest Fans

    L to R, Boston, Mahe and Bronte Drysdale (Photos by Samantha Barry)

    By Samantha Barry – Posted on October 21, 2018

    After hearing cheers from the crowd all the way up the race course during Saturday’s Men’s Championship Singles race, Mahé Drysdale docked at the Cambridge Boat Club and was greeted with cheers and smiles from his two biggest fans…. READ MORE


    Women’s Champ Singles

    Gevvie’s Record Now Stands at Nine

    By Jenna Ciccotelli — Posted on October 21, 2018

    Amid cheers from the docks of the Weld Boathouse, where Radcliffe rowers have grown accustomed to cheering the Princeton grad who trains out of their boathouse, Gevvie Stone roared past…. READ MORE


    Father, Daughter, Rower, Coach Get Along Fine

    By Jenna Ciccotelli – Posted on October 19, 2018

    The evening before every race, athlete and coach go out for ice cream. READ MORE

    Men’s Champ Singles

    Washington Senior Ben Davison in Unexpected Win

    Starting 26th, Ben Davison had to pass a lot of boats on the way to his win. (Photos by Riley Robinson)

    By Samantha Barry – Posted on October 21, 2018

    For a brief window of time during the Men’s Championship Singles on Saturday it seemed that course record holder and 2014 champion Andrew Campbell had bested the field of domestic and international elites and taken home first. But then University of Washington senior Ben Davison…. READ MORE


    Kiwi Sculler Robbie Manson’s Social-Activist Resume May Eclipse his Rowing Honors

    By Samantha Barry – Posted on October 20, 2018

    For  Robbie Manson, the rower, the Head of the Charles is….

    For Robbie Manson the social activist, the Head of the Charles is…. READ MORE


    Sunday Images

    Photographs by Riley Robinson — Posted on October 23, 2018

    Sunday brought chill temperatures and wind, gusty 20-knot winds that roiled the waters and made the rowers’ days unforgettable, if at times unpleasant. Sunday also sunshine and triumph, and these images from photographer Riley Robinson. Click on the image below to see more.


    Champ Eights

    A Banner Day for USRowing

    By Calli Remillard and Marisa Goolgasian – Posted on October 21, 2018

    The 54th Head of the Charles was a challenging but triumphant return to winner’s circle for the USRowing program on Sunday, with both men’s and women’s boats taking first place in the Championship Eights. READ MORE


    Men’s Champ Doubles

    Craftsbury Finishes 1-2

    (Photo by Katherine Isbell)

    By Katherine Isbell – Posted on October 21, 2018

    It was Craftsbury’s day in men’s championship doubles on Saturday, their two boats coming first and second. READ MORE


    He’s One of the Skibbereen O’Donovans, but Not One of the Brothers – Got It?

    By Avery Bleichfeld – Posted on October 21, 2018

    His name is O’Donovan, he’s a lightweight rower, he rows for Skibbereen, he is not one of the brothers who…. READ MORE


    Women’s Champ Doubles

    ARION’s Keane and McAuliffe Repeat

    By Sarah Keneipp – Posted on October 21, 2018

    First around the corner coming into the Cambridge Boat Club in the women’s champ doubles race came the blue and white oars belonging to the Advanced Rowing Initiative of the Northeast (ARION) Club of Saratoga, New York. Pulling on those oars were… READ MORE


    Rowing Christmas? Indeed!

    By Jenna Ciccotelli – Posted on October 22, 2018

    The Head of the Charles is often called Rowing Christmas. That is generally referring to the gathering-of-the-family spirit of the regatta. But it could just as well apply to the Attager Row shopping experience. READ MORE


    Mike Teti Back with USRowing

    Video Report by Julia Guilardi  and Eva Maldonado – Posted on October 21, 2018

    Mike Teti said his decision to take back the reins at USRowing was motivated by a desire to strengthen the program…. READ/HEAR MORE


    Saturday Images

    Photographs by Riley Robinson — Posted on October 21, 2018

    Scenes from the river and the shore. CLICK HERE


    Rowing’s Newest Wunderkind

    By Nicholas Scherer – Posted on October 20, 2018

    While the German 22-year-old singles scull sensation Oliver Zeidler may not be a household name to Head of the Charles Regatta fans–yet–internationally he has burst onto the rowing scene with a flourish. READ MORE


    Happy Just to be Here

    (Though He Still Wants to Win)


    Video Report by Eva Maldonado — Posted on October 20, 2018

    Fewer than thirty percent of people who suffer what is called a “widowmaker” heart attack–a complete blockage of one of the main arteries bringing blood to the heart–survive. There are no statistics on the survival rate for those who suffer a widowmaker while sitting in a rowing shell in the middle of a lake…. CLICK HERE TO READ/HEAR MORE


    In Memoriam: Bill Cummings

    By Calli Remillard – Posted on October 20, 2018

    It was thirty-odd years ago. Bill Cummings and Alan Day were neighbors, their children were friends, Day was a Head of the Charles volunteer. He persuaded his neighbor to join him, and thus began a three-decade marriage between Bill Cummings and the Head of the Charles, a relationship that grew into a family tradition now in its second generation. READ MORE


    The Rowing Roots of the November Project

    By Callie Clement – Posted on October 20, 2018

    Despite the real-feel temperature of 25 degrees Fahrenheit at 6:30 a.m., dozens of citizens took to Summit Avenue in Brookline to run in the regular Friday workout of the November Project. READ MORE


    Happy 90th to this Longtime HOCR Volunteer

    By Sophie Cannon – Posted on October 20, 2018

    For Dotty Franklin, the Charles isn’t just a river, it’s a fountain of youth. Celebrating her 90th birthday on the regatta grounds this Saturday, Aunty Dotty…… READ MORE


    Wanna’ Buy a Boat?

    By Sophie Cannon – Posted on October 19, 2018

    You can’t actually buy a boat from a manufacturer at the Head of the Charles; there are business and tax matters preventing it. But you sure can shop for one…. READ MORE


    Friday Images

    Photographs by Riley Robinson — Posted on October 19, 2018

    On a breezy but pleasant Friday, most of the more than 2000 shells racing in this weekend’s Head of the Charles found time for a warm-up cruise up the course. Photographer Riley Robinson was on the river with them. Click on the image to see more.


    New Cal Coach Not New to Cal

    By Marisa Goolgasian – Posted on October 19, 2018

    Scott Frandsen is more than ready for his first season as head coach of the University of California men’s crew. READ MORE


  • 2017

    row2k: Family Recovery Row at the Head Of The Charles
    October 24, 2017 – by Ed Moran – Andrew Mangan was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a freak accident last winter, but with the support of his family, friends and the rowing community, he fought his way back and raced a Mixed Eight with his entire family at the Head of the Charles this Sunday. […continue reading on row2k]

    Gevvie Rows into the Record Books with 8th Win
    BOSTON, MA. (October 22, 2017) – By Brooks Sutherland – With a 13-second victory at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta, Newton native Gevvie Stone made Head of the Charles history by becoming the first competitor to capture an eighth title as a singles rower. Before Saturday, she had been tied with Jim Dietz and Anne Marden for the most singles titles with seven. […continue reading]

    Women’s Champ Eights, It’s the Great Eight – Yet Again
    BOSTON, MA. (October 22, 2017) – By Sophie Cannon – By a comfortable margin of 12 seconds, the Great Eight scullers, rowing for Sudbury Boat Club out of Canada, once again bested the college and national team crews and took home a win in the Women’s Championship Eight race on the final day of the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta. Their winning time was 14:48; the U.S. Rowing Training Center in Princeton boat was second. The University of Washington women took third; winning the collegiate trophy is a dramatic improvement over their 2016 finish. […continue reading]

    Men’s Champ Eights, Cal Too Much for Competition, and Course Record
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 22, 2017) – by Matthew MacCormack – California was the class of a record-breaking field the Head of the Charles Men’s Championship Eight on Sunday afternoon, cruising across the sun-splashed waters of the Dirty River with a time of 13:27. Cal’s time obliterated the 1997 U.S. Rowing team’s record finish by more than 30 seconds. And they had to be that much ahead of the old mark. The ten boats behind them also bettered the previous record […continue reading]

    8,000 Miles From Home
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 22, 2017) – by Jenna Ciccotelli – St. Benedict’s College, a South African high school, has sent crews to the Head of the Charles nine times before. But for 17-year old Andrew Kapp, this was not only his first trip to the Head of the Charles, it was the first time he had ever traveled outside of his home country. Most of his teammates were likewise first-time visitors to Boston, and, like most first-timers at the Head of the Charles, he came away impressed. Many of the teenagers expressed their delight at meeting the “kind people” and using public transportation that “actually works,” their excitement surrounding the Head of the Charles’ atmosphere was evident. […continue reading]

    It Takes Strong Rowers to Fill a Big Truck
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 22, 2017) – by Rowena Lindsay -Walking along the river during the Head of The Charles Regatta with Larry O’Toole, a lot of people stop to say hello. He has worked with some, rowed with others, and in many cases both. Owner and founder of the moving company Gentle Giant, O’Toole makes a habit of hiring rowers and other athletes for his award winning moving company. […continue reading]

    Men’s Champ Doubles, Defending Champs Nip O’Donovans
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 22, 2017) – by Katherine Isbell – The men’s championship doubles was a close race, to say the least. How close, exactly? Just over one-tenth of a second. Penn AC’s Justin Keen and Erik Frid, the defending champions starting in bow position one, were neck-and-neck with Ireland’s Gary and Paul O’Donovan, in bow position two, for the entirety of the race. […continue reading]

    Men’s Champ Singles, Schmid Joins Legendary Xeno Mueller as Swiss Champions
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 21, 2017) – by Felippe Rodriquez – Michael Schmid became the first Swiss champion in the Head of the Charles men’s singles since Xeno Mueller in 1994, as he rowed a strong first mile Saturday, and held on to post a three-second victory over American John Graves. It was Graves’s third consecutive runner-up in the Head of the Charles championships singles. […continue reading]

    Women’s Champ Doubles, For McAuliffe and Keane the Waters Felt Like Home
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 22, 2017) – by Jenna Ciccoteli – They rowed under the colors of the Advanced Rowing Initiative of the Northeast (ARION) Club of Saratoga, New York, but for fans in the know, the winners in Saturday’s women’s championship doubles competition was really a hometown crew. Maureen McAuliffe and Lily Keane, who trained together at Cambridge’s Riverside Boat Club last year, cut nearly a minute off of their 2016 time, to win the race 18:13 […continue reading]

    Making Weight is No Sweat…for Most
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 21, 2017) – by Jenna Ciccoteli – Saturday, 7 a.m., breakfast time for many of the volunteers in the regatta’s Attager Row Athlete Central tent, but for some of the athletes entering for registration, breakfast would have had to wait a few minutes longer. Lightweight rowers, who race in both men’s and women’s singles, doubles, fours and eights events over the course of the weekend, must meet strict weight requirements ahead of their races to qualify. Men must not exceed 165 pounds, with women limited to 133 pounds. […continue reading]

    Saturday Recap, Sunday Preview
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 21, 2017) – produced by Scotty Schenck – HOCR Executive Director Fred Schoch has Saturday’s highlights and previews for Sunday racing. […watch video]

    Remembering a Regatta Friend, The Soul of Northeastern Rowing: Jack Grinold 1935-2017
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 21, 2017) – by Bailey Knecht – As I stepped into Jack Grinold’s office in Matthews Arena one March day in 2015, Jack chirped, “I have a task for you, Bails.” I smiled as he used his favorite nickname for me, but I knew with that one sentence that I was in for a day of work. […continue reading]

    Nice to Have a Friends Nearby When You’re Alone in the Boat
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 21, 2017) – by Brooks Sutherland – Seeking a record eighth singles victory at the Head of the Charles, Gevvie Stone will face a competitive field in Saturday’s women’s championship singles race. Her toughest challengers figure to include Felice Mueller, who represented the United States in the single scull in the recent World Championships and finished seventh, and 2016 HOCR runner-up Stesha Carle. Perhaps most notable among Stone’s field of challengers is her training partner Mary Jones, who is fresh off of a third-place finish in the lightweight single at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. […continue reading]

    John Graves Looks to Break into the 1x Win Column
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 20, 2017) – by Felippe Rodriques -After a runner-up finish last year, sculler John Graves is back at the Head of the Charles looking for his first victory in the Men’s Championship Singles. Graves’s boat will have the honor of Bow #1 on Saturday afternoon for the second consecutive year, a position he hopes can give him an edge over a deep field of competitors. […continue reading]

    Long Time Partners Go Head-to-Head
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 20, 2017) – by Alejandro Serrano – It’s been a season of firsts for rowers Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek. Earlier this month, their sculling double was the first American women’s double to win a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships, O’Leary said. Better yet, it was on home soil in Sarasota, Fla. […continue reading]

    Sports May Change, Competitive Fires Don’t
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 20, 2017) – byJulia Preszler – A former Olympic cross country skier and her partner look to continue their pattern of improvement in the Senior Women’s Masters Doubles Saturday morning, looking to climb ever further up the standings. This will be Leslie Krichko and Laurie Devitt’s fourth year rowing in the Head of the Charles Regatta. The pair finished seventh in their first HOCR race and have improved steadily up to fourth a year ago. “We’re ready. We’ve trained hard and we’re ready,” Devitt said. […continue reading]

    What Do James Bond and the HOCR Have in Common?
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 22, 2017) – by Drew Daylor -At this year’s Head of the Charles spectators can behold feats of speed both on and off the water. Off the water, nothing look so impressively strong as four Aston Martin sports cars parked at Cambridge Boat Club and at the finish line. Aston Martin joined the Regatta this year as a premier sponsor and the official automotive sponsor of the Head of the Charles. The four cars have come in for more than a little ogling, from rowers and fans alike. […continue reading]

    Before the Head Of The Charles, Every Year There is the Head Of The Kevin
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 20, 2017) – by Drew Daylor -“It’s not a regatta, it’s a practice,” says Kevin McDonnell, Riverside Boat Club member and founder of the appropriately named Head of the Kevin series. Three times through the fall, dozens of crews, some coming from as far Philadelphia, come early on a weekend morning, to compete against Head of the Charles gold medal standard times in what has become more than just popular HOCR practice series; it’s become an event in itself. There are fans; the results go up on Row2K.[…continue reading]

    Fred’s Preview 
    CAMBRIDGE, MA. (October 20, 2017) – Produced by Scotty Schenck – Saturday video preview from the Executive Director, Fred Schoch […watch video]

    row2k: Brooks Brothers Launches HOCR Online Store 
    October 13, 2017 – by HOCR Staff – It’s the most wonderful time of year . . . vest season! And, vest lovers, do we have some news for you. The Brooks Brothers custom Head Of The Charles gear has historically only been available on-site or in limited supply after the Regatta. No more! Brooks Brothers is pleased to announce the launch of their online HOCR Store. […continue reading on row2k]

    row2k: Evening by the Charles, Pulling Together 
    October 11, 2017 – by HOCR Staff -Dust off your blazers, buff your bean boots, and done your New England outdoor cocktail attire because “Evening By The Charles” is back in a new location with a new mission. This year, “Evening” will be held in the Eliot Bridge Enclosure Tent and we’re “Pulling Together” by donating all proceeds to the West End House Boys and Girls Club of Allston Brighton.  […continue reading on row2k]

    row2k: HOCR 2017: Behind the Head Of The Charles Regatta Schedule 
    October 10, 2017 – by HOCR Staff – Behind the Head of the Charles Regatta schedule… or, how the schedule becomes a start line conveyor belt.  […continue reading on row2k]