The Charity Program is now full. The remaining 10 spots will be available for application after the September draw is posted. 

The Program

Since its inception in 1998, the Charity Program has worked to generate over $1,000,000 for a number of worthy causes. Participation in the Charity Program is open to single scullers, doubles, fours and eights. In the past, the Regatta has joined competitors in their fundraising efforts by matching contributions dollar for dollar. They have also made separate sizable contributions to each charity.

Program participants are guaranteed entry into the event of their choice, provided they meet eligibility, entry fee, and deadline requirements. This program provides the rowing community and Regatta the opportunity to offer their support to some very worthy endeavors. Charity Program participants will be duly recognized for their philanthropic efforts in the Official Regatta Program.

New to 2021: all Community Rowing Inc. Charity Program funds will benefit the Let’s Row Boston program.

Applying to the HOCR Charity Program

Any single, double, four or eight is eligible to apply to the Charity Program – only 1 application needed for crews (2x, 4+, 8+). The Regatta will guarantee entry in the 2021 Regatta to 50 applicants (singles, doubles and crews) committing to participate in Charity Program.  By Registering you are committing to raise the minimum amount listed below, and Head Of The Charles® Regatta reserves the right to withdraw entries who are not able to meet the commitment.

Forty (40) spaces will be available beginning on June 21, 2021, with the remaining ten (10) spaces being made available following the Sweeps & Doubles Draw in September. The commitments for each boat class have been revised for the 2021 Regatta and are listed below.  These fundraising commitments do not include the registration fee – which will be charged at the time of official acceptance of entry to the Regatta.

September Charity Entries:

Applications for the 10 remaining Charity Program entries will be available in early September.  Applications will be reviewed and accepted Charity Program Entries will be notified within a week.  Due to the compressed period of time, accepted Charity Program entries must commit to raising at least 75% of the funds by race weekend, with the remaining fundraising completed no later than 10/31.  

Fundraising Commitment for 2021:

  • 1x – $1500
  • 2x – $2500
  • 4+ or 4+/x – $3000
  • 8+ – $5000

Please note that Directors’ Challenge Events are not eligible for the Charity Program as they are first come, first serve entry; the Charity Program is for standard events which utilize the draw process for entry.

IMPORTANT: Your donation will not be processed during the registration process.  After registration, please allow 1-3 business days for information regarding donations and fundraising.  Once processed, charity program participants receive information further information regarding donations and fundraising.

Need Help? If you have any difficulty signing up, please email