Covid-19 Race Updates

Please use this page as a reference for frequent event updates from the Regatta Office.

LAST UPDATED: July 15, 2020

The Head Of The Charles Regatta Board of Directors today announced that the Head Of The Charles will not be held as an on-water two-day event on the Charles River this October as it has for 55 years, but instead will be run as a global remote event. After evaluating a full range of options, abiding by Commonwealth of Massachusetts and USRowing guidelines, and in consultation with a team of infectious disease physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, the board of directors and the executive team of the Regatta concluded that they would be unable to run the world class in-person regatta that the rowing community has come to expect, while keeping competitors, coaches, volunteers, spectators and vendors safe.

Read the full news release, along with frequently asked questions, HERE.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. More information about the remote event will be posted to our website in mid August.

June 3, 2020

Please note the updated key opening dates for registration:

Standard Registration opens: July 27th at 12pm EDT
Directors’ Challenge Registration opens: July 27th at 12pm EDT

We remain intent on making a final go/no go decision by the end of July.

May 29, 2020

Our plan is to make a final go/no go decision for the Head Of The Charles by the end of July. Our top priority is to create an event that is safe for competitors, volunteers, and spectators. We are working closely will all of the appropriate state and local officials — along with health, safety and medical specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital — in developing our plans and providing guidance on final decisions.

May 7, 2020

Registration for International athletes will now open on May 8th. Applications will not be accepted until we reach the decision to run the event. The HOCR office asks that all international athletes with guaranteed entries submit them after standard registration opens for all competitors on July 20th. Only new applications will be permitted during the International Registration period.

International crews may submit their application on RegattaCentral after completing their Institutional Registration, if applicable.

April 20, 2020

The Head Of The Charles Regatta Board of Directors, staff, and Race Committee are closely monitoring the continuing developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). As of now, we are actively working on the event and plan to hold the 56th Regatta on it’s original date of October 17-18, 2020. All registration opening dates and deadlines will remain unless otherwise posted on this website.

March 17, 2020

To read a message from Fred Schoch and the Board of Directors, please click HERE.