NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday and Sunday the Yale heavyweight crew team will race a fall classic, the annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The Bulldogs have entries in the same four categories as last year, club four, club eight, championship four and championship eight, and each crew will start according to its finish at last year's Head of the Charles.
The first Yale boat to take to the Charles this weekend is the club four, which races at 12:18 p.m. on Saturday. This boat was Yale's most successful at last year's regatta, finishing fourth overall and first among college crews in the event. Accordingly, Yale will start fourth in the club four this Saturday.
Soon after the Yale club eight will come through the chute. The club eight was another medal-winning crew for the Bulldogs last year so this time around Yale will start fifth in the event, set to go off at 1:11 p.m. on Saturday.
An interesting race to watch will be Sunday's championship four, where Yale will start seventh right behind long-time rivals Harvard. The championship four category is slated for a 2:24 p.m. start on Sunday afternoon.
The main event for the Bulldogs will come with the running of the championship eight at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. Last year Yale finished 14th in a stacked field that included top college crews from all over the U.S., as well as National Team crews from Germany and the Netherlands. Nearly 40 crews are entered in the event for this weekend, and sophomore coxswain Oliver Fletcher, a two-time winner of the youth eight event at the Charles, will look to steer Yale's top eight past as many of them as possible.
This weekend is the final push in Yale's Pull for a Cure fundraising initiative. Already more than seven thousand dollars has been raised to help fight breast cancer, but the team still has a long way to go before reaching its goal. Find out how to help the heavyweights here.
The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event. The regatta draws in more than 8,000 athletes from around the world competing in 55 different categories. It attracts roughly 300,000 spectators to Boston and Cambridge over the course of the weekend.
A live webcast from the rooftop of the Cambridge Boat Club is available here.
A full schedule can be found here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity