October 16, 2008

Heavyweights Head to Charles

Oct. 16, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's heavyweight crews will travel to Boston this weekend for the 44th Head of the Charles Regatta. Three crews will represent Yale this weekend: a club eight, a championship eight and a championship four. After a tough opening weekend, Yale hopes to get back on track and post strong performances at the fall season's preeminent regatta.

The club eight will race on Saturday, Oct. 18. Competition begins at 12:26 p.m. and will see Yale starting 41st. This unusually low starting spot, between Harvard Law School and the Passaic River Rowing Association, is based on last year's finishes where a collision caused considerable problems for the club eight. This year's eight hopes to greatly improve on last year's finish.

The championship four will take place at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. Here, Yale will start 19th between the Penn and Michigan. The Bulldogs will face a number of strong collegiate crews such as Oxford, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford, as well as notable rowing clubs such as Penn AC and St. Catherine's RC.

The final event of the weekend, the championship eight, will take place at 4:08 p.m. Sunday. Once again, competition is stiff in this event. Yale will start in sixth place after Northeastern and ahead of the U.S. Naval Academy. All eight Ivy League schools will have boats in this event. Further competition comes from throughout not only the country, but also the world. Along with powerful crews from Wisconsin and UC Berkeley, Yale will race in this event a host of international clubs including Aviron Nancy of France and the Skadi Rowing Club Rotterdam of the Netherlands, among others.

Race results can be accessed live at the Head of the Charles homepage.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity