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Bulldogs Set to Compete Sunday at Head of the Charles

Yale's First Freshman Eight (Photo Courtesy Carol Hsin)
Yale's First Freshman Eight (Photo Courtesy Carol Hsin)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew team will race in Boston this Sunday, Oct. 23, in the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day regatta, featuring 61 events and more than 8800 competitors, including both domestic and foreign competition. The Elis, who finished first two weeks ago at the Head of the Housatonic, will field three boats Sunday on the three-mile course.

The first event for the Bulldogs will be the lightweight fours race at 4:02 p.m. Last year, the Yale fours posted a sweep of the event, finishing in first and second place. Thus, the two boats will start first and second in this year's race, right before McGill University and Don Rowing Club, who finished first in 2009. In addition, the race will feature familiar EARC foes, including Harvard, Navy, and Penn.

In its other race of the day, the lightweight eight event at 4:27 p.m., Yale will try to improve upon its ninth-place finish from last year. This event is notable because it includes many of the other EARC schools that the Bulldogs will race in the spring, including Cornell, Dartmouth, rival Harvard, and Princeton, last year's first place finisher. In addition, the race features other clubs, such as the New York Athletic Club, as well as USRowing, the United States national team lightweight eight. Yale will start in the ninth position, in between Georgetown and USRowing.

The event schedule can be found here.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity