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Yale Lightweight Crew Sets Course Record, Performs at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta

Yale Lightweight Crew Sets Course Record, Performs at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta

BOSTON, Mass. — A lightweight 8+ and lightweight 4+ made their way north to Boston to compete at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta. Calm waters and sunny skies made for record-breaking conditions as the Elis took to the Charles River to go up against EARC and international competitors alike. 

The lightweight 4+, starting second behind the New York Athletic Club, took advantage of the favorable waters early and didn't look back. Pushing off bow number 3, the favored and internationally decorated British entry from Oxford Brookes, the lightweights stormed down the course and finished first in wire-to-wire fashion a mere half second ahead of the Brits, setting a course record of 15:42.932. The previous course record of 15:49.63 was set in 2003 by the New York Athletic Club. 

Yale has a rich history in the lightweight 4+ at the Head of the Charles. In 2010, Yale took first and second in the event — which, at the time, was the second time in three years that the lights had won and extended a long-lasting streak of top collegiate finishes in the event. This year finishing out front, the 4+ was the recipient of the Coleman Cup, the award presented annually to the winner of Men's Lightweight Fours in memory of Charles P. Coleman, an inspiring Yale University oarsman and supporter of the Head Of The Charles Regatta.  Y150 Alumni Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing Andy Card was thrilled with the outcome: "The 4 had a great row. They were ahead of Oxford Brookes at Riverside by 2 seconds, built it to 4 by Weld, were still ahead at Cambridge, and held off Brookes' hard-charging finish through to the line, never losing the lead."

The lightweight 8+, starting behind Cornell and Princeton, faced off against some of the top lightweight rowers in the league.  Yale finished fourth behind Princeton, Cornell and Harvard in a time of 14:11.065

Coach Card summed up the weekend with satisfaction and optimism: "When you set course records like Yale and Princeton did today, everything has to fall into place. Our whole team was fully behind that four. It's the same for all the crews that we launch. I'm really looking forward to getting everyone racing next weekend and having some more fun."

This is the third year in a row that Yale Crew has won an event at the regatta — the Heavyweights in 2015, Women in 2016, and now the Lightweights. The entire team now looks to next weekend, where the Bulldogs will take to Lake Carnegie in full force for the Princeton 3-Mile Chase, the team's last race of the fall season.

Results from the weekend can be found here

Filed by Yale Sports Publicity