NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This Saturday Oct. 10, the Yale women’s crew team will meet its first real test of the fall season with the Head of the Housatonic regatta. This will be the 15th installment of the regatta and it will feature university teams and rowing clubs from throughout the Northeast. The Head of the Housatonic is now the second largest fall race in New England, after the Head of the Charles. At the race, the Elis will be racing one novice four, two collegiate fours and four collegiate eights.
Head coach William Porter is excited to kick off the new season: “This is our first opportunity to race this year and we are looking forward to seeing what this year’s team can do after the graduation of a very strong senior class last year. I am eager to see how this year’s team will start out. It is always revealing to see how we race in the fall.”
The race will be the Bulldogs’ first since the final of the Remenham Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River, last July. In that final, the Yale varsity eight lost to Leander Club & Wallingford R.C., which is essentially Great Britain’s national team. Previously, the elite eight and the senior eight had both won titles while the elite four with coxswain and the elite four without coxswain had lost in the semifinals at the Henley Women’s Regatta. The event at Henley this past summer was the last time a majority of the team raced in competition, however this weekend will provide an opportunity for the entire team to hit the water.
The Elis have performed well at the Housatonic in the past. As defending college champions at last year’s event, the Bulldogs swept the top four spots in the women’s collegiate eights as well as the top two spots in the women’s collegiate fours race.
The full schedule for the event can be found here.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity