Oct. 17, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown Rowing will compete in the fall's premier event this weekend, the 44th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. The Hoyas will enter two boats, one in the Championship Four and the other in the Lightweight Four.
The Head of the Charles Regatta, also known as HOCR or HOTC, is a rowing race held on the penultimate complete weekend of October each year on the Charles River, which separates Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is the largest two-day regatta in the world, with more than 8,000 athletes rowing in around 1,750 boats in 56 events. It attracts about 300,000 spectators throughout Regatta weekend.
The course is 3.2 miles long and stretches from the start, Boston University's DeWolfe Boathouse near the Charles River Basin, to the finish just after the Eliot Bridge and before Northeastern University's Henderson Boathouse. The last races of the Regatta are generally the most prestigious: Championship Fours and Championship Eights (both men and women). Championship sculling events (1x/single and 2x/double) race on Saturday afternoon. The Championship events include current National Team athletes.
The competitive field includes individual and team competitors from colleges, high schools, and clubs from nearly all American states and various countries. The last few fields have included rowers from China, South Africa, Croatia, Ireland, and the Netherlands, to name a few. The age of athletes spans from 14 to 85 years old with experience levels from novice to Olympic. In 2007, approximately 10% of the field was international.