Head of the Charles 2008

The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world's largest two-day rowing event.

First held on October 16, 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta is similar to races held in England. In rowing, the term "head" refers to a class of regattas, generally three-miles long, where each boat races against the clock. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of "Head of the River." As this race takes place on the Charles River, the winners of each event earn the title "Head of the Charles"—hence the name of the race!

The last races of the Regatta are generally the most prestigious: Championship 4s, and Championship 8s (both men and women). Championship sculling events (1x/single and 2x/double) race on Saturday afternoon. The Championship events usually include current U.S. 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 2006 field 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.

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Practice Saturday morning prior to racing: Singles, Doubles, and quads ONLY - All boats must be off the water by 8 AM

Grand-Master Singles 50+
1 Men 8:00
2 Women 8:20

Senior-Master Singles 40+
3 Men 8:44
4 Women 9:03

Senior-Master Eights 50+
5 Men 9:27
6 Women 9:42

Senior-Master Fours 50+
7 Men 10:00
8 Women 10:10

Senior-Master Doubles 50+
9 Men 10:29
10 Women 10:43

Club Singles
11 Men 11:04
12 Women 11:18

Club Fours
13 Men 11:42
14 Women 11:58

Club Eights
15 Men 12:26
16 Women 12:48

Master Doubles
17 Men 13:15
18 Women 13:29

Master Fours
19 Men 13:51
20 Women 14:00

Master Eights
21 Men 14:22
22 Women 14:33

Championship Doubles
23 Men 14:53
24 Women 15:04

Collegiate Fours
25 Men 15:25
26 Women 15:37

Championship Singles
27 Men 16:04
28 Women 16:15

Directors' Doubles
Parent/Child 16:32
Mixed 16:43

No Saturday PM Practice

Sunday, October 19, 2008
Ernestine Bayer Race TBA

Senior-Veteran Singles* 70+
29 Men 8:15
30 Women 8:24

Veteran Singles** 60+
31 Men 8:39
32 Women 8:55

Youth Doubles
33 Men 9:19
34 Women 9:35

Directors Challenge Quads
QMix Mixed 10:00

Youth Fours
35 Men 10:20
36 Women 10:45

Youth Eights
37 Men 11:21
38 Women 11:46

Master Singles
39 Men 12:19
40 Women 12:26

Collegiate Eights
41 Men 12:46
42 Women 13:01

Directors Challenge Quads
QWom Women 13:23

Lightweight Singles
43 Men 13:45
44 Women 13:56

Lightweight Fours
45 Men 14:16
46 Women 14:25

Lightweight Eights
47 Men 14:42
48 Women 14:53

Championship Fours
49 Men 15:10
50 Women 15:21

Directors Challenge Quads
QMen Men 15:41

Championship Eights
51 Men 16:08
52 Women 16:23


* Handicap: 12 seconds/ year over 70
** Handicap: 8 seconds/ year over 60