December 6, 2023


Annually, the Head of the Charles attracts top-line rowers from all over the world together with native hopefuls to compete in one of many largest regattas on the planet.

The beginning line is at Boston College’s DeWolfe Boathouse, and rowers end the 3-mile upstream course at Herter Park alongside Troopers Subject Highway. Maddie Meyer/Getty

The 58th Head of the Charles Regatta will probably be held this weekend in Boston, starting on Friday and working by means of Sunday.

Right here’s every little thing you’ll want to know:

The fundamentals

Schedule: Greater than 50 races will happen over the three days: Friday from 7:45 to 10:26 a.m.; Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:02 p.m.; and Sunday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:22 p.m.

The course: The beginning line is at Boston College’s DeWolfe Boathouse, and rowers end the 3-mile upstream course at Herter Park alongside Troopers Subject Highway.

Awards: Ceremonies will happen at Attager Row (“regatta” spelled backward) earlier than the end line at Herter Park.

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Climate forecast

Don’t overlook the rain gear. There’s a probability of rain Friday and virtually actually will probably be rain Saturday. Temperatures will hover between 56 and 65 levels all through the weekend.

The place to observe

  • The singles and doubles launch from Journal Seashore, which presents a quieter expertise.
  • The BU Bridge provides spectators a glance in the beginning line, and the River Avenue Bridge is the second bridge on the course and is a major spot to observe the Powerhouse Stretch.
  • The third bridge, the Western Avenue Bridge, will present the tip of the Powerhouse Stretch, which is a straight part that ends simply earlier than the Weeks Footbridge.
  • Many spectators arrange store alongside the Weeks Footbridge, an iconic spot of the regatta recognized for its difficult 90-degree flip that may shift races. The Anderson Bridge and the Eliot Bridge are the ultimate two bridges on the course and provides viewers a transparent have a look at the end line.

Different locations to observe — and eat and drink from distributors — embrace the Weld Exhibition at Riverbend Park, Hospitality Row, the Reunion Village, and Attager Row.

  • Hospitality Row sits upstream from the Eliot Bridge, and is a brief stroll from Attager Row and the end line. Tickets may be bought at
  • Reunion Village is positioned on the midway level within the race and presents refreshments to spectators for $10 a day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with free admission for kids underneath 12. The location encompasses a beer backyard and a commentator sales space so that you received’t miss any of the motion.
  • Attager Row options the FALS Bar, which presents an simply accessible spot for viewers to benefit from the boats and brews, in addition to a number of meals vans and merchandise tents.
The Anderson Memorial Bridge is without doubt one of the last two bridges alongside the course from which spectators can take within the races. — David L. Ryan/Globe Employees


  • Organizers strongly encourage spectators to make use of ride-sharing apps (Uber, Lyft) to and from the occasion as an alternative of driving.
  • Public transportation is offered by way of the MBTA, with three stations inside strolling distance: Central and Harvard on the Purple Line and BU Central on the B department of the Inexperienced Line. There are also MBTA bus routes (1, 47, 64, 66, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 86) within the space.
  • Parking: Whereas parking is restricted, there are three spots obtainable.
  • Highway closures: Memorial Drive from Cambridge Boat Membership to Western Avenue will probably be closed Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Storylines to observe

Annually, the Head of the Charles attracts top-line rowers from all over the world together with native hopefuls to compete in one of many largest regattas on the planet. Inside all the commotion, tales of adjustments, new options, and nice reveals of neighborhood compassion exist.

  • The boys’s and ladies’s championship singles races are providing prize cash to the primary three finishers for the primary time. The regatta will award $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place, all sponsored by Don Smith.
  • For the second yr, the Ukrainian nationwide staff will row, with sponsorships from a number of donors in Boston serving to to pay their method to characterize the war-afflicted nation. After the regatta sponsored a males’s championship eight boat final yr, the staff will convey a males’s eight, ladies’s 4, youth 4, and ladies’s single to the 2023 regatta.
  • The College of Washington will host a “Boys within the Boat” exhibition that tells the story of the Washington crew that received gold within the 1936 Berlin Olympics after overcoming excessive hardship. The exhibit may be considered on the College of Washington hospitality tent Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
  • The final race on the final day of will function a mixed-eight boat rowed by mates of the late Alexandra “Alex” Manfull, who coxed throughout her years at Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton. The boat is sponsored by the Alex Manfull Fund, which Alex’s dad and mom Invoice and Susan based to lift consciousness in addition to funds for analysis into pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric problems related to streptococcal infections, the sickness that took Alex’s life at age 26.
  • The Boston-based Para Rowing Basis is supporting 4 worldwide para rowers with its worldwide journey grant. The recipients of this yr’s grant are Kathryn Ross of Australia, Sophie Brown of Nice Britain, Dieter Rosslee of South Africa, and Corné de Koning of Netherlands. All will compete within the para blended inclusion doubles occasion Saturday.
  • Rowing Cares and the Survivor Rowing Community help sufferers in most cancers restoration who use rowing for rehabilitation. Twelve survivors, together with their two MIT coxswains, will compete within the ladies’s grand grasp eights and fours.
  • Rowing in Coloration, a podcast hosted by Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine — each ladies of shade and former rowers turned coxswain — talks about what it’s wish to navigate the subject of race inside the white-dominated sport of rowing. The initiative is racing three boats: an all-Black males’s eight, an all-Latina ladies’s eight, and an all-BIPOC blended quad within the Director’s Problem.
  • The writer of the bestselling ebook “Classes in Chemistry,” Bonnie Garmus, will probably be on the regatta to signal autographs Saturday close to the Weld Boathouse. The novel was tailored to an Apple TV miniseries that debuted Oct. 13.

Materials from earlier Globe studies was used on this story.