2012 marks the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston/Cambridge, MA. This rowing competition that started in 1964 has grown into the world’s largest two-day rowing event. It attracts over 9,000 athletes ages 14 to 85 from countries around the world. Participants, both male and female, range from youth to collegiate, masters, international, world champion and Olympic athletes.
The Regatta is held along a three mile stretch of the Charles River from the start at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse at 619 Memorial Drive in Cambridge to the finish at Artesani Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Road in Boston. During the two days of the competition there will be 55 events.
The regatta runs from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday October 20, 2012 and Sunday, October 21, 2012.
This is one of New England’s premier outdoor sporting events every year. It attracts 300,000 spectators who line the Charles to cheer on the competitors, hang out at the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, check out the Weld Exhibition for great local food and Regatta merchandise or attend the Rowing & Fitness Expo.
Just as the Boston Marathon brings people from far and wide in the spring, the Head of the Charles brings people to Boston and Cambridge for a beautiful fall weekend along the Charles River watching a world-class sporting event. If you have never been this one really should be on your bucket list…
Photo by Scott Woolwine