There’s a rich history of rowing in Boston – one often thinks of prestigious rowing clubs at the nation’s top area universities such as Harvard, Cambridge and others practicing and competing along the Charles River.
It was these two schools that conceived of the Head of the Charles Regatta, a two-day rowing event that features single, double, four-person and eight-person teams from high schools, colleges and clubs from across the U.S. and around the world. From novice to amateur to Olympian, every level of competitor is represented; over 11,000 athletes in 1,900 boats take part in dozens of events throughout the two-day competition, held this year on October 17-18.
The three-mile course spans the water between the DeWolf Boathouse at Boston University and runs just past the Eliot Bridge before the Henderson Boathouse at Northeastern University. The six bridges that span the Charles on the course route offer incredible vantage points for spectators throughout the weekend.
The regatta also features the Weld Exhibition, offering official merchandise as well as local sponsors and flavors (including free samples). It’s one of the most popular spots along the banks of the Charles for spectators to take in the regatta.
Best of all, the Head of the Charles Regatta is a key fundraiser for local charities, raising over half a million dollars over the course of the weekend for up-and-coming rowers as well as other important organizations.
Magellan Luxury Hotels has access to all the best four- and five-star hotels for your Boston stay while in town for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Hundreds of thousands of spectators take in the event every year, coming from around the world; rooms will go fast, so be sure to book soon to take in this historic sporting event this year.
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