The Head Of The Charles Regatta Once Again Rowed Its Way Into Boston

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The Head of the Charles Regatta once again rowed its way into Boston this weekend. The 53rd annual event drew nearly 11,000 athletes racing in more than 65 events. Some of this year’s competitors included Rio Olympics silver medalist Damir Martin of Croatia in the men’s championship singles along with Genevra Stone of the United States in the women’s championship singles. Thousands of spectators lined Cambridge’s bridges (the BU Bridge is always the most popular), including the River Street, Western Avenue, Eliot, Anderson and Weeks Bridges to catch a haute view as the crew teams rowed by.

Head of the Charles RegattaPhoto Credit: Head of the Charles Regata

The three-mile upstream rowing event kicked off at the Boston University Boathouse first thing Saturday morning with the Men’s Senior Veteran Singles I and II (70+) finishing up near Herter Park with the Mixed Inclusion (legs/trunk/arms fours). On Sunday, the day started off with the Mixed Inclusion 2x (trunk/arms doubles) and ended the festival with the Directors’ Challenge Mixed eight. The two-day Head of the Charles has been drawing thousands of spectators each year to catch a glimpse of the world’s best crew teams as they row their way along the banks of the Charles River.

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Haute festivities included a luxe gala, Evening by the Charles, Saturday night to benefit the West End House Boys and Girls Club and the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, a specialty hospitality tent sponsored by Aston Martin. Winners received their awards at Attager Row after each day’s events.

Head of the Charles RegattaPhoto Credit: IGOR MEIJER/BNY MELLON

If you missed the weekend’s festivities, you can still get in on some of the stylish action. Local retailers Brooks Brothers and New Balance have created a line of apparel dedicated to the Head of the Charles that includes everything from ribbon belts and waffle-knit cotton Henley shirts to hooded pullovers and training shoes.