Charles, Schuylkill, and Halloween!

Hello Mercer friends and family,

Mercer had an extremely exciting weekend at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston! Our Varsity girls took home 5th and 13th out of 85 boats, and our Varsity boys placed 19th out of 85 boats, securing all 3 entries for next year. The Masters women’s 4+ came away from the course in 25th place and the Masters men’s 4+ finished 29th in hotly contested races. The weekend was a perfect example of the universal appeal of rowing across the US, with juniors, colleges, masters, and elite athletes coming together to try their hand at an incredibly difficult course. The sunny conditions made for speedy racing, with an astounding 34 new record times for the Charles!

This weekend our rowers will stay closer to home with the Head of the Halloween on Saturday and the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. The Head of the Halloween will take place from 10 AM to 1 PM at Mercer Lake, and will be an Around The Lake (ATL) course in mixed boats. ALL athletes are encouraged to attend in costume (that won’t get in the way of rowing) and bring some snacks and cider to share. The Novice rowers who will be competing at the Schuylkill will not be racing but are encouraged to attend to join in on the fun!

Coach Zach and Coach Amanda are beyond excited to be able to bring four Novice boats to the Head of the Schuylkill for the second year in a row. Two boys and two girls boats will try their skill on this 4k course against over 40 other boats in their races! Parents are encouraged to drop off their rower and find the parent tent for a great vantage point along this historic river. Our Masters will be racing Saturday in a women’s 8+, three women’s 4+s, and a men’s 4+. They are looking to build upon their success at the Navy Day regatta held on the Schuylkill earlier this month! A small fee is associated with this race, so look for a registration link coming soon.

Come down to the boathouse or the Schuylkill to be apart of a fantastic weekend of racing!