Even as we finalize preparation for the Head of the Housatonic this weekend (with everyone leaving tomorrow!), we are looking forward to the second regatta of the season. The Head of the Charles (www.hocr.org) is a Varsity/Masters-only regatta scheduled for October 19-20 in Boston, MA. This regatta is by invitation only, and this year we are sending an 8 and 4 for the varsity boys, two 8s and a 4 for the Varsity girls, a women’s masters 8+, and a men’s masters 4+. It is amazing to have so many boating racing at such a prestigious event!
The travel roster can be found here and will be updated will the final roster for Varsity Boys tonight. The girls roster is set.
The tentative lineups can be found here and will also be accessible tonight – these are subject to change.
The current tentative schedule for the regatta is as follows:
10:10am Women’s Masters 8+ Bow #15
10:35am Men’s Master’s 4+ Bow #25
9:07am Women’s Youth 4+ Bow #70
10:24am Women’s Youth 8+ (both entries) Bow #5 and Bow #15
11:58am Men’s Youth 4+ Bow #72
1:12pm Men’s Youth 8+ Bow #27
We are departing from the boathouse at 5:30 am Friday, October 18. Athletes should arrive at the boathouse 15 minutes early, packed and ready to leave. They should also bring snacks and water, but the plan is to have lunch on the road. We will drive directly to the course so the athletes can rig the boats and get in a practice row. We will be returning to the boathouse on Sunday, October 20, some time in the evening.
We will be traveling in 4 vans, two for each team. The girls 4 will split between the two 8s vans; they have jumbo vans with additional room for luggage.
The cost for this regatta is higher than it is for most other regattas. This is in large part due to the costs associated with traveling to Boston this weekend; the Head of the Charles is a prestigious regatta that hosts clubs and teams at all levels from all over the world. The trip fee for the HOCR is $570 this year and can be paid here – please register as soon as possible!
We will provide updates on ETA’s, as well as results, on Facebook. We will do what we can to post on the blog as well, but please use Facebook as your primary source of information. If you are watching from home, results will also be posted on www.RegattaCentral.com. You can also follow via livestream from the event website www.hocr.org.
PNRA has secured rooms at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466 for athletes and coaches. Phone number: (617-969-1000)
The following meals will be provided:
Lunch Friday, October 18 ordered sandwiches
Dinner Friday, October 18 – $20 per diem
Breakfast Saturday, October 19 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Saturday, October 19 – $15 per diem
Dinner Saturday, October 19 – team dinner at Bertucci’s, all you can eat
Breakfast Sunday, October 20 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Sunday, October 20 $15 per diem
Dinner on Sunday will be by boat on the way home. Athletes will purchase their own.
***** Please have your athlete bring cash for snacks, meals, and event gear. *****
A huge thank you again to everyone who has offered to help. We look forward to another successful regatta.