At the Princeton Three-Mile Chase on Sunday, Harvard's lightweight four left victorious for the third straight year.
Spectator 1: “I am 100 percent here for the baked goods. Nothing else.”
Crowds cheer and watch up and around the Eliot Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Sunday races were the last scheduled for this year's HOTC event.
Hosting 9,000 other competitors on the Charles River this weekend, both the Harvard’s men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams turned in strong performances at the Head of the Charles regatta.
When Harry Parker was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2011 over 400 former rowers sent messages of love and appreciation.
The world-famous regatta will go on without the late Harry Parker for the first time since its inaugural session in 1965. The former Harvard men’s heavyweight crew coach, who was originally diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome—a blood disorder—in 2011, passed away in June at the age of 77.
According to statistics on the Head of the Charles website, the regatta weekend generates $4.8 million in local and state tax revenue. But the city is not the only local entity benefiting from the massive event.
Coming off two undefeated seasons, the Crimson men’s lightweight crew team is looking to capture a third consecutive national title.
“Three-peat.” That is the word that the Harvard men’s lightweight crew team has carried with it since the close of last year’s season.
First off, you should go. Otherwise, you are making the biggest mistake of your existence. It doesn’t matter how much (or how little) you know about rowing. Whether you’re a rowing snob or haven’t so much as sat on an erg (that’s a rowing machine, landlubbers), you should go. There is something incredibly exciting and energizing about most regattas, but the Charles is the one that even the best rowers have dreams about.
After two undefeated seasons and back-to-back gold medals at EARC Sprints and IRA National Championships, the Harvard Men’s Lightweight Crew will be welcoming former Radcliffe Lightweight Women’s head coach Michiel Bartman.
Three Harvard teams will take the field this fall with new head coaches on the sidelines, after the Harvard athletics department dealt with significant turnover during the summer by both promoting from within and hiring from afar.
Even after 53 years at Harvard coaching hundreds of student-athletes passing through Newell Boathouse, Harvard men’s heavyweight crew coach Harry Parker impressed many with his ability to remember graduates of his program.
Harvard men's heavyweight crew coach Harry Parker, who had led the Crimson since the early 1960's, died Tuesday at 77.