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As the spring rowing season gets underway, both the Harvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight crews posted strong showings this weekend against Ivy League and local competitors.
The Crimson sent three varsity eights and two freshmen boats and finished each division in first or second place.
After the long and cold winter, the Harvard men’s lightweight crew team swept the University of Delaware in its debut performance of the spring season, finishing in first for the three varsity eights and a freshmen eight.
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.
“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.
The men's lightweight crew team, showed here in earlier action, took home the Biglin Bowl after downing MIT and Dartmouth in the 1V race.