Inside the 58th Head of the Charles Regatta

By Matteo L. Cagliero, Sarah G. Erickson, Briana Howard Pagán, Zuzanna M. Kowalski, McKenna E. McKrell, and Eileen K. Ye
By Sarah G. Erickson

Every year, the Head of the Charles Regatta draws tens of thousands of visitors and athletes to Cambridge to participate in the largest three-day rowing regatta in the world.

By Zuzanna M. Kowalski

The Regatta runs for three miles along the Charles River. First started in 1965, the Regatta is a “head” race, where rowers compete with each other against the clock.

Bowdoin College and Bates College Men’s rowing teams race side by side underneath the Eliot Bridge.

Women's lightweight rower Calliste A.O. Skouras ’24 embraces her friends after winning the women’s lightweight division race.

Here, rowers prepare to lower a boat into the Charles River for the race.

A scull and a quad pass by each other underneath the Anderson Memorial Bridge.

The race begins from the Western Avenue Bridge at the Boston University DeWolfe Boathouse and ends near the Harvard Athletic Complex.

Spectators along the banks look on the event with binoculars.

Vendors pitch tents along the Charles River to provide food, drinks, and fun to the attendees.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Varsity Lightweight team celebrates its victory on the dock of the Weld Boathouse with their coach, friends and family.

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