Stanford Takes On Head Of The Charles

Oct. 17, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - All three Stanford rowing teams are set to take place in the Head of the Charles Regatta, beginning tomorrow in Boston. The men's team will be fielding a boat in the Championship Fours, while the women will have one boat each competing in the Championship Fours and Eights. The women's lightweight squad will also be entering a boat in the Lightweight Eights division.

All Stanford boats will be competing on Sunday the 19th. The lightweights are set to kick off the action at 2:53 p.m., followed by the men's and women's fours. The Championship eights are scheduled to be the last event of the Head of the Charles.

The course on the Charles River starts at the Boston University Boathouse and goes almost immediately under the combination of a railroad trestle bridge and the B.U. Bridge. It then proceeds through 5 (five) triple-arch bridges to the Finish Line approximately 3 miles upstream. While the railroad trestle bridge's second arch from the right (Cambridge) shore is the mandated lane and the center arch of the five remaining bridges is the preferred route over the rest of the course, the right (closest to the Cambridge shore) arch of four of those remaining bridges may be used when a center arch appears too congested, the exception being the Lars Anderson Bridge (by Harvard's Weld Boathouse), whose right (closest to the Cambridge shore) arch is out of bounds. Going through the right arch (closest to the Cambridge shore) of either the railroad trestle bridge (by the B.U. Bridge) or the Lars Anderson Bridge (by Harvard's Weld Boathouse), or going through any bridge's left (closest to the Boston shore) arch, will result in a 60-second penalty in addition to any buoy violation penalties incurred by doing so. At the Head Of The Charles, a poorly made turn or single buoy violation can cost a first place medal.

'The Head of the Charles is the most challenging head racing course in the world. The competition is always outstanding, and the seven bridges and serpentine course mean anything can happen over the three-mile gauntlet. The team absolutely loves everything about it. It's the highlight of the Fall racing season for us.'

For more information on the regatta, including the event schedule, results, and maps, please visit the event's official website.

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