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Sunday's Head of the Charles races at a glance

October 22, 2011

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(Men’s/women’s starting times in parentheses)

LEGS/TRUNK/ARMS FOUR (8 a.m.): Capitol Rowing, which won last year’s inaugural adaptive race, defends against Community Rowing.

TRUNK/ARMS MIXED DOUBLES (8:16 a.m.): Top talent for this event debut - US teamers Anthony Davis and Jacqui Kapinowski against Ron Harvey and Laura Schwanger, both 2008 Paralympians.

SENIOR VETERAN SINGLES 70-PLUS (8:35 a.m./8:59 a.m.): Death, taxes, and Richard Kendall are the only certainties. Old Man River goes for his 11th title at 81, pushed by Ben Jones and former titlist Carlo Zezza. Brooke Stevens, newly up from veteran singles, takes on reigning champion Jan Stone.

VETERAN SINGLES 60-PLUS (9:20 a.m./9:47 a.m.): Richard Anderson attempts to retain his title against 1976 Olympian John Matthews, Dick Curtis, and Rob Slocum, who won last year’s senior master doubles. Catherine Kemper, the three-time winner who set the women’s course record last time, will be dealing with former champ Susan Kinne.

YOUTH FOURS (10:22 a.m./10:52 a.m.): Canadian crews, most recently returning South Niagara, have owned the men’s trophy for five years. Sarasota, Saratoga, and Northfield Mount Hermon attempt to break the hammerlock. South Niagara’s women, who pulled off the double last time, will have to hold off former champion Marina Aquatic Center and Connecticut BC.

MASTER SINGLES 30-PLUS (11:19 a.m./11:31 a.m.): Bjorn Anders Holmberg goes for three in a row, with Erik Breiland and former club singles victor Igor Belakovskiy in the way. With women’s champion Olwen Huxley moving on to the senior master level, Lisa Weise is next in line.

YOUTH DOUBLES (11:52 a.m./12:09 p.m.): Brentwood defends its men’s title with Martin Barakso, half of last year’s combo, against challengers Narragansett BC and Saugatuck. On the women’s side, Elizabeth Sharis of champion Y Quad Cities is back with new partner Callie Heiderscheit.

LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLES (12:29 p.m./12:40 p.m.): Chris Storm won’t be defending, so three-time winner Richard Montgomery is favored to reclaim his men’s crown against US teamers Jonathon Winter and Phil Henson. Kristin Hedstrom, who sculled in the lightweight doubles at the world regatta, tries to reclaim her title from Canada’s Amber Cuthbertson.

YOUTH EIGHTS (1:20 p.m./1:47 p.m.): Marin, the reigning men’s champions, get a stiff British challenge from Eton College and Abingdon School, while Community Rowing goes for its seventh women’s title in 11 years against Marin’s females.

CHAMPIONSHIP FOURS (2:24 p.m./2:31 p.m.): US Rowing, bidding for its fourth men’s victory in five years, likely will use its Pan Am Games crew from south of the border against college contenders from Harvard, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, and Wisconsin. Brown’s women, in the leadoff slot, will be chased by club entries from Riverside, New York AC, and Vesper.

CHAMPIONSHIP EIGHTS (2:45 p.m./2:58 p.m.): Washington is looking to be the first US men’s varsity crew to repeat since Navy in 1983, but there will be fierce resistance from Harvard, archrival Cal, the German under-23s, and a US development boat. Princeton’s women, who ended a 10-year collegiate drought last year, defend against Virginia, Brown, Yale, and a quartet of Dutch entries.

COLLEGIATE EIGHTS (3:28 p.m./3:46 p.m.): Williams, denied a men’s trio last year by Florida Institute of Technology, is back along with three-time champ Trinity and Virginia. The Ephwomen, meanwhile, pursue their third crown in four years against former titlist Grand Valley State.

LIGHTWEIGHT FOURS (4:02 p.m./4:11 p.m.): Yale’s men vie for their third trophy in four years against a bunch of Canadian rivals - former champ Don RC, McGill, Ottawa RC, McMaster, Club d’Aviron Boucherville, and Argonaut RC. Undine Barge Club, which has claimed six of the last 11 women’s titles, will be pushed by Philadelphia rival Vesper, Radcliffe, and Germany’s Deutscher Ruder-club von 1884 e.V., Hannover.

LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHTS (4:27 p.m./4:35 p.m.): It’s a Goldthwait Cup reunion among defending men’s champion Princeton, Yale, and Harvard, with a blended US boat and New York AC very much in the mix. Wisconsin’s women, the only collegiate champions in the event’s three-decade history, are after their third straight, with Stanford, Wisconsin, and Radcliffe on their tails.

JOHN POWERS