The 2016 Head of the Charles, by the numbers

Head of the Charles.
The Princeton University's women's four, pictured at last year's race. –Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe

The annual Head of the Charles Regatta takes place Saturday and Sunday. Here are some important facts and figures about the historic event.

51: The number of years the Head of the Charles has been held. The first race was organized in 1965.

11,ooo: The number of participants in the Regatta every year. It is the largest two day rowing event in the world.

400,000: The number of spectators that line the banks of the Charles River for the regatta.

1,900: The number of boats that will be on the Charles River during the Regatta.

6: The number of bridges in the three-mile course. It is known as a difficult course to complete without mistakes.


$65,000: The amount the Head of the Charles’ charity program has raised since 1998 for its charities in Cambridge.

18:17.14: The record Men’s time in the Club Singles event, set by Nat Keohane in 1997. The women’s record of 20:36.59 was also set in 1997, by Josee Paquette.

1,400: The number of volunteers that help put the Head of the Charles together.

14: The age of the youngest participant in the regatta. The range has gone from 14 years old to 85.

10: The percentage of international participants.


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