Everything to know about the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta

Eight-man crews competing in last year’s Head of the Charles Regatta. Craig F. Walker for the Boston Globe

Competitors young and old are set to converge on the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend as 11,000 athletes will race in 66 different events.

College crew teams from around the nation will be competing alongside some of the best rowers in the region and the world.

Rio Olympics silver medalist Damir Martin of Croatia will be competing in the men’s championship singles race along with Norway’s Kjetil Borch, who took the top spot in 2012 and 2013.

In the women’s championship singles, Genevra Stone of the United States is the top qualifier. Stone, a silver medalist in Rio who lives in Newton, took last year’s women’s championship singles race, giving her seven career wins at the Head of the Charles.


Here’s a guide.

Dates: Oct. 21 – Oct. 22

Times: The Saturday races run from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Sunday races run 7:45 a.m. to 3:54 p.m.

The course: The start line is at the Boston University Boathouse. The finish line is near Herter Park. The course is 3 miles and runs upstream. It takes about an hour to walk. Here is a course map for competitors and a course map for spectators.

Competitors map | Spectators map

Award Ceremonies: All award ceremonies will be held at Attager Row, located just before the finish line. Ceremonies will be held following the races at 5 p.m.

Race results: The results board will be located outside Attager Row. Results can also be found here.

Where to watch: The six bridges along the course are great places to take in the action. The BU Bridge, the River Street Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, Weeks Bridge, Anderson Bridge, and Eliot Bridge all have great views. Anywhere along the river bank also makes for good views.

Spectators lined the banks of the Charles, while others watched from the Weeks Bridge, during the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta.


Saturday, Oct. 21 (Event times subject to change)


7:45 a.m.: Men’s senior veteran singles I and II [70+]

8:05 a.m.: Women’s veteran I/II and senior veteran I/II singles [60 ­ 69, 70+]

8:40 a.m.: Men’s veteran singles I and II [60+]

9:06 a.m.: Men’s grand master singles [50+]

9:26 a.m.: Women’s grand master singles [50+]

9:50 a.m.: Men’s senior master eights [50+]

10:11 a.m.: Women’s senior master eights [50+]

10:29 a.m.: Men’s senior master fours [50+]

10:47 a.m.: Women’s senior master fours [50+]

11:11 a.m.: Men’s master doubles [40+]

11:20 a.m.: Men’s senior master doubles [50+]

11:40 a.m.: Women’s master doubles [40+]

11:50 a.m.: Women’s senior master doubles [50+]

12:07 p.m.: Men’s master singles [30+]

12:19 p.m.: Men’s senior master singles [40+]

12:31 p.m.: Women’s master singles [30+]

12:41 p.m.: Women’s senior masters singles [40+]

12:59 p.m.: Men’s alumni eights

1:18 p.m.: Women’s alumni eights

1:37 p.m.: Men’s club fours

1:57 p.m.: Women’s club fours

2:23 p.m.: Men’s club eights

2:37 p.m.: Women’s club eights

2:55 p.m.: Men’s master fours [40+]

3:07 p.m.: Women’s master fours [40+]

3:25 p.m.: Men’s master eights [40+]

3:37 p.m.: Women’s master eights [40+]

3:51 p.m.: Men’s championship doubles

4:00 p.m.: Women’s championship doubles

4:11 p.m.: Men’s championship singles; Men’s lightweight singles


4:26 p.m.: Women’s championship singles; Women’s lightweight singles

4:45 p.m.: Mixed legs/trunk/arms fours; Mixed inclusion

Sunday, Oct. 22

7:45 a.m.: Mixed inclusion 2x; trunk/arms doubles

8:08 a.m.: Men’s club singles; Men’s youth singles

8:31 a.m.: Womens club singles; Women’s youth singles

8:53 a.m.: Women’s youth fours

9:29 a.m.: Directors’ Challenge Women’s quads

9:47 a.m.: Womens youth coxed quad

10:06 a.m.: Women’s youth eights

10:40 a.m.: Directors’ Challenge Parent/Child doubles

11:01 a.m Men’s youth doubles

11:16 a.m.: Women’s youth doubles

11:36 a.m.: Men’s youth fours

12:11 p.m.: Directors’ Challenge Men’s quads

12:27 p.m.: Mens youth coxed quad

12:45 p.m.: Men’s youth eights

1:16 p.m.: Men’s championship fours; Men’s lightweight fours

1:30 p.m.: Women’s championship fours; Women’s lightweight fours

1:48 p.m.: Men’s championship eights; Men’s lightweight eights

2:05 p.m.: Men’s collegiate eights

2:22 p.m.: Women’s championship eights; Women’s lightweight eights

2:39 p.m.: Women’s collegiate eights

2:53 p.m.: Men’s collegiate fours

3:08 p.m.: Women’s collegiate fours

3:29 p.m.: Directors Challenge Mixed doubles

3:54 p.m.: Directors’ Challenge Mixed eight


The regatta provides two complimentary shuttle busses with service throughout the course. The shuttles start running Friday at noon and will be making stops every 20 minutes until 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the shuttles will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be stopping every 15 minutes.

Race Course Shuttle: Will stop at the singles and doubles launch site, Lars Anderson Bridge (Boston side), Cambridge Boat Club, and the Finish Area launch site.


Birmingham Parkway Shuttle: Will be running from the parking area on Birmingham Parkway to the Finish Area launch site.


Using public transportation is highly recommended since parking is limited; but if public transportation is out of the question here is where you can park.

Birmingham Parkway: Free on-street parking is available. The parkway runs next to Interstate 90 and is accessible from Market Street off Soldiers Field Road or from Soldiers Field Road and Route 20 intersection near Community Rowing. The lots are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is no parking after 6 p.m.

Alewife T Station: Garage parking for 2,733 cars and Red Line T service to Harvard Square accessible from Route 2 off I-95. From Harvard Square it’s a short walk to the river and the Weld Exhibition/Reunion Village area. Parking is available seven days a week for 24 hours. Parking costs $7 for day parking and $8 to park overnight.

Harvard Stadium, Gate 14: Parking available for about 500 cars and the lots accessible off Solders Field Road heading east. The lot is located across from the FALS/Rowing and Fitness Expo area. Parking coats $30 and the lot will be available Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Road closures

From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial Drive from Cambridge Boat Club to Western Ave will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.