20 picture-perfect photos from the Head of the Charles Regatta

The 54th edition took place this past weekend in Cambridge.

Rowers take to the river in preparation for the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge. More than 11,000 athletes representing 23 countries around the world converged in Boston this past weekend for the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta. One of the world’s premier rowing competitions, the annual event featuring top college crew programs and some of the best rowers in the world, began on Saturday and featured 66 different events.
Rowers take to the river in preparation for the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge. More than 11,000 athletes representing 23 countries around the world converged in Boston this past weekend for the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta. One of the world’s premier rowing competitions, the annual event featuring top college crew programs and some of the best rowers in the world, began on Saturday and featured 66 different events. –Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff

The 54th edition of the Head of the Charles Regatta took place in Cambridge this past weekend.

The event attracted rowers from all over the world, including championship, collegiate, and youth crews, among other rowers. Each year, the regatta draws significantly more applications than it can accommodate, but it’s still able to cater to a variety of ages and skill levels.

While the event makes traffic in Cambridge and Boston increase, it provides a unique experience for both first-timers and and longtime attendees every October. The event, as it usually does, drew tens of thousands of people.

Forty-three states and 24 countries were represented in the race this year, including teams from Canada, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Cuba, South Africa, and the Netherlands, according to a Head of the Charles statement.

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“This is Christmas for rowers,” Pat Montain, a Holliston resident, told The Boston Globe. “Nineteen-seventy-seven was the first time I raced, then five years ago, then last year. I love it because it’s a sport you can never grow out of.”

Here are some photos from the weekend:

Rocky Mountain Rowing Crew races against the clock. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
With a prime view of Boston surrounding them, competitors make their way to the starting line. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
The coxswain for the Bainbridge Island Women’s Senior Master Fours directs his team. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Mary Farrell of Cambridge makes her way through the water. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Rowers take to the river in preparation for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge. —Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff
Rick Gaitskell, of Rhode Island, watches crews row up the Charles River. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
Pigeons fly over the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
From left to right: Archer McCrudden, 5, Mimi McCrudden, 7, cheer on their mother Amanda, 39, with their father Charlie McCrudden, 50, of Maryland during a race. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
A coxed four men’s crew passes from under Week’s Bridge. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
Anne Grete Gormley, 62, of Ireland, prepares to push off of the dock. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
Spectators watch intently as rowers head toward the finish line. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
The Head of the Charles Regatta featured some of the best rowers in the world. —Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff
Rowers take to the river in preparation for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge. —Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff
Two eights crews battle up the Charles River during a race. —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
Riverfront Recapture passes Mohawk River in the Men’s Senior Master Fours competition. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Rowers take to the river in preparation for the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge. —Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff
Bonna Sue Burtt-Greenberg competes in the Women’s Veteran race. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
The MIT Grad team in the Men’s Senior Master Eights returns to the H.W. Pierce Boathouse. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Athletes make their way past Weld Boat House. —Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Crowds gather at Eliot Bridge to watch rowers round the bend to the finish line —Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe
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