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.
“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.”