Heading to Bean Town: the Head of the Charles!

Oct 19, 2010

Snow fails to dampen our enthusiasm at the 2009 Head of the Charles Regatta

We’re doing laundry and packing our bags for the drive down to Boston for the Head of the Charles. It is always a sight to see so many boat trailers hauling down the highways as if pulled by a giant magnet sunken under the Charles River. The Concept2 CTS service trailer is packed up, ready to go, and pointed south!

The Concept2 CTS tent will be located at the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS) along the river. We’re once again neighboring Hudson Boat Works and are across the sidewalk from the Head of the Charles Rowing and Fitness Expo. Please come say hello! We’ll have the new Dynamic Indoor Rower on site and invite you to come give it a row!

For competitors, Concept2 CTS provides warm-up ergs in a tent located in Parking Lot #4 (near the boat trailer parking lot). Look for signs pointing you towards this large round tent. These 16+ indoor rowers are available on a first-come first-serve basis, so please take advantage of this resource but be considerate with your time.

The Head of the Charles is a wonderful celebration of rowing, and has grown to become the world’s largest two-day rowing event. If you’ve never seen a regatta, this is a fun one to watch. Crews are sent down the river approximately 15 seconds apart in the 3-mile “head” style race. Watch bow numbers to see who’s passed who, as boats race each other and the clock. The Head of the Charles is a notoriously difficult race to steer, which adds drama to the racing as spectators line bridges and river banks to cheer on their favorite crews. Bring a cowbell and wear your team colors!

Here’s some information to help you get around on race weekend. We recommend using the free shuttle buses.

More advice from the Head of the Charles regulars: wear good waterproof walking shoes and pack your layers! It can be a beautiful sunny fall day or, like last year, it can snow! Now back to that packing…

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