Head of the Charles Regatta 2023: All You Need to Know

Head of the Charles Regatta, rowing competition, viewing spots

Head of the Charles Regatta 2023 in Boston: A Weekend of Spectacle and Competition

Boston’s biggest weekend on the Charles River is here. The Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a must-see event for both rowing enthusiasts and those who simply love a good spectacle. Established in 1965 by devoted members of the Cambridge Boat Club, this fall regatta has evolved into the largest three-day rowing competition in the world, attracting over 11,000 rowers and 1,900 boats across 60 events.

When is the Head of the Charles Regatta?

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 22nd. The action starts bright and early at 7:45 am on Friday with the Men’s Senior-Veteran/Grand Veteran Singles [70+, 80+]. Racing on Friday will wrap up around 11 am. On Saturday and Sunday, expect another early start time of 7:45 am, with races concluding around 4:30 pm.

For a more detailed schedule, be sure to visit the official HOCR website.

What are the most exciting races to watch?

Save the best for last! The highly anticipated championship fours and championship eights races take place on Sunday afternoon. Brace yourself for thrilling action as the men’s championship fours begin at 1:21 pm and the women’s at 1:35 pm. The men’s championship eights follow at 1:57 pm, with the women’s race at 2:32 pm. These races are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Where can I watch the Head of the Charles Regatta?

With six bridges spanning the course, you’ll find prime viewing spots from both sides of the river. The banks will be lined with passionate fans, but you can also head to Riverbend Park between the Weeks Footbridge and the Anderson Bridge for an excellent vantage point. If you’re looking for a curated experience, consider purchasing tickets to Reunion Village or the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, offering food, drinks, and shopping. This year, the FALS (Finish Area Launch Site) bar joins the lineup, conveniently located near the race finish and open to anyone over 21.

For an electrifying atmosphere, BU Bridge, Weeks Footbridge, Eliot Bridge, and the Finish Line at Herter Park are your go-to spots. To catch a closer glimpse of the competitors themselves, position yourself on one of the bridges between Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive.

How long is the race on the Charles?

The challenging three-mile course commences at the Boston University DeWolfe Boathouse, near the Charles River Basin, and culminates just before Northeastern University’s Henderson Boathouse at the iconic Eliot Bridge. Prepare to witness the physical and mental strength of the rowers as they conquer this demanding stretch of the river.

Where should I go for food and drinks during the Head of the Charles?

When it’s time to refuel or celebrate, look no further than our comprehensive guides to the best restaurants in the Back Bay and Cambridge. Whether you fancy a refreshing drink or a satisfying dinner, these recommendations will ensure you have a memorable dining experience during the race weekend. Trust the expertise of JQ Louise, Editor of Time Out Boston, and Tanya Edwards, a valued contributor.

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