Head of the Charles Regatta

Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles Regatta

About Head of the Charles Regatta

The Head of the Charles Regatta began in 1965. This was when Harvard University instructor Ernest Arlett proposed that Boston should have a “head of the river” race similar to those held in his native country, England.

Head of the Charles Regatta

Head of the Charles

The idea was soon taken to heart by Cambridge Boat Club members, and the Regatta began! Holding three mile races against the clock, the Head of the Charles has expanded immensely in the past forty years.

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Head of the Charles Regatta: An October event

Taking place in late October, the two-day event attracts more than 8,000 athletes each year with more than 300,000 spectators. 

The Head of the Charles Regatta begins at the Boston University DeWolfe Boathouse and proceeds approximately three miles upstream to Brighton.

Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate, as the Cambridge tradition includes all different types of rowing clubs such as varsity crew teams, club teams, and alumni teams. For more Cambridge events click here!

Watch a video of the Regatta below!

Head of the Charles Regatta Map & Directions

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