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Quiet ride for Head of the Charles race monitors

Most fans watching the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend will focus on the graceful sweep of rowers plying the water, paying little attention to the long, flat motorboats used by race monitors.

But those boats are vital for referees and for coaches training crew teams. And this weekend, rowing enthusiasts will see a newly designed motorboat that is so quiet and disrupts the water so little that it could draw even less attention.

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