Head of the Charles race capsules

There will be plenty to see from the many vantage points on the foot bridge — including this one at the Eliot Bridge — in racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta Saturday and Sunday.
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There will be plenty to see from the many vantage points on the foot bridge — including this one at the Eliot Bridge — in racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta Saturday and Sunday.

Men’s and women’s starting times in parentheses


GRAND MASTER SINGLES, 50 PLUS (8 a.m./8:30 a.m.)

A lively men’s scuffle among two-time champion Pete MacGowan, Greg Benning and Mike Cataldo, with defending women’s titlist CB Sands Bohrer taking on three-time victor Margarita Zezza, former East German Olympic champion Gabrielle Cipollone and Games running medalist Lynn Jennings.

SENIOR MASTER SINGLES, 40 PLUS (8:54 a.m/9:07 a.m.)

James McGaffigan, the two-time defending men’s champion, will be pushed by Riverside clubmate Sean Wolf and former titlist Tom Bohrer with Australia’s Mark Chapman likely to be in the mix. With Lisa Schlenker opting not to defend her women’s crown, former titlist Tina Vandersteel is heiress apparent, with 10-time, multi-event Head champion Ellen Kennelly, Veronique Oomen and Maureen Harriman giving chase.

SENIOR MASTER EIGHTS, 50 PLUS (9:24 a.m./9:41 a.m.)


Team Attager, composed of regatta officials and their talented pals, goes for its seventh straight men’s crown. Look for Palm Beach and a pair of Olympic reunion boats (1980 RC and Etats Unis) to be in the vicinity while Marin’s reigning champs will be battling the women’s versions of 1980 RC and Etats Unis.

SENIOR MASTER FOURS, 50 PLUS (9:57 a.m./10:09 a.m.)

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The 1980 RC is gunning for a sixth straight men’s crown with former titlist Rocky Mountain and three-time medalist Riverside among the obstacles. On the women’s side, Orleans Sweeps goes for its third triumph in four years, with former champ Watercat and Weybridge from the United Kingdom in pursuit.

SENIOR MASTER DOUBLES, 50 PLUS (10:35 a.m./10:52 a.m.)

Defending men’s champions Mike Hughes and Doug Hamilton will be dealing with the rest of last year’s top six as well as contenders from Spain, Germany and Zimbabwe plus UMass women’s coach Jim Dietz, who has 18 Head trophies on his résumé, and partner Mark Wilson. Frances Tuite and Ingeborg Steckl, the two-time defending women’s titlists, will try to hold off former victors Trina Olin-Santry and Gia DeAngelis.

ALUMNI EIGHTS (11:16 a.m./11:34 a.m.)
Northeastern’s alpha dogs are sniffing after a fourth straight while Brown’s women, who set a course record last year, will be confronted by two-time champion Virginia, Ithaca and a Michigan boat stacked with four former national teamers in Brett Sickler, Ellen Tomek, Stesha Carle and Sarah Trowbridge.

CLUB SINGLES (11:48 a.m./12:09 p.m.)

With last year’s top five having paddled on, former British lightweight teamer Ian Watson and Ruud Pepping of the Netherlands are the ones to watch in a men’s field top-heavy with young’uns. Former masters sculler Amelia Booth has the edge on local scullers Kelley Woodacre (Riverside) and Alice Taggart (Union) amid a women’s field featuring numerous girls, most notably Connecticut sisters Mary and Claire Campbell.

CLUB FOURS (12:30 p.m./12:55 p.m.)


With Peterborough RC, the two-time defending champions, moving up to the men’s championship event look for a tussle among three-time titlist Union, Potomac and Marin. Boston University, the reigning women’s royalty, goes bow-to-bow with Boston College again, with Canadian rivals McGill and Leander likely to be in the vicinity.

CLUB EIGHTS (1:20 p.m./1:35 p.m.)

Brown, which knocked off men’s titlist Harvard last year, will have to stave off the Crimson again while Tennessee, the six-time women’s winner, has its hands full with collegiate rivals Yale, Radcliffe and Alabama as well as a couple of club contenders in four-time champ Riverside and Union.

MASTER DOUBLES, 40 PLUS (1:53 p.m./2:04 p.m.)

Dan Gorriaran and Michael Smith, who won their seventh men’s crown last year, will have the same folks chasing them in Finbarr McCarthy and James Dundon of the Minneapolis RC and Rob White and Kevin McDonnell of Riverside. Saiya Remmler, who has won five women’s titles, has a new partner in three-time world champion Linda Muri and a couple of prime challengers in Cindy Matthes-Mary Mazzio of the Cambridge BC and Carin Reynolds-Tracy Glover.

MASTER FOURS, 40 PLUS (2:19 p.m./2:31 p.m.)

With defender Charles River RA abdicating, five-time champ Palm Beach looms as the men’s favorite ahead of a couple of Pocock RC boats and an intriguing entry from Shanghai. Potomac hopes to repeat as the women’s champs ahead of the likes of Colorado and Saugatuck.

MASTER EIGHTS, 40 PLUS (2:49 p.m./3:02 p.m.)

Canada’s Kennebacasis, the defending men’s titlists, will be dealing with Cambridge BC, the 87 Gold RC reunion boat and a Molesey outfit that includes Sir Matthew Pinsent, the four-time Olympic gold medalist. Toronto Sculling is vying for its third women’s laurels in four years against former champ BMA (i.e. Cornell alumnae) and Leander.

CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES (3:16 p.m./3:26 p.m.)


If American brothers Peter and Tom Graves are going to claim a fourth straight men’s title, they’ll have to hold off a mixed-and-matched Olympic gauntlet of Marcel Hacker-Glenn Ochal, Iztok Cop-Olaf Tufte and Allen Campbell-Aleksandar Aleksandrov. Returning women’s champion Jenn Goldsack, now with Monica George, will face Canadian world teamers Emily Cameron and Kerry Shaffer, plus Grace Luczak-Kelly Pierce.

COLLEGIATE FOURS (3:40 p.m./3:55 p.m.)

Virginia, which won last year’s men’s race by more than a minute, will be dogged by a Fordham crew bidding for its fifth medal in as many years as well as by Trinity, Bowdoin, Wesleyan and Colby, whose NESCAC colleagues Hamilton and Middlebury have a good chance to claim the women’s title vacated by Washington University.

CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES (4:14 p.m./4:23 p.m.)

New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale, who won his second men’s title last year, returns with an Olympic gold medal around his neck. For company he’ll have fellow five-ringers Lassi Karonen and James Chapman as well as two-time titlist Michael Sivigny and Tom Paradiso. Gevvie Stone, who was the US sculler in London, will need to hold off gold and bronze medalists Miroslava Knapkova and Kim Crow plus former champion Ursula Grobler if she’s to claim her fourth women’s crown.



US Rowing, with three members from Capital’s defending champs, is odds-on against Athletes Without Limits.


Paralympic medalists Rob Jones and Oksana Masters are the ones to beat. Betsy Mitchell-Keniel Martinez and James Brooks-Bo Tanner will try.


With the traditional handicaps giving way to age groups, former titlist Carlo Zezza will be favored as Richard (Old Man River) Kendall goes after his 12th crown in 13 years.


Jan Stone, the two-time defending senior champion has a rematch with Eve Green, who has won six of the last 10 titles, while Marie Hagelstein defends her veteran crown.


Richard Anderson, the two-time defending men’s victor, will be pushed by Gregg Stone, just up from the grand masters division. Michael Tebay and Frank Verhulst, who rowed for the British and Dutch teams in the ’70s, are dark horses.

YOUTH FOURS (10:05 a.m./10:52 a.m.)

Sarasota will defend its men’s title against a potent Long Beach entry, with Lud Braca, Xavier High and Episcopal Academy also involved. Connecticut BC, the reigning women’s champs, will have to handle former winners Marina AC from Los Angeles as well as the Rex BC from the UK.

MASTER SINGLES 40 PLUS (11:23 a.m./11:35 a.m.)

Matt McCarthy, the defending men’s champion, takes on Pete Morelli, three-time lightweight champ Richard Montgomery and former club victor Igor Belakovskiy while women’s titlist Lisa Weise defends against Aisha Chow, among others.

YOUTH DOUBLES (11:55 a.m./12:12 p.m.)

Chase Buchholz, Narragansett’s defending men’s champ, has a new partner in Isaac Mocarski. Cheston Heldman and James Barnett of Dallas RC will be among their rivals. Look for a high-octane wrangle among junior world medalists Carolina and Georgia Ratliff of Northern Virginia and Cambridge BC’s Elizabeth Sharis and Cecily Madden, along with national medalists Louisa Freeman and Jo Gurman of Saugatuck.

LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLES (12:33 p.m./12:44 p.m.)

Jon Winter defends his men’s crown against national-teamer Sam Cunningham while Kristin Hedstrom, fresh off the Olympics, shoots for her third women’s title in four years, with Alexis Sneff, Catherine Infantino and Zimbabwe’s Vivian Knott her most significant opponents.

YOUTH EIGHTS (1:05 p.m./1:50 p.m.)

Marin, after its third straight men’s laurels, will have to fend off a couple of entries from former champion Eton. Oakland Strokes, the defending women’s and reigning national titlist, will duel Community Rowing, which has won six times since 2000, and a couple of Midwestern entries in St. Ursula Academy and Ann Arbor Huron.

CHAMPIONSHIP FOURS (2:32 p.m./2:40 p.m.)

Wisconsin’s men, bidding for their third title in four years, will face stout resistance from US Rowing, a stacked Washington boat and Stanford. Vesper’s women will be defending against NCAA champion Virginia, which has won six times since 2001, as well as a Canadian national entry and Brock University.

CHAMPIONSHIP EIGHTS (2:55 p.m/3:08 p.m.)

Harvard, which is hoping to be the first US college to repeat as men’s champs since Navy in 1983, will need to amp up against the Great 8 of Olympic scullers (rowing as Tideway), once-perennial victor US Rowing and former titlist Washington. The women’s race will be a replay of the Olympic final with the US, Canada and the Netherlands as well as a Great 8 stacked with Olympians, a London RC entry filled with British and New Zealand medalists as well as returning titlist Virginia, the reigning collegiate champs.

COLLEGIATE EIGHTS (3:43 p.m./4 p.m.)

Both Williams’ crews go for their fourth crown in five years. The men will be fending off Boston College, New Hampshire and Virginia while the women will be up against former victor Grand Valley and Bates, last year’s runner-up.

LIGHTWEIGHT FOURS (4:15 p.m./4:23 p.m.)

Should be a three-way men’s battle among defending champion New York AC, Navy’s national titlists and two-time former victor Yale, with the Club d’Aviron de Boucherville adding some Gallic flair. Vesper’s women’s titlists will fight off Undine Barge Club, which has won six times in the last dozen years, as well as Brock.

LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHTS (4:38 p.m./4:45 p.m.)

US Rowing’s defending men’s champs will have to fight off the collegiate Big 3 -- Harvard’s national titlists, who are looking for their first title since 1975 as well as former victors Princeton and Yale. Wisconsin’s three-time reigning women’s titlists and course recordholders will have their hands full with Stanford’s three-time national champs and Radcliffe, both seeking their first crowns.

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