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10 tips on how to enjoy the Head of the Charles Regatta

Sights from all along the Charles River on Day 1 of the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. (Video by Taylor DeLench)
Sights from all along the Charles River on Day 1 of the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. (Video by Taylor DeLench)

It’s a full weekend of rowing for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta, and here are 10 helpful details to help you navigate what looks like a perfect fall weekend, Oct. 17-18.

■  The first race launches at 8 a.m. Saturday, the men’s senior veteran singles and doubles (70 and over). Sunday the first race is again at 8 a.m. A new race begins every 10-20 minutes, all day, until 5 p.m. both days.

■  Don’t drive. It will be crazy. It’s a nice walk from Back Bay, Kenmore Square, Brighton, parts of Allson, M.I.T., or Harvard Square.

■ Using GPS on your phone? Type in 1225 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 02135

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■  The races start near the BU Bridge and finish just past Harvard Stadium for landmarks.

■  A rowing and fitness expo takes place Friday, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christian Herter Park along Soldiers Field Road in Allston.

■  If you know someone rowing and want to see them afterward, singles and doubles will likely be at Magazine Beach in Cambridge, while fours and eights will finish at Herter Park.

■  The best place to watch? On either side of the river between the Anderson and Weeks bridges.

■  Just walk the 3-mile course along the river. It’ll take an hour and be worth every step.

■  Avoid Memorial Drive all weekend!

■  Hungry? Grab a bite at the Cambridge Boat Club, or the Rowing and Fitness Expo.

(Boston Globe) The Simmons College womens’ rowing team takes a 60-second tour of the race course.
(Boston Globe) The Simmons College womens' rowing team takes a 60-second tour of the race course.

Doug Most can be reached at dmost@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globedougmost