Head of the Charles Regatta

Head of the Charles Regatta schedule and information

With so many races occurring simultaneously, and each team starting at a different time, a schedule is helpful to view the world’s largest rowing competition.
Jim Davis/The Boston Globe
With so many races occurring simultaneously, and each team starting at a different time, a schedule is helpful to view the world’s largest rowing competition.

The 48th Head of the Charles Regatta is expected to bring more than 300,000 spectators to the the banks of the Charles River to cheer on thousands of rowers. The 3-mile stretch begins at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse in Cambridge and ends at Artesani Park in Boston. The regatta will host 55 competitive races over a two-day period with 9,000 athletes ranging in age from 14 to 85. It is the world’s largest rowing competition.

Here is a look at the event details and schedule.

What: 48th Head of the Charles Regatta


When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Where: Charles River, Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts

Start: Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse (619 Memorial Drive, Cambridge)

Finish: Artesani Park (1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston)

Who’s involved: 9,000 top rowing athletes, ages 14 to 85, from 19 different countries, in front of 300,000 spectators



(Parking onsite over Regatta weekend is extremely limited. Use of public transportation is urged)

Birmingham Parkway: Free on-street parking. Parkway runs next to I-90 and is accessible from Market Street off of Soldiers Field Road or from Soldiers Field Road and Route 20 intersection near Community Rowing. A shuttle runs from Birmingham Parkway to the FALS/Rowing and Fitness Expo area

Alewife T Station: Accessible from Route 2 off of I-95. Garage with parking for 2,733 cars and Red Line T service to Harvard Square, a short walk to the river and the Weld Exhibition/Reunion Village area. Available 24 hours ($7/day, $8 overnight)

Race schedule

(Times subject to change)

Saturday, Oct 20

8:00 am Men’s Grand Master Singles (50+)


8:30 am Women’s Grand Master Singles (50+)

8:54 am Men’s Senior Master Singles (40+)

9:07 am Women’s Senior Master Singles (40+)

9:24 am Men’s Senior Master Eights (50+)

9:41 am Women’s Senior Master Eights (50+)

9:57 am Men’s Senior Master Fours (50+)

10:09 am Women’s Senior Master Fours (50+)

10:35 am Men’s Senior Master Doubles (50+)

10:52 am Women’s Senior Master Doubles (50+)

11:16 am Men’s Alumni Eights

11:34 am Women’s Alumnae Eights

11:48 am Men’s Club Singles

12:09 pm Women’s Club Singles

12:30 pm Men’s Club Fours

12:55 pm Women’s Club Fours

1:20 pm Men’s Club Eights

1:35 pm Women’s Club Eights

1:53 pm Men’s Master Doubles (40+)

2:04 pm Women’s Master Doubles (40+)

2:19 pm Men’s Master Fours (40+)

2:31 pm Women’s Master Fours (40+)

2:49 pm Men’s Master Eights (40+)

3:02 pm Women’s Master Eights (40+)

3:16 pm Men’s Championship Doubles

3:26 pm Women’s Championship Doubles

3:40 pm Men’s Collegiate Fours

3:55 pm Women’s Collegiate Fours

4:14 pm Men’s Championship Singles

4:23 pm Women’s Championship Singles

4:34 pm Directors’ Challenge Parent/Child Doubles

4:51 pm Directors’ Challenge Mixed Doubles

Sunday, Oct. 21

8:00 am Mixed Adaptive Fours

8:16 am Mixed/Same Gender Adaptive Doubles

8:35 am Men’s Senior Veteran Singles I and II (70+)

9:03 am Women’s Veteran I/II and Senior Veteran I/II (60-69, 70+)

9:30 am Men’s Veteran Singles I and II (60+)

10:05 am Men’s Youth Fours

10:36 am Directors’ Challenge Women’s Quads

10:52 am Women’s Youth Fours

11:23 am Men’s Master Singles

11:35 am Women’s Master Singles

11:55 am Men’s Youth Doubles

12:12 pm Women’s Youth Doubles

12:33 pm Men’s Lightweight Singles

12:44 pm Women’s Lightweight Singles

1:05 pm Men’s Youth Eights

1:34 pm Directors’ Challenge Men’s Quads

1:50 pm Women’s Youth Eights

2:32 pm Men’s Championship Fours

2:40 pm Women’s Championship Fours

2:55 pm Men’s Championship Eights

3:08 pm Women’s Championship Eights

3:26 pm Directors’ Challenge Mixed Quads

3:43 pm Men’s Collegiate Eights

4:00 pm Women’s Collegiate Eights

4:15 pm Men’s Lightweight Fours

4:23 pm Women’s Lightweight Fours

4:38 pm Men’s Lightweight Eights

4:45 pm Women’s Lightweight Eights

Other activities

Eliot Bridge Enclosure: For the fourth year, the Head of the Charles Regatta will host the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, a come-and-go-access hospitality tent with fine dining, coffee and tea and a selection of beers, wine and sodas. Tickets are $90 for one day or $125 for a two-day pass. Only credit cards are accepted and you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase tickets. There is no charge for children under 10, but they must be with an adult at all times. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-868-6200 or by emailing Pending availability, extra tickets can be purchased on-site. The Enclosure will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22.

Weld Exhibition: Located near Harvard’s Weld Boathouse, the Weld Exhibition hosts food vendors with free samples. It is also a place to watch the races, set up in the middle of the course.

Rowing & Fitness Expo: The Expo will be located in the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS). It will host top rowing and boating manufacturers as well as companies like Brooks Brothers, Sperry Top-Siders and Clif Bar. The Expo will open on Friday, Oct. 19 at noon.

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