The 50th Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day regatta, will take place Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18-19), along a three-mile stretch of the Charles River beginning at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse and ending at Christian Herter Park.
Here’s a schedule, with spectator information below.
8:00 Men’s Senior Veteran Singles I and II [70+]
8:20 Women’s Veteran I/II and Senior Veteran I/II [60 - 69, 70+]
8:53 Men’s Veteran Singles I and II [60+]
9:20 Men’s Grand Master Singles [50+]
9:42 Women’s Grand Master Singles [50+]
10:06 Men’s Senior Master Eights [50+]
10:27 Women’s Senior Master Eights [50+]
10:46 Men’s Senior Master Fours [50+]
11:07 Women’s Senior Master Fours [50+]
11:34 Men’s Senior Master Doubles [50+]
11:51 Women’s Senior Master Doubles [50+]
12:08 Men’s Senior Master Singles [40+]
12:21 Women’s Senior Masters Singles [40+]
12:38 Men’s Alumni Eights
12:59 Women’s Alumni Eights
1:18 Men’s Club Fours
1:38 Women’s Club Fours
2:07 Men’s Club Eights
2:23 Women’s Club Eights
2:39 Men’s Master Fours [40+]
2:51 Women’s Master Fours [40+]
3:09 Men’s Master Eights [40+]
3:21 Women’s Master Eights [40+]
3:34 Men’s Championship Doubles
3:46 Women’s Championship Doubles
4:00 Men’s Collegiate Fours
4:14 Women’s Collegiate Fours
4:30 Men’s Championship Singles
4:39 Women’s Championship Singles
4:50 Directors’ Challenge Parent/Child Doubles
5:10 Directors Challenge Mixed Doubles
8:00 Mixed Legs/Trunk/Arms Fours
8:08 Mixed/Same Gender Trunk/Arms Doubles
8:27 Men’s Club Singles
8:27 Men’s Youth Singles
8:50 Womens Club Singles
8:50 Women’s Youth Singles
9:13 Men’s Youth Fours
9:45 Directors’ Challenge Women’s Quads
10:08 Men’s Youth Eights
10:37 Men’s Master Singles
10:46 Women’s Master Singles
11:02 Men’s Youth Doubles
11:17 Women’s Youth Doubles
11:32 Men’s Lightweight Singles
11:41 Women’s Lightweight Singles
11:54 Women’s Youth Fours
12:31 Directors’ Challenge Men’s Quads
12:48 Women’s Youth Eights
1:20 Men’s Master Doubles [40+]
1:28 Women’s Master Doubles [40+]
1:43 Men’s Championship Fours
1:51 Women’s Championship Fours
2:03 Men’s Championship Eights
2:18 Women’s Championship Eights
2:33 Directors’ Challenge Mixed Quads
2:52 Men’s Collegiate Eights
3:08 Women’s Collegiate Eights
3:22 Men’s Lightweight Fours
3:31 Women’s Lightweight Fours
3:44 Men’s Lightweight Eights
3:51 Women’s Lightweight Eights
Event website: www.HOCR.org.
1) Birmingham Parkway: The cheapest (free) but least reliable parking option, as it is first-come, first-serve. The Parkway is accessible from Market Street off of Soldiers Field Road or from Soldiers Field Road and the Route 20 intersection near Community Rowing. The parking is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and can be reached by the free shuttle bus service (see below) or a short walk along the river. Parking is not allowed after 6 p.m.
2) Alewife Station: Lots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cost is $7 per day and $8 overnight. From Alewife, it is a short ride on the Red Line to Harvard Station, which is located about a five minute walk from the racecourse.
3) Harvard Stadium, Gate 14: In the heart of the action, this option is available Friday, Saturday after 12 p.m., and Sunday for $20 per day.
Shuttle service: While much of the area carries parking restrictions, the HOCR runs a pair of shuttle busses that run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Race Course Loop makes stops at the Finish Area Launching Site (Lot 4, Artesani Park), Riverside Boat Club, Reunion Village, and Cambridge Boat Club. The second bus makes a loop around Birmingham Parkway in Brighton and makes stops at Everett St. (across from Artesani Park), Birmingham Parkway East (near CBS), and Birmingham Parkway West (near McDonald’s). Each bus comes roughly every 15 minutes.
Festivities: At the heart of the racecourse sits two of the more popular land attractions during regatta weekend: Reunion Village and the Weld Exhibition.
Located between the Anderson and Weeks Bridges on the Boston side of the Charles will be the Reunion Village, which features one of the best views along the course. A one-day pass costs $10, a weekend pass $15, and kids under 12 are free.
Across the river sits the Weld Exhibition, where sponsors offer local flavors and free samples. Official race merchandise and live race results are available here.
Also at the Finish Area Launching Site is the Rowing & Fitness Expo, which includes more than 70 vendors of rowing equipment, boats, food, and corporate displays.
Food: Reunion Village offers breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Pop-up food trucks and tents with free samples are sprinkled across the course, while the HOCR website also lists a group of official preferred restaurants around the city.
Andrew MacDougall can be reached at aj.macdougall.com.