2015 Head of the Charles Regatta race previews

Two days of racing on the Charles River begins Saturday morning.
Two days of racing on the Charles River begins Saturday morning.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

The 51st Head of the Charles Regatta will see two days of racing, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17-18, with rowers ranging from their twenties into their eighties. If you miss one race, another will be coming down the river right behind it.



I and II 70 PLUS (8 a.m.): Chuck Cook (70-74) and Carlo Zezza (75-79) return to defend their titles while 12-time victor Richard Kendall bids to reclaim his grand vet crown from Christopher Collins.

WOMEN’S VETERAN SINGLES I and II 60 PLUS/SENIOR VETERAN SINGLES I and II 70 PLUS (8:20 a.m.): Catherine Widgery is favored to take back her 60-64 crown while Jill Gardner will defend her’s in the 65-69 group. Harriet Cuyler will have to hold off Catherine Kemper and Barbara Hogan, new arrivals from the veteran level, to keep her 70-74 laurels while reigning champs Judith Gillern (75-79) and ageless Eve Green (80-plus) both return.

MEN’S VETERAN SINGLES I and II 60 PLUS (8:53 a.m.): Gregg Stone goes for a three-peat in the 60-64 category with former holder Al Flanders in pursuit while Raimond Haberl looks to retain his 65-69 title.


MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GRAND MASTER SINGLES 50 PLUS (9:20 a.m./9:42 a.m.): The invincible Greg Benning vies for his fourth straight men’s victory with James Dahl and Bob Eldridge giving chase while Saiya Remmler goes for three women’s in a row with three-time winner Margarita Zezza on her tail.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SENIOR MASTER EIGHTS 50 PLUS (10:06 a.m./10:27 a.m.): Marin’s men’s boat will be dealing with former champion Palm Beach, Penn AC, 87 Gold (the former US world champs), Molesey and Italian and German entries to retain its title. Long Beach, which last year ended Marin’s three-year women’s reign, will have to contend with the Bay Area club as well as Chinook and former champs Etats Unis, a US reunion entry.


MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SENIOR MASTER FOURS 50 PLUS (10:46 a.m./11:07 a.m.): Cambridge Boat Club goes for three straight against six-time men’s victor 1980 Rowing Club, West Sacramento’s River City and Philadelphia’s Vesper while Community Rowing is favored to inherit Melbourne’s women’s crown against the likes of Chinook, Minneapolis and Dutch club Willem III.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SENIOR MASTER DOUBLES 50 PLUS (11:34 a.m./11:51 a.m.): Michael Smith and Dan Gorriaran, who won a record eight men’s masters titles, are favored for their third consecutive one in this event as are Dartmouth women’s coach Linda Muri and CB Sands-Bohrer, who also are the course recordholders.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SENIOR MASTER SINGLES 40 PLUS (12:08 p.m./12:21 p.m.): Jim McGaffigan bids for a record fourth men’s crown with archrival and two-time winner Russell Cone in the way plus Mike Sivigny, the two-time championship singles victor. Lisa Weise, the former masters titlist who dethroned three-time women’s victor Tina Vandersteel last time, will have to deal with her again as well as with former Olympian Monica Tranel and Racheal Perry.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S ALUMNI EIGHTS (12:38 p.m./12:59 p.m.): Northeastern’s men, who reclaimed their title last year, chase a sixth one with Brown, Crabtree, Georgetown, Michigan and Washington in pursuit. The Michigan women go for their third title in four years against former champs Virginia and Brown.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CLUB FOURS (1:18 p.m./1:38 p.m.): Union is in line for its seventh overall and unprecedented fourth consecutive men’s title with Merrimac, Wilmington, New York AC and Hamburg’s Lufthansa in the mix. Fordham’s women are up for a record third straight victory against former champ TBC Racing, Wisconsin, Riverside and Boston University.


MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CLUB EIGHTS (2:07 p.m./2:23 p.m.): Northeastern, which terminated Brown’s three-year men’s reign last time, goes for its fourth title against the Bears, six-time victor Harvard, Navy and BU with University Barge and Potomac the top club contenders. The Brown women, who claimed their first crown a year ago, will be challenged by UMass, four-time champ Riverside and former titlist Radcliffe.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S MASTER FOURS 40 PLUS (2:39 p.m./2:51 p.m.): Palm Beach’s men want a lucky seventh title against the likes of former winner Marin, Crabtree, Molesey, US Rowing and the Cornell alumni. Minneapolis bids to retain its women’s crown while Alexandria, Berkeley and four-time champ Saugatuck will be heard from.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S MASTER EIGHTS 40 PLUS (3:09 p.m./3:21 p.m.): Shannon is hoping to become the first men’s champion to repeat since Pocock in 2004 with previous victors Molesey and Kennebecasis the primary obstacles. Molesey, which stopped Toronto Sculling’s women’s run at three years, is back for a reprise against the former titlists.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES (3:34 p.m./3:46 p.m.): With Croatia’s Sinkovic brothers opting not to defend their men’s crown American siblings Tom and Peter Graves are favored to claim their fourth if they can hold off former national champions Willy Cowles and Sam Stitt. Inge Janssen of the Netherlands goes after her third consecutive women’s title with a third partner in countrywoman Chantal Achterberg with fellow world medalists Nicole Beukers and Carline Bouw giving chase.


MEN’S AND WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE FOURS (4:00 p.m./4:14 p.m.): Virginia’s men are hyped for a record fifth consecutive victory with Marietta, Bowdoin and Michigan challenging while Barry bids for a women’s three-peat against former winner Bowdoin and Chicago.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES (4:30 p.m./4:39 p.m.): It’s a David and Goliath re-run as US lightweight Andrew Campbell defends his title against Olympic gold medalist and two-time champ Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand. Newton native Gevvie Stone, who just missed the world podium this summer, is favored to win her sixth women’s crown.

(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.


MIXED LEG/TRUNK/ARMS FOURS (8:00 a.m.): Community Rowing attempts to defend its title against former winner US Rowing and Three Rivers.

MIXED/SAME GENDER TRUNK/ARMS DOUBLES (8:21 a.m.): Sarasota County is up for a third straight title against sole rival Community Rowing.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CLUB SINGLES (8:40 a.m./9:04 a.m.): Returning men’s runner-up Aubrey Oldham will get a push from former Harvard oarsman Mick Malowany and Nathaniel Kelly. With champion Aisha Chow now a masters competitor Patricia Jones is in line for the women’s title.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S YOUTH SINGLES (8:40 a.m./9:04 a.m.): Narragansett’s Peter McKendall, starting first, will be tailed by 14-year-old Christopher Bass and Ryan Carmody in the men’s race while Emily Kallfelz defends her women’s title against US teammate Claire Campbell, last year’s runner-up.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S YOUTH FOURS (9:26 a.m./12:07 p.m.): Sarasota Crew looks for its fourth men’s title in five years with former victor Long Beach, Connecticut’s Blood Street Sculls and Radley in the mix. Seattle’s Holy Names Academy goes for a third straight women’s crown, last achieved two decades ago by Princeton. Long Beach and Saugatuck will be the main challengers.


MEN’S AND WOMEN’S YOUTH EIGHTS (10:23 a.m./1:01 p.m.): Oakland Strokes, which ended Marin’s men’s victory skein at four last year, returns to defend against the former champs plus St. Paul’s, BC High and Community Rowing. Saugatuck, which collected its first women’s laurels, must contend with PNRA/Mercer, OKC Riversport, Saratoga and Marin.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S MASTER SINGLES 30 PLUS (10:50 a.m./ 10:59 a.m.): Defending men’s champion Michael Farry will get a dispute from Andrew Neils and returning runner-up Drew Tennant while Lissa Krawczyk and Aisha Chow, last year’s club titlist, go after the women’s crown.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S YOUTH DOUBLES (11:16 a.m./11:30 a.m.): Defending men’s champion Riverside will be challenged by Cascadilla and the Westminster School. Y Quad Cities, Ottawa and Seattle appear to be the top women’s contenders.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLES (11:45 a.m./ 11:55 a.m.): Hugh McAdam bids to become the first men’s titlist in eight years to repeat, with Ottawa’s Matthew Fournier and Riverside’s Jacob Georgeson pushing him. Caitlin Pauls defends her women’s crown against Emily Schmieg and Riverside’s Lauren Ayers.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S MASTER DOUBLES 40 PLUS (1:33 p.m./1:42 p.m.): Patrick Johnson and James Dundon are back to defend their men’s laurels against Fred Duling-Jeff Brock and Steve Dmytrasz-Thomas Lancaster. The women’s event figures to be a spirited scramble among top-seeded Kimberley Elting-Amy Molenaar, two-time Olympic teammates Kelly Salchow MacArthur-Hilary Gehman and Cambridge Boat Club’s Julie Moore-Mollie Watkins.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOURS (1:57 p.m./2:04 p.m.): Camp Randall (Wisconsin) looks to be the first back-to-back men’s winner since 2008 with Cambridge University and Washington putting up a fight. US Rowing is favored to win the women’s race ahead of Syracuse, Virginia and Brown.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP EIGHTS (2:17 p.m./2:31 p.m.): With the Great 8s absent this time Harvard, last year’s top collegiate finisher, could win the men’s event for the second time in five years if the Crimson can hold off US Rowing, national champion Washington and Henley victor Yale. With CBC’s global sculling all-stars not returning US Rowing’s world champs will be heavy favorites to reclaim their women’s crown against former titlist Virginia.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE EIGHTS (3:04 p.m./3:20 p.m.): Michigan’s males are hoping to become the first champs to repeat since Williams in 2009, with inaugural titlist Hobart and Grand Valley the main contenders. Bates, which claimed its first women’s title last year, takes on former victor Grand Valley, Trinity and Wellesley.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT FOURS (3:34 p.m./3:43 p.m.): With the London Training Center abdicating its men’s throne it’ll be a fight among four-time winner New York AC, Brock, Cornell and Columbia. Princeton’s women try to repeat against Fordham, UMass, BU and Radcliffe.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHTS (3:56 p.m./4:05 p.m.): Princeton’s men pursue their fifth crown in eight years with six-time titlist Harvard, national champion Cornell, the National Training Center and Community Rowing in the mix. Dutch club Minerva bids for a women’s three-peat.

John Powers can be reached at john.powers@globe.com.