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Photos: Head of the Charles Regatta

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Spectators endured heavy rain while watching the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.
Spectators endured heavy rain while watching the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.Craig F. Walker

While Saturday's cold, wind, and rain appeared to keep many away, a few dozen spectators gathered along the Boston University bridge, overlooking the Head of the Charles Regatta's starting point at the DeWolfe Boathouse.

Saturday may have been a bad day for the fans, but for the athletes, the river's calm waters were a welcome sight, said Margaret O'Brien, of Rochester, N.Y., who recently earned a graduate degree from Boston College.

"It's typical. I actually think the water's pretty calm today. It's not too bad, we're used to rain, we're used to cold. It's actually pretty warm, I think, for this time of year," said O'Brien.

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She competed as a coxswain in rowing events in high school and college, steering boats and keeping track of the rate of her teammates' rowing.

From her vantage point on the BU bridge, she said she missed rowing.

But even in the weekend's blustery weather, there was one advantage to spectating.

"It's much drier from up here," said O'Brien.

A crew competed in the women's Master Eights event during the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.
A crew competed in the women's Master Eights event during the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.Craig F. Walker
A coxswain directed the crew during the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.
A coxswain directed the crew during the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.Craig F. Walker
This weekend’s 52nd running of the Head of the Charles Regatta continues Sunday.
This weekend’s 52nd running of the Head of the Charles Regatta continues Sunday.Craig F. Walker
Eight-man crews competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.
Eight-man crews competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.Craig F. Walker