Since its inception in 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate 2-day rowing competition. Preparing for Events in Boston like this river race takes a great deal of commitment, but today’s athletes are ready to compete against some of the best and show Boston visitors and residents what they’re made of.
The Head of the Charles Regatta brings more than 9,000 rowers and 300,000 spectators to the Charles River near The Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Back Bay Hotel. For the past 48 years, the Regatta has grown tremendously from its early beginnings, and it now features 55 different races that take place over the course of 2 days.
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Head of the Charles Regatta Founders, and Cambridge Boat Club members D’Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, created the Regatta on the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed a “head of the river” race on the Charles River, which was similar to traditional races held in his native England.
“Head” races are a class of regattas that are generally 3 miles in length. Boats compete against one another and the clock, which starts sequentially at 15-minute intervals. Winners of each race receive the honorary title ‘Head of the River,’ or in this case, ‘Head of the Charles.’
If you’ll be in Boston on the 18th and 19th of October and want to attend one of the most fun Events in Boston, head to the Regatta or let our friendly Concierge help you get there. If you need Boston Accommodations while you’re in town for the Regatta, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Back Bay Hotel is a top choice among Hotels in Boston. We are happy to welcome you to our comfortable Boston Hotel that sits just moments from the Race and near other exciting Things to do in Boston.