BOSTON, Mass. -- A Fall of preparing, two days of racing in the wind (but luckily no rain while we are at the course) and two guaranteed entries for next year. This is not your parents Head of the Charles (or the Head of the Charles of my youth). This is the biggest rowing race in the world at this point as far as the number of participants and there are world and Olympic champions (past and present) rowing in the same regatta as high school rowers and masters rowers over 80 years old.
The Bears raced a women's collegiate eight, a men's collegiate four, and a women's collegiate four on Sunday, to go with the men's club eight that we raced on Saturday.
The men's eight had a strong race. They were able to keep the rate up around 35 strokes a minute and junior Alexis Laskowski steered an exceptional course getting the best line through both the Weeks Bridge and the Elliot St. Bridge. We have made another step in our journey by securing a guaranteed entry in next year's race.
On a blustery Sunday the women started off our parade with a strong 12th place finish in the women's collegiate eight. This very young boat (with six freshmen including two novices that started rowing this fall - freshmen Irissa Danke and Karin Maher). Bates College, last year's NCAA D3 champs, picked up where they left off and were the fastest at every intermediate mark on their way to 20 second victory over second place Williams College. CGA was able to fight to just five seconds behind last year's NEWMAC champion Wellesley College. The 12th out of 28 was good for a second guaranteed entry for CGA rowing for next year.
The men's Collegiate four ran into some congestion coming up the course losing four or five places in a brush with a boat they were passing (there was a general mess that effected several boats as the group of 4 or 5 boats converged on the big turn before the Elliot St. Bridge). The end result was 23rd out of 40 and 16 seconds ahead of the Merchant Marine Academy.
Finishing up the CGA campaign for Sunday was the women's collegiate four with a 27th place finish out of 40 boats. A quick lapse in communications between the crew and the coxswain was the cause for a failure to yield penalty that dropped them five places and just behind local rival Connecticut College.
Full results for all the racing can be found by CLICKING HERE
CGA Rowing is back in action for the last race of the fall season down in Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill on October 27th.