The Cornell men’s heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams will be in action this weekend at the Head of the Charles Regatta. The event, held annually on Boston’s Charles River, will feature some of the best rowing teams from around the world. Cornell will square off against other college teams and several national teams.
“National teams are always a nice benchmark and this race will help us gauge what we are capable of doing this year,” said heavyweight senior captain Gregory Davis. Cornell will compete in the 4+ and 8+ championships. Both the heavyweight and lightweight teams have a lot of experienced rowers, so they are hoping for quality results.
This weekend, the women’s rowing team will head to Cambridge to compete in the Head of the Charles, the world’s largest two-day rowing event. While the NCAA season does not begin for the Red until the spring, the squad still has a group of races this fall, with the Head of the Charles being the first and arguably most important. However, there are some key differences between races in the fall and spring. The biggest difference is that the fall races are much longer — a 5,000 meter course compared to just a 2,000 meter course later this year. Therefore, the Head of the Charles is really a place for the Red to show off its stamina and endurance, rather than focusing on its sprint abilities.