Simmons Sharks Take to the Charles
Support our Sharks as they row their way into Boston history during the storied Head of the Charles Regatta October 19-20. This iconic race is the largest of its kind, featuring more than 8,000 rowers from around the world and drawing an anticipated 300,000 spectators. Current students, alumnae, and even Coach Nik Kurmakov will be competing throughout the weekend.
To help promote the race, the Simmons crew team created a 60-second video of the course from a rower's perspective for Boston.com.
"This is a very exciting weekend for Boston and for the world rowing community," explains Coach Kurmakov. "Simmons has been training well and looking forward to competing."
See the full schedule of races featuring members of the Simmons community.
Pull for our Rowers
Simmons alumna -- and former crew team member -- Amanda Milad '11, shared some insider tips for watching the race:
This is the best weekend of the year--go out and enjoy it! The Weeks footbridge near Harvard and the Elliot Bridge near the finish line are the best spots to watch the regatta (and occasionally you can see a good crash on those two turns). Head over to the finish line area (known as FALS) to check out the Expo tent full of good vendors and see all the different teams launching. Over 100 boat trailers are parked near the finish line and it's really great people watching.
My favorite thing to do regatta weekend is get out early--even before racing starts, get a coffee and walk around and enjoy the first few races before it gets too crowded. The first races on Saturday are the veteran singles--amazing men and women who have been racing for decades and Sunday morning are the para races (para is the new term for adaptive rowing). If you only have a few minutes to watch--the BU bridge is just a short walk from Simmons and if you stand on the downstream side (which is the side that looks over the BU boathouse), you can see the boats lining up and starting the race. Hundreds of boats in the Charles River basin, ready to start the race of their lives.