BU Today

Campus Life

Head of the Charles, Hosted by BU

This weekend, it’s row, row, row your shell


The interactive map above offers a rower’s-eye view of the river and the famed Head of the Charles course, alongside one of BU’s varsity 8 shells. Learn some history and tactics and get some good tips on where to watch the race this weekend.

The Head of the Charles regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event, attracting more than 300,000 spectators to the banks of the Charles River. The first regatta was held in October 1965, and this year marks the 45th, which begins this Saturday, October 17. Today, more than 7,500 athletes from around the world descend on the waterway to row in 55 events.

While the Cambridge Boat Club, along with some 1,400 volunteers, puts on the annual competition, it all begins at BU’s DeWolfe Boathouse, where the shells line up for the gun and race officials camp out for the weekend.

“We are host to the Head of the Charles,” says varsity men’s crew coach Thomas Bohrer. “I like the excitement and energy of having the start of the biggest regatta at BU. It’s like Super Bowl weekend, and we’re in the spotlight.”

Caleb Daniloff can be reached at cdanilof@bu.edu. Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.


11 Comments on Head of the Charles, Hosted by BU

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 12:07 am


    Why do all the stations on the interactive map lead me to a timeline?

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 8:00 am

    Links are connecting to DFP articles. They are interesting, but I’d love to see the photos!

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 8:18 am

    interactive map

    is not interacting well; there is only one link & that takes you to a ’70 headline “Silber gets BU Presidency.” I could really use the info that is supposed to be provided.

  • kcornuelle on 10.15.2009 at 8:56 am


    Are there still issues with the map for readers? If so, what browser are you using, and have you reset your cache?


  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 9:45 am

    Internet Explorer

    The links still aren’t working – at least not internet explorer.

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 9:53 am

    No problems here! Totally awesome graphic and pics, thanks!

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 10:19 am

    Yeah, the map does not work correctly.

  • kcornuelle on 10.15.2009 at 12:40 pm

    awesome graphic!

    Great work, Edward! This is perfect!

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2009 at 1:36 pm

    Regatta interactive map

    Everything works great and I loved it! Thank you. I find most loads, interactive maps, etc. when I use Internet Explorer are no problem, try it instead of firefox (It must be a Microsoft conspiracy! lol)

  • Anonymous on 10.16.2009 at 10:33 am


    Hey this is great. Great photos and a nice layout!

  • Wil Duchesneau on 10.28.2009 at 12:24 pm

    Interactive map

    Hey, what a great job! I had no issues with the map. As an old oar it was great to see the pictures from the river and brought back old memories. Well done! For those whom we share this with who are spectators, it gives them a new perspective. Thanks for your efforts.

Post Your Comment

(never shown)