With the 2020 Summer Olympics on the horizon, many of the best rowers in the world are participating in the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta. This year’s competition features more than 11,000 athletes from 24 countries racing in 66 events.
The start line is at the Boston University Boathouse. The finish line is near Gerter Park. The course is three miles long and runs upstream.
The six bridges along the course are great vantage points for spectators, and there is plenty of space along the riverbank. The BU Bridge, River Street Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, Weeks Bridge, Anderson Bridge, and Eliot Bridge are all free and open to spectators.
Barbara Fraumeni first rowed in the womens' nationals' race in 1966, and then went on to win five national titles. For the last 30 years, she's been umpiring the even, and she's not only seen the sport grow, but watched women become a huge part of its core.
"I rode for six years before I saw my first woman in another race... and that was just before the women’s nationals," Fraumeni said. "And now with Title IX and everything, women's rowing is growing."
Saturday’s races were scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 4:43 p.m. The Sunday races are set for 7:45 a.m. to 4:12 p.m.