Rowing Set For Head of the Charles Regatta

Oct. 18, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Alabama rowing team will be competing in Cambridge, Mass., this weekend at the 49th Head of the Charles regatta, held on the Charles River.

The level competition at the Head of the Charles is fierce, including the likes of Boston College, Yale and Harvard. With the level of noise and traffic on the river, the event is sure to challenge the Tide.

"Anytime we get a chance to row against the Ivy Leagues, those are obviously teams that we want to do well against," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "The level of competition is going to be higher and more intense."

The regatta features rowing crews from around the world, and draws more than 300,000 spectators every year. Last year the Crimson Tide earned a bronze medal in the Club 8+ race, finishing ahead of more than 30 other crews.

Alabama is coming off of a successful season opener at the Chattanooga Head Race, where they earned ten top-ten finishes, including two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.

Davis' is positive about the Tide's young squad, and is aiming to clench a bid for the race next year.

"This is the top level of competition that you are going to see in the fall," Davis said. "Our first goal is for both crews is to get in the top half and receive an automatic bid for next year."

The Tide will compete in the Club Eight event Saturday, beginning at 2:20 p.m. ET, and the Champ Event Sunday, which is slated to start at 2:40 p.m. ET. UA rowing will be racing over twenty boats for each event.