By Bryan Hecht and Audrey Coleman, WEBN Reporters
Despite a wet morning and the promise of rain, hundreds gathered on the bridges and banks around the Charles River to enjoy the second day of the 58th Annual Head of The Charles Regatta on Saturday.
With 37 events, Saturday’s event features the most boating action of the historic rowing weekend and a chance for older rowers to get out and compete. Featuring a range of alumni and masters races, which can include rowers from ages 21 all the way to 60 and up, the event provides many opportunities for elite rowers to show they still have what it takes to take home glory or even a cash prize.
This year, the Regatta will also offer a $35,000 cash prize to the top finishers of the Men’s and Women’s Championship Singles races, which are set to go off later in the afternoon. In anticipation of the excitement to come later in the day, large crowds gathered in the morning despite the wind and the rain to flank the banks of the Charles and support these rowers.
The day began with club singles races. Kieran Edwards, 26, finished first in the Men’s Club Singles, and Brian Wettach, 32, placed first in the Men’s Master/Senior Master Singles. Eliza Kallfelz, 24, placed first in the Women’s Club Singles, and Genevra Stone, 38, finished first in the Women’s Master/Senior Master Singles.
Throughout the day, the Regatta events include master doubles, senior and grand master eights, senior and grand master fours, alumni and alumnae eights and fours, club fours and eights, and championship races.
To conclude the day, the Regatta will feature three Para-rowing races, which are adaptive to rowers with physical or vision impairment.
Tomorrow’s line-up is sure to bring lots of excitement, and Sunday features the youth and collegiate races.
Many high school teams from the Northeast are set to compete, as well as boats from local colleges like Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern and Boston College. Those college teams can be caught in the Championship Fours and Championship Eights, widely considered to be some of the most competitive races of the whole weekend, on Sunday afternoon.