Benedict Tufnell

The Head of the Charles Regatta 2017

by Benedict Tufnell

Records fell and temperatures soared in a vintage edition of the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston last weekend. As Boston bathed in sunshine, the lack of stream and a light tailwind on the Charles River produced ideal conditions for fast times. Crews capitalised and a slurry of new course records were set, including some by more than a minute over the previous records in the women’s youth single and double sculls.

Glorious weather on the Charles River in Boston.

US Olympic silver medallist sculler and popular Boston native Gevvie Stone also set a new record for total wins in the women’s single scull as she cruised to her eighth win in the event on Saturday, before being asked to sub into the women’s Great Eight on Sunday (in place of Austrian sculler Magdalena Lobnig, forced to withdraw due to illness) winning the championship women’s eights and setting a new course record in the process.

The Women’s Great Eight celebrate their win in the Championship Women’s Eights.

The men’s Great Eight, stacked with all star international scullers had to settle for second place in the men’s championships eights behind Mike Teti’s rapid University of California eight.

Gevvie Stone, super sub in the Women’s Great Eight

It wasn’t just on the water that history was made – a record crowd estimated to be in excess of 350,000 spectators turned out to witness over 10,500 athletes from 30 nations competing on the three mile course. For comprehensive results, see here.

Photos by Benedict Tufnell.

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