Lightweight 4 Will Participate in Head of the Charles

Sept. 18, 2007

The Duquesne University rowing team will participate in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta the weekend of Oct. 20-21. The Dukes will be rowing against some of the top programs in North America including Atlantic 10 Championship runner-up Rhode Island and local rivals Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh.

The Lightweight 4 took first place at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Championship setting a new championship record with a time of 7:56.0.

The rowing season opens Oct. 6 for the 21st annual Head of the Ohio Regatta.

REGATTA HISTORY (from Head of the Charles' homepage)

Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event, was first held on October 16, 1965. The race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, with the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a "head of the river" race similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River. "Head" races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long-boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of "Head of the River" or, in this case, "Head Of the Charles."

The Regatta Today
Over the past 45 years, the Head of the Charles regatta has grown tremendously. Today, more than 7,500 athletes from around the world compete in 55 different race events. The Regatta grew to a two-day event in 1997 and now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend.

The Board of Directors of the Cambridge Boat Club appoints 15 trustees to the HOCR Board of Directors, 5 of who are the Managing Directors who oversee the management of the race and a twelve-member volunteer Race Committee (including two Race Co-chairs). The Race Committee meets year-round to oversee the operational and logistical details of the event, with assistance from 80 leading volunteers on 30 committees which meet weekly in the fall. A professional staff of three, whose headquarters is within the Cambridge Boat Club, work year round on obtaining sponsorship, communicating with the rowing community and planning the event. The support from numerous boat clubs, colleges and universities, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and over a 1,400 hardworking volunteers is required to run the world's largest two-day regatta.



In 1991, the trustees appointed Frederick V. Schoch as Executive Director of the Regatta and he continues in to spearhead the event. Schoch, a former secondary school English instructor and rowing coach for many years at Princeton, the U.S. Naval Academy and Georgetown, founded the Challenge of the Hudson regatta in New York. He also has been an active member of the U.S. Rowing National Team Coaching Staff and serves on the National Rowing Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, Schoch serves on the FISA (the international governing body of the sport of rowing) Marketing and Media Commission.


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