Blue Hens Compete at the Head of the Charles
The varsity lightweight and heavyweight Fightin’ Blue Hens traveled to Boston, MA this past weekend to compete in the Head of the Charles, the largest two day regatta in the world. While the lightweights were required to weigh in Saturday morning, both the heavyweight and lightweight boats races were on Sunday afternoon. The weather on Sunday was overcast and in the mid-fifties, but thirteen course records were broken in light winds and very fast conditions.
The heavyweights competed first in the Men’s Collegiate 8+ category, and finished in 32nd place in 16:02.5. They finished ahead of crews from Lehigh, Villanova, and The College of William and Mary. The Florida Institute of Technology won the event and set the event record in 14:43.4.
The lightweights competed in the final event of the day, and placed 10th in 14:52.8. The lightweight squad placed ahead of top varisty boats from Penn, Dartmouth, and MIT. Princeton won the event in 14:09.9, breaking the thirteen-year-old course record by 13 seconds.
The Fightin’ Blue Hens will resume competition this Saturday at the Head of the Schuylkill (heavyweights) and Sunday at the Princeton Chase (lightweights).