Head of the Charles Regatta Day 2 Live Blog: New York Athletic Club Wins Lightweight Men’s Fours Race For First Time Since 2007


October 23, 2011

Head of the Charles Regatta Day 2 Live Blog: New York Athletic Club Wins Lightweight Men's Fours Race For First Time Since 2007

5:38 p.m.: In the Lightweight Women's Fours, Vesper Boat Club from Philadelphia won their second race of the day. Earlier they won the Championship Women's Fours. The women finished with a time of 18 minutes and 47 seconds and were ahead of the Undine Barge Club of Philadelphia by nine seconds.

The last results of the day to be posted, the Lightweight Men's Eights, went to US Rowing, who tore up the course, finishing with a time of 14 minutes and 27 seconds. The US Rowing team started ninth but had passed multiple boats by the time they got to the Cambridge Boat House and were clearly going at a good pace.

Harvard's first team finished in second place. They also looked good when they passed the Boat House, but couldn't catch US Rowing, finishing with a time of 14 minutes, 41 seconds.

5:31 p.m.: The unofficial results are in from the Lightweight Women's Eights and the University of Wisconsin, barring any changes in the results, will come out on top. The women rowed the course in 16 minutes and 53 seconds, good for first place.

Second place in the nine team field went to local competitors, Radcliffe Crew, who are loacated in Cambridge.

5:18 p.m.: New York Athletic Club from White Plains, NY won the Lightweight Men's Fours race. Coming from bow number nine, the team finished the race in 16 minutes and 29 seconds. It was the first win for NYAC in this event since 2007.

5:16 p.m.: Williams College swept the Collegiate Eights, winning both the men's and women's races. The women's team won by a large margain, finishing 21 seconds ahead of the second place Bates College with a time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds.

We should see all of the Lightweight results come in shortly.

5:10 p.m.: The Williams College Boat Club out of Williamstown, Mass. held off the University of Virginia Rowing Association to win the Collegiate Men's Eights with a time of 15 minutes and nine seconds. 

5:05 p.m.: The last boat of the day just went by the Cambridge Boat House. That's it for the 47th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

Now we're just waiting for results from the races. Coming soon will be Collegiate Men's and Women's Eights and Lightweight Men's and Women's Fours and Eights.

4:57 p.m.: The Lightweight Men's Eights race just flew by the Boat House.

There was some great competition with all of the boats fighting hard to make up time.

Harvard's first boat had made up ground on Princeton, who started at bow number one. The US Rowing team was also making up a lot of time and should be near the top of the results.

4:42 p.m: Harvard, who scored big with a win in the Championship Men's Eights, got their first win in that event since 1977.

4:38 p.m.: Just poked my head outside as the last few boats of the Regatta are about to come by.

The crowd is much more sparse than it once was and it is rapidly growing darker outside. The forecast of a partly sunny day never really came true as it has been overcast for most of the day.

4:34 p.m.: The Union Boat Club Open Water Specialists have won the Directors' Challenge Mixed Quadruple. They also might have won the best and most creative name for a team that I've seen all day today.

Racing with bow number 5, the Water Specialists finished in 17 minutes and 14 seconds and won by a large margin. The second place team, Saugatuck Rowing Club, finished in 18 minutes and 6 seconds.

4:26 p.m.: Bunch of results just came in.

Vesper Boat Club out of Philadelphia has won the Championship Women's Fours with a time of 18 minutes and 21 seconds.

Harvard University's second team finished first in the Championship Men's Eights, six seconds ahead of the US Rowing team from Princeton.

That race had a bunch of good finishes for New England Universities. Brown's second team finished fifth, Boston University's first team finished seventh, and Northeastern's first team finished ninth.

The University of Virginia's second team won the Championship Women's Eights race with a time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds, eight seconds ahead of the Radcliffe Crew team from Cambridge. University of Michigan finished third and Yale University finished fourth.

Even though the races are almost done, there are still plenty of results to report. We'll have all the final results as soon as we get them, so stay tuned.

4:00 p.m.: Oakland Strokes, Inc. of Berkeley, Calif. has won the Youth Women's Eights with a time of 17 minutes and 12 seconds.

Marin Rowing Association, the same school that won the Youth Men's Eights, finished in second, nine ticks behind Oakland.

As the Collegiate Men's and Women's Eights finish up, There are just four races left to run today, the Lightweight Fours and Eights for both genders. The excitement at the Boat House is fading as the long day is almost over.

3:46 p.m.: Results are in from the Champonship Men's Fours.

The University of Wisconsin finished above the pack by a wide margain of 15 seconds over California-Berkeley's team.

In third was the Navy team that looked so well passing the Eliot Bridge. Harvard University's first team was the best New England finisher in fourth place.

3:37 p.m.: The Collegiate Men's Eights is underway and the favorite has to be Florida Institute of Technology out of Melbourne, Fl.

In last year's race, the FIT team set the course record, finishing the course in 14 minutes and 43 seconds. They look to repeat their win this year, starting at the front of the pack at bow No. 1.

3:20 p.m.: The Youth Men's Eights race, which consisted of 75 teams, was won by Marin Rowing Association from Greenbrae, Calif. who finished in 15 minutes and 6 seconds.

The highest finisher from New England in the race was BC High, who finished in eighth place with a time of 15 minutes and 56 seconds.

3:10 p.m.: Just watched the Championship Men's Eights teams as they rowed by the Boat House. It seems like Harvard University's first team is in the lead.

A lot of local New England schools in this one. Boston University's first team looked good, and so did Northeastern's first team, already having passed two boats by the time they got to the Eliot Bridge.

2:55 p.m.: Still waiting for results on the Youth Men's and Women's Eights but we'll have the Championship Men's and Women's Eights coming soon.

The upcoming race will include colleges and universities from all over the country. There are 34 teams entered on the men's side and 37 women's teams rowing.

2:47 p.m.: The Navy foursome in the Championship Men's Fours just flew past a few other squads. They should be near the top of the results.

2:42 p.m.: As the spectators are lined up to catch a glimpse of the Championship Men's Fours, we have some more results.

GMS Rowing Center finished first in the Directors' Challenge Men's Quadruple race with a time of 15 minutes and 33 seconds.

2:25 p.m.: The Championship Women's Fours are scheduled to start at 2:31 p.m. this afternoon.

There will be a new race winner as Cornell University was the 2010 champion and doesn't have an entry this year. Local teams include Brown University, Riverside Boat Club from Cambridge, Radcliffe Crew from Cambridge, Yale University, UMass, Holy Cross and Dartmouth.

If Holy Cross fares well, that will add to their already impressive sports weekend as their men's hockey team went in to Agganis Arena and took down Boston University last night 5-4.

2:02 p.m.: The Eliot Bridge is full, and spectators are now standing on the grass at the edge of the river to get a look at the day's action. It has warmed up a bit after a cool morning, but it is still pretty grey out there.

More results will be coming soon.

1:51 p.m.: Lightweight Men's Singles winner came from bow 11 in Jonathan Winter of GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, CT. Winter finished in 18 minutes and 28 seconds.

Sam Cunningham of Malta Boat Club in Conshohocken, Penn. finished second. 

1:45 p.m.: We've got some results to report on here in Cambridge.

In the Youth Women's Doubles, the team of Adeline Seydoux and Erin Reelick from Lausanne-Sports Aviron in New Milford, Conn. captured the title by 10 seconds over Saugatuck Rowing Club out of Westport, Conn.

Also, in the Lightweight Women's Singles, first place went to University of Wisconsin alumnus Kristin Hedstrom as she rowed the course in 19 minutes and 54 seconds.

1:35 p.m.: The Men's and Women's Youth Eights are underway and will lead us into our first championship race of the afternoon. The Championship Men's Fours will start up at 2:24 p.m.

The US Rowing team from Princeton will look to win the event for the fourth time in the last five years. The University of Wisconsin will look to take back the title as they won two years ago in 2009.

Local Harvard University has two teams entered in the race. Other teams from New England include Brown University, Yale University, and Merrimac River RA from Dublin, NH. 

1:05 p.m.: High school rowers Richard Wagner and Chase Buchholz of Providence, RI and Narragansett Boat Club were seven seconds better than the rest of the field in the Youth Men's Doubles event.

The boys, who started the race in the fourth position, were able to best Canadian Teams St. Catherine's Rowing Club and Brentwood College School on their way to victory.

The excitement around the Cambridge Boat Club will now shift to the Directors' Challenge Men's Quadruple race, which just got underway a few minutes ago. We'll continue to keep you updated as the day moves on.

12:57 p.m.: Lisa Weise of Dimondale, Mich. and Lansing Rowing Club claimed the Master Women's Singles title.

Five seconds behind was Heather Mosley of Oklahoma City and Bryna McConarty of Providence, RI and the Narragansett Boat Club finished third.

12:50 p.m.: Connecticut Boat Club from Hamden, Conn. now boasts the winners of the Youth Women's Fours race. The girls beat out Marina Aquatic CenterJunior Rowing by just two seconds. Third place went to South Niagara Rowing Club, who also finished in second in the Youth Men's Fours. 

12:41 p.m.: The winner for Master Men's Singles is Matt McCarthy of Peterborough, Canada.

Coming up soon is the Lightweight Women's Singles race, which brings high schoolers from all over the country including Elisabeth Bates from Abbotsford, Australia, Yurie Fukuyama from Kashiba, Japan, and Antonia van Deventer from Gallowstree, Great Britain. 

12:24 p.m.: In the Lightweight Men's Singles event which gets underway at 12:29 p.m., the local favorite is Mike Farry of Boston and the Riverside Boat Club.

Also near the front expect to see Peter Morelli of Cambridge.

12:20 p.m.: The sky has changed from blue to grey and the temperature has dropped a few degrees in Cambridge as we move into the afternoon.

Norwalk, Conn. natives Tim Kile and Tim Mapley looked strong as they passed by the boat house, nearing the end of the Youth Men's Doubles race.

12:05 p.m.: The Sarasota Crew team out of Osprey, Fl. captured the title in the Youth Men's Fours event with a time of 16 minutes and 45 seconds.

The runner up was the South Niagara Rowing Club out of Fonthill, Canada. Third place went to the Saratoga Rowing Association.

The Youth Women's Fours results should be posted soon.

11:57 a.m.: Master Women's Singles is almost completed as a few rowers from Riverside Boat Club are recieving a ton of support. The Club has five individuals in the race.

Next up will be the Youth Men's and Women's doubles, with competitors coming from the high school level.

11:41 a.m.: The results are in from the Veteran Women's Singles and it's Marie Hagelstein from Chelsea and the Cambridge Boat Club who comes out with the victory.

Hagelstein finished nine seconds ahead of Jill Gardner of Shoreline, Wash. In third place was last year's winner, Catherine Kemper.

11:34 a.m.: The Eliot bridge is full of observers but the sun has ducked behind a cloud as we round out the morning's races.

The last few teams in the Youth Women's Fours are just finishing up now.

In the Master Men's singles, Bjorn Anders Holmberg of Knoxville, Tenn. will be looking for his third consecutive victory.

11:17 a.m.: The first group of Youth Women's Fours are starting to pass the Eliot Bridge in front of the Cambridge Boat house.

Next up at 11:19 a.m. is the Master Men's Singles which has 19 rowers at least 30-years-old in the race.

We're still waiting on results from the Veteran Women's Singles and Directors' Challenge Women's Quadruple.

10:49 a.m.: There are 77 teams competing in the Youth Men's Fours race. As expected, there's a lot of support for local teams Buckingham Browne and Cambridge Ringe, both located in Cambridge, but both teams were surpassed by Long Beach Junior Crew, out of Long Beach, Calif.

10:41 a.m.: Richard Anderson defended his title, winning the Veteran Men's singles for the second year in a row. The Rockford, Mich. native finished with a time of 20 minutes, and 6 seconds, a whole 12 seconds ahead of second place Landon Carter.

Rob Slocum finished in third, while Bob Schumacher came next, in fourth place.

We should have results from the Veteran Women's Singles shortly.

10:22 a.m.: Results are starting to come in for the early morning races.

71-year-old Jan Stone won the Senior-Veteran Women's Singles for the second consecutive year, beating out Brooke Stevens and Eve Green.

Coming up in the next half hour will be the Youth Men's and Women's Fours, which consist of high school teams from all over the country.

10:06 a.m.: Richard Kendell has defended his title yet again. His fifth consecutive victory in the event, Kendell was ahead of Carlo Zezza by 25 seconds.

9:58 a.m.: The inaugural LTA Mixed Gender Doubles goes to the US Rowing Training Center team out of Oklahoma City.

The favorite in the Veteran Women's Singles race is Catherine Kemper, who set the course record last year. Susan Kinne of Seattle should also be towards the front of the pack, having won the event in 2009.

9:45 a.m.: Capital Rowing Club bested Community Rowing Inc to win the LTA Mixed Fours for the second consecutive year.

As the Veteran Men's Singles passes the Boat House, it looks like Watertown native Al Flanders is in the lead. There was also a neck-and-neck battle going on between Andrew Nelson and Bob Schumacher, the sixth and seventh starters.

The Veteran Women's Singles will be getting underway shortly.

9:27 a.m.: The sun is shining right on the Cambridge Boat House as we continue to wait for the first results of the day to come in.

Veteran Men's Singles 60+ is underway. We're watching last year's winner, Richard Anderson of Rockford, Mich. and 2009 champion Jim Dietz of Oak Ridge, Tenn.

9:12 a.m.: The Senior-Veteran Women's Singles is now underway. Six-time winner Eve Green of Westport, Conn. has to be the favorite but don't count out last year's winner, Jan Stone or Laurette Rindlaub, who won in '06 and '07.

We'll post all results when they are made available. 

9:02 a.m.: There's a lot of support here for 76-year-old Nicholas Daniloff, a Cambridge Native and Riverside Boat Club member. Daniloff is a journalism professor at Northeastern University. 

8:56 a.m.: As the first few seniors start to finish, Chicago native Carlo Zezza, who started third, passed both Ben Jones and John Laundon. Zezza won the event in 2006.

8:42 a.m.: The Senior-Veteran Men's Singles is underway. With 31 competators this year, this race is for rowers age 70 and older.

Richard Kendall, who has won the event twelve times, set the course record in this event last year.

8:24 a.m.: The sun is out, spectators are starting to arrive, and it looks like a great day out on the Charles.

The second race of the day, which just got underway, is the Trunk/Arms Mixed Doubles. This race is new for 2011, and includes seven teams.

8:15 a.m.: The first event of the morning is the Legs/Trunks/Arms Mixed Gender Fours.

The two teams competing are last year's champions, Capital Rowing Club out of Washington, D.C. and the local Community Rowing Inc from Brighton. 

8 a.m. ET: Day two of the 47th annual Head of the Charles Regatta is about to get underway and all signs point to a second consecutive day of great races.

Today we will start with the seniors in men's and women's Veteran Singles 70+ and Veteran Singles 60+ as 81-year-old Senior Veteran Richard Kendall out of College Boat Club is seeking his 12th title in 13 years. On the women's side, Senior Veteran Eve Green Saugatuck Rowing Club has six wins in the event since 2002.

We then get younger with the men's and women's Youth Fours which kick off at 10:22 a.m. and will consist of high school students.

Later we will see Master Singles, Youth Doubles, Lightweight Singles, Youth Eights, Championship Fours, Championship Eights, Collegiate Eights, Lightweight Fours, and Lightweight Eights.

The collegiate eights race will include men's and women's teams from colleges and universities all over the country. Some local schools competing include Boston College, Holy Cross, MIT, Simmons, Tufts, UMass, UMass-Lowell, UNH, URI, Vermont, Wellesley, Williams, and WPI.

As the day moves on, keep checking here for updates on all the races, results, and anything else going on here in Cambridge. For yesterday's results and other news of note, check our live blog from Saturday.

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