Boston, MA., USA – On July 15, 2020, the Head of The Charles Regatta Board of Directors announced that the Head Of the Charles (HOCR) will run as a global remote event this year. After thorough research and in-depth discussion, the board and executive team came to the conclusion that it would not be possible to hold an on-water two-day event on the Charles River this October. The high demands of keeping everyone involved safe while running the world class regatta everyone expects could not be reconciled.
Instead the board has completely reimagined this year’s regatta. In mid-October athletes will be able to compete on a 4702 meters course that follows the length of the Head of The Charles river course. Athletes will be able to do so on their own body of water using GPS devices. Alternatively, they can use ergometer rowing machines normally used indoors.
This is an absolute novelty in the 55 year history of the regatta. The HOCR is the largest two-day rowing race in the world. Every year 11,000 athletes from around the world come to Boston, MA. to compete in sculling and sweep rowing events in Mid-October. Only once in 1996 was the regatta cancelled due to rain and gale-force winds.
Fred Schoch, executive director of the HOCR stated:
“Our top priority has always been to hold a regatta that is safe, fun and competitive. I believe we have an innovative approach that will give athletes from around the world an opportunity to take part in a competitive event, and I am excited that we will be able to also allow many first-time participants to compete as a result of this new format.”
Further information regarding events, formats, racing rules will be made available by mid-August.
To stay up to date with HOCR Covid-19 updates visit: https://www.hocr.org/covid-19-updates/
To read the full news release and FAQ follow this link: https://www.hocr.org/remote-event-announcement/