Since its inception in 1965, The Head Of The Charles® Regatta has attracted hundreds of thousands of rowers to the banks of the Charles River. Come October, the tradition continues. It’s important for athletes and spectators alike to make sure they have all the proper information to navigate our event-filled weekend.
Since its inception in 1998, the Charity Program has worked to generate over $1,000,000 for a number of worthy causes. Participation in the Charity Program is open to single scullers, doubles, fours and eights. In the past, the Regatta has joined competitors in their fundraising efforts by matching contributions dollar for dollar. They have also made separate sizable contributions to each charity.
Whether you're a competitor looking to chow down, or a spectator in search of unparalleled views, the Village is a great place to take in all the action.
Rowing & Fitness Expo
Make your way toward the finish line and check out a variety of products and merchandise from our partners.
The Rowing & Fitness Expo is the retail destination of the Head Of The Charles Regatta. Located in the heart of the athlete staging area near the finish line the Expo boasts over 70+ vendors including rowing equipment, boat manufactures, food vendors and corporate display and sales.
Located near Harvard’s Weld Boathouse between the Weeks and Lars Anderson Bridges, the Weld Exhibition is one of the Regatta’s liveliest sites. Official Head Of The Charles® sponsors line the banks, offering delicious local flavors and free samples. Purchase your official Regatta Programs and Merchandise and check out up-to-date race results.
The Weld Exhibition also boasts one of the race’s most exciting viewing sites - it’s the perfect place to enjoy the Regatta. Find a spot along the banks and cheer your favorite crew through the race’s halfway mark.
The Head Of The Charles® Regatta, now entering its 52nd year, invites friends and family of the rowing community to join us at the Rowing and Fitness Expo. The Expo, located in the midst of the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS) offers vendors access to athletes, coaches and spectators at the world’s largest rowing event. Located at Christian Herter Park in Allston, MA the Expo includes fifty vendor booths and boat builder tents.
Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles® Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Preparing for an event that attracts over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators requires a great deal of preparation. The HOCR consists of a 15 member Board of Directors, six of which are in charge of race management and overseeing a nine-member race committee (including two race co-chairs). The race committee meets year-round to discuss the operational and logistical details of the event. They are assisted by 115 leading volunteers on 30 separate committees that begin meeting weekly in the fall. A full-time, professional staff of six, headquartered in the Cambridge Boat Club, works year-round to plan the event, obtain sponsorship and communicate with the rowing community.