2017: Head of the Charles: Best Weather and Showing Yet!

Nashville took off to the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA for the largest 2-day regatta in the world to showcase the hard work put in throughout the Fall season and stack up against some of the countries fastest programs. Nashville Rowing was represented by 4 boats. On Saturday, the Master’s would seek an automatic qualifying bid in the Men’s Grandmaster 1x, Women’s Senior 8+ and Men’s Senior 4+ categories. On Sunday, the Women’s Youth 8+ would look to improve on their 15th place finish from a year ago.

Rowing conditions were perfect all weekend which allowed for fast racing and several course records. Dietmar Kuttelwascher was the first race of the day which saw a 21st place finish out of 51 total entries and a guaranteed bid for next years Head of the Charles. Next, the Women’s Senior 8+ had a great race but fell just short of their automatic bid with a finish of 23rd out of 36 boats. The Men’s Senior 4+ closed out racing for Nashville on Saturday with a 34th place finish out of 43 boats. While these two Master’s boats were disappointed by not placing in the top half of their respective categories, both feel that they raced their race and they have identified areas to improve through the rest of the Fall and into the Spring racing season. If nothing else, they are geared up, ready to go, and will look to bring their talents back again next year.

Sunday started early for the Women’s Youth 8+. In their normal pre-race routine, there was a certain air of confidence surrounding the girls as they prepared to launch. Crossing through Eliot Bridge, they were on fire and crossed in 10th place with a time of 17:00 minutes out of 85 entries. This was by far the best result of any Nashville boat in the most prestigious fall race in the United States and certainly set the stage for a competitive Spring season.

Not only did our current rowers see great success this weekend, but we also had 5 Nashville Rowing alumni earn medals. Rosemary Kyne [‘13, Bates] and Michele Holtkamp [’15, Stanford] both earned gold medals and set two course records and James Kyne [‘15, Virginia], Ellie Loving [‘17, Tennessee], and Jess Mixon [‘17, Penn] all took home bronze. Isabel Grant [‘17, UMass] was also there representing Nashville in the UMass Women’s Championship 4+.

All in all, it was a great weekend of racing for the Nashville Rowing family and having a chance to share the experience with current and former rowers truly shows the bond shared among the Nashville Rowing family.

Full Results can be found HERE on HereNow. For additional photos, visit Row2k Photo Gallery - Men's Grand Master 1x, Row2k Photo Gallery - Women's Senior Master's 8+, Row2k Photo Gallery - Men's Senior Master's 4+, Row2k Photo Gallery- Women's Youth 8+ [1] and Row2k Photo Gallery - Women's Youth 8+ [2].