The Head of the Charles Regatta
At the historic Liberty Hotel, we love being a part of Boston’s great traditions, like the Marathon in the spring. One of our favorite fall events is the Head of the Charles Regatta, held this year on October 20-21, and whether you’re a spectator or a participant, the Liberty is the perfect place for you to relax between races!
What To Expect
This elite rowing event began in 1965, and is always held the third weekend of October, as the leaves along the course begin to change, providing a spectacular backdrop for the competition.
As the largest two-day race in the world, the Head of the Charles brings more than 11,000 athletes to Boston every year. They compete in teams of eight and four, as well as pairs and individuals. The three-mile race has several twists and turns, and crews can be penalized for not steering the course correctly. And, contrary to popular belief, the coxswain (who sits in the front and steers), does not yell “stroke, stroke!”
Since the Charles is a “head race,” rather than a sprint, teams are launched individually and judged by how long it takes them to complete the course, instead of racing head-to-head to cross the finish line first. But that doesn’t make the event any less exciting!
Between races, there is no better place to relax and unwind than the Liberty. At CLINK, we have a large selection of delectable dining options and at the Liberty bar, we have a wide variety of local beers, hand crafted cocktails and fine wines for you to enjoy. After a fun-filled day at the races, if you need a place to hang your hat, look no further than the luxury accommodations at the Liberty. Our guest rooms feature a vast array of welcoming amenities and furnishings that will make you fall in love with our hotel. For a high-class stay after the Head of the Charles Regatta, the Liberty Hotel comes in first place.
Where To Watch
If you plan to be one of the more than 300,000 spectators who watch the races, there are plenty of places to get a great view. The course passes below six bridges: the BU Bridge, the River Street Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, Weeks Bridge, Anderson Bridge, and Eliot Bridge. Any one of these locations is ideal for catching all the action. The finish line, near Herter Park, is also a good option.
The Head of the Charles draws Olympians, high school athletes, Ivy Leaguers, and everyone in between! We at the Liberty hope that this year, that includes you. See you at the Charles!