Sun shines on Sunday regatta
By Becky Chang
The weather could not have been more perfect for Sunday's Head-of-the-Charles Regatta. In contrast to last year, which was cloudy, overcast, and very chilly, this year the Head-of-the-Charles took place on a warm, sunny day, with just enough wind to add interest to the race.
Crowds of students, who had come from all over the nation to watch the 25th anniversary of the regatta, milled around on John F. Kennedy St. -- which was blocked off to traffic -- sporting a wide variety of college and high school sweatshirts.
It was truly a sight to see, all part of a great American cultural, athletic, and social event. As Wellesley student Mary Thompson observed, "You don't get the full gist of the Head-of-the-Charles unless you're there in person."
Dan Peisach '90 added that the Head-of-the-Charles was a "national get-together."
Every moment was worth enjoying. Even during the breaks when no one was racing, one could take
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pleasure in watching the boats that had finished racing, and were being rowed backwards on their way to the dock.
MIT students had the benefit of watching members of the MIT community race fairly frequently throughout the event.
MIT achieved mixed results at the Head-of-the-Charles. In the club eights event, the MIT men's heavyweight varsity eight placed ninth in a field of 48 competitors, and the women's club eight finished in 18th place among 33 crews. In the women's youth eights, MIT came in 10th, with 16 crews racing.
In the lightweight eight event, which is a highly competitive race, two different varsity crews from MIT participated. The first of these placed 22nd in a field of 31, and the second crew placed last in a field of 31. In the championship four event, in which one of MIT's women's graduate crews competed, MIT came in 16th among 25 competitors.
On the sunny side, the women's graduate crew from MIT that raced in the lightweight women's four event performed better than it ever had in the past, placing fifth among 23 crews, and winning the privilege of competing in the same event in next year's Head-of-the-Charles. It completed the three-mile course in 20 minutes, 8 seconds, triumphing over Radcliffe College, one of its biggest rivals.
Students were not the only ones to excel at the regatta, as Mathematics Professor Hartley Rogers Jr. won the veterans' singles event, which had a significant number of rowers competing. In addition, Stu Schmill '86, MIT's director of crew, captured a medal with his team as coxswain of the men's masters four from Lake Washington Rowing Club, which came in first over all its competitors.
Finally, Tom Tiffany, MIT's novice women's coach, also helped his crew capture first place as coxswain for the women's eight from Boston Rowing Center.