Head of the Charles, October 2009
The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event, now in it's 45th year. It is managed by the Cambridge Boat Club, which also hosts the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School crew team. Isabel rowed in the girls' four, and CRLS also fielded a boys' eight. Both teams did well, beating their own records.
Some interesting comparisons:
- The girls got 21:08.832, 34th out of 77, 7.97% behind the winners. They beat some highly-regarded local teams: Wayland-Weston, Winsor’s second boat, and Derryfield’s second boat (actually coming just 2 places and 2.2 seconds behind their first boat). Their time was better than some of the collegiate women’s fours; they would’ve placed just behind 20th out of 29 (albeit under different weather conditions on Saturday). Their time was better even than the last couple of championship women’s fours! (Note that by getting in the first half of the field, they received a guaranteed slot in next year's HOCR; the first time CRLS has achieved this.)
- The boys got 17:23.080, 58th out of 79, 14.71% behind the winners. (Eton College completely dominated: their first boat got 15:09.318, better than some big-name university teams, and even their second boat was 10th.) At any rate, the boys’ time was better than some collegiate times: just behind 32nd out of 38, beating Holy Cross, Boston College, Tufts, and Duke (which seemed to have a disastrous race with a very slow time plus lots of penalties).