Free Fun in Boston at the Head of the Charles

October 9, 2008
Love that dirty water.

The Charles River: Love that dirty water.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is being held October 18 & 19 this year (that’s 2008 if you’ve time traveled to this page from the distant future and don’t know where you’ve landed).

It’s called the Head of the Charles because it’s held on the Charles River, and you don’t need to be embarassed if you didn’t know that. It’s called a Regatta because that’s what these big boat races are called.

Wikipedia says: [The HOTC] is the largest 2-day regatta in the world, with more than 8,000 athletes rowing in around 1750 boats in 56 events. It attracts about 300,000 spectators throughout Regatta weekend. The Head of the Charles Regatta is run by an office of 3 and approximately 1,500 volunteers.

Is anyone else impressed by that last number? Only three official employees and then 1,500 volunteers? Wow.

So, if you’re anywhere near Boston next week, and as a matter of fact I myself will be in Boston to visit friends, I recommend heading to the river to watch these teams in action. With any luck it will be a beautiful weekend and you’ll be able to enjoy picturesque views of either the MIT/Cambridge skyline, or the Boston University campus, depending on whether you hang out on the Boston or Cambridge side of things.

Learn more at www.hocr.org and find more fun, cheap things to using Boston.com’s “25 Things to do this Fall Under $25“.

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