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Harvard crews ready for annual Head of the Charles Regatta

The Harvard men’s and Radcliffe women’s rowing crews will be out in full force during this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta, taking place Oct. 20-21 along the Charles River.

The men’s heavyweight crew is already on a roll this year, opening the season by dominating the Head of the Oklahoma regatta on Sept. 29, where the crew bested 2012 Olympians. Coached by Harry Parker, the heavyweight crew last year won the Championship Eight event at the Head of the Charles in a feat that hadn’t been pulled off by Harvard in 34 years.

The Crimson men’s lightweight crew finished second to the U.S. rowing team in the eights event at last year’s event, while the Radcliffe women’s heavyweight crew also finished in second place, with the Radcliffe lightweight crew placing third.

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This year’s Head of the Charles is expected to attract 9,000 rowers from around the world and 300,000 spectators.