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Yesterday four crews from Wayland-Weston competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Each Youth event featured 70+ boats competing and some very fast racing, visit with 13 course records being broken on a day where the conditions were nothing less than perfect for fall racing. It was mid-50s, absolutely zero wind, and glass-like water over all 3 miles of the course.

First out of the gates were the Boys and Girls Youth 4s. The Boys rowed a solid race, placing 47th of 74 crews with a time of 18:12.8. The Girls 4 followed down the course also rowing a very solid piece. The Girls placed 30th of 76 crews with a time of 19:53.6, placing solidly in the top half of the field and guaranteeing an entry to the event again next year!

The Boys and Girls 8s raced in the afternoon, both placing well and locking up bids for next year. The Boys 8 went first, using perennial powerhouse Chaminade as a crew to pace off of passing a few boats on their way to a 13th place finish of 76 competing crews. The girls also rowed a very strong, albeit interrupted race. Unfortunately, as they were passing two crews were interfered with and pushed into the Weeks footbridge. All rowers and equipment were safe and sound. The Girls showed a tremendous amount of speed and resilience, finishing 9th of 70 crews; locking up a spot in the top 10 two years in a row.

All told, our team came away with 3 guaranteed entries to the Charles next year; and the 8s unofficially in the top 15 and top 10 in the country.

Not a bad day.

Next Sunday is our final regatta of the fall season, the MPSRA Fall Championship located in Worcester, MA. Information will be out by Wednesday evening, keep an eye out for an e-mail.

Matt