Head Of The Charles Regatta to Support Boston and National Rowing Foundations

June 24, 2019


Head Of The Charles Regatta to Support Boston and National Rowing Foundations

HOCR to fund training-center ‘fueling stations’ for elite rowers competing in World Championships, other world-class qualifying events


Cambridge, MA (June 20, 2019) The Head Of The Charles® Regatta announced today that it will provide assistance and training support to U.S. elite rowers preparing for August’s World Championships in Lintz, Austria and other world-class qualifying events in advance of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Regatta will fund athletes at USRowing Training centers through a grant to the National Rowing Foundation, as well as athletes at home training on the Charles River and competing under the banner of the Boston Rowing Federation.

The Regatta will fund USRowing training-center fueling stations for athletes, as well as the “Team USA Training Table” – giving them access to nutritional support to elevate their performance on the water. Support from the Regatta for Boston Rowing Federation competitors will go towards developing athletes training on the Charles with national team aspirations. This support will help to alleviate costs of athlete travel, equipment needs, additional strength training and coaching stipends. The Head Of The Charles Regatta’s aim is to keep Boston and the Charles River a viable and important venue as a premier training venue for aspiring national team athletes.

“We are pleased to be able to support and promote elite rowing in the United States,” said HOCR Executive Director Fred Schoch. “Both the BRF and the NRF represent extremely hard-working and passionate athletes, and we are proud to assist them on their paths towards competing for Team USA.”

The Head Of The Charles® Regatta — entering its 55th year — is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition. The Regatta engages rowers with a wide range of experience, including Juniors, College Students, Olympians, Para, and Masters Athletes. Having elite Team USA athletes compete at the Regatta is a treat for spectators and competitors alike. Their presence elevates the speed and excitement of the entire event. The Regatta has become one of the most highly recognized signature events of New England, attracting tens of thousands of spectators and over 800 universities, colleges, schools and clubs.

The Boston Rowing Federation (BRF) was founded in 2014. The Boston Rowing Federation is an organization created to support rowers in the Boston area who are capable of contending for Olympic and Paralympic medals. In the 2013-2016 Rio Olympic Cycle, the BRF supported Rio Women’s Olympic Silver Medalist Gevvie Stone, the 5th place Lightweight Men’s Double of Andrew Campbell and Josh Konieczny, and the coxswain of the Silver Medal Winning Paralympic Coxed Four, Jenny Sichel.  The BRF is currently supporting the USA W2x composed of Gevvie Stone and Cicely Madden, training out of Cambridge Boat Club. The BRF also supports Hallie Smith, who finished third last year in the PR1 Women’s Single at the World Championships, and a handful of other exceptionally talented Boston based rowers.

The National Rowing Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds to support the U.S. National Rowing Teams. The NRF was founded in 1966 and has been supporting Olympic and World Championship athletes for more than five decades. The NRF supports athletes who pursue excellence in the sport of rowing with the primary goals of promoting the United States’ participation in international rowing competitions. Additionally, the NRF preserves the of rowing history of the United States, and manages the National Rowing Hall of Fame.

The HOCR is proud to help promote elite rowing in the United States. Go team USA!



Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles® Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Preparing for an event that attracts over 11,000 athletes and thousands of spectators requires a great deal of preparation. The HOCR consists of a 15 member Board of Directors, six of which are in charge of race management and overseeing an eleven-member race committee (including two race co-chairs). The race committee meets year-round to discuss the operational and logistical details of the event. They are assisted by 115 leading volunteers on 30 separate committees that begin meeting weekly in the fall. A full-time, professional staff of four, headquartered in the Cambridge Boat Club, works year-round to plan the event, obtain sponsorship and communicate with the rowing community. Head Of The Charles® is a registered trademark of the Cambridge Boat Club, 2 Gerry’s Landing Road, Cambridge, MA. For more information, call Head Of The Charles at (617) 868-6200, email regatta@hocr.org



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