Head of the Charles 2012: Schedule, Parking, Traffic Information
Find out what you need to know about the 2012 Head of the Charles regatta in Boston Oct. 20-21.
The Charles River and its surrounding banks and bridges will be overflowing this weekend with hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches, fans and spectators watching the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta.
The annual regatta, the largest of its kind in the country, is put on each year by the Cambridge Boat Club. The event draws as many as 300,000 to the banks of the Charles River each year, from the starting line near the Boston University Bridge to the finish line near Harvard Square.
Where to Watch
The race course runs three miles upstream from the Boston University Boathouse to Christian Herter Park.
Most spectators find a place to watch between the Anderson and Weeks bridges, along the halfway point of the race.
There are more than 50 races taking place throughout the weekend, with events happening from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. You can see the full schedule here.
Memorial Drive in Cambridge will be closed from the Cambridge Boat Club to Western Avenue from from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. all weekend.
Traffic on Nonantum Road, which turns into Soldiers Field Road and then Storrow Drive in Brighton, will also be impacted during the race.
Parking is very limited in the area near the event. One of the main lots is at Artesani Park, in Brighton, across the river from Watertown. You can see a map here.
Buses come roughly every 15 minutes Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Course Shuttle - Stop 1 Finish Area Launch Site – Lot 4, Artesani Park Stop 2 Riverside Boat Club – Singles and Doubles Launch/Magazine Beach Stop 3 Reunion Village – Between Weeks and Lars Anderson bridges – Boston Side . Last bus departs this stop at 4:30 p.m. Stop 4 Cambridge Boat Club
Birmingham Parkway Shuttle - Stop A Finish Area Launch Site – Everett Street, across from Artesani Park Stop B Birmingham Parkway – East, near WBZ Stop C Birmingham Parkway – West, near McDonald’s
|Saturday, Oct 20|
|1||8:00 am||Men's Grand Master Singles [50+]|
|2||8:30 am||Women's Grand Master Singles [50+]|
|3||8:54 am||Men's Senior Master Singles [40+]|
|4||9:07 am||Women's Senior Masters Singles [40+]|
|5||9:24 am||Men's Senior Master Eights [50+]|
|6||9:41 am||Women's Senior Master Eights [50+]|
|7||9:57 am||Men's Senior Master Fours [50+]|
|8||10:09 am||Women's Senior Master Fours [50+]|
|9||10:35 am||Men's Senior Master Doubles [50+]|
|10||10:52 am||Women's Senior Master Doubles [50+]|
|11||11:16 am||Men's Alumni Eights|
|12||11:34 am||Women's Alumnae Eights|
|13||11:48 am||Men's Club Singles|
|14||12:09 pm||Womens Club Singles|
|15||12:30 pm||Men's Club Fours|
|16||12:55 pm||Women's Club Fours|
|17||1:20 pm||Men's Club Eights|
|18||1:35 pm||Women's Club Eights|
|19||1:53 pm||Men's Master Doubles [40+]|
|20||2:04 pm||Women's Master Doubles [40+]|
|21||2:19 pm||Men's Master Fours [40+]|
|22||2:31 pm||Women's Master Fours [40+]|
|23||2:49 pm||Men's Master Eights [40+]|
|24||3:02 pm||Women's Master Eights [40+]|
|25||3:16 pm||Men's Championship Doubles|
|26||3:26 pm||Women's Championship Doubles|
|27||3:40 pm||Men's Collegiate Fours|
|28||3:55 pm||Women's Collegiate Fours|
|29||4:14 pm||Men's Championship Singles|
|30||4:23 pm||Women's Championship Singles|
|DCPC2x||4:34 pm||Directors' Challenge Parent/Child Doubles|
|DCMX2x||4:51 pm||Directors Challenge Mixed Doubles|
|Sunday, Oct 21|
|31||8:00 am||Mixed Adaptive Fours|
|32||8:16 am||Mixed/Same Gender Adaptive Doubles|
|33||8:35 am||Men's Senior Veteran Singles I and II [70+]|
|34||9:03 am||Women's Veteran I/II and Senior Veteran I/II [60 - 69, 70+]|
|35||9:30 am||Men's Veteran Singles I and II [60+]|
|36||10:05 am||Men's Youth Fours|
|DCW4x||10:36 am||Directors' Challenge Women's Quads|
|37||10:52 am||Women's Youth Fours|
|38||11:23 am||Men's Master Singles|
|39||11:35 am||Women's Master Singles|
|40||11:55 am||Men's Youth Doubles|
|41||12:12 pm||Women's Youth Doubles|
|42||12:33 pm||Men's Lightweight Singles|
|43||12:44 pm||Women's Lightweight Singles|
|44||1:05 pm||Men's Youth Eights|
|DCM4x||1:34 pm||Directors' Challenge Men's Quads|
|45||1:50 pm||Women's Youth Eights|
|46||2:32 pm||Men's Championship Fours|
|47||2:40 pm||Women's Championship Fours|
|48||2:55 pm||Men's Championship Eights|
|49||3:08 pm||Women's Championship Eights|
|DCMX4x||3:26 pm||Directors' Challenge Mixed Quads|
|50||3:43 pm||Men's Collegiate Eights|
|51||4:00 pm||Women's Collegiate Eights|
|52||4:15 pm||Men's Lightweight Fours|
|53||4:23 pm||Women's Lightweight Fours|
|54||4:38 pm||Men's Lightweight Eights|
|55||4:45 pm||Women's Lightweight Eights|
Will you be attending the Head of the Charles this weekend? Which race are you most excited to watch? Tell us in the comments.