The 2014 GVSU Head of the Charles Eights

Laker Navy Preparing for Charles

The eyes of the rowing world turn to Boston, Massachusetts with the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two-day regatta in the world. The Laker Navy’s best will be joining hundreds of other crews this coming weekend in their quest for victory. This event is the pinnacle of the fall racing schedule.

The whole varsity squad has been competing all fall for a chance to represent their team and their university on a national scale. A grand total of thirty-three Grand Valley oarsmen and women will be competing. For the first time ever the club will be sending a total of five boats: the men’s 8+, women’s 8+, men’s club 4+, women’s 4+, and the newest entry: the men’s collegiate 4+. The men’s eight will look to improve upon a strong 3rd place finish in the 2014 race, competing against crews such as the University of Michigan, Virginia, and Delaware. A young women’s eight also looks to improve upon their 4th place finish a year ago, facing UCSB, Trinity College, and others. Regardless of which boat it is, every crew wants to make a bold statement this weekend.

Even with the significance of this event, all involved also recognize the importance of this race as preparation for the spring season. The ultimate goal, the triple crown, lies ahead. For many, this will be their first true test as a varsity athlete. With many former athletes from the 2014-15 season gone, it will be these young rowers who will need to step up and take the place of their former mentors. This year the GVSU club is incredibly young; only three seniors are racing this weekend.

An excited and anxious GVSU Crew will depart for Boston this Thursday evening. Friday will be a swing row down the course in preparation for racing. Saturday will be kicked off by the men’s club 4+ at 1:15 PM, followed by the men’s collegiate 4+ at 3:54 PM and the women’s collegiate 4+ at 4:08 PM. Sunday the men’s 8+ starts at 3:17 followed by the women’s 8+ at 3:31. Races can be viewed at the official HOCR webcast; the link to the website can be found here. As always, we thank you for your continued support and will continue to pull hard for the Laker Navy nation. Stay tuned this weekend for race updates!

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