head of the charles


The Head of the Charles Regatta is the World's largest two-day rowing competition and it happens to take place in our beautiful city. We have the honor of serving the athletes and spectators all the weekend...so stop by our food truck and grab yourself a little something, something during a race. And don't be shy, come back for seconds.

Like us, you might be totally confused about the rowing terminology that is being thrown around... Or you might just have some questions about the main event deetz. (Honestly, it could just be our accents...If you're coming from out of town... I would suggest starting here first.)

In any case, we have the most important details for the Regatta this weekend to make your experience go flawlessly with good food and company. (What else can you ask for?)

Date of Event: October 22nd and October 23rd

Racing Times: 8am-5pm

Length of the Race: 3 Miles

# of Athletes Competing: 11,000

Are dogs allowed? YES.

Location of Food Vendors: Weld Exhibition, Reunion Village, Cambridge Boat Club, and Rowing and Fitness Expo/Finish Line area. Find us on Memorial Drive.

What is a Coxswain? Get your head out of the gutter. This is the person on the boat without an oar (and is probably on the smaller side). They bark orders for steering and race commands. You'll see them in the stern or bow of the boat.

What about a coxbox? We aren't messing with you. This is a real term. It's a portable voice amplifier for the Coxswain.

Heavyweight: a rower that exceeds the weight of the lightweight competition. AKA rowers that love burgas.

A Sculler: a rower that uses two oars.

"Let it Run!": Stop everything you're doing and let the boat glide for a distance. (So calm down and don't be perturbed when the competitors stop rowing for a bit)

Make Sure to Look out For:

  Genevra (Gevvie) Stone, a U.S. Silver medalist at 2016 Rio Olympics and is a six-time winner of H.O.C. Championship Women's Single Sculls.

  Mahe Drysdale,German captain of the Great Eight . He clinched two gold medals between the 2016 Rio and 2012 London Olympics.

Average Time Length of the Races: The time depends on the age group and number of people on the boat. But expect each race to last around 15-25 minutes.

Best Starting Line View: The Boston University Bridge or BU Sailing Pavillion. For pictures of pre-race, non-sweaty athletes with the Boston Skyline, get your cameras ready at the BU Bridge!

Best Finish Line View: The Eliot Bridge (you'll have to buy a ticket to get on this bad boy).

Have fun, and we will see you there!