Bright lights and big appetites will be abundant Friday night, October 20th, as Head Of The Charles kicks-off the Regatta weekend with a spectacular 350-meter nighttime sprint race and festive pasta party!
These back-to-back Friday evening events will be near the HOCR Finish Line at Herter Park in Brighton. The Pasta Party will be in the Rowing & Fitness EXPO, and the Virgin Atlantic Airways 'Row Jet Set, Row' sprints will be at the Finish Line.
HOCR Pasta Party –Friday 6:00 - 8:00 PM Mangia! Mangia! Vinny T's of Boston will be serving up pasta with three choices of delicious sauces, as the HOCR Pasta Party returns! Located in the Rowing & Fitness EXPO at the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS), it's free to all Head Of The Charles registered competitors and volunteers. If you want to bring friends or family, it's also open to the general public for $10 per person.
Rowers can load up on their carbs while getting to know their fellow Regatta competitors, arriving from all over the world. Located inside the "Big Top" EXPO tent, the HOCR Pasta Party will have a friendly and informal atmosphere with music and giveaways. It's a fun way to start the Regatta weekend festivities, while fueling for the challenging races ahead.
Sample refreshing drinks from O Beverage, Polar Beverage, POM Tea and Turkey Hill. Ice cream will also be served, to top off the meal! No parking is available, so best to walk or take the T. A free HOCR shuttle service will be available on Friday from 1pm till 8pm, making stops at the Pasta Party and other destinations along the course.
Virgin Atlantic Airways 'Row Jet Set, Row' Sprints – Friday 7:00 PM Virgin Atlantic Airways is lighting the riverfront skies Friday evening, to kick-off Regatta race events with the 2006 edition of the "Row Jet Set, Row" 350-meter sprint race invitational. For the first time ever, the Head Of The Charles festivities will commence with races taking place at night, as Virgin Atlantic lights up the sprint course for a race featuring the best of Boston and Britain crews. This fast and furious scrimmage starts near the Elliot Bridge and will spectacularly culminate at the HOCR Finish Line at Herter Park in Brighton MA.
This year, the “Row Jet Set, Row” events will consist of two races. The first will be a transatlantic showcase of women, with Eights from Cambridge University and Harvard racing side-by-side for international bragging rights. The second race will pit two top British men's crews against two top Boston crews in a four-lane, all-out sprint to the finish.
The men's British teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities will look to defend the 2005 British victory against Boston's Harvard and Northeastern teams, who are vying to keep the trophy--and bragging rights--in Boston this year.
This super sprint race might take place on the Charles River but it bridges the Atlantic Ocean. Virgin Atlantic Airways is sponsoring this event in part to celebrate its 15 years in Boston, promoting its transatlantic Flight 012 The London Shuttle, which departs from Boston daily.
The 'Row Jet Set, Row' sprint festivities will begin on Friday, October 20 at 7:00 pm with music and giveaways for spectators. Following the evening sprint, there will be a spectacular laser light show to keep the skies bright.
Friday practice alert to all coaches and rowers: This year, crews are able to practice on the river all day on Friday. Boasts MUST be off the water by 6:00 PM sharp; accordingly, no boats are allowed to launch after 5:30 PM on Friday. No launches are permitted on the river anytime on Friday.