The logistics of traveling to Boston can be just as daunting as passing three across before Eliot. We can't necessarily help you in the latter situation (we remind readers that the wise sculler/coxswain will delay the act of passing until there is adequate space/time) but we can provide detailed information to make getting here just a little bit easier.
FINISH AREA LAUNCH SITE (FALS):
Boat launching and storage space will be available at the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS) on Soldiers Field Road on the Boston side of the Charles River, between Eliot Bridge and Northeastern's Henderson Boathouse. FALS consists of one large parking lot adjacent to the finish line, and three smaller lots nearer to Eliot Bridge. Trailers will be parked very close together and not necessarily in close proximity to the launching docks. The Regatta will provide racks and space near the docks for storage and rigging of boats during the weekend.
Trailer Directions to FALS - Mass Pike to Exit 18 East, Exit 20 West, follow signs to Cambridge. Stay straight through several traffic lights and cross the River Street Bridge. Once across the bridge, take a left onto Memorial Drive (there will be a Shell station and a Mobile station at the corners.) Stay on Memorial Drive for 1.6 miles at which point it will fork (near the Cambridge Boat Club.) Staying to the left, follow signs for Watertown/Newton. Proceed through the traffic light, and as you approach Eliot Bridge, follow signs for Boston/Newton. As you are crossing Eliot bridge stay to the right and an HOCR volunteer will meet your trailer and direct you to a parking space. It would be helpful to consult a course map to assist with directions.
FALS opens to trailer parking at 7AM on Friday, October 21. Trailers arriving before Friday will NOT be able to park at FALS and will be directed to an off-site location to store their boats. Launching will not be available at this location.
Planning to bring a trailer on-site? Please be sure you've registered with the Regatta Office. We are currently at capacity at FALS. However, we'd be happy to suggest a program in your area that is also carrying shells.
Please contact the Regatta Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-868-6200 if you are planning to bring a trailer but have not yet registered, or if you have any other questions.
SINGLES AND DOUBLES LAUNCH SITE (SADL):
Rowers of singles and doubles will store their boats and launch from the Singles and Doubles Launch (SADL) off Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Drop off is available for cars carrying shells and vehicles will be directed to an off-site parking location. SADL opens at 7AM on Friday, October 21.
Directions to SADL - Same as above, except go RIGHT onto Memorial Drive once you cross the River Street Bridge. The Singles and Double launch site is located just downstream of Riverside Boat Club, immediately before the Magazine Beach Bath House. View course map.
SPECTATOR AND ATHLETE PARKING
Please visit our website here for maps and information on spectator and athlete parking for 2011. You will also find information on our free Shuttle routes, which run throughout Regatta Weekend.
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