Anyone can participate in this year's Head Of The Charles by submitting a 4702 meter piece on the erg on any brand of rowing machine or on the water in any boat class.
100% of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Head Of The Charles x Gold Cup Grant Fund to support rowing programs that serve under resourced communities within the United States.
Comparing erg results is fairly straightforward. Time X is faster than time Y, so time X wins. So how does HOCR plan on comparing on-water times taken from different courses and in differing conditions from around the world?
Simple: an interactive world map displaying all submitted on-water courses and times.
HOCR worked together with Time-Team to create a custom map results display that is truly the first of its kind (for rowing at least). Found at www.rowingtracker.com, users can see Head Of The Charles length pieces submitted from rowers on their home courses all over the world. Sort results by category, or dive into a specific geographic area to see who has submitted a piece and what course they took.
The map itself has a few "Easter eggs" to pay homage to the beloved HOCR course in Boston. Triangular "start" and "finish" icons mark the ends of each course and indicate direction of travel, and each of the three boathouse-based timing stations have been superimposed along the course at their respective distances from the start.
For rowers eager to take part in the action, submission could not be easier. Register on RegattaCentral. Then simply record your on-water performance using a smartphone, GPS watch, or NK SpeedCoach with LiveLink, then export your performance file (.GPX, .FIT, or .TCX) from the software and upload it to the website via a link sent from Time-Team after registering. As long as your performance recording is longer than 4702m, Time-Team will automatically find the fastest consecutive 4702m within your file. Simple.
The submission period for the Global Remote Event opened on October 9th and already courses from around the world have begun to appear including South Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, France and Australia. Registration and submission deadline is October 18th at 11:59pm ET. Register HERE.
Have a little fun here. Row your favorite course with your teammates and compare race lines or travel to a remote location with a ripping downstream current. Everything is fair game as are the prizes.
A few confirmed rumors about 4702 Water:
- Prize packs from HOCR sponsors (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CLIF Bar, Boathouse Sports, and more) will be given away to the most creative courses found on the map
- Notable on-water submissions will be shown on 4702 Live Broadcast on Saturday October 17th and 12pm EST
- Merit Badges to all that go under the current 4702m record of 13:27.469
- Rowers can re-submit as many times as needed until the end of the day on Sunday October 18th by 11:59PM ET
May the current be ever in your favor.