50th HOCR in Beantown

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50th HOCR in Beantown

(ISN) – The famed Head of the Charles Regatta wrapped up this past weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. The race, drawing rowers from around the world to the famous Charles River separating Boston from Cambridge, is a crowd favourite.

With thousands of athletes competing at the regatta, the event is now a two-day extravaganza, regularly drawing spectators in the hundreds of thousands.

The men and women’s championship eight races are two of the most anticipated events.

It is becoming a tradition at this regatta to see entries with top international athletes, from different countries, within the same crew. Canadians were a part of some of these mixed international entries this year.

Julien Bahain, who raced the single at this past year’s World Championships in Amsterdam, won the men’s Championship eight race with 7 other top international scullers. Julien’s crew narrowly beat Conlin McCabe and his boat of top international sweepers, by 3.36 seconds. Conlin McCabe raced the men’s four at this year’s World Championships.

Carling Zeeman was also a part of a mixed international entry in Boston, racing the women’s Championship eight. With seven other top women from around the world, Carling trounced the US National Team by almost 20 seconds.

“The experience was surreal,” explained Carling following the race.

“Because we all come from different countries, all of us had a slightly different stroke. Our focus in the boat was to just keep it simple, match recovery timing and reach full length (of stroke). It worked for us!”

Carling raced for Canada in the quad this past summer at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

Other noteworthy mentions at the regatta, the London Training Centre crew of Thomas Watson, Maxwell Lattimer, Brendan Hodge, Eric Woelfl and coxswain Kristen Kit won the men’s lightweight four event over Brock University by more than 4.5 seconds. Additionally, Caitlin Pauls, from Ridley Graduate Boat Club, won the women’s lightweight single.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is held on the second to last complete October weekend each year.

Julien, Conlin, Carling, as well as all the athletes from the London and Victoria Training Centers, will be competing at the National Rowing Championships in Victoria, BC, from November 7th –9th.