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Irish Race in Head of the Charles

Oct 19, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

It’s an exciting weekend for the Irish rowing team as it travels to Boston to compete in their first formal race of the season, the Head of the Charles Regatta. This prestigious race is the largest 2-day Regatta in the world with almost 9,000 athletes competing annually. The regatta, which has competitors from various high schools, colleges and nations all over the world, brings in thousands of spectators every year. They watch as the rowers race 3.2 miles down the beautiful Charles River.

The Irish competed in the Regatta last year, bringing only one boat. This year, the team has upped their odds and is bringing two boats, entering into both the eight- and four-person competitions.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is an exciting atmosphere with hundreds of elite rowers present. This will give the Irish the perfect opportunity to show what they are made of and to compete with  the best of the best. Junior coxswain Christina Dines commented on the teams excitement saying, “There’s going to be thousands of spectators, Olympians always come to watch or race themselves. We’re so excited to be able to compete with elite universities and international rowers. Competition is fierce, but that’s what makes the Head of the Charles so unique.”

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