CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jacksonville University men's rowing will begin its fall season after feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew with a trip to the prestigious 52nd Head Of The Charles Regatta on the St. Charles River on Oct. 22-23.
Hurricane Matthew laid significant damage to the docks at the Negaard Boathouse. The damage incurred forced the Dolphins to remove themselves from competition from their first two fall season races. While the program is still working to recover from the impact of the hurricane, they have readied themselves to hit water again this weekend.
"Preparation for this regatta has been unique as Mother Nature has presented several challenges that have kept us off the water for several weeks. Handling adversity is a skill that we've being focusing on for the last two years, and I'm confident that all the effort the team has put in will pay off this weekend," said Head Coach Marci Robles. "We have both young and seasoned athletes in this boat. They've come a long way in just a few days and that is certainly a testament to the hard work and commitment this team has made to each other. We're looking forward to representing JU on the rowing world's biggest stage."
According to HOCR.org, "Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles Regatta has welcomed the world's best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Preparing for an event that attracts over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators requires a great deal of preparation."
"Colloquially known as 'Rowing Christmas', the Head Of The Charles is the premier regatta of the fall season. It's NASCAR, the Tour de France, and the World Cup all wrapped up in one weekend. The world's best rowers flock to Boston to compete at this race, and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to attend this year," said Robles.
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The Dolphins will row one boat in the Men's Collegiate Fours on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1:15 p.m.
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