Originally Posted by ecs135
From where on the course should one watch the Head of the Charles? It's happening this weekend, I'm in town, I rowed for UPenn lightweight in the mid-late eighties, and I've never seen this race. I'll be setting out from the BU bridge, unless the higher up turns are more interesting.
The Weeks Footbridge and Eliot Bridge turns are generally considered the most challenging for coxswains, but they also tend to get quite crowded. The BU bridge is right at the start, so you'll get to see crews and athletes at their freshest. Around the next bend is the Powerhouse stretch, which is a nice straight kilometer with two bridges (River Street and Western Avenue) that also make good vantage points.
There's no guarantee, but one benefit to watching at the Weeks or Eliot bridges is you might get to see some coxing disasters, like the Beijing University 8+ that sank under Eliot a few years back, or coxing heroics as displayed by Ali Williams in the "Great Eight" last year--though their rudder was broken, she keeps them on a good line with a quick command and her "handbrake"!
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