Do you know the top 3 most popular sports in Boston? Baseball (Red Sox), ice hockey, and regatta. Last week, there was a famous regatta competition named Head of the Charles and the street along the Charles River was wall-to-wall with a gallery comprised of people from all over the U.S.
First held in 1965, Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition, and every year more than 10,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators converge on Boston for the event. The three mile course, starting from Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse and finishing at Northeastern University’s Henderson Boathouse, passes just in front of the HBS campus and luckily I can see the exciting race from my apartment.
It’s not only the athletes who enjoy recreation on the Charles. There are several rental shops along the river, and from spring through autumn, many Bostonians enjoy kayaking. Since the Charles has no current, it’s extremely easy to paddle up and down the river, enjoying the beautiful riverside view of central Boston. The most spectacular of which is, when you pass by the Hatch Memorial Shell which is located across from MIT, where, with any luck, you can hear the sound of an orchestra playing classical music! All while sitting in the comfort of your kayak.
It’s almost the end of October and in a very short time, Boston will get into severe winter weather which will freeze the Charles. And now I’m wondering how much time I have to enjoy the beautiful view of the Charles from my room.