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Head of the Charles Regatta

Rose Corcoran

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On Sunday, October 18, a select group of rowers represented Manhasset at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. It was the team’s second regatta of the season, following the Head of the Housatonic race the week before. The Head of the Charles was first held on October 16, 1965, and is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. “Head” races are a class of regattas that are usually three miles in length, and the boats compete with each other about fifteen seconds apart. To qualify for this race, a boat must qualify in the top half of the competition from the previous year. Manhasset’s team was able to put forth a girls varsity four boat, a boys eight, and a girls double. In the girls four was Emma Gillis, Chloe Murphy, Victoria Radman, Laila Lapins, and the coxswain Kalli Kapetanos. In the boys eight, the coxswain was Bart Voto, and the rowers were Benjamin Kim, Mahmoud Khalifa, Doug Dreyer, John Petrakis, George Thatos, Lazarus Ziozis, Brett Weisberg, and Alexander Hom. In the girls double were Rose Corcoran and Judie Wu. The alternates that joined the team were Irene Karantzios, Anthony Raimondi, and Sammy Foglio. One of Manhasset’s coaches, Ty Louis, also rowed in a double with his father, representing the team well by earning seventh place out of sixty competitors. Despite the incredible competition and difficult course to navigate, the boats came out of the races with admirable results. The girls four earned fourteenth place out of eighty boats, guaranteeing Manhasset a girls four for the third year in a row. The boys four won sixty-fourth out of eighty. The girls double received thirty-sixth out of thirty nine doubles. After racing, the kids had an opportunity to walk around the vendors, and there were many. Major companies such as Brooks Brothers and Range Rover were there, and hundreds of different retailers allow the regatta to make millions of dollars. There were tents selling merchandise and space to view the races all across the meandering, three-mile course, and the crowds were enormous. All in all, this event was a great accomplishment for our individual rowers and teams.

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Head of the Charles Regatta