Boston, MA—At the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Saturday, the Williams 2V men got off to a strong start in their season. The 2V was crewed by coxswain James Sullivan '18, and rowers Charlie Sheils '17, Drew West '19, Elijah Fromm '17, Erik Kessler '17, Carl Sangree '17, Charlie Ide '20, Jarrett Heflin '20, and Atzin Villareal-Sosa '19.
As the crew approached the starting line, the light rain that had soaked the region for the majority of the morning turned into a torrential downpour. The crew's race plan was to go out hard and power through a fast first 300 meters from the starting line to the BU bridge. Despite the pelting rain, the crew executed their plan well and quickly caught the MIT alumni boat ahead of them.
After putting MIT behind them the Ephs turned their attention to the Michigan alumni further ahead of them. The Ephs struggled to make up ground through the winding turns of the next section of the course, but they found strong rhythm through the "power house" stretch, the straightest part of the course where many crews attempt to catch other crews. The Ephs used this rhythm to make up ground on the Michigan alumni.
As fatigue set in, the Ephs dug deep and powered through Weeks Bridge, the hardest turn of the course. With crowds cheering the Ephs on at every bridge, they found their best rhythm of the race in the final stretch. They powered through Eliot Bridge and launched an assault on the finish line. The Ephs raised the rate to 36-37 strokes per minute and emptied the tank in the final 800 meters, catching the Michigan alumni at the line.
Overall, the Williams 2V men finished 19th with a time of 16:47. The Ephs finished ahead of rivals MIT & Boston College who finished 23rd and 25th respectively, and just behind Brown University and West Point, who finished 16th & 17th respectively. Harvard University won the race in a time of 14:58.
The 2V is excited about their debut and now turn their attention to the upcoming Princeton Chase next Sunday 10/30.