Washington Overcomes Crosswinds To Win Men's Eights At Head Of The Charles Regatta
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The University of Washington overcame gusty crosswinds yesterday to capture the men's championship eights, the featured crew race at the 44th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Massachusetts. Washington edged the French national team by 2½ seconds in 14 minutes, 28 seconds on the 3-mile upstream course. Brown University actually had the second-best time, but a 1-minute penalty pushed the Bruins back to 24th. Washington, starting 22nd in the field of 37, had to slow momentarily and then navigate around crews from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard as the winds made passing difficult. It was Washington's third appearance at the regatta, and coach Mike Callahan knew he had a chance as he used his iPhone to get online updates during the race and received text messages from alumni and students following the race online. He said the wind didn't really bother his crew. The two-day regatta attracted 1,786 boats and 8,478 rowers from 17 countries ranging in age from 14 to 84.
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