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Washington Overcomes Crosswinds To Win Men's Eights At Head Of The Charles Regatta

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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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