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Girls' Crew to Row Head of the Charles

By Hailey Cohen '22, for the Tabor Log

Crew has been an integral part of Tabor since 1917. In that time, Tabor’s crew program has stood out worldwide. Previous crew teams have won numerous championships and regattas, and our crew members have even gone on to become Olympic world champions. One of the most notable championships Tabor has been involved in is the Head of the Charles Regatta, in which the school has been participating since 1971. The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta in the world, stretching 5 kilometers and following the Charles River in Boston. Most recently, the school sent a boat from the boys’ crew team to the regatta in 2017. 

This year, the school has qualified to send a boat from the girls’ team to the Head of the Charles. The crew members who are selected to go are Lainie Cederholm ’21, Alex Szynal ’20, Charlotte Gebhard ’20, Zoë Mermin ’21, and coxswain Daisy Cook ’20. This is a huge step for Tabor in the rowing community. Coach Meredith Finch says, “It’s an opportunity for Tabor to have a presence in this grand world of rowing, and to be able to say for ourselves and for the community at large that we’ve got the robustness of a program to be able to have a presence at a very prestigious and large and important regatta.” 

There is something to be gained in teamwork as well. Participating in the regatta is an honor. The regatta gives rowers opportunities for personal growth, as well as a vision for their rowing careers. Being surrounded by legendary rowing teams can be a transformative experience for the crew team members. 

The Head of the Charles is challenging because the crew team members need to learn to row in a way they haven’t rowed before. Traditional races are only around six minutes, basically, an all-out sprint where rowers row full speed for most of the course. But the Head of the Charles is around 20 minutes. This length forces the rowers to find a balance that allows them to row efficiently without wasting stamina. It’s important that they work as a team to find a rhythm that they can sustain while keeping a fast pace. 

Another intrinsic part of the Head of the Charles is the tradition. Tabor Crew has been a part of the regatta for almost 50 years. Going to the regatta drives current rowers to uphold the legacy of past Tabor crew teams. Being involved in a large-scale event such as the Head of the Charles is a huge honor in itself and lets the rowing community know that Tabor is a force to be reckoned with. 

The girls’ race is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019. Watch for them along the banks of the Charles and cheer them on! (Note: Tabor will not have a tent in Reunion Village this year.)
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