Crowd turns out to soak in regatta atmosphere
Thousands of spectators, bundled up against the brisk winds, lined the banks of the Charles River yesterday to witness one of New England’s most loved sporting traditions.
This weekend marks the 46th year of the Head of the Charles Regatta that every year draws men and women in crew teams from Massachusetts and around the country.
The crowds walked their dogs, had picnics, and browsed among the countless number of tents offering everything from event information and food to high-end clothing and purses. Brooks Brothers donated event jackets to the approximately 1,400 volunteers working the event.
Some sat close to the edge of the river bank, scanning passing boats for a familiar face. Meredith Kleine of Brookline was there to support her boyfriend, who was competing in the Club Men Eights division.
“I’m being his cheerleader, it’s like high school all over again,’’ she said.
Others made a significantly longer journey to attend, such as Skyler Rueb, a University of Kansas student participating in the Collegiate Women’s Fours. Sitting with some of her teammates, Rueb said that it was her first year at the Head of the Charles.
“I’m very excited, but also extremely nervous,’’ she said.
And some people just stumbled upon the event.
Cambridge resident Tom Norden said he had spotted the crowds and decided to see what the commotion was about.
“It’s a nice day, and there’s food and a lot free samples going around,’’ he said.
Ashley Portero can be reached at Aportero@globe.com.