Head of Charles 2011 – Special Access Options

October is here and that means that the Head of the Charles Regatta is around the corner.  This is one of my favorite fall events in the Cambridge area.  It spotlights one of my favorite places (the Charles River) and brings visitors from not just all over the US but the World as well.  The 47th HOC will take place October 22-23 and since I am writing this post earlier than I normally do we have the opportunity to highlight some of the Special Access options for experiencing the Head of the Charles.

This famous rowing race put on by the Cambridge Boat Club is quite the outdoor event and if the weather is good it can be an unbelievable experience.  It the weather is bad though it can be quite challenging to find “shelter from the storm”.  This can be quite literal with rain and even snow being part of past years’ races.  There are 2 options for those that want to have the option of seeking the refuge of tents.  You can either sign up to be part of the Reunion Village or the relatively newer Eliot Bridge Enclosure which is year is sponsored by Delta Airlines.

Reunion Village is open to all with a $3 admission fee.  Big groups can get a tent for their organization or share one for a smaller fee.  Details can be found on the Reunion Village page which also lists the organizations that are participating for 2011.  The Eliot Bridge Enclosure is a fancier option:

The Head Of The Charles Regatta is pleased to present the 3rd annual Eliot Bridge Enclosure (EBE), a controlled-access hospitality tent sponsored by Delta Air Lines. Patrons of the Enclosure will enjoy a distinctive dining experience as well as premium Longtrail Brewing Co. beers, fine wines, and soda.

Tickets are currently still available at $90 for 1 day or $150 for the whole weekend but they will only be available online until October 19th.  The reason why I did this post now is because I have a vague recollection that this was sold out when we did the HOC post of the 2010 Regatta so if this is something you are interested in you should make your reservation soon.

Even if you don’t choose these special access options the Head of the Charles event has accessible vendors that I have found on the Boston side of the river which sell food as well.  For more details about the 2011 Race visit the HOC site.

For your reference here are some previous posts regarding the Head of the Charles Regatta:

Cambridge Boat Club’s Head of the Charles (Features Videos of the Race from the perspective of the Coxswain)
Hope to see you there!

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