The 145th Yale-Harvard Regatta, which is the oldest intercollegiate athletic contest in the US, is tomorrow, Saturday morning on the Thames River, New London, Connecticut. The first race, for the freshmen, starts at 9:00 a.m., and will be followed by the junior varsity race. The varsity race will start at 10:45 a.m. All three races can be watched from several locations along the river, but Bartlett’s Cove, which is very close to the finish line, is the most popular place. The races will also be broadcasted on WKNL Kool 101 (100.9) and kool101fm.com. As usual, Charlie Hamlin (Harvard ’70) and Yale lightweight coach Andy Card will be the ones giving us the excitement going on out on the water.
Yale’s web site says the following about the varsity race: “This is the 62nd upstream race between the rivals. Harvard holds a 38-23 edge in upstream races. Yale’s 2007 win was the Bulldogs’ first upstream victory since 1984. The Bulldogs have won two of the last three downstream races. They have raced 61 times downstream on the Thames. Harvard holds a 35-26 advantage going in that direction.”