October 8, 2011

Men’s Crew Opens Season at Head of Housatonic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's crew heads to the Housatonic River in Shelton, Conn.. on Saturday, Oct. 8, for the 17th annual Head of the Housatonic, hosted by the New Haven Haven Rowing Club. It will be the first races of the 2011-12 season for the Bears.

"We have an experienced group and strong leadership and we hope to improve on the successes of recent years," said head coach Paul Cooke. "Two of out current student-athletes competed at the U-23 World Championships so they bring an understanding of high level racing to our squad. We also have five oarsman and the coxswain returning from last year's varsity 8. We certainly have a lot to learn and a long way to go but we look forward to the coming season." 

The Head of the Housatonic is one of the largest single-day head races in the country, attracting rowers of all levels -- from novice to elite, junior to veteran master. The regatta venue, Indian Well State Park, is situated on a stretch of 4.5 miles of river. The course is 2.7 miles long starting just below the park and ending at the New Haven Rowing Club boathouse across the river in Oxford, Conn. 

"For the first races, which are essentially time trials, we simply look to have a good racing mentality all the way down the course, picking up seconds where we can and minimizing mistakes that would cost us time," stated Cooke. 

Fans can visit the official Head of the Housatonic website for more in formation.