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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan, Boston) - More than 9,000 competitors are taking part in the weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta, the
The banks of the Charles River are packed with people this weekend as the world's best crews hit the water to test their skills.
"This is the most exciting event," said Robin Hayward. "This is like the Olympics of rowing. We love every minute of it - all the sights and sounds, and seeing all the rowers."
The Head of the Charles Regatta is the largest two-day rowing event in the world. The annual competition draws thousands of spectators and athletes to Boston.
This weekend, more than 300,000 spectators will turn out to watch 9,000 rowers compete.
The Head of the Charles first started in 1965. This year marks the fifth time Charlie Smith of England has rowed in the regatta. A graduate of the University of California, he and his former teammates made the trip to Boston to be a part of it.
More than 1,400 volunteers help to ensure the event runs smoothly each year.