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AUG 2018

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August 2018 28 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Special Feature: 2018 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE The Head Of The Charles Regatta on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge attracts more than 11,000 athletes and some of the best crew teams from around the world for this two-day rowing event held each year in October. Hundreds of thousands of spectators have been showing up to watch the event since its inception in 1965. In 1965, Harvard University curling instructor Ernest Arlett proposed a "head of the river" race similar to the ones held in his native England. The races generally cover three miles and boats compete against each other and the clock. The winners receive the honorary title "Head Of The River" or "Head Of The Charles." Races include single, doubles, fours and eights, and the regatta receives more applications than it can accept. Home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and across the river from Boston, shopping, dining, hotels and activities are abundant. But during the regatta, spectators find the riverbanks, bridges and on-site exhibits provide plenty of entertainment. The Eliot Bridge Enclosure offers a good view of the races and Reunion Village offers a fun and relaxed atmo- sphere at the halfway point on the Boston side of the river. Information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Travel & Tourism. For more information, visit www.mass.gov or www.hocr.org. Dewey Beach is situated between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Rehoboth Bay on the other. Delaware's "gold coast" draws active-minded visitors who spend their days wake boarding, wind surfing and rid- ing jet skis, and their nights dancing and enjoying local entertainment. Those who need a break from those kinds of activities can relax with a book or watch dolphins. Sports events planners find sand and surf is a perfect combination for energetic outdoor contests that are sure to draw spectators. Dewey Beach hosts the Zap Pro/ Amateur World Championships of Skimboarding each year. Last year, the skimboarding championships marked the opening of the annual Summer Vibes Fest that features competitive skimboarding, the East of Maui SUP Sprint Challenge, the Rehoboth Am Skate Jam, art and live music for the event in this month. With more than 200 skimboard compet- itors and their families traveling to Dewey Beach from around the world, pros and amateurs alike turn up the heat in the three competitions. This month the com- petition celebrates its 37th year. With hotels and rental homes, din- ing, shopping and nightlife, this beach town and nearby Rehoboth and Bethany Beaches provide fun in the sun no matter the sport. Information provided by the Delaware Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism. For more information, visit www.visitdelaware.com. Dewey Beach DELAWARE POPULATION: 379 Cambridge MASSACHUSETTS POPULATION: 113,630 A wakeboarder at Dewey Beach, Delaware. The Head of the Charles (HOCR) Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. Visit Delaware Massachusettes Dept. of Travel & Tourism

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