Head Of The Charles Rowers Hoping For Better Weekend Weather

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The world's elite rowers are hoping for better weather as they get ready to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend.

As Thursday's nor'easter rolled through, the long, sleek boats that will glide down the Charles River this weekend sat on trailers, with plastic covers protecting them from the wind and rain.

Fabio Selvig is with Filippi, the company that supplies boats to many of the rowers who will be competing. He told WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin that you can row in conditions like those Thursday afternoon, but it's hard.

"Smaller boats are going to get pushed around a lot more," he said. "The bigger boats, because they're more stable, they're going to be able to get through it, but the course is going to feel a lot longer than three miles."

When Selvig heard about the storm, he said he wasn't too worried.

"I thought, it's going to be challenging, but generally, we'll be able to pull it off somehow," he said. "It seems the Head of the Charles always manages, between the organization and just good luck, to make the event go off."

But he said the weekend weather should improve.

"It looks like Saturday and Sunday is going to be good weather," he said. "Looking like mid-60s and the wind is going to die down, so we should be alright."

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports

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