October 30: The Annual Head of the Grand Regatta returned this fall to our home waters. Many MSU Crew Alumni came out to assist the team in the running of the races. The team was in split mode, with a 4+ concurrently in attendance at Head of the Charles with Head Coach Rob in Boston, MA. The 4+ took 9th out of 40 teams, securing a spot in the prestigious regatta for next year.
The New Head of the Grand Trophy. Donated by Jim Perkins.
Back at home, in Lansing MI, the MSU Crew Novice Class of 2017 took to the water for the first time. This year was very special for the novices, in that a new cup was introduced for them. What is now known as the Head of the Grand Cup was presented to the winning Collegiate Novice 8+. In its inaugural year, the Cup was won by Grand Valley State University. The Varsity 8+ took second, 18 seconds behind rival Michigan.
As with every year, it is through the selfless acts of the many parents, alumni, and friends of MSU Crew that keep the Head of the Grand running. We loved catching up with many of those who we had not seen in quite some time. As always, the alumni racing was fantastic! A special thanks goes out to James Perkins, the donor and creator of the new Head of the Grand Cup.
Full results can be found here for the Head of the Charles, and Head of the Grand. A full list of past results and the upcoming racing schedule can be found on the Schedule page. Be on the lookout for MSU Crew this weekend, as they head down to Ypsilanti, MI for the Head of the Huron. This will be the final race for the fall season.