A view of the Charles River with the Boston skyline in the background.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Irina Vorvoreanu made Israeli rowing history on Sunday when she became the first local athlete to represent the country at the Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 17-year-old ended the women’s youth singles in eighth place in a time of 23:41.6 minutes.
Vorvoreanu, who has rowed for Israel at the junior world championships, was joined in training by Israeli paralympian Moran Samuel, who hopes to take part in the race next year.
Daniel Rutenberg was slated to race in a double with para-rower Reuven Magnagey, but a back injury to Magnagey delayed their dream by one more year.
First held on October 16, 1965, the Head Of The Charles Regatta takes place on the Charles River as a traditional “head of the river” race.
“Head” races are a class of regattas generally three miles in length. Boats compete against one another and the clock, which starts sequentially, approximately fifteen seconds apart.
Winners of each race receive the honorary title “Head of the River” or, in this case, “Head Of The Charles.”
Since its origin, the Head Of The Charles Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams, with this year’s event attracting over 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators.