Student Organizations

Men's Crew

Welcome to the HLS Men’s Crew!

For those of you with rowing experience and who fear that crew at HLS involves the obscenely early and grueling rows that you experienced in college, fear not – there’s no erg test, and we’re all law students who understand the travails of 1L. For those with no rowing experience, fear not either. Crew at HLS is what we decide to make out of it – both for experienced and non-experienced rowers. It can be only about racing, it can be leisure, or it can be a mix. What matters is your commitment.

Our Fall season typically last 4 to 6 weeks, beginning mid to late September and usually ends with our main and practically only focus, the Head of the Charles (HOCR). However, this year, we’d like to try to extend our rowing efforts should the motivation exist. This might include another regional regatta or more regular leisure rows as a crew. As a 1L, you’ll appreciate crew as a good excuse to get some exercise… because frankly, you’ll always be tempted to spend more time in the library than is good for your health. We try to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Last year we typically rowed in the morning 2 times a week on schooldays only and from 6:45 to 7:45 (it’s not as bad as you think, and a better way to start an 8:00 Contracts’ class), but it would be great to try to get out on the water a bit more this year by trying some daytime or weekend rows. Ultimately, we will base our practice schedule on what works best for all. We’ll also try to throw in a few crew breakfasts post-practice.

As indicated, our main race is world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta, where we typically row an 8 – for many, rowing the Charles is the culmination of many years of efforts. The HOCR is frankly a spectacularly fun race to compete in. Very few courses provide both thrilling navigation – plenty of tight turns and bridges to rub up against - and such proximity with a major city center and all the crowds and cheers that come with it. If you still have doubts, check out some of the video as at www.hocr.org. See also our exploits at last year’s HOCR. Entry to the HOCR is selective, but our spot is essentially guaranteed, ensuring that should you join the crew and put some proper effort into your rowing, you’re virtually certain to race the HOCR at least once. Depending on the year, the various Harvard schools compete against each other some time in the Spring, providing another good excuse to get out on the water.

In the meantime, if you’re interested and want to be on the mailing list for future updates, please fill up the following form – this involves no commitments whatsoever on your side, but at least we’ll know we should contact you once the season gets started. We’ll also be at the September activities night to hopefully meet many of you in person and convince you that crew is for you. Feel free to email me with any questions – crew or otherwise – at agoubau@jd11.law.harvard.edu.

Best,

Alain