Head of the Charles, Alumni Sprints™ and more
Dartmouth alums have long competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta ("HOCR") in club and other events. Women’s crews would race under the Dartmouth Alumnae Club, and the men under ZOG Rowing Club. Careers, family obligations and a lack of organization, however, slowed participation.
Ahead of HOCR's inaugural Alumni 8+ event in 2009, the different alumni groups came together to found a single entity, Ever Green Boat Club. Ever Green's sole entry, a heavyweight crew, won bronze.
The following year, two heavyweight crews entered and placed second and third. The silver medal finisher, a 1992 reunion crew and Eastern Sprints and IRA champion, generated significant press for the college and the regatta itself.
Women first raced as Ever Green Boat Club in the 2012 HOCR and won bronze. The women would triple their medal count in 2013, with first place and third place medals — including the fastest overall raw time — in the Directors' Challenge Women's Quad, in addition to taking a fourth place medal in the Alumnae 8+ event.
Also in the 2012 HOCR, Ever Green lightweights participated for the first time as a standalone boat. In 2013, the former D150s repeated the prior year's result and finished back-to-back with the heavyweights — a proud testament to Ever Green's depth.
Aiming to extend its HOCR success to a wider group of Dartmouth alumni and friends at regattas and races across the country, Ever Green conceived and organized the first ever alumni-only regatta. 15 alumni groups competed in 17 events at Alumni Sprints™ in Old Greenwich, CT. With nearly 20 percent of total participants, Ever Green took home the first Alumni Sprints™ Team Points Trophy.
Ever Green has since helped to inaugurate other alumni events at Head of the Schuykill in 2013, a second-place finish, and the Independence Day Regatta in 2014, a first-place finish.
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