Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Head of the Charles

On October 17, 2009, the Army Crew team from West Point sent three boats onto the Charles River to compete in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Along the shore of the river, spectators watched and cheered on various teams. John Constantino and his wife Ginger from West Chester, PA set up tents and prepared food for the West Point rowers to enjoy after their race. The Constantino's daughter, Abi, a sophomore at the military academy, was rowing in the Club Fours on Saturday afternoon.

Ginger Constantino, 51, of West Chester, PA stirs a pot of meatballs and tomato sauce her and her husband are preparing to make meatball sub sandwiches for the West Point crew team when the rowers return to the dock at the MIT boathouse after completing their race in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon in Boston, MA. The Constantinos and other parents of rowers set up food tents on the grass area between Memorial Drive and the boathouse and prepared the food while the teams were competing in their respective races.


John Constantino, 51, and his wife Ginger, 54, warm their hands in the cold weather over a pot of cooking meatballs and tomato sauce while they wait for the West Point crew team to return from their race in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon. The Constantino's daughter, Abi, rowed with the women's four. Throughout the rowing season, parents of rowers cook food during each race, taking turns depending on who is in the area. The Constantinos always take the Head of the Charles because "it's the big one," John said. John Constantino, 51, of West Chester, PA takes pictures of his daughter Abi's boat returning to the MIT boathouse after racing in the Women's Club Fours race during the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon. The Constantino's son was also rowing in the Regatta for the Coast Guard Academy team."It's one of the only races where they are racing in the same event," John said.
The West Point men's and women's crew teams eat food cooked for them by John and Ginger Constantino of West Chester, PA after racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon in Boston, MA. "It's usually good food...I really appreciate it," Tom Mussman, 20 and a junior on the team said. The Constantino's daughter, Abi, is far left.

John Constantino, 51, and his wife Ginger, 54, of West Chester, PA talk to their daughter Abi, 19, after she competed in the women's Club Fours with the West Point Crew team during the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday afternoon in Boston, MA. Ginger has a stress fracture in her right foot that needs to be put in a cast. She asked the doctor to wait until after the regatta to put the cast on so she would not miss bringing food to the event. "I love it, mostly because I get to see them," her daughter Abi said. " I don't get to see them often because of where we go to school."

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