Head of the Charles Regatta, October 19-21, 2013

Hello everyone!!!

Well, it’s that time of year again… The Head of the Charles® Regatta is just around the corner… (63 days to be exact) Skip Farkas and I are
Co-Chairing Emergency Services this year.

I hope you are having a safe and fun summer so far. I am sending this email to you today because you either have volunteered at The Head of the
Charles® Regatta in Cambridge in the past, or for another Red Cross event throughout the years. Once again, The Head of the Charles® is partnering with the Red Cross to provide medical support throughout the regatta (this includes lifeguards, ham radio operators and first aid personnel). We are currently looking for volunteers to help staff this event. The event is Friday, October 18th, Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th, 2013.

We are looking to staff 5 rescue boats with 1 ham radio operator and 1-2 lifeguards (on Friday) 13 rescue boats with 1 ham radio operator and 1-2
lifeguards per boat (on Saturday and Sunday).

We are also looking to staff 2 land first aid stations (on Friday) and 6-8 land first aid stations (on Saturday and Sunday). Each land station
includes 3-4 HAMs and 10-12 first aid personnel (all ranges of certifications accepted – minimum first aid AND CPR).

The hours of the regatta are as follows for the Emergency Services Committee:

Friday, October 19th:
Water Based Stations: 10am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 12pm-6pm

Saturday, October 20th:
Water Based Stations: 5am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 6am-6pm

Sunday, October 21st:
Water Based Stations: 5am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 6am-6pm


Due to the manner of our responsibilities, we only accept full day shirts for our volunteers.

If you are available to volunteer and can commit to a shift, please visit http://www.hocr-volunteer.org/active/volunteer/ . In the comment section,
please note what your current certifications are (HAM, Lifeguard, First Aid, First Responder, RN, EMT… etc).

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. If you have any friends or associates (who are properly certified), and would be willing to help out, please forward this email to them. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible. This is a fun event, but requires a lot of support from Red Cross volunteers in order to make it a safe and successful weekend.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Heather Gravelese
Co-Chair Emergency Services
Head of the Charles ® Regatta

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