The group covered the approximately three-mile course in 18:10.339, a second-and-a-half faster than the Lions Rowing Club shell.
The victory is the second straight in the event at one of the world's biggest regattas and the fourth in six years for the Orange and White squad in Boston. The other two years, Tennessee finished second.
This was the first major test of the 2006-07 season for the Lady Vols. Last weekend, the Lady Vols won gold and silver in the three events entered, including a photo-finish type close to the Collegiate 4+ races, when the top two finishers, both from Tennessee, came in within two-10ths of a second from each other.
This was the sixth consecutive year that the Big Orange was represented on the Charles River for the event and the eighth overall. Prior to the event, Tennessee's entry into the Club 8+ has finished among the top two in each of the last five years, taking home gold on three occasions (2001, '02, '05) and the Orange and White shell in the main draw finished among the top 15 in the last three years, ranking 14th, 10th and 12th, respectively.
The three-mile course started at the Boston University campus and wound by the Harvard campus before ending at Artesani Park. Tennessee faced 45 other shells in the Championship 8+ flight, including last year's NCAA Division I Varsity 8+ champs Princeton along with prominent programs Washington State, Virginia, Michigan and Yale, among others.
UT closes out the weekend on Sunday in the last race on the Head of the Charles schedule, the Championship 8+, at 4:26 p.m.
Head of the Charles, Oct. 21, 2006 – Boston , Mass, Saturday UT Results
Club Eight: 1. Tennessee, 18:10.339, Ross (cox.), Collins, von Peters, Hill, Warren, Snider, Hutcheson, Hynd, Dreusike; 2. Lions Rowing Club, 18:11.776; 3. Lake Washington Rowing 18:19.156; 4. Austin Rowing, 18:20.085; 5. Iowa, 18:31.450; 6. Fat Cat Rowing, 18:45.962; 7. West Virginia, 18:57.698; 8. Charles Campbell Rowing 18:58.345; 9. George Mason,18:59.215; 10. Anacostia Community 19:02.023.