On a calm but rainy day, over 660 athletes and thousands of support staff and spectators arrived at Lake Barrington for the annual SATIS Head of the River Rowing Regatta. The Head of the River culminates a busy rowing season for students, coaches and parents and nerves were high with athletes from Under 13 through to Open competing in multiple boat classes across the regatta. The regatta finishes with the excitement of the Open Eights races. St Michael’s Collegiate powered through the finish line, finishing 3 seconds ahead of Fahan School with Scotch Oakburn right on the shoulder of Fahan crossing the line 1 second behind in 3rd place. In the Open Boys Eights race, The Hutchins School were powerful for the entire 2000m race finishing a boat length ahead of 2018 winners Scotch Oakburn, who were followed by Launceston Church Grammar School and The Friends’ School. Both Collegiate and Hutchins Under 16 Crews also won their Eights races earlier in the program.
All results contribute to valuable shield points and The Friends’ School travelled back to Hobart with 4 out of 6 shields available. Collegiate and Hutchins won the Junior Girls and Junior Boys shields respectively adding to their Eights wins.
The Head of the River is not possible without the support of Rowing Tasmania and the Boat Race Officials, Mr Julian Joscelyne (Regatta Secretary), Mr Phil Fraser (Chief Referee), Judges, School volunteers, Easy Oar Cafe and organising Southern SATIS Schools (Collegiate, Hutchins, Fahan, Friends’, St Virgil’s and St Mary’s).