The Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS), in conjunction with Rowing Tasmania, will host the 2019 SATIS Head of the River Rowing Regatta on Saturday 23 March. Held at the picturesque Lake Barrington International Rowing Course, this is the largest one day regatta on the Rowing Tas calendar and will see 4000 – 5000 people attend.
The Tasmanian Head of the River is a historical event and dates back to 1916. In 2019 660 Years 7 to 12 students, from 12 Tasmanian Independent Schools, will converge at Lake Barrington to compete in all boat classes from Single Sculls through to Eight’s.
Events will commence at 8:00am with the Open Boys Quad and Open Girls Four. The final event of the regatta is the much anticipated Open Eights races, with Girls racing at 4:25pm and Boys at 4:35pm.
The Hutchins Boys Eight, coached by Alex Thompson, will be difficult to beat after a commanding win at the Tasmanian All Schools regatta. Scotch Oakburn, Launceston Church Grammar and The Friends’ School will be putting their best crews forward to chase down the Hutchins crew and bring home the win.
The Girls Eight from St Michael’s Collegiate, coached by Neil Stump, have also had a successful Pennant and School season and will be looking to take out the race on Saturday. The Fahan crew, coached by Stephen Ireland, shouldn’t be discounted after making continuous improvements throughout the season and with a full field with crews from Launceston Church Grammar School, The Friends’ School, Scotch Oakburn and St Mary’s College, it is sure to be a competitive race
The Under 16 Eights from both Hutchins and Collegiate will be the ones to beat with their races being held at 12:45pm (Boys) and 2:35pm (Girls). All races contribute to overall point scores with schools vying for a number of shields. Presentations will be held in front of the Reeconians Centre at the conclusion of the regatta, approximately 4:50pm.