It's over for 2015! A great day. See the media release.
More than 2100 competitors in 231 rowing eights created a marvelous spectacle today on the Yarra as they raced from Birrarung Marr to Hawthorn Rowing Club in the annual Head of the Yarra. Club crews representing every state, New Zealand and Japan made the pilgrimage to Melbourne. The annual classic saw crews of all ability test their skill against the country’s best for fastest time over the grueling 8.6km Yarra course.
The Melbourne University Men’s Eight stroked by Hookway and superbly coxed by England won the race in a sizzling new race record time of (24:40:19 min) taking a full 16 seconds of the previous best ever time for the race. They were pushed all the way along the co urse by the Mercantile Men’s’ eight stroked by Dunkley-Smith and coxed by Zhang who finished 35 seconds behind (25:15:34) after 8.6 km of very close racing.
In the elite Women’s Eights, Mercantile Women’s Eight stroked by Jen Cleary took line honors in a time of (27:05:51) ahead of the Melbourne University Boat Club crew stroked by Cronin in (28:02:66).
In the schools’ section, the dominance of Scotch College over recent years was broken by Melbourne Grammar (Harrison) who won the schoolboy A section in a very quick time of (26:30:20), 86 seconds ahead of the Brighton Grammar crew stroked by Haddon (27:56:95).
The Schoolgirl first eights saw a very strong field of Victorian and interstate crews, however it was the Melbourne Girls Grammar crew stroked by Harrison (31:26:22) ten seconds ahead of Methodist Ladies College stroked by Joyce (31:36:83).
In the 70 year plus category, 8 crews of Septuagenarians and Octogenarians as old as 87 years, saw the MUBC crew stroked by Nicholson (33:27:05) too good for last year’s winners Toowong stroked by Macsporran (33:59:69). The race attracted thousands of spectators along the full length of the Yarra course.
A crowd of about 8000 congregated amongst the crews and boats for the trophy presentations and the post race carnival at the finish in the Yarra Bank Reserve.
Welcome to the Head of the Yarra - Australia's Rowing Classic event. The Head of the Yarra, which is conducted by the Hawthorn Rowing Club, is held annually on the last Saturday of November. The 2015 Head of the Yarra will be held on Saturday the 28th of November. Keep an eye on this page or the event's Facebook Page for more information. (There are already some postings on our Special Message page - link above.) This year there is an extra category (Male D), and the event will begin a little earlier at 10:30am.
Entries have closed and there is a field of 234 entries; 14 more than last year's record! See our 2015 Media Alert.
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