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 2014 event was held on November the 29th. See the final results: List Sections.
Close to 2000 competitors in a record field of 220 eights created a marvelous spectacle on the Yarra as they raced from Birrarung Marr to the finish at Hawthorn Rowing Club, 8.6km upstream. Club crews representing every mainland state and New Zealand 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 University of Melbourne Men’s Eight stroked by Thomas George and superbly coxed by David Webster created a new race record (24:56:82 min) smashing the old race record by 24 seconds. They were pushed all the way along the course by the Mercantile Men’s’ eight stroked by John Linke and coxed by Annabelle Orr, which finished just 3 seconds behind (24:59:45 min) after 8.6 km of very close racing.
In the elite Women’s Eights the Mercantile women’s crew stroked by Charlotte Sutherland took line honors in a time of 27:57:96 min ahead of the Melbourne University composite crew stroked by Lucy Stephen (28:45:79 min ).
In the schools’ section, Scotch College continued its dominance of the boys' eights. Their first crew stroked by Alexander Wolf, did the course in a time of 27:02:85 min ahead of Melbourne Grammar stroked by Sam Blomley in 27:55:20 min.
The Schoolgirls first eights saw a very strong field of Victorian and interstate crews however it was the Sydney-based Pymble Ladies College stroked by Jasmine Hanley (32:59:02 min) who edged out the Loreto Mandeville Hall crew stroked by Jacqueline Hart (33:17:85 min).
The oldest competitors - the “Ancient Mariners” (Drummoyne composite) with an average crew age of 81 completed the course in (40:43:47 min).
The race attracted thousands of spectators along the full length of the Yarra course. A crowd of about 8,000 congregated amongst the crews and boats for the trophy presentations and the post race carnival at the finish in the Yarra Bank Reserve in Hawthorn.
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