MEDIA ALERT - September 2019
61ST ANNUAL HEAD OF THE YARRA – Saturday November 30th 2019.
Race Record Entry for Australia’s Rowing Favorite.
On Saturday 30th November, the largest ever contingent of rowers in an Australian rowing race – 2,500 competitors in over 270 rowing eights will complete over 8kms, on the Yarra River, for title as fastest crew in the 2019 Head of the Yarra.
Depite a new race record entry cap of 270 crews this year, it appears the first race was to the start line. Entry has been forced to close very early (75 days prior to race) due to the enormous growth in interest amongst Australian’s rowers in this great race.
The race is a Yarra River spectacle running over the entire length of the river. Racing starts at 9.00 a.m. and finishes around 3.00 p.m. when the fastest category of crews will cross the finish line at Hawthorn.
Commencing in the heart of Melbourne, the race culminates at the Bridge Road bridge in Hawthorn. The race finish carnival is a rowing calendar favorite held amidst 10,000 spectators, rowers, supporters and the entire fleet of 270 boats which are racked in the Yarra-Bank reserve. The river is closed to downstream traffic, so after rocking in a boat for 8 km, crews rock in the park with a tipple or two of the local brewer’s produce.
This year 31 classes of club crews from all over Australia, NZ and from as far away as Japan, will make up the race field.
In the Men’s Open category clubs to watch include Sydney, last year’s winners, who took the silverware north beating long-term local rivals Melbourne University and Mercantile.
In the Open Women’s’ section, three crews that finished within a slim five-second margin of each other last year; Mercantile, Melbourne University and the University of Queensland, will all have a score to settle.
In the Schoolboys’ section, Scotch College will aim to defend its title again up against last year’s challengers both Sydney and Hutchins (Hobart).
In the Schoolgirls’ section interest will be on the speed of many newcomers including Friends School (Hobart), Canberra Girl’s Grammar and UTS up against previous race winner MLC who come with a strong contingent of crews.
The Club Section includes over 200 male, female and mixed crews, across many categories that include the Para-athletes from Balmain plus master’s male & female crews ranging across broad age categories from the minimum masters age of 27 years.
There are two male master’s crews, the senior citizens of the race, both with an average age over 80 years. One crew from Sydney (Drummoyne) and the other from Melbourne (Richmond/Banks), who may help to settle which of the two cities is Australia’s most “ livable" for sports fitness.
For media enquiries or to arrange interviews and photos contact:
Pat Freeland-Small HawthornCaptain@gmail.com;
Mobile 0418 63 1862
Comprehensive race details available at <Website>
Crew and race section details are available <Here>
2019 Media Contact
Pat Freeland-Small Mob 0418 631862 Email HawthornCaptain@gmail.com
Assistance with Photos, crew interviews and on-water vision capture can be arranged.
Historical media Releases
View the 2014 Media Alert.
The Sunday Age (1 Dec 2013) ran an article and photograph. See their gallery of 14 photographs (while it's still available.)
Our 2013 post-regatta press release.