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Sykes Racing Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta

The 2009 Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta will be conducted on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of March on the Barwon river in Geelong, Victoria.


History of the Head of Schoolgirls Regatta

MLC hosted the first HOSG Regatta in 1985. The Regatta consisted of the Heats and Finals for 7 events in which 16 schools and 240 girls competed during a single day. There is no record of the number of spectators who attended. A strong cross wind at Ballarat made conditions very interesting for crews and officials.

A time-line of the event is as follows:

1984 - Last year of schoolgirl participation in APS Head of the River.
Principal of Morongo initiates meeting that establishes the HOSG Regatta.

The Ballarat Years
1985 - MLC host first HOSG - 7 events, 16 schools and 240 competitors. First Four won by MLC

1986 - Ballarat Grammar and local schools host HOSG - 9 events.
First Four won by Geelong Grammar

The Geelong Years
1987- Wesley College host HOSG - 9 events. First Four won by Wesley College

1988 - Lauriston host HOSG - 12 events. First Four won by Geelong Grammar

1989 -Loreto Mandeville Hall host HOSG - 13 events. First Four won by Morongo

1990 -MLC host HOSG - 14 events including Eights for first time.
First Four won by Geelong Grammar, Senior Eight won by Wesley College

1991 - MGGS host HOSG - 14 events. HOSG Regatta Committee incorporates as an Association. First Four won by Geelong Grammar, Senior Eight won by MLC.

1992 -Morongo host HOSG over 2 days - 18 events. First Four won by Geelong College, Senior Eight won by Genazzano

1993 -Genazzano host HOSG - 22 events including Quad Sculls for first time. Timing system introduced. First Four won by Lauriston, Senior Eight won by Lauriston, Quad Scull 1 won by Genazzano

1994 -St Catherine's host HOSG - 24 events. First Four won by Lauriston, Senior Eight won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull 1 won by Genazzano

1995 -Lauriston host HOSG - 26 events. First Four won by Lauriston, Senior Eight won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull 1 won by Genazzano

1996 -Carey Grammar host HOSG - 27 events, 38 schools and 1275 competitors. First Four won by Geelong Grammar, Senior Eight won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull 1 won by MLC

1997 -Loreto Mandeville Hall host HOSG - 28 events. Active For Life becomes Sponsor of HOSG Regatta. First Four won by Geelong Grammar Senior Eight won by Geelong Grammar Quad Scull 1 won by MLC

1998 -Sacred Heart College host HOSG - 31 events. First Four won Lauriston, Senior Eight won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull 1 won by MLC

1999 -Firbank host HOSG - 34 events. First Four won MLC, Senior Eight won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull 1 won by Genazzano

2000 -MLC host HOSG - 34 events, 41 schools and 1474 competitors. Sykes Racing becomes naming rights sponsor of HOSG Regatta.
First Four won by Lauriston, Eight Div 1 won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull won by Sacred Heart

2001 -Melbourne Girls Grammar again host the regatta - 34 Events. Professional Event Managers, SSDF, appointed by the host school. City of Greater Geelong provides support for temporary infrastructure costs at this Major Event. First Four won by Ballarat Grammar, Eight Div 1 won by Geelong Grammar, Quad Scull Div 1 won by Sacred Heart College

2002 -The Committee hosts the regatta, replacing the Host School arrangement - 34 Events and 1640 competitors. SSDF is again the Event Manager, with the Geelong Rowing Association assuming a significant support role. Long term agreement entered into between Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta Committee, the City of Greater Geelong, and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to maintain the regatta at Geelong. First Four won by Ballarat Grammar , Eight Div 1 won by Geelong College, Quad Scull Div 1 won by MLC

2003 -The Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta Committee Inc. continued in the role of Regatta hosts and have helped to grow the number of entries in the Regatta. The Event management was contracted to the School SnowSports Development Foundation, who have now managed the Regatta for three years. Thirty-five events with 322 races kept the 2151 competitors and skilled RV Officials busy over two days. Sykes Racing have continued to act as the Naming rights Sponsor with generous support from the City of Greater Geelong. First Four - Ballarat Grammar School. Quad Scull - Loreto Mandeville Hall. Open Eight - Geelong College.

2004 -The Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta Committee Inc. continued in the role of Regatta hosts. The Event management was contracted to the School SnowSports Development Foundation for the Third and Final time, and we thank them for their development work and ready co-operation. Sykes Racing have continued to act as the Naming rights Sponsor with generous support from the City of Greater Geelong. Open Four - Ballarat Grammar School. Open Quad Scull - Firbank Grammar School. Open Eight - The Geelong College.

2005 -The 371 crews with their associated 2009 athletes came from 41 Victorian schools.
Entries varied from a lone sculler and coach to 195 participants from a large girl’s school. There were 28 fastest times recorded during the two days racing. For the first time Rowing Victoria carried out the dual role of providing the officials and being the Event Manager.
The Open Coxed Quad Scull was won by Sacred Heart College, Geelong, and the Open Eight by Methodist Ladies College and the Open Four by Ballarat Grammar School.

2006 -The open Eight was won by Methodist Ladies College.  The Open Quad Scull by Firbank Grammar School.  The Open Four by Ballarat Grammar School and the Open Single Scull by Melbourne Girls College.  The Barwon River course was in superb condition and the large crowd enjoyed everything on offer, both on and off the water.

2007 -On the realigned Barwon River course the increased use of repechages for 1500m crews was a great success and the new Judges’ Box proved its worth . There was a noticeable increase in single scull entries. The Open single scull was won by Melbourne Girls College, the eight by Methodist Ladies College, the coxed quad scull by Firbank Grammar School and the four by Ballarat Grammar.

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