1898 NSW AAGPS Head of the River
St Ignatius' College joined the regatt this year. Despite many years of rowing tradition, their crew was entered at the last moment and were reported as being sadly lacking in condition and poorly boated. Whereas both Shore and Grammar had purchased new racing fours from Jerram of Melbourne.
The first two crews used outriggers rather than string-test fours for the first time. St Ignatius used a 20 year old boat which was no match for the other schools.
It was reported that it was quite an achievement for the Shore crew to win as they were both younger and far smaller. The respective strokes of the first two crews were aged 15 and 20 respectively.
Starter: Not known
Umpire: Quarton L Deloitte
Judge: Not known
Time: Not known
Margin: 3 lengths
1st Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) - Str: C E Murnin, Cchs: Messrs Burnside and Robson.
2nd Sydney Grammar School - Str: M Stewart
3rd St Ignatius' College