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History of the Tasmanian SATIS Head of the River rowing regatta

1941 SATIS Northern & Southern Head of the River

Saturday, April 5 - Tamar River & Derwent River:

First Four - North:

Like 1940, the 1941 Northern Regatta had 3 entries. The following crews raced over 1⅛ mile on the Tamar, finishing at Royal Park: 

-    Launceston Church Grammar School,

-    Scotch College, and

-    St. Patrick’s College

The Examiner reported that the weather was good for racing and accordingly, a large crowd of parents, friends and scholars was present. Into a slight headwind, Scotch College were successful in making in back-to-back wins in the Northern Head of the River. Scotch won pillar-to-post by an impressive 5 lengths over Launceston Church Grammar. 

First Four - South:

The 1941 Southern Regatta was raced on the Derwent River over one-mile, on the Royal Hobart Regatta course. 4 crews raced, with the addition of St. Virgil’s from the previous year: 

-    Clemes College,

-    The Friends’ School,

-    Hutchins School, and

-    St. Virgil’s College

According to The Mercury, a large crowd turned out under ideal conditions. Despite St. Virgil’s being in front and Clemes in second at the half-way mark, it was The Friends’ School who overtook them both to win by 2 lengths. It was Friends’ first win in two years.

Second Four - North:

The same schools from the Firsts raced in the junior category in 1941, racing over ¾ mile:

-    Launceston Church Grammar School,

-    Scotch College, and

-    St. Patrick’s College

Launceston Church Grammar won the Second Four by 3 seconds, denying Scotch wins in both categories as they did in 1940.  

Second Four - South:

6 crews raced in the junior race of 1941: 

-    Clemes College,

-    The Friends’ School 1 & 2,

-    Hutchins School 1 & 2, and

-    St. Virgil’s College

Hutchins School 1 crew hit the lead early and won by a length.


First Four - North:

The Mercury provided this account for the Northern race of 1941: 

“Scotch, with two rowers from the winning crew of 1940, was firm favourite for the senior race. It led from the start, and gradually increased its advantage, until, after an unnecessary sprint, it finished exhausted more than five lengths ahead of Grammar, which was several lengths away from St. Patrick's College.”

Winners of the First Four at the 1941 Northern Head of the River - Scotch College
(Source: Examiner, 7 April 1941)

First Four - South:

The Mercury wrote the following report of The Friends’ School’s victory: 

“There was a fairly long delay at the start and the crews had to be recalled when they were first sent away. Clemes followed St. Virgil's and steered a course well out into the stream. St. Virgil's was first to show out. It rowed almost level with Clemes over the first stages, with Friends close up and Hutchins dropping back. Half-way, St. Virgil's held a slight lead over Clemes, but one of the crew "crabbed," and although there was a quick pick-up they were not able to make up the ground. Clemes met with a mishap to one of the slides and also began to fade out. Friends in the meantime went to the front and met every challenge thrown out by St. Virgil's. Clemes rowed gamely, but was under a big handicap, and continued to keep right out in the stream. Hutchins, whose training had been handicapped by sickness and a change in the boat, never looked dangerous. It finished well and was a length behind St. Virgil's. Clemes stopped rowing when the gun was fired.”

The Friends' School (far right) winning the 1941 First Four (South) by 2 lengths
(Source: The Mercury, 7 April 1941)

Second Four - North:

The Mercury reported: 

“Grammar School did well in the junior race. Though the lightest crew, it showed stamina, and held off challenges by Scotch during the earlier stages of the race. At the finish it was untroubled to win by three lengths, with a similar distance between Scotch and St. Patrick's College."

Second Four - South:

The Mercury wrote that the Hutchins School 1 crew hit the lead early and won by a length.

Organising Committee:

Tasmanian Rowing Association



First Four - North

1⅛ mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 5, 5 lengths

1st Scotch College – Bow: D. Saul, 2: R. Anderson, 3: D. Paton, Str: O. G. Ingles, Cox: M. Cunningham

2nd Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: J. Hinman, 2: F. Bean, 3: D. Findlay, Str: P. Lord, Cox: W. Green

3rd St. Patrick’s College – Bow: M. Thomas, 2: J. Lamp, 3: K. Thomson, Str: E. Barringer, Cox: N. Sutcliffe

First Four - South

1 mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 2, 1 lengths

1st The Friends’ School – Bow: J. Wolfhagen, 2: J. Bamford, 3: F. Byatt, Str: M. McRae, Cox: A. Cripps

2nd St. Virgil’s College – Bow: E. Sattler, 2: J. Dwyer, 3: D. O’Brien, Str: J. Johnstone, Cox: P. Bryan

3rd Hutchins School – Bow: B. J. Pitt, 2: I. D. L. Abbott, 3: G. G. Hammond, Str: P. Saunders, Cox: I. Bezette

4th Clemes College – Bow: W. Millington, 2: P. Pitt, 3: R. Allwright, Str: L. Conolon, Cox: A. Leary

Second Four - North

¾ mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 3, 3 lengths

1st Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: D. Sadler, 2: R. S. Rolph, 3: C. D. von Stieglitz, Str: J. Arthur, Cox: A. Purves

2nd Scotch College – Bow: L. Bath, 2: D. McEwen, 3: P. Burbury, Str: I. McDonald, Cox: J. McFadzean

3rd St. Patrick’s College – Bow: E. Radin, 2: B. Roper, 3: W. Sullivan, Str: P. Walton, Cox: B. Fitzpatrick

Second Four - South

½ mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 1 length

1st Hutchins School 1 – Bow: R. B. Chen, 2: P. Payne, 3: D. Baker, Str: P. Freeman, Cox: A. Cripps

2nd St. Virgil’s College – Bow: F. Heritage, 2: T. Bruce, 3: B. Murray, Str: D. Case, Cox: R. Cooper

3rd Clemes College – Bow: E. Archer, 2: J. Murray, 3: G. Bignell, Str: P. Parkes, Cox: D. Archer

4th Friends School 1 – (crew unknown)

5th Friends School 2 – (crew unknown)

6th Hutchins School 2 – (crew unknown)


FRIENDS’ SCHOOL “HEAD-OF-THE-RIVER” (1941, 7 April), The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: 1860 – 1954), p. 7, Retrieved 20 May 2020, from

HEAD-OF-RIVER RACES Scotch Wins Senior Event (1941, April 7), Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: 1900 – 1954), p. 5, Retrieved 20 May 2020, from

ROWING SUCCESS FOR FRIENDS’ (1941, 7 April), The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: 1860 – 1954), p. 7, Retrieved 20 May 2020, from

SCOTCH WIN EASILY IN NORTH (1941, April 7), The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: 1860 – 1954), p. 7, Retrieved 20 May 2020, from

WINNERS OF THE HEAD-OF-THE-RIVER RACE (1941, April 7), Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: 1900 – 1954), p. 4, Retrieved 20 May 2020, from

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