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History of the Tasmanian SATIS Head of the River rowing regatta

1968 SATIS Head of the River

This Head of the River was conducted on the Franklin River on Saturday 6th April 1968.

First Eight:

The Friends' School reclaimed the Golden Fleece Cup for the first time since 1962, winning by just 6 feet over Hutchins School.

Hutchins School won the following events in 1968:

- Second Eight

- Open Four

- Under 16 Four

- Under 16 Lightweight Four


Organising Committee:

Tasmanian Rowing Association



First Eight

Golden Fleece Cup


Time: 5:59

Margins: 6 feet, 1 length

1st The Friends’ School - Bow: T Meredith, 2: T Dunbabin, 3: R Walters, 4: J Mc Leod, 5: I Sansom, 6: B Needham, 7: D William, Str: G Hay, Cox: G Archer

2nd Hutchins School – W. Webster, D. Howell, S. Ireland, J. Clennett, M. Bradford, L. Morrisby, C. Chesterman, R. Newman, Cox: J. Schofield

3rd Launceston Grammar

4th St Patrick's College

Other known competing crews:

St Virgil's College

Scotch College

Friends won the race with metres to spare over the favourites Hutchins. The Hutchins crew was the early leader but were overhauled by the fast, and high rating Friends crew.

Second Eight


Time: Not known

Margins: Between first and second is not known.

1st Hutchins School – Bow: L Thompson, 2: A Wise, 3: R Boss-Walker, 4: M Wertheimer, 5: D Graney, 6: M Dickson, 7: J Walker, Str: R Howell, Cox: F Andrews

Equal 2nd Launceston Grammar

Equal 2nd Friends' School

Open Four


Time: 4:36

Margins: 2 lengths, 1/2 length

1st Hutchins School – Bow: T Lewis, 2; J Young, 3: A Webster, Str: P Shield, Cox: C Webster

2nd Scotch College

3rd St Virgil's College

Under 16 Four


Time: 3:29

Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 1 length

1st Hutchins School – Bow: D Hurburgh, 2: R Elsom, 3: K Brown, Str:  Cuthbertson, Cox: J North

2nd Scotch College

3rd Launceston Grammar

4th Friends' School

Under 16 Lightweight Four


Time: 3:33

Margins: 2 lengths,1 foot

1st Hutchins School – Bow: W Newitt, 2: J Grifiths, 3: T Shoebridge, Str: N Saunders, Cox: R Burbury

2nd St Virgil's College

3rd Launceston Grammar

4th St Patrick's College

Under 15 First Four


Time: 3:44

Margins: 2 lengths 3/4 length

1st Friends' School - Bow: A Williams, 2: C Howard, 3: G Potter, Str: S Skinner, Cox: P Bowden

2nd Launceston Grammar

3rd Hutchins School

Under 15 Second Four

Race not conducted

Under 14 First Four

Time: Not known

Margins: 1 1/2 length, 3 feet

1st Launceston Grammar - Bow: P Bishop, 2: T Perkins, 3: R Nowell, Str: S Burleigh, Cox: S Young

2nd Friends School

3rd St Patrick's College

4th Hutchins School

Under 14 Second Four

Race not conducted

Lightweight Four

Time: 4:38

Margin: 3/4 length

1st Hutchins - Bow: M Kerr, 2: J Bridges, 3: T Martin Str: D Allen, Cox: N Nicholls

2nd Scotch College

3rd St Patrick's College


  • Hutchins School Magazine, July 1968
  • Launceston Examiner Monday 8th April 1968, page 18

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