Head of the Lake: colour and atmosphere

Grammar's cheer squad. Pic: Jeremy Bannister
Grammar's cheer squad. Pic: Jeremy Bannister
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High School students celebrate their win hard. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School students celebrate their win hard. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto College get right behind their teams. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto College get right behind their teams. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

RACE RESULTS HERE

EACH tribe marched to its appointed place. The blue, the yellow, the green and the red, each trying to drown out their rivals with horn, drum, pipe and voice.

High School's Emily Gracie Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School's Emily Gracie Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Ben Wilson (BHS cheer squad) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Ben Wilson (BHS cheer squad) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

College Girls had a super successful day. Greta Stevens and Lily Tavert-Gallagher Pic: Jeremy Bannister

College Girls had a super successful day. Greta Stevens and Lily Tavert-Gallagher Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Poppy Douglass, Zoe Cowan, Sophie Grylowicz (BCC) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Poppy Douglass, Zoe Cowan, Sophie Grylowicz (BCC) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Japanese student Mayu Tsutsuyi gets into the spirit of Boat Race Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Japanese student Mayu Tsutsuyi gets into the spirit of Boat Race Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Grammar do their best to cheer their rowers along. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Grammar do their best to cheer their rowers along. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Students keep an eye out for their mates on the water. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Students keep an eye out for their mates on the water. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Annika Mielnik and Lutea Patsch. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Annika Mielnik and Lutea Patsch. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Dressing up and cheering loud is the aim of the game. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Dressing up and cheering loud is the aim of the game. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Tash Bianchi and Gabbi Barlow, BHS cheer squad. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Tash Bianchi and Gabbi Barlow, BHS cheer squad. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School's Cheer Squad in full flight Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School's Cheer Squad in full flight Pic: Jeremy Bannister

When there's no hats around - grab a melon. Will Greig
 from Grammar. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

When there's no hats around - grab a melon. Will Greig from Grammar. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Nicola Rintoule, Miranda Fenton, Kelly Hotchin from Grammar Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Nicola Rintoule, Miranda Fenton, Kelly Hotchin from Grammar Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School supporters are always among the loudest. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School supporters are always among the loudest. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School students Chloe Traill and Novera Qaseem were all smiles after the win. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

High School students Chloe Traill and Novera Qaseem were all smiles after the win. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

College get behind their teams. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

College get behind their teams. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Will Greig, Gypsy Spiller, Alex Renney, Riley McGoldrick (BCC) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Will Greig, Gypsy Spiller, Alex Renney, Riley McGoldrick (BCC) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Perfect weather made for a great day at Lake Wendouree. College's Kara Girdler and Nick White  Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Perfect weather made for a great day at Lake Wendouree. College's Kara Girdler and Nick White Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Perfect weather made for a great day at Lake Wendouree. German students at High School Julia Musil, Alisha Schumpp.   Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Perfect weather made for a great day at Lake Wendouree. German students at High School Julia Musil, Alisha Schumpp. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Nobody could wipe the smile off their face as Head of the Lake proved a huge success once again. Michael Cook (BHS)  Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Nobody could wipe the smile off their face as Head of the Lake proved a huge success once again. Michael Cook (BHS) Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Grammar were hoping to repliate last year's stellar success. Kirk and Clare Downie, Will Mills, Max Lawrence, Rachel Hickey (front) fly the flag. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Grammar were hoping to repliate last year's stellar success. Kirk and Clare Downie, Will Mills, Max Lawrence, Rachel Hickey (front) fly the flag. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Ruby O'Connor leads the High School squad in a chant. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Ruby O'Connor leads the High School squad in a chant. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

The newcomers arrived first, Damascus with banners of maroon, yellow and blue.

Then it was the gold of Grammar and blue of High School on the opposite bank, greeting each other with chants and songs.

"Everywhere we go, people want to know," said the gold. "Who we are, where we come from."

"We can't hear you," replied the blue.

Marching drums led the boys from St Patrick's College. They completed a lap of the point. Then a sea of balloons crossed Wendouree Parade from Loreto, and finally a red tide from College.

They were settling in even as the first boats completed the course with a handy tail wind.

Loreto celebrated first, with enthusiastic hollering as the school took the first victory of the day.

But they wisely left plenty in the tank. There was plenty to come, including the main event: The Head of the Lake.

Welcome to "Boat Race" 2014.

Some of the better action, as always, is off the course.

Mick Clark and Janine Lyon arrived early to get a good vantage point. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Mick Clark and Janine Lyon arrived early to get a good vantage point. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

The St Pats hoard. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

The St Pats hoard. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto Cheer Squad . Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto Cheer Squad . Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus Cheer Squad. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus Cheer Squad. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

St Pats Brass Ensemble led the school in. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

St Pats Brass Ensemble led the school in. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

St Pats students get loud and proud. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

St Pats students get loud and proud. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Supporters look on before the first race. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Supporters look on before the first race. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Tom Corden (Damascus) gets into the spirit. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Tom Corden (Damascus) gets into the spirit. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

St Pats' Connor Bentley, Lachlan England make some noise. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

St Pats' Connor Bentley, Lachlan England make some noise. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Elly Hewitt, Abbey Cartledge from Damascus. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Elly Hewitt, Abbey Cartledge from Damascus. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Demcee Davies from Damascus. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Demcee Davies from Damascus. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus crew get excited for their first ever Head of the Lake. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus crew get excited for their first ever Head of the Lake. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus crew get excited for their first ever Head of the Lake. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus crew get excited for their first ever Head of the Lake. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus crew get excited for their first ever Head of the Lake. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Damascus crew get excited for their first ever Head of the Lake. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

James and Angus Troup. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

James and Angus Troup. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Barry andHelen Dowsing. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Barry andHelen Dowsing. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Libby Hutt cools her heels. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Libby Hutt cools her heels. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Alexandra Coll, Katie Barnett, Chloe England. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Alexandra Coll, Katie Barnett, Chloe England. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto's Chloe Jackson, Danielle Smith, Abbey Murphy, Gabby Middleton, Ailish Murphy-McKay, Bridget Campbell. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Loreto's Chloe Jackson, Danielle Smith, Abbey Murphy, Gabby Middleton, Ailish Murphy-McKay, Bridget Campbell. Pic: Jeremy Bannister

Check out this video taken of St Pats and Loreto students chants.

Loreto College, St Pats College, Ballarat Grammar School, Clarendon College, Ballarat High School and Damascus College will battle it out (safely) on the water today.

The Loreto girls get loud, while the St Pats boys make a big entrance.

Damascus, at their first head of the Lake, get settled into their spots.

Lifeguards are on scene and are prepared for the worst - not that the weather is going to be a problem today.

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