School crews take centre stage on Lake Wendouree

REGATTA RACE SCHEDULE – SATURDAY

IN THE GROOVE: a Loreto College crew goes through its paces in a morning training session in readiness for a busy schedule, including this weekends'  Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club regatta. Picture: Dylan Burns

IN THE GROOVE: a Loreto College crew goes through its paces in a morning training session in readiness for a busy schedule, including this weekends' Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club regatta. Picture: Dylan Burns

The Victorian rowing community will be out in force in the Wendouree Ballarat Regatta on Lake Wendouree on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 1500 oarsman occupying 2500 seats, and representing 50 clubs and schools from across the state, will compete in Ballarat's biggest domestic regatta of the year.

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club president John King is looking forward to seeing some of Australia's best rowers on the lake competing across the two days.

"The regatta will bring the best available rowers to our city.

"We are delighted with preparations in the lead up to this event and are committed to delivering a national standard event for Ballarat.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Lake Wendouree course,” he said.

“We look forward to seeing the Ballarat community, including non-rowers, enjoy a wonderful weekend of entertainment for everyone.”

Ballarat's school community is using the J.G King Regatta  to step up their preparations for the Ballarat Associated Schools head of the lake on Sunday, February 25.

There are 70 school events, including heats and finals, scheduled across the two days, as well under-19 and 21 categories and other divisions which have attracted school crews.

The school coxed four open division one events on Saturday afternoon will provide an early guide to the head of the lake.

The female division will feature two heats, with Ballarat Clarendon College, Loreto College, Ballarat Grammar School, Damascus College and Ballarat High School joining visiting crews from Melbourne Girls' College, Genazzano, Firbank Grammar School, Shelford Grammar School and Wesley College.

The boys will have just one preliminary race before the final, with St Patrick's College, Ballarat Grammar School, Ballarat High School and Damascus College taking on Trinity College over 2000m.

The regatta begins on Saturday at 9am with a series of 2000m single sculls and pairs time-trials as part of the Victorian state selection process.

Spectators will have the benefit of a lake-side big screen to improve the view of 1000m and 2000m races.

AT A GLANCE

Wendouree Ballarat Regatta

at Lake Wendouree

Saturday, February 3-Sunday, February 4

SATURDAY

8am-6pm

106 events

3.05pm: male school coxed four open division 1 preliminary

3.15: female school coxed four open division 1 heat

3.20: female school coxed four open division 1 heat

4.40: male school coxed four open division 1 final

4.50: female school coxed four open division 1 final

SUNDAY

6.30am-5.45pm

110 events