Despite a delayed start to the Head of the Lake regatta, rowers and coaches alike are excited to finally get on the water on Sunday in Ballarat's biggest annual rowing event.
After forecasted winds exceeded the Rowing Victoria and Ballarat Associated School's 30km/h limit on Friday, crews are ready to roll for the 9am start at Lake Wendouree on Sunday.
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Loreto College Head of Rowing Taylah Blake said looking at the forecast, it was the best decision to be made to move the regatta.
"I think given the conditions on Friday were going to be a little bit challenging it's in the best interest of the kids so it's a decision that we're pretty happy about," she said.
"Looking at the forecast and the radar for the last couple of days it's been pretty clear that Friday was going to be pretty challenging regardless of the state government announcements."
Despite the rescheduling, rowers were optimistic and glad that their big day could proceed on Sunday.
Ballarat Clarendon College Captain of Boats Holli Williams said it would be great to finally be able to get out on the water.
"At least it's not cancelled and everyone will still be looking forward it so it's pretty good," she said.
With spectators now prohibited from attending the event under Victorian government restrictions, Head of the Lake will be without the traditional noise and colour of the day.
Blake said while it was disappointing not to have the atmosphere, it's a situation rowers are used to throughout the season.
"Obviously the atmosphere and the spit crews is part of what makes Head of the Lake special and unique to Ballarat," she said.
"In that sense the atmosphere that we'll have on the day is going to be the same atmosphere that we have at every other regatta throughout the season so for us it's probably a little bit more business as usual."
She echoed that even without crowds or a medal ceremony, a Head of the Lake win is nothing to take for granted and is the sole focus of the rowers.
"I think it wouldn't matter if you had a crowd of one or 1000, it's pretty good to win Head of the Lake."
Division 1 crews:
Ballarat Clarendon College: James Caligari, Flynn Brouwer, George Tennant, Rupert McDonald, cox Bonnie Poulton.
Ballarat Grammar School: Will Clarke, Will Ussher, Sebastian Pendlebury, Hugh Bond, cox Oliver Warwick.
Ballarat High School: Ruaridh Macdonald, Liam Evan, Oliver Frangos, Liam Burnham, cox Tanika Smith.
Damascus College: Thomas McKay, Lucas Edmonds, Joshua Matheson, Tim Collins, cox Georgia Peart.
St Patrick's College: Tom Foley, Jake Polkinghorne, Austin Reinehr, Angus Murnane, cox Edward Peucker.
Ballarat Clarendon College: Charlotte Sutherland, Ingrid Ellis, Ellie McClure, Ruby Lovel, cox Holli Williams.
Ballarat Grammar School: Amber McClure, Jess Hawker, Charlotte Robson, Keylah Walker, cox Genevieve Pittard.
Ballarat High School: Tia Broad, Taryn Bigham, Emma Phillips, Jayde Condon, cox Claudia Ellis.
Damascus College: Sophie Longmire, Grace Byrne, Lilly Vanderlinden, Jessica Blackmore, cox Olivia Reyntjes.
Loreto College: Lana Dodd, Brooke Main, Eliza Martin, Casey Dodd, cox Aisling Love.
- 9am/9.10am: boys' open division one/girls' open division one
- 9.20/9.30am: boys' open division two/girls' open division two
- 9.40/9.45am: boys' open division three/girls' open division three
- 9.50/9.55am: boys' open division four/girls' open division four
- 10.00/10.05am: boys' open division five/girls' open division five
- 10.10/10.15am: boys' year 10 division one/girls' year 10 division one
- 10.20/10.25am: boys' year 10 division two/girls' year 10 division two
- 10.30/10.35am: boys' year 10 division three/girls' year 10 division three
- 10.40/10.45am: boys' year 10 division four/girls' year 10 division four
- 10.50/10.55am: boys' year 9 division one/girls' year 9 division one
- 11.00/11.05am: boys' year 9 division two/girls' year 9 division two
- 11.10/11.15am: boys' year 9 division three/girls' year 9 division three
- 11.20/11.25am: boys' year 9 division four/girls' year 9 division four
- 11.30/11.35am: boys' year 9 division five-eight/girls' year 9 division five-eight
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