Home Reach Trophy to Grammar

  THE Launceston Church Grammar crew won the Home Reach Trophy after taking out the open schoolgirls' eight on the final day of the Launceston and Henley Regatta on the Tamar River yesterday.

Grammar was the pre-race favourite and did not disappoint with a convincing win beating home the Scotch Oakburn senior girls and Scotch's under-16 crew.

Hutchins School also had a comfortable victory in the schoolboys' eight in a race that included an invitational Tasmanian Youth eight who were warming up for next weekend's national championships.

Hutchins rowed strongly and led for most of the race before the state crew pegged them back just before the line in a result that did not count.

Hutchins took the victory with Scotch Oakburn second.

The blue ribbon eights events were moved to the beginning of the second day's program because of windy and choppy conditions.

``The conditions were terrible again and we had to call off sculling races because the wind was probably blowing 20-30km/h,'' Regatta president Adam Winzenberg said.

``We had a few boats go in the drink but not as many as yesterday, but I don't think as many people went out today because of  the conditions.

``We got through the majority of the program, albeit with some challenging weather conditions.''

Hutchins had a successful weekend, taking home The Examiner Shield and Southern Cross Cup as the best-performed school on aggregate points in senior and junior racing.

St Marys College confirmed its rise in rowing ranks by taking out all the divisions of the under-14 schoolgirl quad sculls.

Grammar finished first and second in the senior girls' fours, with the crew stroked by Sarah Bassett beating home the Georgie Scott crew by nearly a length after a close race over 2000 metres. 

Scotch Oakburn finished third.

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