After a year's hiatus, school rowers from across the state are readying for a battle at Barrington that is the Head of the River this Saturday.
About 756 rowers from 12 schools will be taking the plunge at the late after a season full of tough competition.
Rowing Tasmania executive officer Rob Prescott said after a season that saw increased participation, it was great to have it all come to a head at Barrington.
Battles between Scotch Oakburn College and Hutchins boys will continue to be heated, as it has been all season long.
The former managed to unseat the latter in 2018, before Hutchins retook the mantle in 2019.
Scotch rowing head coach James Russell said the boys' team had been hot on the heels of their southern counterparts throughout the season, and stood a good chance of unseating Hutchins this weekend.
He said the squad's relative consistency across the last two seasons was a benefit.
Girls coach Ali Foot said his team has had a highly impressive season, and was eager to see their hard work pay off at the Head of the River.
"The girls have been building a lot over the last few years, and it's been really nice to get some success on the water," he said.
"More important, just them knowing the process of how things unfold has been the real reward - being able to bring it together as one program has been awesome."
After last year's regatta was cancelled due to COVID-19, Launceston Grammar head of rowing Max Rowan said young rowers were pleased to once again cap the season with the marquee event.
"[They're] very excited, it's sort of unfinished business from last year because so much energy and effort goes into it," he said.
"The fact that they [rowers] can get that emotional release or tie the knot on their season this year means so much more."
After finishing third in the Head of the River 2019, Grammar appears once again ready to contend with Scotch and Hutchins.
Rowan said all teams in the program experienced success in their 2020-21 campaign.
"We're coming in confident and happy for how we've prepared for it," he said.
"We've won the pennant for champion school across the state pennant series ... we've won silverware or trophies across both genders and across all the age groups."
St Patrick's rowing's Deon Birtwhistle said a lot of work had been put into the regatta by the entire rowing community.
He said a significant effort was made to ensure the sport conducted a full season, capped off the with the marquee Head of the River.
"We've managed to keep together two full eights in both girls and guys and highly competitive quads as well," Birtwhistle said.
"It's filtered back through the age groups from there which is a fantastic achievement in that space of time."
The day is scheduled start at 8am.
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