Prestige on the line in regatta
SATURDAY'S Head of the River provides schoolboys throughout Australia with a rare chance to gauge themselves against some of their strongest peers.
Brisbane Grammar has been hitting the crystal smooth waters of the Clarence River all week.
Rowing sits alongside rugby union and cricket as the school's major sports.
Sitting in the four seat on stroke side, 16-year-old Angus Morrison is one of the experienced members of Brisbane Grammar's open first eight.
This is his third visit to Grafton - his second as a part of the school's leading crew.
"This is a good chance to get together as a crew and develop fluidity and togetherness before the holidays," Morrison, who is starting Year 12, said.
"Then also to try a bit of river racing on the weekend and see where we're at in relation to other crews.
"Conditions are usually best in the morning and middle sessions and on good days like this you can get a lot of rowing in.
"Much better than on the water in Brisbane, that's for sure."
Southport School, St Joseph's Gregory Terrace, Lourdes' Hill and Brisbane State High School are amongst the many other schools making the trip from the north.
The Head of the River also attracts teams from Sydney schools such as Newington College, The King's School, Scots College and Pymble Ladies College.
Meanwhile, Sydney girls school Loreto Normanhurst and Brisbane's Redlands will be new additions to the bill along with Coffs Harbour colleges John Paul and Bishop Druitt.
The Clarence Valley will be represented by Maclean, Grafton and South Grafton High students.
A total of 26 schools will be competing, with 380 athletes filling 1141 seats in numerous events.
The biggest rowing event outside the Sydney metropolitan area, Saturday's running of the Head of the River Regatta will be followed by Grafton Rowing Club's Annual Regatta on Sunday.