CLARENCE RIVER CHAMPIONS: The Southport School claimed the City of Grafton Head of the Clarence River Point Score Trophy for overall point score at the regatta.
CLARENCE RIVER CHAMPIONS: The Southport School claimed the City of Grafton Head of the Clarence River Point Score Trophy for overall point score at the regatta. The Daily E

Southport on top in schools regatta on the Clarence

ROWING: The Clarence River was once again flooded with colour as more than 20 individual schools descended for the annual Head of the River Regatta at the weekend.

While the event was jam packed with both local and interstate talent including regular champions Brisbane Boys and The Southport School it was a school with an international flavour who scooped the pool.

Kings College, Auckland brought about 10 rowers across the ditch and went to town on the competition claiming nearly every event they entered.

"They came over and just blew the regatta apart,” regatta chairman Neville Doughan said.

"It was unbelievable, everything they went in they won it outright from the doubles, the pairs, the quad all the way to the single scull. I think we saw the future of New Zealand's elite rowing ranks out there.”

But the one event they did not claim was the blue ribbon Championship Schoolboy Eight race which was taken out by The Southport School who also managed to clinch the overall point score on the day for the first time.

"The quality of rowing was unbelievable,” Doughan said.

The event still manages to attract a healthy number of people to town providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

The regatta would be a shadow of itself without the support of the Grafton rowing club and Doughan passed on his thanks to the many volunteers who helped make it another success.



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