The fifteenth Head of the River was conducted on 12th and 13th May 1882 on the Upper Yarra.
The race was tight with less than a length separating the crews with most of the margin coming in the last part of the race.
Geelong Grammar took the honours in both the first and second crews.
Starter: Mr Edward Carlile
Umpire: Mr George E Upward
Judge: J W Colville
Margin: 3 feet
1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: H E Austin, 2: H Brush, 3: F W Fairbairn, Str: W L St L Robertson, Cox: J Dudgeon, Cch: James L Cuthberston
2nd Scotch College - Bow: George Lewis, 2: George L Aitken, 3: Colin C McCulloch, Str: Charles A Finlay, Cox: Francis E Jacomb, Cch: John Wallace
Other crews competing were:
Wesley College - Bow: S L Angwin, 2: R W Chapman, 3: W I Harse, Str: W J Robb, Cox: P Oakley, Cch: G H Brown
Melbourne Grammar - Bow: J T H Goodwin, 2: H Burgess, 3: F W Osborne, Str: Conway M MacKnight, Cox: E R T Kitchen, Cch: J G Burton
E1: 1st GGS, 2nd WC, Margin: 4 lengths
E2: 1st SC, 2nd MGS, Margin: 4 lengths
1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Wesley College
Other crews competing:
E1: 1st WC, 2nd SC. Margin: 1 length
E2: 1st GGS, 2nd MGS. Margin: 2 lengths