The twentieth Head of the River was conducted on the Albert Park Lagoon for the first time as the Yarra was in flood and deemed unfair. The Barwon was used for the heats on 13th May with the final on the Lake on 14th May. The choice of course was retained by the host school. It was in this year that Wesley College purchased a small boat shed from the Southern Rowing Club.
Geelong Grammar won again for the third of six in succesion and rowed this race with a long sweeping stroke.
Starter: Mr G G Henderson
Umpire: Mr A Nicholls
Judge: Mr H J Jordan
The building shown is Edwards Boatshed. Photo is courtesy of the Albert Lindblade collection, Mercantile Rowing Club.
Margin: 2 lengths
1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: R Wallace, 2: S E Bailey, 3: A M Turner, Str: F James, Cox: F Anderson, Cch: James L Cuthbertson
2nd Wesley College - Bow: A L Johnson, 2: H Ham, 3: J Robb, Str: J Champion, Cox: J Burrows, Cch: H Robert Rush
It was reported that the long sweeping stroke of the powerful Geelong crew proved too much for Wesley.
Other crews competing were:
Scotch College - Bow: Alfred G Hagenauer, 2: Robert W Ainslie, 3: Thomas A Wilson, Str: Andrew R Hutchison, Cox: D'Arcy T Harvie, Cch: Frank Shew
Melbourne Grammar - Bow: W Manifold, 2: R Graham, 3: D G M Teague, Str: J R Mouritz, Cox: Herbert Charles Edwards, Cch: W M Burn. The stroke of the Melbourne crew was still badly shaken after a railway accident a few days before the race.
E1: 1st GGS, 2nd MGS, Margin: 3 lengths
E2: 1st WC, 2nd SC, Margin: easily
(This race was not conducted as part of the Head of the River regatta. It was raced on the Barwon on 21st October 1887.)
Time: No time available
Margin: 2 lengths
1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: J White, 2: T Parkin, 3: J M Thomson, Str: H Gillett, Cox: E Christian, Cchs: NMessrs W E P Austin and J L Cuthbertson
2nd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: S Cornish, 2: P Langley, 3: R Hammond, Str: A Thomson. Cox: B Edwards, Cch: Mr Evans assisted by Mr Martin Burn
Mr C Shannon acted as starter and umpire whilst Mr Hope acted as judge before a reported "fairly good attendance of spectators".