Rowing returned to Lake Wendouree on Saturday in unexpectedly cool summer conditions, less than ideal for the school aged athletes.
Ballarat and Clarendon College girls took out the coxed fours open event with St.Pats boys getting up in their first races of the year.
Charlotte Sutherland, Ingrid Ellis, Ellie McClure and Ruby Lovel with cox Holli Williams were 22.5 seconds ahead of the nearest crew for Clarendon.
For St Patrick's College Tom Foley, Jake Polkinghorne, Austin Reinehr, Angus Murnane and cox Edward Peucker were almost 16 seconds better than the nearest other crew.
The weekends Ballarat Rowing Regatta was a lead up to next month's famed Head of the Lake.