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Slight change to draw. New version here (3/11/15):
Start order for tomorrows race:
Slight change to draw. New version here (3/11/15):
A very early start for the 3rd form boys & 4th form girls as they made their way to Saltford for Bristol Avon Regatta. Held over 1000m on a straight part of the river between Bath and Bristol, the Pangbourne crews raced well and came away with 2 wins.
First race of the day and first up for the college were two J14 octuples. Against three strong crews from Monmouth School, it was Pangbourne A who were victorious – winning the final by 5 lengths, and beating the same crew who had knocked out Pangbourne B in the earlier rounds.
Next up were our J15 girls, coached by St. George Housemistress Mrs Shindler. Racing against Millfield School’s 1st 8, the Pangbourne girls shot out of the blocks and were ahead when they hit a log and snapped the steering line, sending them into the bank. A very unfortunate result but the girls can take great confidence in knowing that they were competitive amongst girls 3 years their senior!
The J14 boys had now split into 4 coxed quads for the afternoons racing. Not alone, Monmouth School did the same, as well as Monkton Coombe joining in the mix. With some very tired boys from the morning racing, quads ‘Pearson’, ‘Bissett’ and ‘Shields’ lost out to crews from Monmouth School and Monkton Coombe School. However, ‘Bullen’ bucked the trend and beat crews from both schools before facing a very strong crew from Monkton Coombe and missing out on a victory.
The J15 girls had also split into smaller boats for afternoon division and raced up a year in two WJ16 coxed fours. Beating crews from Avon County and Millfield with comfortable margins resulted in a Pangbourne-Pangbourne final. It is always hard to race against your own but someone had to come out on top – a win for ‘Harper’ over ‘Temple.’ Well done to both crews, it just shows the depth of talent in this age group!
Finally, a big well done to the rowers and thank you to friends and family for coming and watching. Your support is always appreciated!
With the first minibus leaving college at a bright and early 0545, and the last not returning until 2130 it was a long but successful day at Evesham Regatta. Raced over 1000m with a staggered start and finish, Pangbourne had 22 entries competing in a variety of events. There were some great races; 12 Pangbourne crews made it into finals with 4 of these being all-Pangbourne finals and finishing with an impressive 9 wins.
First up for the College was Felix in J15 1x. Having won at Birmingham Regatta the week before, he was now in a bigger pond with 16 other scullers competing for the win. After rowing through his opposition in his first three races, he couldn’t quite overhaul the sculler from Huntingdon in the final.
Next up were two boys coxed fours (IM3 4+). With both crews safely through their first rounds, beating two different crews from Warwick BC, it was a strong crew from RGS Worcester that halted the B four in the semi and the A four in the final by a length.
Captain of Boys’ Boats, Luke Towers returned to ‘home water’ having rowed for Evesham RC as a youngster. This advantage paid off and saw himself and Andrin sail through their three races and win the IM3 event in style with an easily verdict. Fellow senior boys Felix L and Rory won their singles events with commanding wins in J18 and J17 1x.
Novice 1x saw an all Pangbourne final with Hector and Tom P both cruising through their first two rounds. Neck and neck in the final, Tom decided to make it even more interesting by capsizing! Well done to Hector for losing his novice sculling status.
Finishing off the morning division were the girls; first up was the WJ16 2x racing in an adult category (WIM3 2x). Their rapid start sent them careering into the opposition and therefore the umpire disqualified them. The senior girls split into two WIM3 coxed fours and, with super sub Ellen on board, raced their way into the final. Drawn against an adult crew from Warwick BC, the schoolgirls gave them a run for their money and narrowly lost out by a canvas – the smallest margin of the morning!
Afternoon racing saw more sculling and more all-Pangbourne finals with Rory and Andrin in a head-to-head in IM3 1x final. Bowball to bowball, Andrin managed to sneak ahead and win the event by 2/3L. The J18 2x final saw Jack & Felix win over Luke & Hector in another narrow margin of just a canvas! Great racing! Tom P teamed up with Callum in a novice double and won the event comfortably beating a crew from Hollowell Scullers.
The girls joined together from the mornings racing and competed in WIM3 8+. The seniors, with super sub Ellen and Old Pangbournian Livvie coxing, saw off two crews from Pengwern BC and won the event with a very impressive easily verdict.
The J15 boys raced up a year and in two J16 coxed fours. With both crews seeing off crews from Stratford-upon-Avon, they met each other in the final. A win for Pangbourne College and bragging rights for the victors!
Well done to everyone who raced and congratulations to the winners – (Andrin and Felix L for two pots!). A big thank you to parents, friends and families who came to support.
Extremely windy conditions greeted the Pangbourne J14 & J15 boys at Birmingham on 25th April. It was a very testing day for all with the course shortened as well as changing direction and for the afternoon due to the wind. Most events ran as a ’round robin’ and so crews stayed on the water and had multiple races until they had raced everyone in their category. The J14 boys squad went on mass and entered doubles, coxed quads and octos whilst the J15 boys squad fielded a single, coxed fours and eights. There were some tight races throughout the day with both squads achieving a few 2nd and 3rd places in their groups. With the conditions taking a turn for the worse, and a J14 coxed quad nearly sinking from all the waves(!), one Felix Wahlberg ‘braved the sea’ in his single and came out on top as the winner of his J15 1x category. Well done!
Results here: Birmingham Regatta Results 2015
Most of the Pangbourne crews had one oar in their hand racing down the tideway the day before, now tasked with “two sticks,” the scullers of Pangbourne made their way to race at Dorney. Racing up, spinning and then racing down the lake, the J18 quad of Felix, Andrin, Luke & Rory had an extremely impressive race, coming 2nd and proud owners of silver national medals, beating Leander by 1 second into 3rd. A great result for the boat club, and one of the best sculling result for the College.
The girls 1st VIII split into two quads, with one in WJ18 and the other in WJ17. Clearly knackered from the day before, the girls boats managed a 23rd & 7th place in their categories. The girls J15s were entered in the largest event of the day – 59 other WJ15 coxed quads had also come to test themselves at the London 2012 venue. The girls had a gutsy row and did well to finish 30th – racing against girls from junior clubs who had been sculling for nearly 2 years longer than ours. Looking at just the school clubs, the girls ranked 13th which is very positive for the future members of the girls 1st VII! Last to represent the college were the J15 boys coxed quad, who made their debut on the tideway yesterday and swapped to sculling blades coming 20th.
A big well done to all crews and THANK YOU to coaches, parents and supporters over these past two days of exciting racing! The next race for the college will be Birmingham Regatta – 25th April for the 3rd & 4th form rowers.
After an Overnight leave, five eights from Pangbourne College Boat Club made their way to London to compete in the School’s Head of the River Race. Using British Rowing Headquarters as our base, it was a team effort to unload and rig the boats ready to go.
Racing in the new Filippi 8+, which had been kindly donated by the members of the Princess Elizabeth winning crew of 1963, the boys 1st VIII came 4th in their category, only 2 seconds behind 3rd place and 19th overall. Going off #65th, the boys 2nd VIII had a good row to come 14th in their category, with their overall placing putting them above a few 1st VIII crews! The boys 3rd VIII came 9th in their category, 179th overall. The J15 boys VIII made their tideway debut, competing in their longest ever race to come 18th in their category. The girls 1st VII started near the back of the pack in the CHG8+ event and had an exciting row with several overtakes to come 9th in their category. With some American crews entered, the girls were the 7th British crew and matched the boys 3rd VIII to come 179th overall.
A big well done to all of the rowers representing the college in a professional manner amongst other schools and junior clubs.
Starting at Chiswick Bridge and finishing opposite Westminster School BC, Pangbourne College have five eights entered in the School’s Head of the River. We will be boating from British Rowing Headquarters, next to Hammersmith Bridge. (W6 9DJ). Our crews will start to boat just before midday so come down and show your support!
Pangbourne entered 5 eights into Reading University Head. Held just over week before the School’s head, it was great preparation and a chance for our crews to put all the training into practice. With a record number of entries, the standard of rowing was extremely high across all categories, with Oxford University showing great form to take the overall title.
In the morning division the J15 8+ made their sweep rowing debut and competed in one of the largest categories amongst 16 top rowing schools. Navigating the 4.6km course, the boys had a solid row finishing in the top half of the event, 8 seconds behind St Paul’s School and beating two Radley and two Eton crews! Well done to the 9 boys who gained valuable experience at such a strong field. With a few crew changes to the afternoon division, and racing in Novice 8+, the J15s kept their focus and beat university crews as well as local school, Shiplake. A solid effort from this squad and a promising start to their season.
Also competing in the afternoon division were the girls 1st eight and three senior boys’ eights. After half the crews pulled out, the girls opposition comprised two of the top girls’ rowing centres in the country. With Henley RC taking the title, the girls had a great tussle with LEH over the second half of the course, once the girls had found their stride. All three schoolgirl crews left many adult club and university crews trailing in their wake.
The boys 1st eight used the event to settle into their new Filippi shell, most kindly donated by the winning Princess Elizabeth crew of 1963. They had a very solid row, at several pips of rating lower than their opponents, to be placed fourth of the school crews in the division. The boys 2nd eight, which consists entirely of lower sixth and 5th form oarsmen, did well to hold their position despite pressure from crews behind. With a rate cap given to keep the focus on good technique for the future, the boys still managed to finish in the top half of the division. Finally, an hour before the race, due to injury the 3rd eight was only a ‘7,’ despite having already recruited coach Poynter to row in it. With the boat about to be derigged and returned to the trailer, a Southampton University oarswoman kindly agreed row in it and save the day. Rowing in novice 8+, this makeshift crew had a most gutsy row, with the bonus of overtaking a Shiplake crew along the way.
A big thank you to all the parents, friends and OP’s who came along to watch and support each Pangbourne Crew as well as the coaches who rode and rowed(!).
The end of February saw the senior boys hop over the channel to Belgium and compete in the Brugge Boat Race whilst the J14 boys and J15 girls raced at Avon County Spring Head. Lots of new faces represented Pangbourne College with encouraging wins from the younger members of the boat club as well as the sixth form boys in Belgium testing themselves alongside international crews.
Avon County Spring Head
After learning how to row only 2 months ago, the J14 boys started their season on a high with a win as well as providing some competitive inter-squad results. Racing in two octuples, each boat also split into two coxed quads and had some close results – bow four (Shields) claiming bragging rights over stern four (Hyde) by a mere tenth of a second! Combining together to form the an octuple, the boys had a solid race and came second, beating Monmouth Comprehensive School by a huge 18 seconds! However it was Pearson and Hessian’s quads teaming up together that made the winning combination, coming 1st in J14 8x+. Congratulations to the 8 boys and Louis Winter who coxed them!
Not to be outdone, the J15 girls raced their coxed quad twice, winning both events! The girls first race of the day was a women’s novice event – open to all beginners including adults. Racing alongside crews who were older than them certainly did not phase the girls and they won the event by a whopping 1 minute and 31 seconds!! In the afternoon division, racing in their age category, the girls showed their endurance by winning once again and beating a strong crew from City of Bristol. Congratulations!
A big well done to both squads and thank you to all the parents and friends who came to support. Also to the proud coaches, Mrs Shindler, Mr Tao and Elko!
Brugge Boat Race
Leaving very early on Saturday morning, the sixth form boys timed their arrival into Belgium perfectly, with just some time spare to rig the 8 and get to the start line. No faffing here! After 5 hours of travelling and racing in student 8s, the boys stretched out their legs and took the event in style – winning it by over 2 minutes! Nice job!
Sunday’s racing saw the boys compete in different combinations and boats. For the morning division, the eight was split into a quad and coxless four. The quad, racing in open 4x, had an eventful row with some challenging overtaking and came third in a strong field with senior crews from Brugge and Ghent taking the higher positions. The 4- had a strong row in junior coxless fours and won the event by 27 seconds! After a quick rest and bite to eat, the boys were back again and this time raced in two junior doubles and a junior pair. The 15k of intense racing over the weekend took its toll but the boys still recorded solid performances in both of the events, coming in second (2x & 2-) and third (2x).
A positive weekend with all of the boats finishing in the top 3 in their category as well as being the highest placed British crew in every event entered. Thank you to Mr Woodcock and Alison for driving and a big well done to the 9 boys, representing Pangbourne College abroad.
With Lent Term well under way, the Boat Club has been extremely busy welcoming back 4th, 5th and 6th form rowers as well as introducing our sport to the super keen 3rd form! Cast our minds back to the year before and rowing on the river was off limits due to the flooding, so all year groups are making the most of our beautiful stretch of river.
Quintin Head was the first race of 2015 for Pangbourne College, and a chance for the new J16 boys 8 to ‘test the water’ before the School’s Head before March. With the most of the boys having not been near a rowing boat since June, and with only a few weeks of training, they came 9th in a fast field of local tideway schools such as Westminster, Dulwich, St Paul’s, Emanuel and London Oratory. Results: http://www.quintinboatclub.org/quintinhead/results.php?date=2015-01-31
Wycliffe Head was the first race of the year for the senior boys and girls squads. Held on the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, the 4.5km course featured narrow, one-crew-at-a-time bridges which proved testing for the faster, overtaking crews.
In the morning race, the Boys 1st Four raced as a quadruple scull, and were the fastest junior and senior crew, beating Club, University and School crews as well overtaking 8s! The Girls Eight, went one better, not only being the fastest junior and senior crew, they were also the fastest female crew overall, and subsequently all day too. This is a first for the College Boat Club – in its 60th Anniversary Year. The College boys 2nd and 3rd fours combined as an VIII, and did very well to beat all the second VIII’s (who all rowed last term unlike Pangbourne) and finish 7th in J18 8+.
In the afternoon race, the Boys 1st Four raced in open coxless fours, beating a strong Kings Chester four by 27 seconds, and impressively beating all the quadruple sculls too. The girls raced a quadruple scull and, like the boys quad in the morning divison, were baulked at both narrow bridges and finished 3rd in WJ18 4x. The Boys 2nd Four raced in J18 coxed fours and came second, 12 seconds behind Shrewsbury School. The boys VIII, with two j16 on the day substitutes, had a tough race in open men’s 8s and finished a creditable 20 seconds behind the Shiplake 2nd VIII.
Well done to all crews, and especially those that raced both divisions who clocked up an impressive 25km of rowing! As previously mentioned, Pangbourne were the only school at the event not to row last term, and yet had a very successful start to the 2015 season. All the crews wore purple ribbons on their racing kit as a mark of respect to Temi Braithwaite’s favourite colour, whose memorial service was at the college in the evening.