It has been a particularly busy week for the Boat Club with crews from all year groups taking part in national events early in the week then the annual Boat Club Dinner on Saturday evening.
At the National Sculling Head on Monday all our J15 crews performed as anticipated, but the J14s exceeded expectation. The girls’ quad had a lower stroke rate than the vast majority of the other crews but kept its length and rhythm to finish in the top half of a large field of 44 quads. The top boys’ crew, also a quad, fared better still to be placed 16th out of 44 quads, beaten only by 7 school quads, the rest being from clubs.
At the Schools’ Head on Tuesday, it was the girls who took the honours, the Girls’ 1st VIII finishing an impressive 5th out of 16 1st VIIIs, the best performance yet by a Pangbourne girls’ crew, and one which suggests that it has the potential to reach the final at the National Schools’ Regatta in two months time. The boys’ 1st VIII had a moderate day at the office with a slightly lacklustre row compared to its previous performances with 6th place out of 28 in its category and 16th out of all 42 School 1st VIIIs. The Boys’ J16 A crew was 5th in its class and the B crew 6th, having overtaken Radley near the finish, much to Mr Stanford’s delight.
We were honoured to have Katherine Grainger MBE as guest speaker at the Boat Club Dinner. The most successful oarswoman in history and the only female British sportswoman to medal in three consecutive Olympiads, she made an inspirational speech that was very well received by a full Mess Hall of over 160 students, parents, coaches and guests.