Pangbourne had a splendid day in the sunshine at Bristol Avon Regatta at Saltford on Saturday.
Only one of the College’s National Schools Regatta crews attended – the boys 2nd VIII. They raced “up status” in the morning losing to Monmouth School’s 1st VIII. In the afternoon event, they beat Monmouth 2nd VIII handsomely in the heat before demolishing the Millfield 1st VIII in the final. This was their coach’s (Mr Tufnell OP) first win as a Pangbourne coach.
The J15 IV was the 3rd four in the 4th form and lost in the morning to the Monmouth School 1st IV (a NSR crew). In the afternoon, they rowed extremely well in win two rounds in the adult Novice Fours event, before losing the final to a very strong Bath University crew, who were very complimentary about our crew. Well rowed the crew and Mr Tao who looked after them for Mr Skidmore.
The J14 Octo contained their winning quad from Evesham two weeks ago and continued their winning ways, beating the host club Avon County handsomely in the final. The J14 quads, in the afternoon, raced well, reaching the quarter-final, semi-final and one crew, the final, which bodes very well for the rest of the summer term. Well done to Messrs Walker and Tao and all the 24 boys who raced so well.
The highlight of the day came from an unexpected quarter. The WJ16 girls have suddenly found their form and raced exceptionally well all day. The double of Hannah Coward and Anna Metcalfe were off form in the morning final and had equipment failure when leading in their afternoon semi-final against Minerva Bath. Poppy Chinn and Kim Rowe had a splendid day, winning the WJ16 doubles in the morning having been behind all the way against Monkton Combe School to win by a canvas (8 feet or so!). In the afternoon, they had splendid wins against Bryanston School and Minerva Bath to win Novice doubles (and a huge trophy!)
Kryssie Steiger raced in the hardest category – in a single scull. In the morning, she raced the adult class of Novice Sculls, beating a Taunton sculler in the heat and a Bryanston School sculler in the final. She rounded off a fantastic day for Pangbourne with a win in WJ16 sculls too.
Well done to all the Pangbourne rowers, coaches and very tired boatman.