Six of the best
Pangbourne College’s rowing season came to a spectacular and successful end at Reading Town Regatta on Saturday at Thames Valley Park. In splendid sunshine, the college J15 boys and girls, J16 and J18 girls enjoyed a successful regatta.
The J15 boys raced an eight and a four in the morning, the eight having a super race against Hampton and Reading Bluecoats – beating Bluecoats for the first time this season. In the afternoon, they eight won their heat impressively, and had a fantastic final, pressing Radley hard, and lost out in a charging finish with St Edwards for second. Ben Schrader lost to GB Junior Bannister of Winchester in Novice sculls, but fared better in Junior sculls, winning his heat, before succumbing to an RGS Worcester sculler in the final.
The girls were the stars of the rest of the regatta. In the morning, the J15 girls – Phoebe Hessian/Simone Greatorex/Camilla Quesnel and Phoebe Rowe led the way, winning a fabulous race with Bryanston School to win Novice fours – the College’s first Novice four win since 2011. The Webb twins combined with two J16’s Poppy Chinn and Kryssie Steiger, and 4 of Marlow’s wonderfully successful Juniors (inc new Pangbourne pupil Tegan Foister) to win WIM3 eights from St Edwards and Tethys (Oxford Uni Lightweights). An hour or so later, with Georgia Francis coming in for Poppy Chinn (busy racing a double scull with Kim Rowe) they beat a combined Maidenhead and Bromfield Sch USA eight to win School/Junior eights handsomely. The other four J15 girls – Elsie Rennie/Livvie Rashid/Ellie Woodhouse and Lizzie Karim, then won Novice quads, again in a super race gradually drawing away from Bryanston School (again!). In all four of these wins, the crews were coxed by J15 Jenny Whelan, who set a College record by winning 4 tankards in one day! Well coxed Jenny.
Four of the winning eights, Laura and Shannon Webb, Georgia Francis and new pupil Tegan Foister combined to beat St Edwards School (again!) in the School/Junior quads handsomely. This was their 3 wins of the day! To round of splendid day, Georgia Francis beat Women’s Henley Senior sculls quarter finalist Norton from South Africa.
Well done the coaches involved on the day – Mark Skidmore with the J15 boys, Tina Thomas with the J15 girls and Philip Tinsley, assisted by Alison Knowles, who coached the senior girls and provided the logistical support. Many thanks also to the very many parents who made the effort to attend, and encouraged each crew so enthusiastically. Well rowed Pangbourne!