The Fours Head – 30th November

Pangbourne College Boat Club had a fabulous days racing at the Fours Head of the River on the Championship course in London On Saturday. Most years the event clashes with Pangbourne Junior Sculls, but for unknown reasons did not this year. A stiff Northerly breeze created rough water for the second mile, testing crews to the limit.

The College first boys four raced in Junior Quadruple Sculls, and produced one of the performances of the year, in fact any year, blasting past Leander Club (always a joy) in the first couple of minutes, they produced a mature, powerful and technically sharp performance, ending up 25th (out of 500) overall and second to the favourites for the Fawley at HRR, Sir William Borlase. A tremendous result for this newly formed crew – well rowed Ben Maxwell, Felix Lammers, Luke Towers and George Pearce

The College first girls four raced in Junior Coxed Fours, and produced a measured competent row, starting just behind the top 2 schools in the UK, Headington and Lady Eleanor Holles. Pangbourne Yo-yo-ed to and fro with LEH, finishing an agonising 1 second behind LEH and 6th overall out of 18 crews. The winning crew was Henley RC, contained OP Kryssie Steiger! The crew was Tegan Foister, Laura Webb, Shannon Webb, Isabel Metcalfe and expert cox Thea Swan.

The College second boys four rowed in an adult category – Intermediate 2 Coxed Fours, and were bolstered by having OP Will Broom subbing in. They had a spirited row, and despite being overtaken by the winners and our hosts Imperial College, they finished a remarkable 19th out of 67 crews. They also beat 17 other school coxed fours, which is very encouraging. The crew was David Morgan, Will Broom, Paddy Balmforth, Jack Wood and cox Ed Vickers.

These crews are racing again at Wallingford on the 8th December, the last event this term.

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