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.