Reading University Head of the River

Pangbourne entered 5 eights into Reading University Head. Held just over week before the School’s head, it was great preparation and a chance for our crews to put all the training into practice. With a record number of entries, the standard of rowing was extremely high across all categories, with Oxford University showing great form to take the overall title.

In the morning division the J15 8+ made their sweep rowing debut and competed in one of the largest categories amongst 16 top rowing schools. Navigating the 4.6km course, the boys had a solid row finishing in the top half of the event, 8 seconds behind St Paul’s School and beating two Radley and two Eton crews! Well done to the 9 boys who gained valuable experience at such a strong field. With a few crew changes to the afternoon division, and racing in Novice 8+, the J15s kept their focus and beat university crews as well as local school, Shiplake. A solid effort from this squad and a promising start to their season.

Also competing in the afternoon division were the girls 1st eight and three senior boys’ eights. After half the crews pulled out, the girls opposition comprised two of the top girls’ rowing centres in the country. With Henley RC taking the title, the girls had a great tussle with LEH over the second half of the course, once the girls had found their stride. All three schoolgirl crews left many adult club and university crews trailing in their wake.

The boys 1st eight used the event to settle into their new Filippi shell, most kindly donated by the winning Princess Elizabeth crew of 1963. They had a very solid row, at several pips of rating lower than their opponents, to be placed fourth of the school crews in the division. The boys 2nd eight, which consists entirely of lower sixth and 5th form oarsmen, did well to hold their position despite pressure from crews behind. With a rate cap given to keep the focus on good technique for the future, the boys still managed to finish in the top half of the division.  Finally, an hour before the race, due to injury the 3rd eight was only a ‘7,’ despite having already recruited coach Poynter to row in it. With the boat about to be derigged and returned to the trailer, a Southampton University oarswoman kindly agreed row in it and save the day. Rowing in novice 8+, this makeshift crew had a most gutsy row, with the bonus of overtaking a Shiplake crew along the way.

A big thank you to all the parents, friends and OP’s who came along to watch and support each Pangbourne Crew as well as the coaches who rode and rowed(!).

Division 1 Results

Division 2 Results

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Avon County Spring Head & Brugge Boat Race

The end of February saw the senior boys hop over the channel to Belgium and compete in the Brugge Boat Race whilst the J14 boys and J15 girls raced at Avon County Spring Head. Lots of new faces represented Pangbourne College with encouraging wins from the younger members of the boat club as well as the sixth form boys in Belgium testing themselves alongside international crews.

Avon County Spring Head

After learning how to row only 2 months ago, the J14 boys started their season on a high with a win as well as providing some competitive inter-squad results. Racing in two octuples, each boat also split into two coxed quads and had some close results – bow four (Shields) claiming bragging rights over stern four (Hyde) by a mere tenth of a second! Combining together to form the an octuple, the boys had a solid race and came second, beating Monmouth Comprehensive School by a huge 18 seconds! However it was Pearson and Hessian’s quads teaming up together that made the winning combination, coming 1st in J14 8x+. Congratulations to the 8 boys and Louis Winter who coxed them!

Not to be outdone, the J15 girls raced their coxed quad twice, winning both events! The girls first race of the day was a women’s novice event – open to all beginners including adults. Racing alongside crews who were older than them certainly did not phase the girls and they won the event by a whopping 1 minute and 31 seconds!! In the afternoon division, racing in their age category, the girls showed their endurance by winning once again and beating a strong crew from City of Bristol. Congratulations!

A big well done to both squads and thank you to all the parents and friends who came to support. Also to the proud coaches, Mrs Shindler, Mr Tao and Elko!

Avon County Spring Head Results 2015


Brugge Boat Race

Leaving very early on Saturday morning, the sixth form boys timed their arrival into Belgium perfectly, with just some time spare to rig the 8 and get to the start line. No faffing here! After 5 hours of travelling and racing in student 8s, the boys stretched out their legs and took the event in style – winning it by over 2 minutes! Nice job!

Sunday’s racing saw the boys compete in different combinations and boats. For the morning division, the eight was split into a quad and coxless four. The quad, racing in open 4x, had an eventful row with some challenging overtaking and came third in a strong field with senior crews from Brugge and Ghent taking the higher positions. The 4- had a strong row in junior coxless fours and won the event by 27 seconds! After a quick rest and bite to eat, the boys were back again and this time raced in two junior doubles and a junior pair. The 15k of intense racing over the weekend took its toll but the boys still recorded solid performances in both of the events, coming in second (2x & 2-) and third (2x).

A positive weekend with all of the boats finishing in the top 3 in their category as well as being the highest placed British crew in every event entered. Thank you to Mr Woodcock and Alison for driving and a big well done to the 9 boys, representing Pangbourne College abroad.

Saturday Results

Sunday Results

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Quintin Head & Wycliffe Head Results

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.

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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:

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.


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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!!

Wishing all past and present rowers a very Merry Christmas, we hope to see you in the New Year to celebrate 60 years of Pangbourne College Boat Club!

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Burway Small Boats Head & Wallingford 4’s & 8’s Results

PCBC finishing the term on a high – winning all the events entered!

To finish off a hard term of training, both of the senior squads represented the College at two events; with the girls competing at Burway SBH and boys at Wallingford 4’s & 8’s.

Burway SBH – 7th December

Racing over a challenging course, which included a number of bends and multiple moored boats, the WJ17 quad dominated their event by nearly 2 minutes! Superbly steered by Nina Giambrone, the girls pulled away from all of their competitors as well as the WJ18’s and were the second fastest women’s crew of the day. A very impressive win from Nina, Alex Dunn, Elsie Rennie and Katie Giambrone.

With Elsie and Alex returning to Pangbourne to play hockey in the afternoon, it was the turn of the Giambrone girls to hold the fort. Racing in a WJ17 double, they carried on their winning streak from the morning to win by 18 seconds. Katie set a solid rhythm in the stroke seat with Nina once again expertly navigating the course, weaving in and out of the crews ahead. Well done to both, as well as multi-talented Elsie and Alex who won their hockey match!

Wallingford 4’s & 8’s – 8th December

With the girls setting the bar high on the Saturday it was the boys turn to deliver, and so they did! In contrast to the frosty flat water conditions the day before, the boys took the showery and windy weather in their stride winning the J18 coxed four event by 38 seconds. Steered brilliantly by Jack Rogers, congratulations to Callum Temple, Felix Lammers, Luke Towers and Rory Harris.

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Results from Pangbourne Junior Sculls are now available:

Thank you for coming and supporting our event today. We are sorry we couldn’t run the full day. We hope those that raced had a rewarding day and look forward to seeing you at Pangbourne Junior Sculls 2015!

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Pangbourne Junior Sculls 2014 – Start Order Available

Entries are now closed. The start order is now on our Pangbourne Junior Sculls page. Race Instructions to follow.

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Pangbourne Junior Sculls 2014 – ENTRIES FULL

ENTRIES ARE NOW FULL! All entries through BROE have now been suspended. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 8th November!

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Reading Small Boats Head Results

Rigging the boats in the morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits of our rowers and Pangbourne College Boat Club had our first wins of the season!

As the rowers boated for Division One, the rain had cleared and parents, supporters and coaches were lining the riverbank in readiness. The first division was a chance for the senior girls, (with three making their racing debut for the College!) to see how the newly formed quad faired. Also competing were two of the senior boys – Hector Butcher and Jack Wood racing their singles. Flying down the course first came the girls 4x, who had overtaken all the other crews in their IM3 category and went on to win their event by a whole minute! A fantastic start to the season! Well done to Nina Giambrone, Tegan Foister, Alexandra Dunn and Katie Giambrone. Then came the two boys in their single sculls, with Mr Wood coming 3rd and Mr Butcher 8th in Novice 1x.

Three boats for the College in Division 2; Luke and Felix in J18 pairs, Hector and Jack teaming up for a Novice double and Callum Temple in J17 single. Building from their performance from the week before, the boys pair won their event by a comfortable 24 seconds over Eton College. Keeping the trend, the double also put Eton into second place and won the Novice Doubles event. Then Mr Temple’s turn down the course, with an excellent steering line, came through to be the 10th fastest sculler in his category.

The Final Division had four boats with three of them already having raced the course. The boys pair of Luke and Felix made it two wins out of two and won the IM2 event in style. New to head racing was our J15 sculler, Felix Wahlberg, who raced out of his skin to come an amazing 3rd in a highly contested age category. Huge Well Done! Last to race for the College were twins, Katie and Nina Giambrone. Racing an age category up in WJ18 1x, this event saw our tightest of margins, less than three seconds separating the top three scullers! With a Reading RC sculler coming out on top, Nina was just one second behind and Katie in 3rd followed by a massive 24 seconds to the rest of the field.

Congratulations to all our rowers and a thank you to parents and friends who came to support and cheer them on! Also thank you to Phil for transporting and positioning the trailer and gazebo so perfectly, right next to landing stages and the boat club!



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Pairs Head Results

Pangbourne College had just one boat racing, a J18 pair of Luke Towers and Felix Lammers. After marshalling in very wet and cold conditions, the boys raced down the newly extended course to finish 4th in their category. With the three pairs ahead of them all from Tideway clubs and on their ‘home water’ this was a good result from the senior boys pair and a good marker to the start the 2014/2015 season.



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