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: 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.


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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: http://www.mikrotime.com/rowing/row2014/pang14.html

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!

Results: http://www.mikrotime.com/rowing/row2014/rsbh14.html

Photographs: http://rowingphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/2014-Reading-Small-Boats-Head/C0000O5LYQFLwUPg

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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.

Results: http://www.pairshead.co.uk/results-2014/

Photographs: http://www.bigblade-photos.com/rowing/events/2014/phor14/bycrew/132%20Pangbourne%20Coll%20J18A%202-%20Towers%20Lammers.html

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Pangbourne Junior Sculls 2014

The event will take place on Saturday 8th November with parking and boating located at Beale Wildlife Park. There are a variety of events and age categories offered over the two divisions. Entries close 30th October, get in quick before it fills up!


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Wallingford Head

The College Boat Club rounded off a successful terms racing and training at Wallingford Head on Sunday the 8th December.

On a cool and blustery day, the boys entered an VIII in the morning race. In a very competitive field, the boys produced a gutsy row to finish 5th in Junior VIII’s out of 12. Alarmingly the 1st and 2nd crews were both from Eton, now coached by the genius that is Alex Henshilwood, the Pangbourne HRR winning coach of 2003.

The wonderfully successful boys quad from the Fours Head last weekend, doubled up in the afternoon division, showing their versatility racing as a four, and produced another gutsy row, finish second in the high level adult category of Senior coxless fours, only 13 seconds off winning, behind a talented Oxford Brookes crew.

The day was rounded of in dramatic fashion, with a win for the girls four in Junior coxed fours. After a storming start, they caught up with a St Pauls crew and once passed, they hooked a buoy around a tricky corner, causing Laura Webb to bang her head on the side of the boat, and then have Tegan Foister’s oar give her another whack for good measure. The crews slewed to a stop, allowing St Pauls to overtake. Despite Laura’s extreme pain, they clawed their way back into the race, agonisingly began to close up on  St Pauls again, but were never able to quite catch them but did enough to win a by a very narrow margin! They also beat the winning Eton Excelsior quad from the Fours Head last week, this week rowing as a four.  Well rowed Isabel Metcalfe, Shannon Webb, Laura Webb, Tegan Foister and cox Thea Swan.

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