Big Rowing Day & Free BBQ: Saturday, 6th October 2018.
The Boat Club will be turning out in force this weekend for our BIG ROWING DAY & BBQ.
Either come straight down to the boathouse (see map ▼) or meet us near the Porter’s Lodge first to walk down in a group. Groups will leave the Porter’s Lodge at quarter to the hour, every hour from 10:45am – 3:45pm.
or come visit us at the Fresher’s Squash on Monday 1st October
Rowing is one of the most popular sports in Cambridge, and with good reason. Since the inception of the annual Bumps races in 1827, it has grown into a massive sport, hosting a multitude of events each year for competitors at every level. At PCBC, it doesn’t matter if you want to row for a bit of fun and fitness, or whether you’ve got your eyes on the prestigious Boat Race. Whatever your level, we want you.
|Any member of the college is eligible to become a member of the boat club. No previous experience, ability, or kit is required. Enthusiasm is the only essential here. Interested in becoming a member of the best club on the river? Then read on…|
For more information, please come and chat with us at the Freshers’ Squash or at any other time please drop an email to one of our captains. All contacts can be found on the ‘Committee’ page.
|The novice calendar starts at the very beginning of Michaelmas term, though members can join the boat club throughout the year. The key events to be aware of are:
Fresher’s Squash – The annual event during Fresher’s week, scheduled for 1st October, which showcases all the societies Pembroke has to offer. This is your chance to meet PCBC, talk to current members, and sign up. Look out for the stash!
Fresher’s Challenge – Join us for a free evening of drinks in the Old Library from 7-9m on Thursday 4th October for a small taste of the social side the Boat Club has to offer.
Big Rowing Day – Held on Saturday 6th from 11-5, join PCBC at the Pembroke boathouse for a free BBQ and the opportunity to try your hand at actually rowing under the supervision of senior rowers and coxes, and sign up to PCBC. Directions to the boathouse can be found on this page, but don’t fret – PCBC members will be leading walking trains from the JP throughout the day.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll begin learning how to row under the instruction of friendly and experienced senior coaches and rowers. You’ll learn the stroke, the set, and all the technicalities of moving the boat in the water. It’s not just learning though. From the very first term, you’ll be competing in your first races against fellow rowers in other colleges…
Queens’ Ergs is the first highlight of the novice term. The “second largest indoor rowing competition in Europe”, Queens’ Ergs (Affectionately dubbed Quergs) is an 8x500m relay race where crews face off against each other to get the fastest cumulative time. You can find out more here. Did we mention there’s free stash?
After this, you’ll be working towards Clare Novice Regatta. This is a traditional knockout race whereby two boats lined up at the start compete to complete the 800m course in the fastest time.
This all climaxes with the Novice Fairbairn’s Cup, a 2700m head race where boats race individually to complete the course as fast as possible, decked in beautiful PCBC stash. We then celebrate with the annual Fairbairn’s Dinner, a black tie formal event where the whole boat club joins together to sing the successes of our crews, and the sorrows of those unfortunate enough to be matched up against them.
After this, you’re no longer a novice. But there is plenty to look forward to in subsequent terms, culminating in the opportunity to row in the world famous Bumps’ races at the end of Lent and May terms…