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May Bumps 2018 – Reports

Men’s Crews
Division Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total
M1 +1 +0 +1 -1 +1
M2 +1 +1 +1 +0 +3
M3 +1 +1 +1 +1 +4
M4 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4
Women’s Crews
Division Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total
W1 +1 +1 +0 +1 +3
W2 -1 -1 -1 +0 -3
W3 +1 +0 +1 +1 +3
W4 +1 +0 -1 +1 +1


M1 Wednesday. Bumped Caius M1

Pembroke M1 started hard and clean, quickly moving half a length on Caius and getting the first whistle before first post. We had a huge push down the plough reach and moved hard until we were a canvas away at Ditton. Narrowly missing the bump on the corner, we sealed the deal and bumped Caius as we straightened up on the reach.

Thursday. Row over.

Pembroke M1 started strong but slowly fell back to 3 lengths off Clare at The Plough. Not discouraged, we maintained focus and built a strong rhythm down The Long Reach steadily decreasing the gap until we were 1 length off after the Railway Bridge. From there we had an heroic last surge but unfortunately we could only close to a quarter of a length at the finish.

Friday. Bumped Clare M1.

Pembroke M1, learning from the previous days racing and with confidence it was possible to catch Clare, attacked the first 3 minutes of the course relentlessly. We gained our first whistle on Grassy Corner and secured the bump just past Ditton Corner after taking a tight line on the inside of Clare.

Saturday. Bumped by Clare M1.

Pembroke M1 fought hard in the first 3 minutes of the race to hunt down Maggie M1 for Head of the River. We held station to Grassy but Clare started to creep up from behind and they wanted revenge. We battled down the Plough Reach but Clare continued to close the gap and got overlap around Ditton Corner. With a last push, we nearly got away but Clare secured the bump and Maggie retained the Headship.
W1 Wednesday. Bumped Fitz W1

W1 got off to a rapid start, moving immediately on Fitz and gaining one whistle down first post reach. Queens (chasing) were quickly left behind, and the second whistle on Fitz came as W1 reached first post. They then became part of a four-boat sandwich with the 3 boats ahead coming into grassy – Churchill getting the bump on Peterhouse allowing W1 the chance to close down Fitz over the rest of the course. After a strong move round ditton they closed to 3 whistles at the top of the reach; Fitz did not give up and a chase down the reach kept on until Fitz were left with nowhere to go on the inside at the railway bridge, where a concerted move by Pembroke brought it to an end just before the bridge!

Thursday. Bumped Peterhouse W1.

Off to another strong start, W1 moved consistently on Peterhouse, with one whistle along first post reach and the second coming in around first post. With Fitz applying little pressure from behind, W1 maintained their pace to get the third whistle and bump Peterhouse coming round grassy!

Friday. Row over.

Saturday. Bumped Christ’s W1

M2 Wednesday. Bumped FAT M2.

Pembroke M2 had a very gutsy, yet slightly untidy row up to starting position. When the race began, out first three strokes were finished out but we soon hit quite choppy waters. Although the conditions weren’t ideal, we struck a very aggressive tone that meant that we soon made up ground on FAT M2 who had initially pulled away off the start. Though our rowing remained a little flustered coming down the First Post Reach, the whistles soon started to come from the bank. By the time we reached First Post Corner, we’d got our third whistle. At this point, we achieved an almighty burst that was of a standard we could proud of. Kev didn’t even have time to get his dinner bell out before FAT were caught. Lessons learned, M2 are ready to do yet more damage on day 2.

Thursday. Bumped Jesus M2.

M2’s row up to the start set the tone for a very professional race. When the gun sounded, M2 had a smooth, clean start that was a significant improvement on the first day’s effort. Although Jesus M2 had gone all in right from the start, gaining one whistle on Sidney Sussex M1 ahead of them, we anticipated this and trusted that our rhythm was much faster over the length of the course. With no threat from a somewhat lacklustre FAT M2 behind us (who were munched up by a hungry Darwin M1), we began to move on Jesus M2, hearing our first whistle just as we came into First Post Corner. From the first day, we suspected Jesus may start to crumble here and, sure enough, Sidney soon began to open up a bigger lead ahead of them. All that was left for us to do was to gradually close our own gap and give the crowds on Grassy Corner and the Plough a good show. Our third whistle came just before the Plough itself and the job was done as we came onto Ditton Corner. A passionate, textbook row. Bring on day 3

Friday. Bumped Downing M2.

Saturday. Row over.

W2 Wednesday. Bumped by Wolfson

A tough start to bumps for w2 with a last minute sub. A very strong start helped close down on selwyn W1 to two whistles by first post, however a very strong Wolfson W1 had also managed to close down leading to an exciting sandwich to grassy. Unfortunately just as W2 started to get overlap and look like they were going to take the win, Wolfson closed yet again taking the bump. A disappointing day, but w2 is ready to come back tomorrow to take their revenge on Wolfson!

Thursday. Bumped by Emmanuel W2

Friday. Bumped by Sidney W1

Saturday. Row over.

M3 Wednesday. Bumped St. Catherin’s M3

The crew got off to a great start, eating up the distance to St Catherine’s M3 who they bumped in 1 min 3 secs.

Thursday. Bumped ARU M1

Friday. Bumped Girton M2

M3 got off to another great race today. Perhaps not the cleanest of starts but with enough power to quickly close the gap on Girton M2, bumping them in under 40 strokes.

Saturday. Bumped Darwin M2

W3 Wednesday. Bumped Jesus W3

After a strong start, Pembroke III pushed up on Jesus III, and moved away from Kings II. Moving into first post reach, Pembroke were on half a length on Jesus but were unfortunately held up by some carnage ahead..After some discussion, the decision was made to rerow part of the division, leaving Pembroke chasing Jesus from the start with clear water behind. The tight line we took around grassy corner was the finishing blow to Jesus III who were caught on the plough reach, after a committed row from both crews.

Thursday. Row over.

W3 set off strong today behind Emma W3 – however they were interrupted as the division was (yet again??) made to re row. Treating that distraction as a practice start, W3 set off again – several swift bumps ahead unfortunately meant they were set for the rowover, but they rowed the course well, committing the whole way.

Friday.Bumped Christ’s W2

Saturday. Murray Edwards W2

M4 Wednesday. Bumped by Lady Margaret M4
Thursday. Bumped by Corpus M3
Today the Pemgibeers were striving for an overbump to put their campaign back on track. Alas the cuel wheels of fate blessed Corpus Christi and the Pemgibeers were bumped. Tomorrow we plan to follow in the footsteps of Magdalen college: quadruple overbumping to regain our fearsome and deserved reputation.

Friday. Bumped by Emmanuel M4

Saturday. Bumped by Jesus M5

W4 Wednesday. Bumped Darwin W3

W4s race report is fairly short – they had a really solid start, and just kept gaining on Darwin w3. They went from 1,2,3 whistles, bell and then bumped under the motorway bridge. All were really happy and are excited for tomorrow.

Thursday. Row over.

They started off well and by first post corner had two whistles on tit hall 3. However, through the gut and along plough reach sadly lost a lot of length in the water so dropped back considerably while tit hall also pulled away in their push for a bump. By the reach w4 lengthened back out well, and started gaining again but it was too late. It was a strong and committed row over and we are ready to try again for the bump tomorrow.

Friday. Bumped by Darwin W3

Saturday. Bumped Darwin W3

Lent Bumps 2018 Reports

Men’s Crews
Division Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total
M1 Rest Cancelled Cancelled +0 +1 +1
M2 -1 Rest Cancelled +0 +1 +0
M3 -1 -1 Cancelled Rest +0 -2
Women’s Crews
Division Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total
W1 Rest Cancelled Cancelled +0 +1 +1
W2 -1 Rest Cancelled -1 -1 -3
W3 +0 +0 Cancelled Rest +1 +1


M1 Wednesday. Race cancelled

Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.

Thursday.  Race cancelled.

Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.

Friday. Row over.

Pembroke M1 had a flying start, hitting a powerful rate 49. We quickly moved on Caius and gained our first whistle half way down First Post Reach. Knowing Caius was fast approaching Jesus, we pushed hard into the gut but unfortunately, Caius secured the bump. With nothing to lose, we decided to go for the over bump on Downing. We progressed well past the plough and took a tight line around Ditton which brought us under 4 lengths away. We maintained a lively rhythm down the reach and kept gaining inch by inch. With 500m to go, we went up 4 pips and managed to fight our way to under a length away as we crossed the line.

Saturday. Bumped Jesus I.

W1 Wednesday. Race cancelled
Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.Thursday.  Race cancelled.Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.Friday. Row over.We took off with a strong start, pulling away from Churchill behind and rapidly gaining on Maggie in front, coming within half a length before first post corner. However, Maggie caught Girton just at the corner before we had a chance to bump them, and we had to wind it down to let Maggie and Girton clear. Despite our slowing, Churchill didn’t gain much, and we wound it back up to race pace for the rest of the course – resulting in a solid row-over finishing at least four lengths ahead of Churchill.Saturday. Bumped Girton I.
M2 Tuesday. Bumped by Hughes Hall I.

M2 had a spirited start on the first day of the Lents campaign. We knew that we had strong competition chasing us and unfinished business from previous years ahead, but the row got off to a good start. Once we settled into our racing rhythm, we got one whistle on Sidney Sussex ahead. At this point our rowing could have been cleaner and we could have really started to grind them down on the Plough Reach. Though our hearts were in it, Sidney soon caught Queens’ M2 ahead of them and Hughes Hall began to creep up on us quite quickly as we approached the top of the reach. Some ‘up-2’ calls sadly resulted in us being caught roughly a third of the way down the Reach. However, the boat is in good shape, we’ve learned our lesson and we will give everything we’ve got tomorrow!

Thursday.  Race cancelled.

Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.

Friday. Row over.

Saturday. Bumped Queens II.

W2 Tuesday. Bumped by Wolfson I.

Pembroke W2 set off with a solid start today and gained on Newnham W2. They rowed well with much composure and power, but despite the strong performance and good spirit from the crew, a fast Wolfson W1 made a push and caught us at First Post Reach. Having had the first taste of bumps for most of the crew, they are hopeful for a strong row over on Thursday.

Thursday.  Race cancelled.

Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.

Friday. Bumped by LMBC II.

After much uncertainty in racing due to poor weather conditions, Pembroke W2 set off with a smooth start today. Hungry for a revenge bump, we gained slightly on Wolfson I in front of us but they held us off just over a length as we rowed through the course. Meanwhile, Lady Margaret II, being chased closely by the boat behind them, embarked on a burst into the gut, which caught Pembroke off guard and gave Lady Margaret a bump. We are determined to translate the power and commitment seen in the boat today into a successful row tomorrow.

Saturday. Bumped by Hughes Hall I

M3 Tuesday. Bumped by Trinity Hall III.

Contrary to the false claims of Varsity, Pembroke M3 has not been scratched from Lents, though a disappointing start to the campaign after a late illness necessitated conceding a technical bump for day 1. We’ll be back strong tomorrow, on the chase.

Wednesday. Bumped by Hughes Hall II.

M3, though braving the cold, were unfortunately bumped following a series of untimely crabs coming down the A14 reach. Prior to this they made rapid gains on Trinity Hall.

Thursday.  Race cancelled.

Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.

Saturday. Row over.

W3 Tuesday. Row over.
After a very promising start off the line, W3 were quite unlucky – a crab 2 boats ahead caused an early bump out ahead, and another bump cleared out the division. Despite the carnage, they had a very strong row over and are excited to continue the campaign tomorrow.Wednesday. Row over. W3 rowed well today, completely committing to their race. Despite their best efforts to bump, (in terrible conditions!) they rowed over behind a strong Homerton II crew.Thursday.  Race cancelled.Race cancelled over snow and ice on the towpath.Saturday. Bumped Homerton II.

PCBC Newsletter 2018

PCBC have had a fantastic start to the academic year with the return of over 20 rowers and coxes for the pre-term training camp. Taking advantage of the clear water with two sessions a day really set up the senior crews for a strong term. This saw the women’s side achieve some impressive results with a fantastic 9th for W1 and 3rd for W2 at the Cambridge Winter Head, followed on by a huge improvement on last year’s Fairbairns result, with W1 finishing as the 9th first boat and W2 as the 6th second boat.

The men’s side had a similarly fantastic start to the academic year. Some great results from Autumn head saw M1a IV come 1st and M1b IV come 2nd in their respective categories The two fours then combined for the first time, to race in the eight and were pleased to place second. For M1a, an unfortunate draw saw Pembroke knocked out in the first round by a very strong LMBC in an extremely close race. They went on to jointly win Fairbairns in the IV with Magdalene, whilst M1b came 2nd out of the second crews.

We had an incredible recruitment of novices this year following a very damp big rowing day, which saw us enter one men’s eight and one women’s eight into the respective cups for Clare Novice Regatta, and one women’s eight into the plate, who went on to make it all the way to the final, where they succumbed to First and Third. Finally, Fairbairns gave the novices their first experience of a head race, and we had great results with 28th and 34th for the men and 18th and 34th for the women.

2018 began with another Cambridge based training camp, which once again gave as the edge at the start of term. The first race of the season, Cambridge Winter Head to Head saw W1 achieve their best result in years with 2nd behind Newnham, whilst M1 saw a promising 4th. W2 came 8th with the Lent’s 2nd Divisions, putting them as the 5th fastest W2, whilst M2 came 3rd in the Lent’s 2nd Division making them the fastest M2!

Figure 1W1(Left) and M1 (Right) at Cambridge Winter Head-toHead. Photo Credit. City of Cambridge Boat Club

W1(Left) and M1 (Right) at Cambridge Winter Head-toHead. Photo Credit. City of Cambridge Boat Club

We also have two PCBC members trialling for CUBC Jonty Page (2016) and Rob Harris (2017) and one CUW triallist Emma Andrews (2016) and we wish them every success for their endeavors!

Dates for your Diaries

For anyone who lives in Cambridge, or fancies making the trek on a weekend, we would love to have the support of PCBC members past and present on the bank at our upcoming races!

3rd February – Newnham Shortcourse
9th February – Robinson Head
17th February – Pembroke Regatta
23rd February – Lent Bumps Getting On Race
27th February to 3rd March – Lent Bumps
10th March – Wehorr (W1)
11th March – Horr (M1)

The year ahead

With all our senior crews so focused this early in the year, and a strong intake of novices, we are excited to see what the year ahead will bring, with the lent’s campaign already off to a fantastic start. We would love to welcome you all back to coach our extremely committed and driven crews as they strive to move up the bumps charts in February, and be a part of the ongoing success of PCBC. If you would like to be involved please get in touch with any of our captains, or sponsorship and alumni, it would be fantastic to see our current crews inspired by our previous successes.

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2017-18 Committee
President: Sir R. Dearlove
Senior Treasurer: Prof. C. Melville
Overall Captain: Stijn de Graaf
Women’s Captain: Mairenn Collins
Men’s Captain: John Hughes
Women’s Vice Captain: Shirley Lo
Men’s Vice Captain: Thomas Baxter
Women’s Lower Boats Captains: Jenny Hill and Candice Griffiths
Men’s Lower Boats Captains: Oliver Millington, Robert March and Jack Mason
Junior Treasurer: Calum McCain
Secretary: Tonje Fjågesund
Social Secretary: Milly Parry
Regatta Secretary: Štefan Stanko
Internet Secretary: Dávid Farkas
Sponsorship and Alumni: Jay Richardson and Hannah Stewart
Boatman: K.M. Bowles Esq.

May Bumps 2017 – Reports

Men’s Crews
M1 -1 +0  +0 + 0 -1
M2 -1 +0 + 1  +1 +1
M3 +1 +1  +1 + 1 +4
Pemgibeers -1 -1  +0  -1 -3
M4 +0 +0  +0  -1 -1
Women’s Crews
W1 +0 +0  -1  -1 -2
W2 +0 +0  +1  +0 +1
W3 -3 -1  +0  -1 -5
M1 Wednesday. Bumped by Clare I.

We had a nervy start and first two corners in front of a quick Clare crew, and gave them most of a length and a half because of it. With a bit of a resurgence we managed to fend them off until the top half of the reach where they surged and caught us, a quarter length off the Caius boat in front of us.

Thursday. Row over.

A last minute injury cost us our 5 man for the remainder of the week, and Clare managed to bend one of our riggers during the warm up, but in spite of this we rallied and had a good start to the race, gaining slightly on Clare and dropping the pursuit. Both the crews ahead and behind us bumped out on the reach, at which point we had an easy row over.

Friday. Row over.

Saturday. Row over.

W1 Wednesday. Row over.

Despite a nervy start, W1 pulled away from the big Jesus crew behind them immediately, moving inside station on Christ’s W1 up First Post Reach. Jesus’s tactic was evidently of the ‘fly or die’ variety, and they put in an enormous push coming into First Post to try and move up on us. A shaky rhythm coming into the bend saw Christ’s walk away and Jesus make some headway, but a big push through the Gut saw order restored and Jesus pushed back out to station. W1 established a better rhythm exiting Grassy, allowing us to walk away from Jesus with some ease. Still holding station with Christ’s, W1 gave chase down the Plough Reach, but a decisive move by them saw us pushed outside station on the Reach, and we completed our row-over tired but determined to row better tomorrow!

Thursday. Row over.

A much smoother start than yesterday saw us move rapidly on Christ’s, gaining a whistle by the motorway bridge. W1 held the momentum as Christ’s attempted to lengthen out, and the whistles kept coming up First Post Reach. The pace proved too much for the chasing Jesus boat to handle, and they were quickly dispatched by the boat behind them before First Post. With no pursuing boats to worry about W1 established an excellent rhythm and attempted to hold Christ’s through the Gut, but Christ’s were also quickly gaining on the crew in front of them. Smelling a bump, Christ’s put in an enormous move down Plough Reach and pushed us outside station, before bumping on Ditton Corner. We wound it down and rowed over strongly from there with a great rhythm. Onwards and upwards!

Friday. Bumped by Peterhouse I.

Saturday. Bumped by Fitzwilliam I

M2 Wednesday. Bumped by Sidney Sussex I.

Pembroke M2 pulled away from Sidney on their start and held station with First and Third. We found our rhythm and there was a big push down first post reach and we got our first whistle on FaT. The second whistle was gained after grassy corner and through plough reach. FaT were fast approaching on Clare and we dropped back down to 1 whistle after Ditton Corner. We knew we had to do something fast so gave it everything and fought back to nearly half a length but at that point FaT bumped Clare half way down the reach which also forced us to stop. Since Sidney were close behind us, the decision was made to re-row Sidney chasing us at the start of the M1 division.

In the second race, we had clear water and knew we had to row over to keep our spot. We fought hard and rowed a fantastic piece through the corners. Sidney had a canvas on us round Ditton and we managed to avoid a bump with a powerful rate build. Sidney were on their last legs but maintained a constant overlap and finally managed to secure the bump. A very disappointing day but we will come back tomorrow with a vengeance and make them pay.

Thursday. Row over.

Friday. Bumped Clare II!

Saturday. Bumped Darwin I

W2 Wednesday. Row over.

Thursday. Row over.

Friday. Bumped Robinson I!

Saturday. Row over.

M3 Wednesday. Bumped Magdelene III!

Thursday. Bumped Homerton II!

Friday. Bumped St. Edmund’s II!

Saturday. Bumped Sidney Sussex II

W3 Wednesday. Overbumped by Lucy/Hughes II.

A good start saw W3 settle comfortably in front of Selwyn II and in pursuit of Jesus III. Despite a strong performance from all the girls, we fell outside of station with Jesus as they aimed for the bump in front. With Selwyn bumping out behind us we tried our best to hold a good rhythm and keep pushing on Jesus. However, a very strong Lucy Cav crew came from behind to take the overbump shortly after the plough. With a first taste for the excitement of bumps, W3 is setting their sights on Selwyn II tomorrow.

Thursday. Bumped by Girton II

Friday. Row over.

Saturday. Bumped by Churchill II

Pemgibeers Wednesday. Bumped by Caius IV

Thursday. Bumped by Trinity Hall III

Friday. Row over.

Saturday. Bumped by Clare IV

M4 Wednesday. Row over.

The old adage that anything can happen in Bumps proved true today for M4 as 7 out of 9 of the crew powered through their Bumps debut. A solid start to their race saw Emmanuel M4 pushing for a second whistle underneath the motorway bridge before both crews promptly had to hold it up due to carnage further up in the division, resulting in a rerow.

This rerow saw Pembroke pushed hard down First Post Reach by Emma, culminating in a bell on Pembroke as they rounded the corner after having to quickly hold to navigate the carnage of the boats ahead of them. The crew held an immense composure around Grassy as they pushed Emma back whilst skillfully navigating boats sticking out of either sides. Pembroke pushed Emma back to half a length by Ditton Corner and, with the chasers well and truly broken, extended their lead to half the length of the reach for a textbook finish to a race that had been anything but.

Thursday. Row over.

Today was another trial by fire for M4. Hungry for revenge on our narrow escape yesterday, Emma IV pushed off like a bat out of hell, pushing Pembroke M4 hard – culminating in overlap coming into First Post Corner. Despite this, the crew knew they had broken Emma once, and an incredible display of composure saw them fight to do it again – holding overlap through the gut and pushing it back to a quarter of a length coming through Grassy. Emma continued to fight hard, but Pembroke continued to break away, returning back to station before the broken Emma IV relented three quarters of the way down the reach.

Friday. Technical row over. The Motorway Bridge. Such carnage. Very technical row over. So bumps. Wow.

Saturday. Bumped by Emmanuel IV