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!
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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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.