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May Bumps 2019 – Reports

Men’s Crews
Crew Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total
M1 -1 +0 -1 -1 -3
M2 +1 +1 +1 +0 +3
M3 +1 +1 +1 +4 +7
M4 -1 -1 +0 +1 -1
Women’s Crews
Crew Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total
W1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +4
W2 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4
W3 -1 +0 -1 -1 -3
W4 +0 +0 -5 +1 -4


M1 Wednesday. Bumped by Caius M1.

Thursday. Row over.

Friday. Bumped by Downing M1.

Saturday. Bumped by Emmanuel M1.

W1 Wednesday. Bumped First and Third W1.

Thursday. Bumped Girton W1.

Friday. Bumped Clare W1.

Saturday. Bumped Churchill W1.

***BLADES FOR W1!!***

M2 Wednesday. Bumped Sidney Sussex M1.

Thursday. Bumped Corpus Christi M1.

Friday. Bumped St. Edmund’s M1.

Saturday. Row over.

W2 Wednesday. Bumped by Downing W2.

Thursday. Bumped by Robinson W1.

Friday. Bumped by Corpus Christi W1.

Saturday. Bumped by Caius W2.

M3 Wednesday. Bumped King’s M2.

Thursday. Bumped Corpus Christi M2.

Friday. Bumped First and Third M3.

Saturday. Overbumped Clare M3, then bumped Caius M3 as sandwich boat.


W3 Wednesday. Bumped by Murray Edwards W2.

Thursday. Row over.

Friday. Bumped by Homerton W2.

Saturday. Bumped by Jesus W3.

M4 Wednesday. Bumped by Fitzwilliam M3.

Thursday. Bumped by Queens’ M5.

Friday. Row over.

Saturday. Bumped Corpus Christi M3.

W4 Wednesday. Row over.

Thursday. Row over.

Friday. Double overbumped by St. Edmund’s W2.

Saturday. Bumped Darwin W3

May Bumps 2019 – Crews

M1 (James van Oosterom)

1: Calum McCain
2: Robert March
3: Bence Kovács
4: Sam Massey
5: Robert Harris
6: Gregory Drott
7: Jonathan Vibhishanan
8: Jonty Page
Cox: John Hughes


W1 (Valence Marie)


1: Laura Stewart
2: Rhiannon Lyon
3: Lata Persson
4: Jenny Hill
5: Julia Ruddick-Trentmann
6: Emma Andrews
7: Mairenn Collins
8: Lily Lindsay
Cox: Victoria Moreland


M2 (Reg Howard)


1: Rob Perry
2: Dan Shailer
3: Zach Hulcher
4: Dominic Hey
5: Jon Elder
6: John Hudson
7: Ben Edmans
8: Paul Cumner
Cox: Oliver Millington


W2 (Richard Dearlove)


1: Molly Harte
2: Emily Fish
3: Petra Bachrati
4: Abby Robinson
5: Suzie Welby/Sophie Buller
6: Evie Hair
7: Nat Elks
8: Emma Norris
Cox: Roxy Southern


M3 (Geoffrey Perret)


1: David Frisch
2: Charles Dudley
3: Tom Woolerton
4: Tim Colpus
5: Toby Chesser
6: Julian Kitsz
7: Tobias Schaich
8: Štefan Stanko
Cox: Elizabeth Bedwell


W3 (Rebecca Caroe)


1: Hannah Lewis
2: Alyssa Silva Cayetano
3: Tilly Harrison
4: Allison Zhang
5: Maz Yassen
6: Jade Jesty
7: Hailey Messenger
8: Elizabeth Bedwell
Cox: Dan Harwood


M4 (James Crowden)


1: Abishek Shenoy
2: Brendan Huo
3: Conor Diviney
4: Stephen Quick
5: Suseem Jain
6: Ben Wilson/Roxy Southern
7: Will Holmes
8: Jacob Anderson
Cox: Ingrid Pan


W4 (Nobby’s Girls)


1: Sara Merican
2: Kathryn Nicolai
3: Jessie Wellington
4: Charlotte McAdams
5: Ingrid Pan
6: Jane Blaugrund
7: Lara MacLennan
8: Victoria Horrocks
Cox: Campbell McLauchlan

End of Lent Newsletter 2019

The members of PCBC started Lent with a week of pre-term training on the Cam, as has now become customary. This was particularly beneficial to last term’s novices, who have joined the ranks of the senior squad, and were able to train alongside senior rowers for the first time. We would like to thank all the coaches who supported the pre-term training, particularly our alumni.
The first race of the term was the Winter Head-to-Head, into which Pembroke entered 3 crews. M2 started their term strongly to finish third in their division and second among the M2 crews. W1 and W2 both rowed strongly as well, finishing 8th and 3rd in their respective categories. This gave all involved invaluable racing experience: W1 had 4 rowers and a cox who noviced this year, and most of the W2 rowers were also novices this Michaelmas.

Pembroke entered 5 crews into Newnham Short course, which happened a few weeks into term. M1 placed 3rd in their first race of the term, with M2 continuing their streak of success with a first place finish in the M2 division. M3 placed a strong 6th in the Men’s Lower Boats division.
W1 improved from their performance in Winter Head-to-Head, coming 6th in a strong W1 division. W2 recorded a 9th place finish out of 13 crews in their category.

We were pleased to have an excellent turnout of competitors at Pembroke Regatta this near, with nearly 1000 rowers taking part. Our congratulations go again to the winners of each division, including our own M2 who won the M2 division.
Equally, we would like to extend our thanks to those alumni who took part in the day, both on the bank and on the water. We had a Pembroke alumni crew in both the men’s and the women’s division, and enjoyed hosting our returning alumni for drinks and dinner that evening. We look forward to running the regatta and alumni dinner for many years to come.

Robinson head was the penultimate success for our senior Men, with M1 and M2 placing first and second overall along a very windy course! This success no doubt set them up well for bumps the following week.

In a highly competitive top of the first division, M1 had to be satisfied with 4 row overs. Although this was a disappointing result for the crew, they showed their standard of rowing was on par with the fastest crews in Cambridge. They are looking forward to making technical gains alongside our returning triallists in Mays.
Given a slightly nervous start to the term, W1 progressed amazingly with great coaching and a lot of hard effort. They made light work of many more experienced crews to progress 3 places up the bumps chart, only being denied blades by a technical row-over on day 3, where they had gained on all 3 of the boats ahead of them. They are looking forward to a strong May term with many returning triallists, building on the success of last year’s crew.
M2 have shown throughout the term that there is real depth to the Men’s squad – winning Pembroke Regatta, Newnham Short Course and Robinson Head in their respective divisions. Moving up 3 places during their bumps campaign is a testament to how good they are as a crew and it is encouraging to know that near all the crew will be continuing to row with PCBC in Mays and in the next academic year.
W2 was almost exclusively formed out of rowers who noviced in Michaelmas, and they made amazing progress over the course of the term. It was a cruel introduction to bumps for them, coming across some strong crews and some even stronger winds, leading to a double overbump on day 3. However, they were not to be defeated, and their bump on the final day is a testament to their determination. We look forward to seeing their continued improvement next term.
Similar to W2, the majority of our M3 was formed from novices taking the step up to racing in bumps. The crew were superb in qualifying to 7th in the M4 division, and so a row over on the third day means (despite being bumped 3 times) the crew has gone up 1 position since the end of last year’s bumps.
Although they could not race in bumps, our novices this term have formed strong W3 and M4 boats which will look to be very competitive next term. Furthermore, with a large number of returners to our women’s side we are expecting to be fielding 4 of each men’s and women’s boats in May bumps.

M1 =
W1 +3
M2 +3
W2 -7
M3 -3 (+1 from last year’s final position)

Pembroke has been strongly represented in the University Squads this year, with 8 athletes trialling for places in Boat Race crews. Jack Mason (2016) and Jonathan Vibhishanan (2016) coxed and rowed respectively for the lightweight men’s boat, which participated in the historic first lightweight boat race on the Tideway on 23rd March. Laura Stewart (2018) has been selected for the lightweight women’s crew who will race at Henley on 30th March. Lily Lindsay (2018) and Emma Andrews (2016) have been selected for the women’s Blue Boat and reserve crew respectively, and will race on the Tideway on 7th April. Jonty Page (2016) and Rob Harris (2017) are both hoping to row in the Men’s reserve crew, racing on the same date. We wish all of our triallists the best of luck in the upcoming races.

Halfway through this term saw the settling in of Seb Matthews as Coordinator of College Rowing. Seb joins us from Leander Club where he was training for the GB lightweight quad which raced in the U23 World Championships, and is being brought in coach all crews, raise the standard of training and help the boat club committee in allowing as many college members as possible to participate in the sport.
We are excited to have the scaffolding in place for the renovation of the front of the boat house. This, along with the installation of new bike parking and boat racks, forms part of our ongoing effort to keep the facilities at the club in top shape for all of our athletes.

Thanks again to King and Spalding, our sponsors, for their continued support. They have allowed us to continue investing in high quality coaching and equipment, as well as injury prevention and recovery for all of our athletes.

We are gearing up for May Bumps 2019 which will be taking place from the 12th-15th June. If you are planning on attending as a supporter, please get in contact at:

We are planning, as in previous years, to provide refreshments at the Pembroke Marquee (location tbc in the next newsletter) on the Saturday of the Bumps, and would like to extend an invitation to all alumni who are attending. Additionally, if you are interested in booking a ticket for the May Bumps Dinner on the Saturday night, please again get in contact at the above email address.

If you would like to be involved in the ongoing success of PCBC through coaching, please get in touch with any of our captains, it would be fantastic to see our current crews inspired by our previous successes.

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End of Michaelmas Newsletter 2018

Pembroke M1 got off to a flying start this term with an early win in the Rob Roy Autumn Head. This came as even more of a shock given that it was the third outing of the term.
M1 did almost as well at winter head, with a second place finish behind Downing M1. M2 got their term off to a great start, placing joint first in their division alongside Magdalene M2 in 8:47, an improvement of 4 places from last year. W1 also rowed well, placing 4th in a tight top half of the women’s division, up from 9th last year. They were all proud of the race, pushing hard and responding well to calls to catch a Worcester College, Oxford boat on the line.
With another 6 weeks before Fairbairns the senior squad had a good block of training to get stuck into. During this time, M1 started yoga to build up core strength and flexibility – many thanks to Howard Daly.

NW1 had their first taste of success during Clare Novice Regatta. Their first race against Trinity Hall NW1 started with an intimidating row to the start line, and was over almost instantly with a powerful start to the regatta, reaching the finish line before Trinity Hall passed the railway bridge. A similarly strong race against LMBC NW1 saw the Pembroke women into the semi-finals. The race against Clare NW1 was much closer, with both crews pushing to a seat ahead during the first half of the race. Unfortunately, the Pembroke women were not successful in reaching the finals but all enjoyed their first experience of racing on the Cam. Congratulations to NW1 on doing so well, and very promising for next term! All other crews reached the second rounds of their respective divisions and produced some impressive racing over the course of the day.

M1 put in a gutsy row to finish in a time of 14:55 resulting in the highest place a senior Pembroke VIII has finished in 10 years! It was a fantastic end to the term and shows real promise for the future especially since four of the crew have only been rowing for a year.
W1 really committed to giving it everything along the whole of the 4.3km of the Fairbairns course, which was reflected in the 7th place they achieved, only a few seconds off the boats ahead of them. The work they put in throughout the term has set up a really strong platform to keep building on in Lent, ready for Lent bumps.
M2 continued on from their success early in the term to finish as the fastest M2 of the day! A strong row from the crew saw them finish in 15:30, ahead of 9 M1 crews.

The novice squad went into the Fairbairn Cup bolstered by their successful races in Clare Novices. With bad weather on the race day, unfortunately the race course had to be shortened. However, all crews handled the changes to their race plan incredibly, and pushed harder as a result. NM1 came 15th out of the 1st Novice Mens boats, clocking a time of 7:30. NM2 managed to recover from a couple of crabs to record a promising 5th out of the Novice Second crew, reaching the P&E in 7:48 despite the conditions. NW1 recorded a promising 11th in 8:17, and NW2 came a strong 4th in their division in 8:40.

Thanks again to King and Spalding, our sponsors, for their continued support. They have allowed us to continue investing in high quality coaching and equipment, as well as injury prevention and recovery for all of our athletes.

The Year Ahead
We are gearing up for Pembroke Regatta 2019 which will be taking place on the 16th February. If you would like to take part, please get in contact at:

There are more details to come about booking your place at our Regatta Dinner, which will be happening on the same night.

If you would like to be involved in the ongoing success of PCBC through coaching, please get in touch with any of our captains, it would be fantastic to see our current crews inspired by our previous successes.

Follow our website and our Instagram for the latest news!

Start of Michaelmas Newsletter 2018

A great start to Michaelmas term
In the week before term started, rowers on both the men’s and women’s side took part in a training camp on the River Cam, making the most of the beautifully empty river. The camp proved to be an excellent chance for everyone to enjoy the sunshine and brush off all the cobwebs from summer. The men’s side training was done in IVs under the fantastic coaching of Alan Foster who ensured, despite the fact that most of the side hadn’t been in a boat for 3 months, they were rowing like a May’s crew. The women’s side showed rapid improvement throughout the week in both power and boat set, and also had fun training some of the senior rowers to cox, leaving all the rowers with a much greater appreciation for everything coxes do! Overall, training week was very successful and has set us up well for the beginning of term, which starts with senior crews racing in Autumn head.

Additionally, on the 6th October the PCBC committee and senior squad hosted the PCBC Barbeque at the Boathouse. This was an opportunity for those who had not rowed or coxed with the club before, both novices and otherwise, to meet members of the club and have a go at rowing with PCBC. Despite the inclement weather, we had an excellent turn out, with a large number of the new first years coming to see what being a member of PCBC is all about. We are looking forward to welcoming new members to the club in the coming weeks.

PCBC at Henley Royal Regatta 2018
As has become customary in recent years, M1 put together a crew with the aim of qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta. While the full bumps crew was not available, PCBC managed to form a composite with Clare, our neighbours on the Cam, who we had both bumped and been bumped by in the previous week. The crew successfully qualified for the Temple Challenge Cup: the first time since 2015 that a Pembroke crew had made the regatta proper, and only the second time since 1999.
For the first race, we were drawn against University of London ‘A’. Cheered on by Valencians past and present (many distinguishable by the red martlets on their blazers) the crew gave it everything they had, but unfortunately it was not enough, losing by 2 1/4 lengths. Despite the disappointment, M1 enjoyed the rest of the week, meeting members of PCBC crews from years gone by, including the winners of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate (Men’s Intermediate VIIIs) in 1964.
The crew wish to thank Andrew “Gripper” Watson, former Pembroke coach and current Clare boatman, who, in the space of just two weeks, moulded the crew into a unit who did PCBC proud at Henley. The crew list and link to race video are below.

Cox         John Hughes (PEM)
Stk          Stijn de Graaf (PEM)
7             Sam Ringer (PEM)
6             Gabriel Bliard (CLA)
5             Will Broadbelt (CLA)
4             Gregory Drott (PEM)
3             John Hudson (PEM)
2             Robert March (PEM)
Bow       Jonathan Vibhishanan (PEM)


Pembroke Triallists in the University Squad
Over the summer, there have been many achievements by Pembroke members with the university squads. Three Pembroke undergraduates, Emma Andrews (3rd Year), Jonty Page (3rd Year) and Rob Harris (2nd Year) qualified to participate in the European Universities Rowing Championship. Emma (3rd Year) received a bronze medal in the Women’s 4x and Jonty received a gold medal in the Mens 4-. The same M4- were also runners-up in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Further afield, incoming graduate fresher Lily Lindsay was part of the USA W8+ which won bronze at the U23 World Rowing Championships.
Additionally, PCBC offers its belated congratulations to Emma Andrews and Jonathan Vibhishanan who have been elected as Vice-Presidents of CUWBC and CULRC respectively.

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!

13th October – Autumn Head
17th November – Winter Head
24th November – Clare Novices Regatta
29th-30th November – Fairbairn Cup

Finally, PCBC would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, King and Spalding. They provided us not only with the money to travel to and from Henley Royal Regatta, but have also allowed us to make investments in the future success of the club. Firstly, we have been able to acquire a wattbike to help with injury prevention and recovery, which is available for all members of the club to use. We have also put some money towards the purchase of a Women’s 1x, to promote the success of women’s rowing at Pembroke, especially within the university squads. Lastly, we have been able to increase our coaching budget in order to ensure that both rowers and coxes are getting the maximum benefit out of their sessions and are able to grow and progress as athletes in the club.

The Year Ahead
If you would like to be involved in the ongoing success of PCBC through coaching, 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.

Follow our website and our Instagram for the latest news!

2018-19 Committee

Sir Richard Dearlove
Senior Treasurer:
Prof Charles Melville
Kevin Bowles Esq.
Captain of Boats:
John Hudson
Men’s Captain:
Calum McCain
Women’s Captain:
Jenny Hill
Men’s Vice Captain:
Oli Millington
Women’s Vice Captain:
Emily Fish
Men’s Lower Boats Captain:
Bence Kovács
Men’s Lower Boats Captain:
Daniel Harwood
Women’s Lower Boats Captain:
Evie Hair
Women’s Lower Boats Captain:
Petra Bachrati
Women’s Lower Boats Captain:
Sophie Buller
Coxing Captain:
Elizabeth Bedwell
Junior Treasurer:
Nat Elks
Jonathan Vibhishanan
Social Secretary:
Milly Parry
Regatta Secretary:
Richard Southern
Internet Secretary:
Rob March
Sponsorship and Alumni:
Sophie Young