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Start of Michaelmas Newsletter 2019

PCBC at Henley Royal Regatta 2019

After their successful showing last year, Pembroke College Boat Club and Clare Boat Club again joined forces and put together a composite crew with the aim of qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta in July 2019. After a few training sessions on the Cam after May Bumps, the crew made a strong effort, but unfortunately did not manage to qualify for the Temple Challenge Cup. The rowers enjoyed the racing day, however, and we look forward to entering another strong crew next year and we wish them the best of luck in 2020! Congratulations to the 2019 crew: 

Cox John Hughes (PEM)
Stroke Greg Drott (PEM)
7 Calum McCain (PEM)
6 Matt Simpson (CLA)
5 Stephen Kindness (CLA)
4 Peter Rees (CLA)
3 Bence Kovács (PEM)
2 Rob March (PEM)
Bow John Hudson (PEM)

We would also like to congratulate the Pembroke trialists who rowed at Henley this year. Rob Harris and Jonty Page rowed in a IV+ for CUBC in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup. They easily beat Purdue University from the USA in their first heat before losing by a length in the second to Harvard University, who ultimately won the final against Durham University. Lily Linsday raced with the CUWBC IV- in the Town Challenge Cup, losing to the ultimate winner of the cup, Hollandia Roeiclub from the Netherlands. Congratulations to all of our rowers for an excellent showing at Henley 2019 against such strong international competition!

Kicking Off Michaelmas 2019

The Budapest Training Camp

From 24th September to 1st October, five senior Pembroke rowers eager to take their rowing to the next level participated in a training camp in Budapest. This was the main training camp for the PCBC men’s side, kicking off our year with an international experience. There were amazing conditions on the Danube, with perfect temperatures for rowing, clear skies and minimal wind. Complemented by a wide river – so different from our beloved Cam – this allowed for side by side training in sculls, pairs and coxless fours, shells that we don’t often use on the Cam. No one was let off easy, as our new Head Coach Seb Matthews had put together a training plan of twenty sessions throughout the week. On Sunday the 29th of September, we took part in the Széchenyi Balatoni Regatta a coastal rowing race in Tihany on Lake Balaton. In the PCBC men’s side’s first international race in years, we are pleased to say that our 4x+ posted the fastest time on the course (36:14.0), and we look forward to building on this success in the coming year on the Cam. We would like to thank our alumnus, Bálint Homonnay for hosting us at Soroksári Rowing Club. Excellent work from the racing crew:

Cox Bálint Homonnay
Stroke Rob Perry
3 Bence Kovács
2 Ben Edmans
Bow Dan Shailer

Women’s Side on the Cam

In the week before the start of term, while some of our rowers were training in Budapest, the PCBC women returned to the Cam for their own training week. The week proved a fantastic opportunity for all rowers to improve technically, despite the river closure under the Railway bridge and a couple days of torrential rain! The women’s side trained in IVs during the week, with two sessions run each day, coached by Pembroke alumna, 2019 Blue Boat and W1 Mays stroke Lily Lindsay, and Head Coach Seb Matthews. On the weekend, former Blue Boat and French International rower Myriam Goudet coached two VIIIs sessions. Throughout the week, seniors from both the men’s and women’s side also helped cox-train semester students, who are sure to be assets to the club in the weeks to come. The women’s side is lucky this year to have experienced rowers returning to Cambridge and PCBC for Masters degrees and from a year of studying abroad. The whole side is looking strong, and ready for the term ahead.

Welcoming New Novices

PCBC is very excited to welcome an absolute horde of new novices this year! Our committee made a significant investment in our PCBC BBQ on 12th October, ensuring that the event was well-publicised, well-run and, of course, well stocked with food! Our LBCs did a fantastic job in converting that interest into actual sign-ups for seats in novice boats, with the women’s side able to field three full VIIIs and one IV and the men’s side currently with four VIIIs. We are very happy to report that we’ve had exceptionally high interest in coxing this year as well! Coming into Week 5 of Michaelmas term, there are nine novice coxswains training with the aim that they will cox novice boats on both sides. Some are also being considered for M2 as they have shown significant improvement since the beginning of term. 

Your PCBC LBCs, Coxing Rep and coaching team have been hard at work to convert the enthusiasm shown by our new undergraduates, graduates and semester students into on-the-water speed. If you are in the area, make sure to stop by novice Fairbairns on 5th December to cheer them on!  

Pembroke Trialists in the University Squad

We are pleased to report that two Pembroke trialists rowed for CUBC in the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 19th October. Congratulations to Rob Harris and Jonty Page for earning their seats in the first VIII, which placed 10th overall in the Men’s Championship Eights category. We look forward to following the success of all our Pembroke trialists in the upcoming months!

Diary Dates

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! 

4th-8th November – University Fours
10th November – Queens’ Ergs
16th November – Winter Head
24th November – Emma Sprints
30th November – Clare Novices’ Regatta
5th-6th December – Fairbairn Cup
7th December – Christmas Head

Alumni Rowing Opportunities

Furthermore, we would like to enter an alumni crew into the Fairbairn Cup on 6th December and Christmas Head on 7th December. If you are interested in rowing for PCBC again, please email the Sponsorship and Alumni Reps (Štefan Stanko and Sophie Van Horne) with your details and availability at sponsorshipalumni@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com by 15th November.

Staying Connected in the Year Ahead

If you would like to be involved in the ongoing success of PCBC through coaching, please get in touch with the overall captain, Jenny Hill, or the Sponsorship and Alumni Representatives. It would be fantastic to see our current crews inspired by previous successes! 

Overall Captain: captain@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com
Sponsorship and Alumni: sponsorshipalumni@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com

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We are pleased to have rolled out a new Facebook group for PCBC alumni in September. Please visit us here to join! 

The 2019-20 Committee

We are also proud to introduce your new PCBC Committee for the 2019-2020 academic year!  

President: Sir Richard Dearlove
Senior Treasurer: Dr Johannes Kromdijk
Boatman: Kevin Bowles Esq.
Captain of Boats: Jenny Hill
Men’s Captain: Bence Kovács
Women’s Captain: Julia Ruddick-Trentmann
Men’s Vice Captains: Paul Cumner, Ben Edmans
Women’s Vice Captain: Abby Robinson
Men’s Lower Boats Captains: Charles Dudley, John Hudson, Julian Kitsz
Women’s Lower Boats Captains: Tilly Harrison, Jade Jesty, Najung Lee
Coxing Representative: Victoria Moreland
Junior Treasurer: Robert Perry
Secretary: Petra Bachrati
Social Secretary: Daniel Harwood
Regatta Secretary: Roxy Southern
Internet Secretary: Evie Hair
Sponsorship and Alumni Representatives: Štefan Stanko, Sophie Van Horne

Committee 2019-2020

President:

Sir Richard Dearlove

Senior Treasurer:

Dr Johannes Kromdijk

Boatman:

Kevin Bowles Esq.


Captain of Boats:

Jenny Hill

Men’s Captain:

Bence Kovács

Women’s Captain:

Julia Ruddick-Trentmann

Men’s Vice Captain:

Paul Cumner

Men’s Vice Captain:

Ben Edmans

Women’s Vice Captain:

Abby Robinson

Men’s Lower Boats Captain:

Charles Dudley

Men’s Lower Boats Captain:

John Hudson

Men’s Lower Boats Captain:

Julian Kitsz

Women’s Lower Boats Captain:

Tilly Harrison

Women’s Lower Boats Captain:

Jade Jesty

Women’s Lower Boats Captain:

Najung Lee

Coxing Representative:

Victoria Moreland

Junior Treasurer:

Robert Perry

Secretary:

Petra Bachrati

Social Secretary:

Daniel Harwood

Regatta Secretary:

Roxy Southern

Internet Secretary:

Evie Hair

Sponsorship and Alumni:

Štefan Stanko

Sponsorship and Alumni:

Sophie Van Horne

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.

***SUPERBLADES FOR M3!!***

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

TRAINING WEEK AND WINTER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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.

NEWNHAM SHORT COURSE
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.

PEMBROKE REGATTA AND ALUMNI DINNER
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
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.

LENT BUMPS 2019
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 TRIALLISTS IN THE UNIVERSITY SQUAD
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.

DEVELOPING THE CLUB
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.

THE YEAR AHEAD
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:

sponsorshipalumni@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com

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.

captain@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com
menscaptain@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com
womenscaptain@pembrokecollegeboatclub.com

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