AUTUMN AND WINTER HEAD
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.
CLARE NOVICE REGATTA
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.
THE FAIRBAIRN CUP
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:
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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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