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Eleven Pangbourne crews represent the College at National Schools Regatta

National Schools Regatta, in May, is the biggest junior regatta in the world with over 5200 competitors from 200 different schools and clubs. Pangbourne had 11 crews racing across 3 days.
5 Jun 2024
Written by Sue Carpenter
College News
Boys Coxed IV
Boys Coxed IV

Friday 24th May

Our year 9 octuples kicked off the weekend racing. The girls’ squad were up first against 24 other octuples. They placed 6th qualifying them for the A final later on in the afternoon. The boys’ followed with a 16th place out of 29 crews placing them in the C final. 

After a shaky start to the A final our girls crew found a solid race rhythm and came storming back on the field in the second half of the race. They finished 5th overall beating Headington, Sir William Perkins and Marlow and were just 5 seconds off Surbiton who took the gold medal. 

The Boys crew finished 6th in their C final placing them 18th overall. They beat crews from St Edwards, Sir William Borlase and Enniskillen along the way with Hampton School taking the gold medal in this event. These results are all the more impressive given the tired legs our rowers will have had, having just returned from a week in Llangorse.

Saturday 25th May

Our two J15 Coxed fours were our first crews racing on Saturday with the A crew taking 8th place out of 31 crews in their time trial, placing them in the B final. The B crew placed 27th in the time trial narrowly missing out on the D final. 

After leading the race until the last stroke Pangbourne finished 2nd in the B final, narrowly beaten by Enniskillen and placed 8th overall. They beat crews from Windsor Boys’, Hampton and St Pauls’ along the way with Great Marlow winning the Gold.

The J16 Girls’ and Boys’ coxed fours also competed on the Saturday. The boys’ crew placed 21st in their time trial taking them through to the D final and the girls’ placed 12th in theirs placing them in the B final. 

In the D final the Boys’ finished 3rd beating crews from Aberdeen and Landlaff. They placed in 18th position overall with Enniskillen taking the gold. 

The girls’ placed 4th in the B final and 10th overall, beating crews from Sir William Perkins and Shrewsbury. Godolphin and Latymer took the gold medal in this event.

The Senior boys coxed four were next on the course, storming through their time trial in first place to qualify for the A final. In the final it was Shrewsbury School who got their bows in the lead at the start and despite several big pushes from Pangbourne late on in the race, Shrewsbury just about held on to take the gold with Pangbourne taking a well earned silver medal. This was an excellent result given the crew was only formed three weeks ago.

Sunday 26th May

Our girls’ coxless pair and J16 double were first up on Sunday morning for their time trials. Our J15 girls were racing a year up as there are no J15 doubles events at the National Schools Regatta. The moderate headwind suited their punchy style and they exceeded everyone's expectations by finishing in 16th place out of 40 in a field of crews a year older than them. This placed them in the C final where they finished 5th placing them 17th overall, a superb result for such a young crew.

The girls’ coxless pair finished 11th in their time trial placing them into the B final. The crew powered off the start in the final putting themselves right in touch with the leading pack. They fought right to the finish line in very difficult wind conditions, placing 6th in the B final and 12th overall. 

The boys’ coxless four placed 11th in their time trial also placing them in the B final. In what was a fantastic race for the supporters with the lead changing several times and only a few seconds separating all 6 crews on the finish line, Pangbourne placed 3rd in the final and 9th overall. They beat crews from Hampton, Radley and Monmouth along the way. A really gutsy result of which they can be proud.

Finally our girls’ coxless four took to the water. Oozing confidence from their gold medal performances at Ghent International Regatta a few weeks earlier they were hoping to finish close to the medals. They executed a solid time trial placing them in 2nd and into the A final, however with less than a second separating 2nd place and 5th place it was going to be a real fight for the medal positions. In the A final the girls got off to a solid start leading much of the rest of the field with Shrewsbury just under a length in front. Despite multiple attempts to break the overlap Shrewsbury did not pull away and Pangbourne kept in contact pushing them right to the line with Pangbourne picking up the silver medal and Shrewsbury taking the gold. Congratulations to the girls who should be very proud of their result, matching the success of the senior boys the day before.



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