On 5 July 2014, fifty years after winning the Ladies’ Plate at Henley Royal Regatta, the 1964 May Boat took to the Thames to row part of the course once more.
Watch a video of the row past here.
Only two members of the original crew were absent, Myles Carter (1962) and Alex Fell (1962). They were subbed by Olympic silver medallist Henry Clay and Howard Jacobs. Both men were members of the 1974 four which won the Visitors’ Challenge Cup in 1974, the last PCBC boat to win at Henley.
Bow: Hugh Burkitt (1963)
4: Roger Purcell (1963)
5: Henry Clay (1973)
6: Matt Stallard (1961)
7: Howard Jacobs (1971)
Stroke: Mike Cartwright (1961)
Cox: Lance Butler (1963)
Carter and Fell supported from the Enclosure, along with two of the 1964 crew’s four coaches, John Stancliffe (1952) and Mark Wolfson (1954).
In the 1964 Ladies’ Plate, the Pembroke crew beat Queens’ College Cambridge, Selwyn College and First and Third in the first three rounds, facing Sandhurst in the final. The Royal Military Academy had beaten Pembroke in the semi-finals the year before and had rowed the course two seconds faster in their semi-final. Pembroke led by a third of a length at the quarter-mile, a length at the Barrier and Fawley and won by one and three-quarter lengths in six minutes 47 seconds.
Remarkably, the stern half of the crew also rowed in the Visitors’ Four at the regatta, winning the event on the same day. Carter, Stallard, Fell and Cartwright had been losing finalists the previous year, but beat Trinity College Oxford, Corpus Christi Cambridge, Downing and then St Catharine’s in the final.
The granting of an official row by the Stewards of the Regatta is a great honour for a crew. During the 1964 regatta the 1914 Harvard crew marked the fiftieth anniversary of their win of the Grand. Remarkably, all members of the crew had survived both World Wars and were present in the boat. Other crews afforded the honour this year were Exeter Boat Club and Bedford School.
Later that evening the crew celebrated with a 50th anniversary dinner at Leander. Happily, Carter and Fell were able to attend the dinner, along with David Christie, Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta, who was another of the crew’s coaches.
Photos: Bobby Lawes (1964)
Video: Pauline Morgan (wife of Lance Butler)
For a comprehensive history of Pembroke rowing, we recommend, ‘Pembroke College Boat Club 1831-1981’ by M B Maltby (1956)
A three-time Blue between 1974 and 1976, Henry Clay rowed for Great Britain in 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics. In 1976 Clay partnered David Sturge in the coxless pair and finished twelfth. Four years later he was a member of the VIII which won the silver.
The other members of the 1974 four were Nick Bradley (1972) and Tom Yuncken (1973). Sadly, Mr Yuncken passed away in 2006.