Fairbairns 2017

by Alice Oates

On Friday 1st December the PCBC men’s first boat won a Fairbairns event for the first time in 13 years, coming joint first with Magdalene College in the Senior Men’s IV.

Men's crews (Greg Drott) (small)

The two top men’s crews, photographed by Gregory Drott (2005)

The Fairbairns results reflect the hard work the entire boat club has put in this term, with strong performances from novice and senior crews. Below are the race reports, courtesy of PCBC. Several crews achieved significantly faster times than the equivalent crews last year, with W2 coming 6th in their category despite there not being a W2 last year. Congratulations to all crews, we look forward to success in the Lent Bumps next term.


NW Ruby: 18th overall in Novice Women’s VIII+, in 13:22.6

Crew: Jacquelyn Lane, Ida Huang, Elise Williams, Raina Zhang, Rebecca Cohen, Marina Velickovic, Lili Ruzsiczky, Adele Birault, Bálint Homonnay (cox)

NW Sapphire: 34th overall in Novice Women’s VIII+, in 14:13.7

Crew: Elise Williams, Isabelle Siffert, Maggie Zhang, Evie Hair, Lara MacLennan, Judith Aviva Offenberg, Petra Zsofia Bachrati, Emma Murphy, Will Harvey Powell (cox)

NM1: 28th overall in Novice Men’s VIII+, in 11:47.2, including an overtake of the boat ahead.

Crew: Tom Sharp, Henry Whitehead, Valentin Hubner, Dan Harwood, Sam MacDonald, Tobias Schaich, Ben Edmans, Paul Cumner, Elizabeth Bedwell (cox)

NM2: 34th overall in Novice Men’s VIII+, in 12:14.1. 8 seconds faster than our NM2 last year.

Crew: Tobias Stonier, Robert Panyi, Ivan Grega, Tom Booker, Cal Hewitt, Verner Viisainen, Theo Hadjimatheou, Hendrik Pröhl, Sophie Van Horne (cox)

M1 blog pic

M1 at the Prize-giving ceremony, and on the river (photographed by Gregory Drott)


M1A: JOINT WINNERS of Senior Men’s IV+, with Magdalene Boat Club, in 11:53.4. First Senior Men victory for PCBC since 2004.

M1B: 7th fastest college crew in Senior Men’s IV+, in 12:36.7, beating several college 1st boats

W1: 10th fastest college crew in Senior Women’s VIII+, in 18:27, up 16 places from this time last year

W2: 6th fastest college 2nd boat in Senior Women’s VIII+, in 19:54. This time last year, we did not have a W2.

M2: 39th overall in Senior Men’s VIII+, in 17:45.9. Raced side-by-side with Fitzwilliam M1 for the last three minutes, apparently causing Fitz’s stroke to vomit mid-race

blog pic 1 (Pete Twitchett)

W1 (right) and W2 (left) photographed by Pete Twitchett