Not only was a new captaincy elected at the OGM on Tuesday evening but we also unveiled our new 80kg Single scull. So pay attention, there several new names to remember:
Congratulations to Matt Byrne who was elected captain, with Sam Sears taking on the deputy role and Charlie Pretzlik remaining as vice. We wish them well in negotiating the email hell that is the captaincy and for continued success on the water.
Huge thanks of course to the outgoing captain Jez Pugh and his Deputy Nick Rae for all their hard work in the past two years. The club is certainly in pretty good shape thanks to their efforts.
Our new single was also officially named on Tuesday and is called the Golden Oldies. Many members will remember that we previously had a double of that name and older members will even recall the original Golden Oldies themselves - tucked away in Ye White Hart, keeping the barrel ticking-over on a Sunday lunchtime. This name was chosen as a nod to a more recent generation of Cygnet Oldies who have sadly passed away in the last couple of years. It seemed like a fitting way to remember them and we even got one of our current oldies, the venerable Neil Jackson, to take her on her maiden voyage.
Please try not to run her aground before the clocks go back...
Len Huggett's funeral was held on Thursday 13th July at Enfield Crematorium off the Great Cambridge Road. As Messrs du Parcq, Beckett and Rawkins P set off from south west London, a journey entailing two bus rides (32 stops in all) and a tube journey of 19 stops, there was a sense that Len had saved the best for last in true contrarian fashion.
The service was attended by about 25 people including three of Len's last surviving relatives and a respectable number of Cygnet and BBLRC members, among them his longstanding buddies John Ellis, Peter Bailey, Colin Dominy, the Mc Veighs and the Slys. Prudence Sly and Paul Rawkins presented the eulogies, Pru recalling many of the eccentricities that made Len the character he was and Paul embellishing some of the finer points of his rowing career. The minister reflected on how much of a 'Doubting Thomas' (Len's middle name) Len had really been, but none doubted his qualifications for the Last of the Summer Wine set.
A very sociable gathering was held afterwards at the Pied Bull in Enfield, a hostelry that Len had been known to frequent in his youth. A Timothy Tailor house, the Chairman and his cronies had high hopes of a glass or two of Landlord, but sadly it was not to be - the barrel was off!