The autumn racing season was finished off the the annual Quintin Plum Pudding race on Sunday; 2 crews from Cygnet were entered:
The Chairman's invitational VIII was entered as Masters F, but due to the Chairman himself being taken down by manflu, a younger substitute was called upon in the shape of Edward Broadhurst, technically dropping the crew well into Masters D territory. The crew were timed over the line in 6th place at 9:48, but won first prize of a case of wine after the arcane Quintin handicapping system helped them make up over 2 minutes on the fast finishing Quintin senior 8.
The Cygnet Masters B Novices also suffered a last-minute drop-out, with the club's other Nick (Rae) failing to make it down. Thanks to BBL captain Sian for subbing in to the bow seat at the last minute. The captains' boat finished 11th overall in a time of 10:26 making Sian the fastest BB Lady of the day by a few seconds. The applied handicap dropped the crew to 14th and last place; leaving Cygnet to bookend the adjusted results table.
Special mention to BBL supersub Sam(antha) Gourevitch for helping out when they also suffered a last-minute numbers crisis. A closely fought race with BBL A edging out BBL B by 1 second in a time of 10:33 (although the B crew won on handicap, so everyone's a winner there!)
Tim will be down tomorrow (Tuesday) again to teach the new weights programme. Please make an effort to come along if you want to be doing the weights training sessions.
Currently looking a bit thin on the ground for a full suite of outings at the weekend at the moment, so just a clubs 1x time trial on the cards at the moment; provisionally meet at 9am on Saturday to head up to the pink house and race back.
If anyone else does fancy an outing, get the fitclub filled in and I'll review on Thursday.
Keep the training in mind over the festive break, else we'll have to move from fitclub to fatclub in January. Main squad outings will resume on 6th Jan.
The first 8s race will be Quintin Head on Saturday 27th Jan; race starts at 11.30am. Hoping to get a couple of crews out for this, with some training outings in the racing combination beforehand. If you want to race well, please get the fitclub filled in for the whole of the month so that the captaincy can plan crews around people's availability. (I know that I haven't yet set up any sessions for January on there; that will be done by the end of the week)