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Current Safety Notices

Swimming in the river
20th June 2017

Transiting Richmond Weir
13th June 2017

High tide clarification
25th May 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U6 of 2017
Horse Reach to Mortlake Reach - Temporary Water Quality Monitoring Buoys

U5 of 2017
Richmond Lock & Weir Draw Off 2017 - Weirs Open 29th October to 19th November

U3 of 2017
Cross Deep to Woolwich Reach (Upper) - Traditional Rowing Events in London 2017

Captain's Log

Latest news, requests, moans and cajoling from the skipper

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 28th June 2017

    All,

    More good news to report from Richmond Regatta where Marj, Sam, Scott, Ian and Robin beat Putney Town by a length and a quarter to record back-to-back wins and their first at IM3. It is really satisfying to beat one of our local rivals who had beaten Vesta in the semi final showing the progress we've made as a club.
    And well done to Cris who won his Nov 1x heat, so that time practising starts and high rate pieces paid off.

    Next up is Kingston Regatta on the 8th July, our IM3 4+ is entered, any other takers before entries close?

    This week:

    Wednesday:
    Kingston crews outings if possible

    Thursday:
    Squad ergo at 7pm 1250m, 1000m, 750m, 500m @ 2k pace, 5 min rest

    Novices - I only have Jon, Jim and Ashley down as available, so unless something changes quickly, can you join the squad ergo.

    Saturday:
    Main squad meet at 7:05, 7:30 OTW focus on preparation for Kingston

    Novices: Plan is to meet at 9, OTW at 9:30, but right now only Ashley has provided his availability, so please complete it asap.

    Sunday:
    Main squad meet at 7:05, 7:30 OTW focus on preparation for Kingston

    I hope those going to Old Blades at Henley on Friday have a great day, sorry that I can't be there but I'll be thinking of you as I hike up and down the Alps.

    Have a good week

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th June 2017

    All,

    No regattas last weekend but an lot of excellent race training on both Saturday and Sunday with Tim. The new novice squad is coming along in leaps and bounds and have moved on to racing starts and rowing at race like rating, there is no reason why you guys can't make your racing debuts before the end of the regatta season.

    Our new sculling blades are painted up in the club colours and ready for use, thanks to Neil, Iain and Scott for sorting that out and we now have a brand new 80kg single scull sitting on the racks waiting for a name and number all of which is in progress.

    This weekend is Richmond Regatta which is on the same course as Twickenham Regatta just up river of Richmond. We have two boats racing, our newly promoted IM3 4+ (Sam, Scott, Ian, Robin) which has a bye to the final at 13:18 against either Putney Town or Kingston and Cris in Nov1x in his heat at 8:46 against Kingston.

    So this week....

    Tuesday
    Weights

    Wednesday
    Richmond crews outings

    Thursday
    Novice outing with Alan, meet at 7:00pm on the water at 7:15 - lots of blanks on the spreadsheet, please update it asap if you want to get out on the water.

    Squad ergo 3 x 750m at 2k pace 5 min rest, 10 min cool down

    Boat loading for Richmond

    Saturday
    Richmond Regatta for race crews and spectators

    Outings on the Tideway will depend on how many rowers are available. So far I only have Vasil, Niall and Barry from the main squad and Kay, Mark and Leon from the novice squad. So please complete your availability asap so we can make plans.

    Sunday
    Main squad meet at 7:05 OTW at 7:30, focus on race training for Kingston Regatta on the 8th July.

    A few more points...

    I will be trailering the boats to Richmond on Friday evening but will need 2 people to help me push the trailer in position and avoid trees and other obstacles when manoeuvring the trailer. Volunteers please.

    Saturday
    A cox is required for the novice outing at 9:30, don' be shy...

    Steering: We talked about learning to steer after the novice outing on Saturday, here is some essential reading in the Rowing Code which gives you the navigational rules for Tideway rowing.

    Henley Friday
    30th June, Old Blades Henley. You should all have heard about this from Marj, it's a great day out the top enclosure on the Royal Regatta course, well worth taking a day off work, If you've not received the details let me know.

    Upcoming regattas
    Kingston - 8th July, St Neots - 22/23rd July, Henley Town and Visitors - 29th July. 

    We have good numbers for St Neots and HT&V and will be putting crews together soon, We could team up with Barnes Bridge as we traditionally have done for mixed races which gives a chance for everyone to get a race.

    That's all for now

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 12th June 2017

    Dear Cygnets

    I'm extremely happy to report a Cygnet win at Barnes and Mortlake regatta on Saturday with Gareth, Sam, Scott, Ian and Robin winning the Nov4+ category and de-novicing in the process. Congratulations to all of them, it's been a while coming and is a fair reward for the effort they have put in on and off the water. Tim's focus on race pieces and especially starts has paid dividends and the crew looks like a bona fide racing outfit with skill and aggression to win races and regattas. For the record they beat Parrs Priory in the semi final and LVS Ascott in the final, both by more than two lengths. The celebrations went on long after the race and booted beer sales back at the club (and neurofen on Sunday). Thirsty work it is winning regattas.

    A mention should be made of our other entrants who also did themselves justice. Marj Bjarne, Cris, Niall and Vasil were second out of 3 in their semi final, easily beating Eastbourne College and losing by less than a length to Ascott. This crew has improved so much over the summer as a result of the commitment they've put in and time spent on the water together and we hope they will denovice before the season in out.

    And BDF made the final of IM3 1x in his first race in this category and gave the winner a close tough race and I'm confident of more pots for Dave over the summer.

    Next up is Richmond Regatta on the 24th June.

    So back to the day job, this week:

    Tuesday: Core and weights (unsupervised) 7pm

    Wednesday: Richmond Crews training outing

    Thursday: Novice outing at 7pm - please complete you availability so we can fix the crew

    Squad ergo at 7pm, work to be confirmed

    Saturday: Main squad, focus on prep for Richmond Regatta

    Meet at 7:05, 7:30 on the water

    Novices meet at 9:00, 9:30 OTW

    Novices please note you will be coached by Tim on Saturday. Tim has rule that if you are late then you do 100 pressups. If you are late a second time then the rest of the crew do 100 pressups, late a third time and the crew take their revenge!

    Sunday Main squad, focus on prep for Richmond Regatta

    Meet at 7:05, 7:30 on the water

    Finally it's really a great job for the captain to report wins to the rest of the club. There was no luck involved in the crew winning, it was a result of commitment and consistency under Tim's coaching. That's the key to success, so let's carry on working hard and winning pots.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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