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Current Safety Notices

Turning at Putney
22nd August 2017

Lighting-up time
22nd August 2017

Events in September
21st August 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U10 of 2017
Brentford & Mortlake Reach (Upper) - Tidefest

U9 of 2017
Cross Deep to Horse Reach Lower - River Closures - Hasler (Kayak Marathon) Final

U8 of 2017
The Great River Race - Saturday 9th September 2017

Captain's Log

Latest news, requests, moans and cajoling from the skipper

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  • Winter is coming

    Author: Matt Byrne | Date: 21st August 2017

    Bit of a wait between updates, so hoping you haven't been bereft of club news for too long. 

    Racing: 
    A win for the self-styled "meatwagon" at Peterborough Summer in Tier 2 4+ (somewhere around IM2/IM3 in recent coinage) wonderfully captured on film by 2nd placed Sheffield here: https://www.facebook.com/promuffy/videos/888920072730/
    A good first win under the auspices of the new captaincy team, and we hope that the crew will be able to keep the winning mentality into the winter season with Pairs and Fours Heads coming up.

    Unfortunately no pewterware to report from Oxford Regatta, but a good weekend of racing, drinking and camping was had by our most recent LTR graduates (and a couple of extras)

    Please send any racing photos to the captain or webmaster for inclusion on the website.

    Housekeeping: 
    Nights are now drawing in, so please strongly consider lights for evening outings, especially in cloudy weather. Summer racing is now over, so we're looking to get crews lined up and training for the small boats heads between now and Christmas, as well as developing the LTR graduates through the novice squad; a new poll for race interest will be released shortly.

    We're also looking to give the seniors and development squads experience of coxing and steering, so don't be surprised to find yourself in an unfamiliar seat on the outing plans. (Don't worry too much - we won't let you out unsupervised) We're also going to re-organise the email distribution lists next week, so you may get a few emails from the google people.

    Availability
    We're still trialling this new web-based availability system for August and September, so please have a look at http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15 to create an account and request to join Cygnet RC. All the training sessions (up to 3 Sept) are loaded into the Cygnet calendar and it looks like a simpler system to update and change on phones than googledocs
    (and outputs a lovely spreadsheet for us admins to use in coordinating outings.)

    This week: 
    Tuesday
    Seniors - core & weights
    Novices - erg 30' rate 20 UT1.
    (keep the rate together as a group. working hard enough not to be able to chat easily.)
    Wednesday
    Seniors - outings, if we actually have anyone available. Only 3 on the sheet at the moment.
    Thursday
    Seniors - erg 30' r20 AT
    Novices - outing 7pm, coached by Alan.
    Currently, availability gives us a 4+ of Kay, Eric, Ashley, Julian, coxed by Vasil. :)
    Saturday
    Seniors - Outings 7am, 10.30 am, +rigging/setup session
    Novices - Outing 9 am
    Sunday
    Seniors - Outings 7am, 10am, +rigging/setup session
    Novices - Outing 10am


    Further Ahead:
    Cygnet End Of Season Dinner 1 September
    Club Day BBQ and Mixed Racing 2 September
    Sculling Camp 9/10 September
    Rheinmarathonrudern 7 October
    Pairs Head 14 October
    Cygnet Henley Lunch 28 October
    Veterans Fours Head 11 November
    Fours Head 12 November
    Scullers Head 2 December

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  • Captain's Blog

    Author: Matt Byrne | Date: 30th July 2017

    Racing Post
    No wins at Henley Town, but a good day out was had by all, despite the rain.
    Also a belated well done to Ian S on his 1:27.26 in the Sprint distance at the London Triathlon last weekend, 425th/2283

    Safety Note
    Unfortunately, the "number of days since a Cygnet boat hit a bridge" counter had to be reset to zero yesterday, we'd nearly got to 3570. The Alan Cox is therefore out of action for the forseeable until he's been to the menders.

    In unrelated news, the "number of days since Stu steered into a bridge" counter has also been set back to zero from somewhere around 3570 ... welcome back to the Tideway, Stu. The captaincy plans to ask the PLA to paint Barnes Bridge in a fluorescent shade of yellow to make it easier to spot.

    Housekeeping
    Please get the availability up to Oxford on 20th August into the system by close of play on Monday .This in case Tim is available to coach during the week. (Needless to say, we'll need Tues/Weds/Thurs availability for everyone to make outings work ...) 

    Race Plans
    So far for Peterborough Regatta 12/13 Aug I have: Robin, Ian, Scott, Sam. Anyone else in the senior squad want to race this? Last call for entries.

    So far for Oxford Regatta 19/20 Aug from the spreadsheet I have: Jon, Ashley, Mark, Jim, Kay, Eric, Tom, Mustafa, Niall, Cris, Jez, Vasil, Charlie, Me. Please can you all confirm that you definitely want to race, and anyone not listed above who wants to race should let me know and update the spreadsheet. Anyone who can't (or won't) do both days to race please also let me know. Entries have to go in this week. If you haven't already, you'll need to join British Rowing and get gold membership in order to race. 

    Fitclub.me
    We're also trialling a new web-based availability system for August, so please have a look at http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15 to create an account and request to join Cygnet RC. All the training sessions are loaded into the Cygnet calendar and it looks like a simpler system to update and change on phones than googledocs.

    This week :
    Tuesday
    Seniors - weights
    Novices - ergs 10 x 500m teams of 2 + 30' rest
    Wednesday
    Seniors - outings UT2 + starts and wind-ins
    Thursday
    Seniors - ergs 10 x 500m teams Novices - outing 7pm, coached by Alan.
    PLEASE NOTE: There will be a film crew at Emanuel Boathouse on Thursday; their car park will be off limits for the day.
    Saturday
    Seniors - Outings 7am, 10am
    Novices - Outing10 am
    Sunday
    Seniors - Outings 7am, 10am
    Novices - Outing 10am

    Further Ahead:
    Peterborough Regatta 12/13 August
    Oxford City Regatta 19/20 August
    Cygnet End Of Season Dinner 1 September
    Club Day BBQ and Mixed Racing 2 September
    Sculling Camp 9/10 September
    Rheinmarathonrudern 7 October
    Pairs Head 14 October
    Cygnet Henley Lunch 28 October
    Veterans Fours Head 11 November
    Fours Head 12 November
    Scullers Head 2 December

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  • Captain's Blog

    Author: Matt Byrne | Date: 24th July 2017

    Racing Post
    On Saturday, a small but intrepid band of explorers travelled up the A1 to the wilds of Cambridgeshire in search of pewter. Sadly, the team returned empty handed; erstwhile captain Jez sportingly decided to give his oppo a couple of lengths at the start before losing by the diameter of a bowball (we await publication of the photofinish) and the beardy pair are reported to have had a mid-race incident with some shrubbery.

    This Saturday, it's a trip to Henley for the novice 4+ (Anna, Niall, Cris, Jez, Vasil) and Jez/Cris warming up in a Masters D 2x. BBLRC are also sending a quad and half a pair to race. Draw is at: http://www.henleytownregatta.org.uk/regatta-day/competitors

    Housekeeping
    Please get the availability up to this weekend into the system by close of play on Tuesday. (Ere long, this deadline will be rolled back to close of play Sunday, so I can combine weekly updates with outing plans.) Looking further ahead, we need your availability updated ASAP on the spreadsheet as far as Oxford City on 20th August, so that coach and captaincy can plan crews for that and Peterborough Regattas. (Entries for both close next week.)

    We're also trialling a new web-based availability system for August, so please have a look at http://www.fitclub.me/ to create an account and request to join Cygnet RC. All the training sessions are loaded into the Cygnet calendar and it looks like a simple system to update and change on the fly. 

    This week: 

    Tuesday 
    Seniors - weights 
    HTV crew - outing 
    Novices - erg test with Tim (from 6.30pm) 

    Wednesday 
    Seniors - outings/ergs/cross-training 

    Thursday 
    Seniors - ergs 
    HTV crew - outing and boat loading 
    Novices - outing 7pm, coached by Alan. Crew list to follow once the availability is better populated. 

    Saturday 
    Seniors - Outings 7am, 10.30am 
    Novices - Outing 9am 

    Sunday 
    Seniors - Outings 7am, 10am 
    Novices - Outing 10am

    Big thanks to Jez for leading the club for the last 2 years; let's keep pushing the envelope and continue on the upwards trajectory that we're on.

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