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  • Captain's Log 23/05

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd May 2018

    Lots of important info this week; please read all the way to the end if you're in the active squad

    GDPR Notice
    Most of you will have had an email from Madam Secretary already, but some of you may not be on the official lists if you've joined the club in the last year or so, please reply to Marj ASAP or else I'll be removing you from the supplementary distribution list going forwards.

    Dear Cygnet members and friends,

    Blah, blah, GDRP, blah blah...We are required to get your permission to be able to continue communicating with you by email in the future, and would appreciate it if you could confirm your consent. Please send either "I consent to receiving emails from Cygnet Rowing Club" or "I do not consent to receiving emails from Cygnet Rowing Clubto: secretary[at]cygnet-rc.org.uk at your earliest convenience.

    This is important so please do respond. However, if I do not hear from you either way then I will assume consent and you will continue to receive email from Cygnet RC unless we’re informed otherwise. Our group email lists also have an unsubscribe option.

    Racing report
    After the Meatwagon XL's Borne Supremacy (thanks to the reader who reminded me to reprise that joke), Putney Town Regatta saw another iteration of the Novice 4+ (Henrik, Mustafa, Rupert, Ashley, Gigi) take to the water for the "Tier 3" event. Unfortunately they lost their race to a very fast Poplar/Globe composite who went on to win the event comfortably.

    Steering update
    A reminder that the club steering advice is generally not to go past the black buoy in normal training as there will be big barges navigating around Putney Pier at various times over the next couple of years.

    June Racing plans

    The Metwagon is off to Dorney on 2nd of June to test themselves against the big boys of the GB racing scene over 2k. A good step up from the local regattas and a first taste of 7-lane side-by-side for the crew. Best of luck chaps, and if anyone is in the Eton area, please do stop by and give the boys a cheer.

    For the novice squad, the next regattas are:

    • Peterborough 2nd June (TBC)
    • Walton 9th June
    • Barnes & Mortlake 16th June
    • Richmond 30th June

    Please get your availabilities updated to the end of June for training and racing so I can select combinations. After June, racing becomes a little more scarce, as it mostly involves travelling outside the M25 and towing a trailerful of boats off into the countryside somewhere.

    Availabilities aren't currently looking great for Peterborough, as there's no combination that can get an outing in before the race weekend, and it's a slightly higher standard of competition than the local regattas we have been doing, so taking a scratch crew is not appropriate.

    For Walton, I have eight currently showing as available; so hoping to get multiple crews out. Just need to find some coxes ... looking to race 4+ in the morning and the 8+ in the afternoon.

    Ashley, Barry, Henrik, Kay, Magnus, Mustafa, Rupert, Tom.

    Sculling Camp II - Sculling, Camper
    After the April attempt fell through due to excess water in the river, the rescheduled camp is on the 9th/10th of June. Please fill in the doodle poll so we have an early indication of numbers.

    Hoping to dovetail this with racing at Walton Regatta which is on the same stretch of river; we can base ourselves at the bungalow and head off to race for part of the day, and spend the rest of the day chilling out and learning to scull on calm waters. Also an opportunity to race some smaller boats at Weybridge Regatta on the Sunday for the more experienced of us.

    Further Ahead

    Friday 6th July - Henley Friday at Old Blades, Henley. Book the day off work now and stick it in the diary. A chance to air our highly fashionable club blazers.

    Cygnet Ties (£25) and cufflinks (£15) are still in stock and available from me. Further details on picnicking to follow from Marj once she's finished wading through all the GDPR stuff :)

    Novice Squad outings this week /end

    Thursday 7pm - Barry, Mustafa, Henrik, Kay, coxed by Matt, coached by Alan.

    Racers' erg of the week is 8 x 500m at 2k race pace. So minimum rate 26 (novices), or 28 (seniors) (or higher please!), but try to keep the pace even across all eight. If you did the 6x500m earlier in the season, you should have some idea of your personal target pacing.

    2 minutes rest between pieces; if you're doing as a group, then 2 minutes after the last finisher of the previous piece.

    Saturday 10am - Eric, Henrik, Mustafa, Rupert, Barry, coached by Alan. One of you to volunteer to learn the ropes (literally) in the coxing seat please.

    Sunday 10am - Kay, Joris, Magnus, Mustafa, coxed by Matt.


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  • Captain's Log 14/05

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 14th May 2018

    Weekend report

    Another win for the meatheads at Borne Regatta in open 4+. A hard fought semi against IC Medics, followed by a more straightforward final against Twickenham. Thoughts now turn to higher level competition and the crew are trying to shoehorn Met Regatta into their busy diaries. Watch this space.

    Other weekend results included a win for the Veterans' 8 against Thames novices by minus 5 lengths after a late DQ, and a hard fought defeat for the quad against some pesky kids from next door at Emanuel who went on to win the event. Cris sculled valiantly in his single scull against a big lad from TTRC, and the Veterans 4x raced a threeway handicap against MAA and Twickenham.

    Congrats to BBL for wins in Mas.2x and Open 4x.

    It was wonderful to see so many Cygnets down to celebrate the naming of our newest four/quad, Neil Jackson. Many thanks to Neil and Tim for the Chateau Jacquesson champagne which was very favourably received by all. And thanks too to the quadsquad for manning the BBQ all afternoon.

    Putney Town Regatta 19/5

    Cygnet Novice 4+ (Ashley, Rupert, Mustafa, Henrik, Gigi)

    SF of Tier 3 4s at 09.55 vs Globe/PBD with the final at 11.35

    Meet at the club no later than 08.45 please. Course is Mile Post down to Race HQ at Ranelagh Sailing Club on Putney Embankment on the ebb tide.


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  • Captain's Log 07/05

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th May 2018


    Borne Regatta – Draw and Timetable

    Boat naming, 1.00pm
    Formal christening of our newest 4- at the clubhouse, during the Borne lunch break. To be followed by a club BBQ during the afternoon. All welcome, including family and friends. Please let Cris know if you're planning to come along, to help with catering numbers.

    Novice squad Outings this week
    Tuesday: Barry, Rupert, Eric Henrik
    Thursday: Barry, Tom B, Eric, Henrik

    Coxing volunteers welcomed for both days

    Smell The Pewter
    Well done to the "meat cart" of Gareth, Ian, Nick, Sam and Hannah for winning Tier 1 Coxed Fours at Chiswick Regatta. Looking forward to more pots as the season progresses.

    It is with great sadness I report that former Cygnet rower Derek van den Brink passed away last month. Derek rowed with the novice squad between 2006 and 2008, and I remember many long nights in the bar with good tequila being sunk well into the early hours.

    Matt Byrne


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