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Captain's Log

Latest news, requests, moans and cajoling from the skipper

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  • The Last Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 16th July 2018

    It's been a busy year since the last captaincy election. The squad has had to weather the loss of Tim Male as head coach; big thanks to everyone who has stepped into the launch to help out during the year, particularly Kirsty, Alan and Gareth (in his single scull).

    The meatwagon continued the regatta season where they left off last summer with wins at Chiswick, Borne and Richmond regattas; in each case the top tier of the 4+ events. Well done, and I hope there's still time for some final hurrahs before winter training takes over.

    Big thanks to everyone who has stepped into the smallest seat during the year; particular thanks to Anna and Hannah for crossing the divide when their BBLRC duties have allowed it. Hopefully most of the squad have now had a go at steering/coxing under supervision; please consider taking the steering test and becoming accredited to help the club continue to field crews for training and racing.

    Outings this week

    Tuesday 7pm - plan TBC - Rupert, Kay, Julian, Henrik, Eric, Barry, Ashley

    Thursday 7pm - 4x+ (Lambe) Barry, Henrik, Julian, Mustafa, coxed by Matt

    Weekend outing plans to follow later in the week, as it's currently looking a little sparse (again) on fitclub, and racing plans also to come after the elections/impromptu squad meeting on Tuesday night. (After we find out whether there are any names on the board.)


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  • Captain's Log 02/07

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd July 2018

    Racing news:
    It was a glorious sunshine-y day for Richmond Regatta on Saturday and the regatta was opened by a Novice 8+ contest between Cygnet and Kingston. Unfortunately for the boys in blue, the scratch Cygnet crew ended up on the wrong side of a 3ft verdict after 1250m of nail-biting side by side action. A flotilla of fours competed later in the day and the XL Meatwagon (Scott, Ian, Nick, Sam, Gigi) came away with the pewterware in Tier 1 4+

    Please get the fitclub filled in up to 12th August (or beyond) by Sunday night so the captaincy can assess the summer regatta programme and start to plan crews.

    300 Club
    A reminder that the 300 Club is Cygnet's main fundraiser for purchasing the shiny new boats and fittings that everyone enjoys using. It is generally expected that all active members will have at least a couple of tickets so that the fleet can be renewed on a regular basis.

    The 2018-19 season kicks off with the first draw at Henley on Friday. Each ticket is £10 and will gain you entry into every draw made in the season.

    Prize draws offer wins of £25, £40, £60, £100.

    So, for example, if you set up a standing order for £5/month, you will get 6 tickets for the year, entered into each draw.

    Please let Guy duPB know if you have sent him money for tickets.

    Farewell to Magnus who returns to Sweden today. First airing of the newly arrived Cygnet racing kit in the 3 ft defeat in the eight on Saturday, and then had the kit baptised by the Connaught whilst out in the quad on Sunday. We hope you find a nice place to row in Malmö, and can follow in the footsteps of the great Lassi Karonen.

    The new Learn to Row course has started. Additional members welcome if you know anyone who wants to learn to row.

    There will be another course in September. Email Cris for details.

    Scheduled Outings this week

    Monday 19.00
    1x :BDF (SCamp), Cris (P2P),
    2- (RGB): Ian/Nick (RGB)

    Tuesday 19.00
    2x (300Club): Gareth, Simon
    4x+: Barry, Eric, Julian, Rupert, Tom, coached by Matt
    2- (Hamo) or 1x (P2P) - Cris

    Wednesday 19.00
    1x Cris (P2P)
    Alex (GOldies)

    Thursday daytime
    BDF - 1x (SCamp)

    Thursday 19.00
    8+ (Marj) Vasil, Alex, Niall, Cris, Nick, Ian, Robin, Sam, Marj
    4x+ Ashley, Eric, Julian, Kay, Mustafa, coached by Matt

    Saturday 07.30
    2x (300Club): Gareth, Simon

    Saturday 10.00
    4x (Alan Cox): Simon + any other seniors who want a paddle. Email Simon to organise.

    Sunday 08.00
    2x (300Club): Gareth, Simon

    Novice squad weekend outings to be released on Thursday. Availabilities finalised by Wednesday night please; be sensible about Saturday outings if you're planning to be at Henley on Friday ...

    Dates for your diary
    Fri 6th July 12.00
    Henley Friday @ Old Blades - please also see the attachment from the Club Historian

    Tues 17th July 09.00-15.00
    Barnes Primary Rowing Day

    Tues 17th July 20.15
    Cygnet Ordinary General Meeting - to elect the 2018-19 Captaincy in the bar.

    Sat 8th Sept
    Club Day Regatta

    Sat 15 Sept - Sun 16th Sept
    Sculling Camp @ Shepperton

    As at 1800hrs on June 27th 2018, the following dates were still available:

    • 5pm Sun 29th July to 5pm Thurs 2nd Aug 4 nights @ £72 p.n. = £288
    • 5pm Sun 5th Aug to 2pm Sun 12th Aug Complete week =£360
    • 7pm Tues 14th Aug to 2pm Sun 19th Aug 4 nights @ £72 p.n. = £288
    • 5pm Sun 9th Sept to 2pm Fri 14th Sept 4 nights @ £54 p.n. = £216 (prior to Scamp)
    • 5pm Sun 16th Sept to 2pm Weds 19th Sept 3 nts @ £54 p.n. = £162 (after Scamp)
    • Oct, Nov, all weeks are available at £270pw

    Email Derek to reserve your dates!


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  • Captain's Log 04/06

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th June 2018

    Racing news 
    The metwagon (Scott, Ian, Nick, Sam, Gigi) raced in Tier 3 and Tier 4 4+ at Metropolitan Regatta on Saturday. Some tough racing against crews that would have registered as Senior and IM1 status under the old points system; Cygnet came fourth in their T3 heat, just missing out on a final place. The T4 race was a stronger field, and a small mistake on the start line left a little too much to do to catch back up to the pack and also finish the race strongly. On to the next race, watch this space.

    AMENDED Outings this week
    Tuesday 7.30pm 4+ coxed by Cris: Str-Rupert, 3- Ashley, 2- Tom, Bow-Henrik.
    Thursday 7pm 4+ coxed by Matt, coached by Alan: Rupert, Ashley, Tom, Mustafa
    Saturday - Walton Regatta and Sculling camp
    11:58 Tier 2 4+ Final Rupert, Ashley,Tom,Barry (cox TBC). 
    Aim to meet at the bungalow by 10am at the latest - further details to follow later in the week.
    Sunday Sculling camp

    Sculling Camp
    Is on Saturday and Sunday. If you're coming down, please aim to be at the bungalow by 10am on Saturday for the safety briefing; the navigation is more restricted than usual due to races both days of the weekend. Please fill in the doodle poll here if you're coming so we bring enough boats and food along for the weekend: https://doodle.com/poll/za7uc8aca2q3bt7f

    Boat loading is Thursday evening from 6pm. Please try to come down and help out if you're planning to do scamp.

    HRR - Old Blades
    We have been invited to Old Blades again on the Friday of the regatta. See here for further details.

    HRR - Remenham Club
    The club has been offered the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Remenham Club enclosure at Henley for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday of the regatta. Let me know if you're interested and I'll point you in the right direction. (subject to availability).


    As of June 3rd 2018, the following dates are still available:

    June 17 - 21st 5 days
    June 24 - 1st July whole week
    July 1st - 8th whole week
    July 29th - Aug 2nd 4-5 days
    Aug 5th - 12th Whole week but start delayed to 9pm Sunday (normal 5pm)
    Aug 14th - 19th 5 days
    Sept 9th - 14th 5 days
    Sept 16th - 19th 4 days
    Oct, Nov, all weeks are available.

    Email Derek to reserve your dates!


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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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