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Captain's Log

Latest news, requests, moans and cajoling from the skipper

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XIX

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 17th September 2018

    Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,1,2,3,14....I hope you all had a fantastic sunny weekend. 

    Sculling camp
    Another great weekend in Hamhaugh Island. Many Thanks to Niall for organising, all attendees, volunteers coaches (Alan, Charlotte), drivers (Jo and Tom B), the catering team (Barry, Deon, Niall) and all of you who load/deload the trailer. Sorry if I am forgetting someone.
    Good weather, lots of sculling, a few (spectacular) capsizes, swimming, a BBQ, a few pints for the soul and loads of fun. Many Thanks all of you for the great weekend. Next one will be next year ;), hope to see you there. 

    So This week...

    Food
    This Thursday Hannah S will be cooking. Please let her know by Weds evening, if you are staying for food this Thursday after Outing/Training. 

    Rowing/ Training
    Tuesday:
    1. Rigging boats from sculling camp before erg
    2.Erg 30' @ Rate 20 5k+6sec
    Conditioning and Stretching I have moved erg Thursday to Tuesday since the LTR will be in the shed too and it might be too busy. Please leave the 6 ergs by the door free,

    Thursday:
    2x20' @ R22 3 min rest , 2K +12
    Conditioning and Stretching
    Outings Will Follow. Please update availability 
    That's it for the moment, more will follow. Have a nice Monday evening, sleep well and have a better week.
    Cris

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  • Deneb Captain's Log VIII

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 10th September 2018

    Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.

    I hope you all had a fantastic Weekend.

    Club day! 
    Great Saturday, Fun side by side rowing, BBL Boat naming, BBQ, Drinks, Raffle - the complete programme. Congratulations to the Winners 4+ (Sian, Ian, Mustafa,Bec M, Jackie D) and 4x (Clemmy, Cara , Corinna, Charlotte) Well done! Claps, claps, claps! 

    Many Thanks to all of you who made it possible, attendees and volunteers (Marshals, Spectators,Raffles Sponsors, Photographs... ) ; especially Carly for organising and Hannah for the nice design of the wining pots.
    My favourite event of the day was the Cake Competition ; all of them were delicious , all of them deserved an award many thanks to all participants but the winner was..... Jackie Darling's Key Lime Pie (yummy).
    This Weekend we have our Sculling Camp, please let Niall know if you are attending by filling in this form to let him know for how long

    Food
    And talking about food...Thursday Social is still on, let's see if we can get this moving. Please let me know ASAP if you want to show your skills cooking this Thursday after Outing/Training/Loading the trailer for S Camp . Don't be shy ; if no one step up, please feel free to have one pint at the club bar and head to the pub afterwards ;)

    As general information,Thursday from 20.30 after outings/training in the club bar, volunteers from both clubs sign up to cook at least once. Nothing lavish, just some post outing fuel, no more than £3 per head, so don't be shy and let me know if you are keen to show your skills any Thursday. If you want you can also cook in pairs ;).

    Rowing this week: CYG Training according to plan...

    Ergs

    Tuesday / 2x20' @ R22 3min rest approx. 2k+12s

    Thursday /3 x 6' @ R24 3 min rest 5k pace

    Tuesday we are having the new LTR in the shed too, so please share the space, let 6 Ergs Free/the ones closer to the door

    Outings plan/ Sculling Camp plan will follow....

    And that is for the moment. Have a nice Monday and a better week,

    Cris

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  • Deneb Captain's Log VII

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th September 2018

    Good Evening Cygnets!

    I hope everyone had a good weekend.

    On Friday we had our End of Season dinner. Thank you to all the attendees, I hope you all had a great night (I did) and special thanks to Rupert for organising. It was a great evening with a 300 Club draw included (Thank you Guy and congratulations to the winners); it finished as usual with some extra drinks in the club bar.

    Congratulations to Henrik S. - GP Jeffries Cup for Rower of the Year and Rupert B. - Wally Wheldal Cup for sportsmanship and endeavour, for their awards.

    Saturday and Sunday we had our 1st sessions of the Season coached by Chihiro Calvin. Important points to remember from the last squad meeting (we will go through this again):

    • Green Sessions have priority
    • 2 ergs scores at the end of the week to get priority in boats
    • 2nd Session on Sunday is to catch up, if you missed one of the green ones ;)
    • Deadline to update availability Thursday noon / 12.pm

    If you have a question, please ask me or hold it until next coached session.

    Also as mentioned in previous emails. I love beer and history....and as Paul R. (Cygnet Historian) very kindly enlightened me....

    "... Cygnet being Cygnet, no sooner had they agreed to form a club than the committee produced three sets of rules, including all sorts of fines and penalties if the rules were broken:
    – 
    Sixpence (two and a half pence)for failing to turn up for a practice outing
    – 
    A sliding scale from three pence to one shilling (five pence) for using a boat for longer than the allotted time depending on the type of boat
    – 
    Using a boat without permission - sixpence
    – 
    The most serious crime all, failing to turn up for a regatta - one shilling"

    Just to put these numbers in perspective, the annual subscription was 28 shillings, which would be about £1.40 "

    Same will be applied this year for the active squad but adding 2 more little sins of being late and not rigging boats after race. Obviously instead of sixpence it will be £2, the price of a small beer. The amount collected will be invested in a Cygnet event (Drinks, BBQ, Pub crawls, Training camp?)

    This WEEK:

    Training according plan (please attached, it will be soon in FitClub.me)

    Tuesday / 5k @ r26 Lets start having benchmark to work with.
    Conditioning and stretching.

    Thurs / 3 x 10' @20 (5k+3s) 5 min rest /

    Saturday: 7.30 Latest OTW short sharp Outing since direct afterwards we are having Club day as per Carly's and Rupert's email./ availability by Thursday noon please.

    Sunday 7.30 OTW Outings / availability by Thursday noon please.

    Also... Pairs Head , so find your partner and let me know latest by this Thursday 6th of September if you are keen, so we can allocate boats. Please update your BR cards . In case we have more crews than boats,. Selection will apply base on training and capabilities.

    LTR to starts Sunday 9th of September , Please please Spread the Word share with friends family, neighbours, spam your working colleagues.

    And that is for the moment....more to come little by little...Have a nice Monday eve, sleep well and have a better week

    Cris

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  • Deneb Captain's Log VI

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th August 2018

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone had a great long weekend.

    A little information: Tradesman, (I guess everyone is aware about their eviction situation); They will be using our garden Thursday evening then the ergs 8-8.30. There will only be about 5 if then so we can share if anyone is erging late.

    Let's talk about us...;)

    So....little by little we start to prepare the Head 2018/2019 season.

    This week:

    This Thursday SQUAD MEETING/ 19.30 Club Bar

    Saturday Outings will follow after Thursday.

    Coming Soon... Pairs Head, so find your partner and let me know latest by next Tuesday 4th of September if you are keen, so we can allocate boats.

    LTR to start 9th of September. Spread the Word share with friends family, neighbours… 

    BOAT CHECK : We will start this weekend…(more information to follow)

    Please check dates for your diary. Have a nice day and a better rest of the week

    Cris

    Dates for your diary:

    Friday 31st August: End of Season Dinner at Ye White Hart. Deadline to order food is 29th August 
    Saturday 8th September: Club Day
    Weekend 15th-16th September: Autumn Sculling Camp

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  • Deneb Captain's Log V

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd August 2018

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone had a great weekend.

    Oxford City Regatta: When Sunday afternoon you go to the bar from another club asking if they have seen your jumper and everybody knows your name and your club (as in Cheers). It was a successful weekend.

    ….A few, few hours before….on Saturday. We had an 8+ , a Nov 4+ , a Sen 4+ and 4x racing and we joined the lunch 8+ sprints for fun. The 8+ almost sunk a few seconds (maybe I am exaggerating) after we put it on the water, but we fixed it with tape (we need to improve this rigging skills 😉), unfortunately the opposition was stronger , but a good row though. Our Nov4+ unluckily broke the rudder after a few strokes (sight), our 4x was again ‘lucky’ with the draw (Band I) and faced City of Bristol (yep they were in Henley this year) and despite we went on the lead because they almost crashed into the bank, no chance…their comeback was surreal (have you seen the pic from all of us with wtf faces? ), but but but…. We had a POT to report our Sen 4+ (Sam, Scott, Ian, Robin , Anna) rowed beautifully in their category and won (claps, claps, claps) Well done Boys!!!

    Sunday, after a great Party the night before 😉, we had a Nov8+ , 1x , Nov 4+ and 4x racing. Good rhythm and race from the Nov8+ , 1x after leading for 1L lost the advantage due to bad steering couldn’t imitate the comeback from City of Bristol, it was nice to have the 8+ Putney Town cheering for CYG though, Nov 4+ had a good race , and 4x with an extra guest from City of Oxford , lost against the winners of the event. All in all a fantastic weekend with more stories to tell in the bar, btw keep in mind that I love beer and history (more to this soon).

    Many Thanks, Many Thanks to all of you for the great weekend, the drivers (Scott and Tom), coxes (Anna, Beri ), Scott for sorting the rudder…. Sorry if I am forgetting someone….

    Now that the regatta season is over, we take a little breath to just enjoy the pleasure of rowing … and start little by little to prepare the Head 2018/2019 season. Coming Soon... Pairs Head , so find your partner and let me know 😉 ……

    Next: SQUAD MEETING Thursday of 30 August/ Presenting the New Coach and Plan for 2018/2019 (Start 1st of Sept)

    LTR to start 9th of September , Spread the Word

    BOAT CHECK : In the next days we are going to review the fleet to have everything ready for the Winter Season.

    Outings This Week:

    Tuesday: Show and Row …. If you are available come down, there is always some training you can do will try to allocate everyone in a boat.

    Let’s try to be a little earlier since we need to…

    1. Empty the trailer
    2. Rig boats

    Erg of the week: we take it easy now for a little bit but if you want to do sth. Erg 20min @ rate 20

    Thursday: will follow ….

    ….and more to come little by little

    Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

    PS: Please everyone update availability in FITCLUB.me don't forget to add side you prefer to row Bow/ Stroke.

    Dates for your diary:

    Friday 31st August: End Season Dinner (White hart ) https://doodle.com/poll/dsxv87ex7ak39q2s
    Sat 8th September: Club Day
    Weekend 15th-16th September: Sculling Camp. Please complete this form if you want to come

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  • Deneb Captain's Log IV

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 14th August 2018

    Morning Cygnets!

    I hope everyone had a great weekend.

    Saturday Peterborough: we had two 4+ and 4x racing. Good weather but no luck at all. Everything went a little bit like a Buster Keaton movie. The 4s gained on experience and the 4x after a great start in lane 1, leading after 250m, hit a band of swans ( what an irony ..) , lost the control and hit the bank …. Another great story to tell in the bar though, you can blame the steerer ;)….

    Next Stop/Last Stop, Oxford City (hopefully with no swans in the course) where we are racing on Saturday: 8+, two 4+, and a 4x  and on Sunday a 8+, 1×, 4+, and 4x.

    Outings This Week:

    Tuesday: If you are available come down, there is always some training you can do.

    4+ ?
    Sam, Scott, Ian, Robin (Cox TBC)

    4+
    Rupert, John, Tom, Barry

    1x
    NIck R  

    2x
    Raph, Cris

    Erg of the week:
    If you are not racing: 4 x 500 / 3 min rest @2k pace
    If you are racing: 1x 750m rest 5 min 1x500m @ 2k pace

    Thursday:
    Will confirm this eve … Trying to have 2 eights OTW …

    End Season Dinner 31 August , White Hart , Please Fill in the doodle 😊https://doodle.com/poll/dsxv87ex7ak39q2s , to have an idea of numbers.

    And per Rupert’s email Nick will be cooking this week , please let him know if you are staying for food this Thursday.

    Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

    PS: Please everyone update availability in FITCLUB.me don't forget to add side you prefer to row Bow/ Stroke.

    Dates for your diary:

    • Weekend 18th-19th August: Oxford City Regatta
    • Friday 31st August: End Season Dinner (White Hart)
    • Sat 8th September: Club Day
    • Weekend 15th-16th September: Sculling Camp

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