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  • Deneb Captain's Log XVII

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 14th November 2018

    Good Morning Cygnets !

    I hope everyone had a nice weekend and a good start on the week.

    Saturday 
    Special Henley Lunch, Lovely Venue , Lovely Food, Lovely People. Nice to see different generations of Cygnets, BBL , friends and family reunited. Thank you to all of you who made it. Many Thanks to Stu G. for organising the event; Paul R. and Ian M. for the article "From Rowers to Riflemen", included inthe Remembrance Special Edition- Newsletter and Neil P. for the design.

    Sunday
    Lest we forget … Remembrance day, 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, we took part in the Blades of Remembrance, to commemorated those from Cygnet who served and lost their lives during that period. Two Minutes of silence, BBL Blades & 11-Cygnet Blades (see attached).

    Rowing
    Next Stop Scullers Head, If you are keen to race please let me know ASAP, Entries are closing this Saturday.

    This week Training:

    Tuesday (yesterday):
    We had a great Circuits session with Emma (subbing for Maxi , Many Thanks Emma). I hope to see more of you there next week ;)

    Wednesday:
    Weights Core , warm up properly pair with someone who was there in the introduction focus on technique.

    Thursday:
    Ergs:

    • 4k/3k/2k/1k continuous R18/20/22/24 at UT1
    • 3 x 10' @ R20, approx. 5k+3s, 5' rest

    Conditioning circuit and stretching

    Outings for the Weekend Will Follow Please update availability by Today Noon (12:00 PM). (https://www.fitclub.me)

    Food Thursday social: As per Rupert’s email this week Matt B. has kindly volunteered to cook, so please let him know if you are staying for food (Matt B <ejector.seat[at]gmail.com>)

    Have a nice Wednesday and a better rest of the week …😉 x

    Cris

    Dates for you diary:

    • 24th November: Thanksgiving Social special - as per Rupert's email
    • 1st December: Scullers Head - Please lend a hand if you're not racing
    • 8th December: BBL Christmas Party - in Putney

    BoR 18

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XVI

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th November 2018

    Hello Cygnets!

    I hope everyone had a fantastic racing weekend. Many Thanks to all volunteers, helpers, BBL for their catering, Rupert for sorting Pizzas.

    Congratulations to all racing clubs from both clubs and also to Raphael Z. and Laurent C, for their 10 years CYG membership. Well done everyone!

    Results 4’s Head:
    CYG 194 4x ( Scott, Alex, Vasil, Cris) / Time: 21:43.1
    CYG 480 4+ ( Katy, Henrik, Eric, Rupert,Tom B.) / Time: 25:06.2

    Results Vets 4's Head:
    CYG 93 (Paul R, Steve, Rhodri, Ian) / Time: 22:23

    This week Training :

    Tuesday:
    Circuits with Maxi : (Conditioning Training).Can everyone please bring a towel and a drink to each session.
    19:15pm Cavendish School, Edensor Road, Chiswick W4 2RGIf you go direct to the school be there at 19:10. If you go via the club, people will be leaving there no later than 19.00.

    (Erg 30' @ Rate 20 approx. 5k pace +6s )

    Wednesday:
    Weights Core , warm up properly pair with someone who was there in the introduction focus on technique.

    Thursday:
    Erg 30' @ Rate 20 approx. 5k pace +6s

    If you have done it …

    2 x 30' @ R18 approx. 30' R20 + 6s, 2 mins rest

    Outings for the Weekend Will Follow Please update availability by WEDNESDAY Noon (12:00 PM). (https://www.fitclub.me)

    Food Thursday social: As per Rupert’s email this week Samantha has kindly volunteered to cook, so please let her know if you are staying for food.

    This Saturday 10th November Henley Lunch. Lovely Venue, Lovely Menu and Lovely People, I hope to see you there

    And on Sunday to mark Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, British Rowing is encouraging rowing clubs to take part in Blades of Remembrance. All club members are asked to mark the moment of silence at 11am by standing in front of the clubs, displaying club blades as a mark of respect for club members who have lost their lives to war and to say Thank You to all those who have served, sacrificed and changed the world. If you have blazers please wear these too.

    Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XV

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 30th October 2018

    Good Morning Cygnets!

    I hope everyone had a good weekend .... It looks like clocks went backwards at the same time that Winter went forward .... Good Effort during the training sessions !!!!...keep warm….

    This week we have....

    Saturday
    4's head (12.00) Come along cheer, enjoy the fantastic BBL Catering, have a pint and give a hand if you can.

    • CYG 194 4x ( Scott, Alex, Vasil, Cris)
    • CYG 480 4+ ( Katy, Henrik, Eric, Rupert,Tom B.)
    • BBL 107 / 4x (L Oakley)
    • BBL 314/ 4x (S Kelly)
    • BBL 408/ 4+ (H Millar)

    Sunday
    Vets 4's Head (13:00) Come along cheer, enjoy the fantastic BBL Catering, have a pint and give a hand if you can.

    • CYG  93 (Paul R, Steve, Rhodri, Ian)

    GOOD LUCK Everyone !!!!

    We are still looking for Launch Drivers for both events. Please let me know if you can help out.

    This week Training :

    Tuesday:
    Circuits with Maxi : (Conditioning Training)
    19:15pm Cavendish School, Edensor Road, Chiswick W4 2RG. If you go direct to the school be there at 19:10. If you go via the club, people will be leaving there no later than 19.00.
    Can everyone please bring a towel and a drink to each session.

    ( 3 x 6' @ R24,  3' rest approx. 5k pace)

    Wednesday:
    Weights Core, warm up properly pair with someone who was there in the introduction focus on technique.

    Thursday:

    3 x 6' @ R24, 3' rest approx. 5k pace

    If you have done it …

    2x20' @ R22, 3' rest approx. 2k+12s

    Outings for the Weekend Will Follow, We will need some Volunteers for the LTR on Sunday. Please update availability by WEDNESDAY Noon (12:00 PM).

    Food Thursday social: I will be cooking this week so please let me know by WEDs eve if you are staying by Food after Outing Training.

    LAST CALL for the  Henley Lunch on 10th November. Lovely Venue, Lovely Menu and Lovely People, what else ? Don't miss it.

    And as per Carly's email save the 8th of December for the BBL Christmas Ball.

    Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

    Dates for your diary

    • 3rd November: Four's Head / Please come along and lend a hand if your can
    • 4th November: Vets Fours Head / Please come along and lend a hand if your can
    • 10th November:Henley Lunch
    • 1st December: Scullers Head
    • 8th December: BBL Christmas Party (More details to follow)

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XIV

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 28th October 2018

    Good Evening Cygnets!

    I hope everyone had a nice Weekend and is enjoying the Autumn colours.

    Saturday : Good work on the Tideway with an 8+ , 4x (first) and a 4+,4x in the second outing.
    Sunday: we had a 4x and 4+ and some (2 ;) ) participants in the BBL time trial, with good results.

    Thank you everyone who coxed, coached, helped with the LTR this weekend and BBL for organizing the time trial.

    Launch Drivers: 4’s Head (3rd November and Vets Head (4th November) organisers are looking for people to drive various umpires and marshalls around in launches. Please let me know if you can help out.

    This week Training :

    Tuesday:
    Circuits with Maxi : (Conditioning Training)
    19:15pm Cavendish School, Edensor Road, Chiswick W4 2RG. If you go direct to the school be there at 19:10. If you go via the club, people will be leaving there no later than 19.00.
    Can everyone please bring a towel and a drink to each session.

    30' @ Rate 20 / approx. 5k+6s

    Wednesday:
    Weights Core , warm up properly pair with someone who was there in the introduction focus on technique.

    Thursday:
    Erg 3 x 7' @ R24 3min rest approx. 5k pace
    If you have done it
    Erg 2. 30' @ Rate 20 / approx. 5k+6s
    Conditioning and Stretching.

    Outings for the Weekend Will Follow, Please update availability by WEDNESDAY Noon (12:00 PM).

    Food Thursday social: Watch out Rupert’s email.

    Have a nice Monday eve, sleep well and have a better week.

    Cris

    Dates for your Diary

    • 3rd November: Four's Head / Please come along and lend a hand if your can
    • 4th November: Vets Fours Head /Update availability if you are keen to race ASAP
    • 10th November:Henley Lunch
    • 1st December: Scullers Head
    • 8th December: BBL Christmas Party (More details to follow)

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XIII

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 15th October 2018

    Good Morning Cygnets!

    I hope everyone had a nice windy and wet Autumn Weekend. Good work this weekend, Well done everyone, keep it going.

    New Gym equipment: You might have seen or will see a new weight equipment in the shed. Many Thanks to Sian, Sam G. (for providing the lorry) and all of you who helped to bring it to the club. Please don’t use it until it is finally installed.

    Launch Drivers: 4’s Head and Vets Head organisers are looking for people to drive various umpires and marshalls around in launches. Please let me know if you can help out.

    This week Training :

    If you haven't done the 5k , please do.

    Tuesday:
    Circuits with Maxi : (Conditioning Training)
    The sessions start at 19:15pm Cavendish School, Edensor Road, Chiswick W4 2RG.

    Maxi is a qualified fitness instructor who is also a top class rower and the sessions are rowing centric building core strength and stamina to back up the work we do on the water and in The Shed. Can everyone please bring a towel and a drink to each session.

    If you go direct to the school be there at 19:10. If you go via the club, people will be leaving there no later than 19.00.

    If you can Erg / 3x10’ @R20 (Aprox 5K + 3s) / 5min rest

    Wednesday:
    Weights Core , warm up properly pair with someone who was there in the introduction focus on technique.

    Thursday:
    Erg 1. If you can Erg / 3x10’ @R20 (Aprox 5K + 3s) / 5min rest. If you have done that...
    Erg 2. 2 x 20' @ R22 (approx. 2k +12s) / 3 mins rest
    Conditioning and Stretching.

    Outings Will Follow , Please update availability by Wednesday Noon.

    Food Thursday social: Watch out Rupert’s email.
    Have a nice Monday and have a better week and keep dry 😉

    Cris

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XII

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th October 2018

    Guten Tag Cygnets !!!!!

    I hope everyone had a fantastic racing weekend!

    Pairs Head:
    LONDON Wet, Wild, Windy , Matt couldn’t describe it better. Congratulations to all CYG and BBL racing crews, for their results in these tough conditions; especially our Cyg 2x (Gareth and Simon), who missed the pennant by 0.7s. Well done Everyone and Huge Thanks to all volunteers, launch drivers, marshals, attendees, and the Ladies for their fantastic catering offering warm beverages.

    CYG Times: Pairs Head Results

    201/ Open 2x Masters C Simon & Gareth 15:17.
    853 / Open 2- Intermediate Sam & Scott 16:02.6

    Rhein Marathon:
    DUSSELDORF A few km away it was another story Sunny, Dry, Warm conditions, a few waves and slow water so a little more effort than usual was required for the 43km row. But still below the 3h for both crews: 02:45:07 (Mike C, Nick W ,Tom B, Katy B & Fabien) vs 02:48:52 (Neil P, Cris C ,Anna C, Marj I and Tichel). Well done!!! Both boats merged afterwards in a strong Eating/Drinking/Dancing Squad leaded by Mike and Alan partying with the youngsters until late (and because they close the venue).

    Vielen Dank to our Benrath friends for hosting us another year and huge thanks to Marj for organizing. Looking forward to the next one, we might need to go back and see if Mike C is right and this was the “worst” Rhein Marathon ever 😉 

    Enjoy the fantastic pics from both events in our social media.

    This week Training as per plan:

    Tuesday:
    5km @ R26 /
    Conditioning and Stretching. LTR will be there as well so please share the space and let some of the ergs free (6/7) starting from the door.

    Wednesday:
    Weights Core , warm up properly pair with someone who was there in the introduction focus on technique.

    Thursday:
    Erg 2 x 30' @ R18 approx. 30' R20 + 6s / 2 mins rest
    Conditioning and Stretching.

    Next Week Tuesday we will start Circuits in the Cavendish School with Maxi.

    Head Races before Christmas has been updated in fitclub, so please update availability so we can start selecting crews. Outings Will Follow , Please update availability by Wednesday Noon.

    Thursday social: As per Rupert's email, Tom B is cooking please let him know if you are staying for Food.

    And don't forget,  as per Stu's email, 10th November Henley Lunch. Lovely venue, lovely menu and lovely people, what else ? Don't miss it.

    Have a nice Tuesday and have a better week

    Cris

    PS: Parking: Just a reminder that the car park behind Emanuel boathouse is in fact Emanuel’s car park and that space there will be more limited with the arrival soon of a school minibus, so please keep it free.

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  • Deneb Captain's Log XI

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd October 2018

    Good Moooorning Cygnets !!!!!

    Beautiful Autumn weekend, with good sessions on the Tideway. Well done everyone. Thanks Alex and Jezz for coxing. Keep training.

    Head Races before Christmas has been updated in fitclub, so please update availability so we can start selecting crews.

    This week we have the first Head race of the season Pairs Head with a lot of Barnes Bridge Ladies and two Cygnet crews, come along cheer and give a hand if you can (as per Matt's email).

    Saturday 15.00

    52 Op2- Intermediate Cyg- Sears ( Sam -Scott )
    201 Op MasC 2x Club Cyg -Suthers (Simon -Gareth)
    259 W 2- Club BBL - Martin
    284 W MasF/H 2- composite / BBL
    291 W2x Intermadiate BBL - Cahill
    296 W2x Intermadiate BBL - Oakley
    421 W MasC 2x Championship BBL -Richardson
    463 W MasE 2x Club BBL- Broadhurst

    ..... a few km/miles away some us will be in Germany racing the Rhein Marathon.

    Might the force be with you all and Good Luck Everyone !!!!

    This week Training as per plan ( see attached)

    Tuesday:
    Erg 3 x 6' @ R24 3' rest 5k pace
    I have moved slightly the Thursday Erg to Tues, since LTR will be there as well so please share the space and let some of the ergs free (6/7) starting from the door.

    Wednesday: Weights Core , warm up properly pair with someone who was there last week focus on technique.

    Thursday:
    Erg: 2x20' @ R22 3' rest approx. 2k+12s
    Conditioning and Stretching.
    Thursday social: please let Rupert know if you're keen to cook.

    Outings will follow, please update availability by Wednesday noon.
    And don't forget as per Stu's email 10th November Henley Lunch. Don't miss it.

    Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

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  • Deneb Captain's Log X

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th September 2018

    Good Evening Cygnets,

    I hope everyone had a great weekend. It looks like Summer is gone, so let's embrace Autumn with optimism and warm clothes.

    Good training session this weekend on the Tideway, Well done everyone , everything went perfect apart from some involuntary group swimming ;), which leads us to... 

    SAFETY is very, very, "verrrry" important, so please everyone take a look at this video and please, please be careful out there.

    This week Training

    Tuesday
    4 x 5' @ R24 3 min rest 5k pace
    Conditioning and Stretching.
    LTR will be in the shed too and it might be busy. Please let at least 6/7 ergs by the door free,

    Wednesday: 7:00 PM
    WEIGHTS Strength and Conditioning Introduction. Don't miss it.

    Thursday: 7:00 PM
    2 x 30' @ R18 approx. 30' R20 + 6s 2 mins rest
    Conditioning and Stretching.

    Outings Will Follow , Please update availability.

    Food Thursday: as per Rupert's email, Sian is cooking, please let her know if you are staying for food.

    Have a nice Monday eve ,sleep well and have a better week. x

    Cris

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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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