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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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  • Deneb Captain's Log III

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th August 2018

    Good Mooorning Cygnets !

    Looks like is still sunny....Summer !! :) Keep hydrated!

    Saturday
    Henley Town Visitors Regatta : We had a 2- and a 4+ racing. The 2- (Ian, Nick) gained on experience, all the good pairs need to start somewhere, the 4+(Ian, Nick,Cris, Scott,Hannah) missed the pot by 1/2 length against Wolfson College Oxford in one of the fastest race of the day. Well done everyone!

    Sunday
    Quiet the tideway and some gardening.

    Next stop Peterborough where two 4+ and one 4x has been accepted.

    Outings/Training This week/Racing crews for PET get priority/ Deadline availability for Oxford today noon. Please everyone update availability in FITCLUB.me don't forget to add side you prefer to row Bow/ Stroke.

    Tuesday/ if you are available come down, erg core is always an option 😉
    18.45- 19.15 OTW

    4x: Alex, Scott, Niall, Cris
    2x: Raph, Vasil
    4+: Tom B, Mustafa, John, Barry, Cox Beri
    1x: Nick
    Launch: TBC

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

    Thursday if you are available come down, erg core is always an option 😉

    4+ / 4-: Alex, Vasil, Niall, Cris
    2x: Ross, Scott
    2x:Raph, Robin
    4+: Rupert, Mustafa, John or Kay, Ashley

    Also as per Rupert 's email Nick is cooking this week, please let him know if you are staying for food after Outing, Training, Loading the trailer for Peterborough.

    More to come little by little ...Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

    Dates for your diary:
    • Weekend 11th-12th August: Peterborough Summer Regatta
    • Weekend 18th-19th August: Oxford City Regatta
    • Friday 31st August: End Season Dinner (White hart )
    • Sat 8th September: Club Day
    • Weekend 15th-16th September: Autumn Sculling Camp

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  • Deneb Captain's Log II

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 4th August 2018

    Good Morning Cygnets !!!

    Great Racing Saturday in St Neots. Where we had one 8+ and three 4+ racing. Unfortunately no pots but great races under all weather conditions , sun , wind, rain, hard rain.

    Congratulations to the Novices for their first win and the senior 4+ which offer exiting races to the crowd, losing for a few feet in their final , the racing course became to short for them at the end....

    Sunday a nice rowing under the rain with a 4x and 8+ .

    Many Thanks to Scott for driving the trailer to St Neots, Hannah and Anna for coxing and the Novices for deloading the trailer on Sunday after the outing.

    Outings/Training This week/Racing crews for HTV get priority,

    Tuesday / ( I am aware of a possible Strike SWR but let's try).

    18.30 at the club if you can ( boats needs to be rigged)
    19.15 OTW / We will have a coach trial session with Peter Meaney
    4+/4- ( Ian, Nick , Scott, Cris)
    4x (Robin, Niall, Sam or Julian , Vasil)
    4+ ( Rupert, Eric, Tom, Joris)

    If you are not on the list come down anyway there is always a workout that can be done or the possibility to sub.

    Erg of the week: If you are not racing: 1250m 1000m 750m 500m / 5 min rest @2k pace
    If you are racing: 1x 750m rest 5 min 1x500m @ 2k pace

    Thursday: /
    19.00 - 19.15 OTW
    2- (Ian , Nick) Rg Benrath
    Rest of boats to confirm base on racing crews to PET.

    This Thursday 19.00 we will have a short 10 min. squad meeting before outings. Also as per Rupert's email I will be cooking , please let me know by Weds eve if you are staying for food.

    Thursday after Outings Loading the trailer for HTV.

    and this is for the moment ...more to come ...little by little....

    Have a nice Tuesday and a better week

    Cris

    PS: If everyone could complete their profile in FITCLUB.me adding which side you prefer to row Bow/ Stroke would be great.

    Dates:

    Sat 4th August HTV
    Weekend 11th-12th August Peterborough
    Weekend 18th-19th August Oxford City Regatta
    Friday 31st August End Season Dinner (TBC)
    Sat 8th September Club Day
    Weekend 15th-16th September Club day 

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  • Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd July 2018

    Good Evening Cygnets !!!

    Sorry for the Delay.

    First of all, Greetings everyone from the new captaincy. Thank you all who made it to the last OGM and voted for the new team, Niall Smith (Deputy), Tom Broadhurst (Vice) and myself (Captain). It is a great Honour. Huge Thanks to Matt B, and the previous team (Sam and Charlie) for the fantastic hard work. May the force be with us and keep things running smoothly.

    This Week! All entries for St Neots (Sat 28th) have been accepted! Good News!

    Sen 8+ ( Sam, Scott, Ian Nick, Cris, Niall, Barry, Vasil) Cox TBC
    Sen4+ (Sam, Nick , Ian, Scott,) Cox TBC
    Inter 4+ (Niall, Cris , Barry , Vasil) Cox TBC
    Nov 4+ (Rupert , Eric, Mustafa, Ashley) Cox TBC

    Outings/Training This week/Racing crews for St Neots get priority:

    Tuesday /
    19.00 at the club / OTW 19.15 Sen8+ ( Sam, Scott, Ian , Nick, Cris, Niall, Barry, Vasil)
    19.00 Eric, Henrik, Joris , Julian, Mustafa plan tbc come down we sort onsite
    Alex, Robin 1x?

    Thursday: /
    19.00 - 19.15 OTW
    Sen 4+/4- Boat TBC (Sam, Nick, Ian, Scott)
    Inter 4+/4- Boat TBC (NIall, Cris, Barry, Vasil)
    Novice 4+ N. Pickford (Rupert, Eric, Mustafa, Ashley) coxed TBC

    Everyone else come down we sort onsite

    Thursday after Outings Loading the trailer for St Neots.

    Erg of the week: If you are not racing: 4X750m rest 5min
    If you are racing: 1x 750m rest 5 min 1x500m

    Letter of the week A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktuvc-Ejv3A

    A for Availability ....So Pretty Please with sugar on top fill in your availability for the last Regattas of the season by Weds Eve, which are:

    4th August HTV (Seniors Only)
    11th 12th August PeterBorough/
    18th 19th Oxford City Regatta /

    Remember --> No Aviability --> No Outing ---> No Race

    and this is for the moment ...more to come ...little by little....
    Have a nice Monday eve and a better week

    Cris

    Dates for your diary:
    Sat 4th August HTV
    Weekend 11th-12th August Peterborough
    Weekend 18th-19th Oxford City Regatta
    Sat 8th September Club Day
    Weekend 15th-16th Autumn Sculling Camp

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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.)

    Matt

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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.

    Vale
    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.

    Salve
    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

    Bungalow
    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!

    Matt

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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).

    Bungalow

    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!

    Matt 

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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.

    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.

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 07/05

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th May 2018

    Saturday

    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.

    Obit
    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.
    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nora-elizabeth-van-den-brink

    Matt Byrne

    Captain

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  • Captain's Logette 20/04

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th April 2018

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 2018, Wear Sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, Sunscreen would be it.

    After the snows and winds of March, and the cancellation of sculling camp due to red boards (now just about off yellows, two weeks later) the sun has made a long-overdue appearance this week. The novice and intermediate squads have enjoyed some evening outings over the last couple of weeks in varying combinations to prepare for the start of the regatta season which kicks off at Hammersmith Regatta on 28th April. If you're not racing, head up to the Blue Anchor (or the AK bar) and support the team. Draw out early next week.

    for the diary:

    28/4 Hammersmith Regatta

    5/5 Chiswick Regatta

    12/5 Boat Naming, Borne Regatta, and BBQ (more details in next week's update)

    Matt

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  • Captain's Easter Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th April 2018

    [Easter Egg surely? It's Yule Log – Ed]

    Hope everyone had a good Easter. To work off the eggs, this week's erg is 6 x 750m at 2k pace. If you want to do a second erg, then 3 x 5km UT2.

    This week:

    Thursday - squad meeting 7pm for everyone wanting to race this summer, followed by boat loading for sculling camp.

    Saturday/Sunday - Sculling Camp at The Bungalow. No organised Tideway outings.

    Sign up here to make sure we get enough food in: https://doodle.com/poll/4i9hanf269ryvtrh

    The Thames is currently on red boards, so we're watching the EA website and hoping for at least a drop to yellows by Friday. If we have to call it off due to river conditions, then it'll be show and row at the boathouse at the usual times instead.

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 26/03

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 27th March 2018

    Race News:

    A weekend full of exceptional racing and strong performances.

    Cambridge served up a generous appetiser with a 4-0 drubbing of Oxford on the Saturday, before the main course of the Vets Head on Sunday. The peak performance of the day from the Cygnet Masters "E" crew finishing 19/29 in category just a few seconds behind our friends from Rudergesellschaft Benrath.

    Thanks from Warsaw RC to Sam for being a last minute supersub.

    I hope many beers were sunk in the bar over the weekend; haven't had any reports back yet, so assuming it was business as usual.

    This week:

    Thursday erg: 6 x 500m at 2k pace, followed by dinner (and/or pub)

    Saturday/Sunday - outings dependent on availability; 8pm Wednesday cutoff on fitclub.

    With the lighter evenings now, seniors should consider boat lights if you're taking out a club boat after work during April.

    Next week:

    Thursday night - squad meeting and boat loading for Sculling Camp

    Sat/Sun 7/8 April - Sculling Camp at Shepperton.

    Look out for the main Scamp email later this week. In the meantime - please sign up here to give me an indication of numbers. (WAGs & HABs and other family members also welcome to hang out at the bungalow)

    Regatta Season:  Also updated in the Rowing Calendar

    H Hammersmith Regatta 28th April.
    H Chiswick Regatta 5th May
    A Wallingford Regatta 6th May (Seniors Only)
    H Borne Regatta 12th May
    H Putney Town Regatta 19th May
    A Twickenham Regatta 26th May
    A Peterborough Regatta 2/3 June
    A Metropolitan Regatta 2/3 June (Seniors option)
    A Walton Regatta 9th June
    H Barnes & Mortlake Regatta 16th June
    A Marlow Regatta 23rd June (Seniors Only)
    A Henley Qualifiers 29th June (Seniors Only)
    A Richmond Regatta 30th June
    A Henley Regatta 4th July (Fingers crossed :))

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 12/03

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th March 2018

    Racing News:

    Despite a forecast of wall to wall rain, a dry breezy HORR on Sunday saw Cygnet finish with a time of 21:16, 238th overall. Going off second in div5, Cambridge 99s came past early on, but nothing else threatened our serene progress towards the finish. The consensus view was of a good row, not bad for a scratch crew with only 1 outing under their belts.

    A very large thank you to everyone who helped out with boating and hospitality over the weekend, with a special mention for Tom who seemed to be doing every job that came along.

    This week:

    Monday - weights
    Tuesday - off
    Wednesday - weights
    Thursday - erg - 30 mins rate 24. + food from Sian - let her know if you're staying <sian_kunert[at] hotmail.co.uk>
    Friday - off
    Saturday - outings 7 & 10
    Sunday - outings 7 & 10

    Availabilities to be finalised by 8pm Wednesday, please!

    Vets Head 25th March

    Cygnet has entered a Masters "E" crew into the vets head. Draw should be out tomorrow evening.:

    Paul R, Andy R, Nick R, Nick W, Iain G, Mike C, Jeremy P, Cris C, coxed by Hannah S from BBLRC.

    There will be a call for boating helpers upcoming; please come and help (and cheer on the crew after, followed by drinks in the bar.) Our friends from Rudergesellschaft Benrath are also coming over from Germany to race (and drink in the bar).

    Sculling Camp 7-8 April

    We are still looking for a trailer towing person for Scamp on 6th-8th April, please let me know if you can help out. More details and sign-up sheet to follow.

    Future Plans:

    Not enough interest for a novice VIII at the Veterans Head, so we're going straight into regatta training. Expect lots of standing starts and multiple short pieces of up to 5 minutes each.

    We have a good series of local regattas, every Saturday from 28th April to 26th May, so please get an idea of your availabilities into fitclub until the end of May to help the captaincy with crew selection and planning.

    For the seniors, there is also the opportunity of Wallingford Regatta on Sunday 6th May.

    I'm expecting the bulk of the HORR 8 to get some good quality outings in over the next six weeks; and with the return of Ian and Scott to the squad the club can test itself against the big boys over 2km. (Availabilities, please!)

    If we commit to racing, Gareth has promised to do some coaching.

    And finally

    If you weren't still in the bar after 8pm on race day, you're not only letting yourself down, but you're letting the club down!

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 05/03

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th March 2018

    The snow melted and the wind abated just in time for weekend outings. Some decent paddling on flat water this weekend made a welcome change from the cancellation of Hammersmith Head the week before. Unfortunately the forecast is for more wind next weekend ...

    Big congratulations and thanks to all those who were elected onto the Cygnet and Boathouse Exec committees over the last 2 weeks. The clubs literally couldn't run without their volunteers. The Captain Oates Award for perseverance in the face of adversity goes to Marj for heroically minuting both AGMs.

    Weekly Ergs

    Thursday - Everyone - 2 x 1km at 5k pace. 4min rest.
    Nice and short, so no excuse for not mobilising properly beforehand ...

    Tuesday - Non racers only - 3 x 5km UT2, 90s rest.

    Heads Of The River Weekend, 10/11 March

    No scheduled outings; do please come and cheer on BBL on Saturday and Cygnet on Sunday and join us in the bar afterwards for post-race banter and 6 nations rugby.

    Still short of a launch driver for Sunday - let me know if you can help.

    On a related note - if anyone has time for a launch fuel run this week before the heads, please could you do so and submit the bill to the club treasurer for reimbursement.

    Veterans Head, 25th March

    There are currently 4 people available on the fitclub, so as it stands there will be no novice 8 racing. Entries close at the end of the week, so I need to put the entry in by Thursday.

    Sculling Camp, 7/8 April

    Still looking for someone to tow the trailer down to Shepperton and back - please let me know if you can help. All you need is a trailer endorsement on your licence (B+E) and willingness to give it a go ... full moral support provided.

    Kit Amnesty

    If anyone has "acquired" a "spare" short sleeve cygnet tech top, size L, from the miscellaneous/uncollected kit box over the last 18 months or so, please let me know, so I can reunite it with its owner

    Matt 

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  • Captain's Log 22/02

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd February 2018

    I'm away this weekend - Saturday problems to Cris, Sunday problems to Sam S.

    • Saturday 7am for 7.30 on the water. Top of the tide. (High at 8am). Warm up to Chiswick Steps crossing, then spin and head up to UL with the flood tide. Back down to Chiswick Eyot and then home. UT2 (steady state) paddling - low rate 20, firmish pressure, working on finishing together and feeling like you have lots of time to extract the blade (together!) without rushing.

    8+ (MAG) : Cris (cox), Alex, Vasil, Nick R, Niall, Barry, Eric, Bjarne, Ashley

    4x (Cox) : Tom (steering), Jon B, Mustafa, Ranko

    • Saturday 9.30am for 10.00 on the water. Work as per Alan's instructions.

    Vets 8 (Marj), + Alex and Cris

    8+ (MAG) : Niall (cox), Barry, Ashley, Magnus, Conor, Rupert, Joris, Mustafa, Kay, coached by Alan.

    • Saturday 12 noon Club AGM - vote in the new committee and stand for any vacant positions.
    • Sunday 7am for 7.30 on the water - make sure you're off the river by 9.15 (high tide) so you're well out of the way of race boating.

    8+ (Marj): Becky (cox), Barry, Ashley, John S, Vasil, Ranko, Eric, Bjarne, Niall, coached by Sam S

    1x/2x: Cris, Nick R

    2x (Hamo): Laurent, Raph

    • Sunday 10am (or in own time) - 5k erg test.
    • Sunday 11am-12.30 - Hammersmith Head - cheer on the BBLRC crews racing and be glad you're not out there :)

    Other news:

    A Cygnet crew took to the water for some sparring against a BBLRC crew on Saturday morning. 2 hard pieces over the Hammersmith Head course were enjoyed by all; will try to set up another session for 3rd March.

    The fitclub calendar is looking pretty sparse for the end of March; please get it filled in up to and including Vets Head on 25th March so we can decide if a novice 8+ is viable to enter.

    Further ahead:

    4/3 Boathouse Exec AGM - vote in another committee: this one keeps the water hot and the lights on inside the boathouse. Drawn from both clubs and always after new blood.

    10/3 Women's Head - Come down and cheer on BBLRC whilst eating Cake

    11/3 Head of the River - Cheer on Cygnet I

    24/3 Boat Race - Cris and Niall will be in touch regarding watching from the club

    25/3 Vets Head - Cheer on the Vets crews from both clubs, and the Cygnet Novices.

    7/4-8/4 Sculling Camp - Learn to scull on still water in Shepperton. Looking for volunteers to tow the trailer, else we'll all have to spend 4 hours rowing up there.

    Matt

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  • Captain's Birthday Log 12/2

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 14th February 2018

    Happy Birthday to Cygnet. 128 years young.

    This week:

    • Tuesday erg: 3 x 5km UT2
    • Thursday erg: 30 mins rate 20
    • Thursday lecture: club historian Paul Rawkins is giving a talk on Cygnet RC to the Barnes History Society. 8pm at St Marys Church in Barnes.
    • Weekend: Final availability by Wednesday night please; outings at usual times (or thereabouts). Initially looks like Senior (ish) 8 Sat early, Novice 8 usual time, and a mixed bag of coxless boats Sunday early.

    Further ahead:

    25/2 Hammersmith Head - Novice 8

    I can see 9 novices available for this: Kay, Joris, Mustafa, Eric, Tom, Magnus, Barry, Ashley, Rupert, and Becky to cox. Entries have to be in by Friday night, so can you all (or 8/9) please confirm back to me that you want to race before then and I'll get an entry put in. Training outings 10am Sat 17th and 24th, so do please make them if you can. (If you're not on the above list and want to race, also do let me know ...)

    11/3 Head of the River - Senior 8

    Crew is currently planned to line up as:

    Niall, Sam, Nick R, Bjarne, Cris, Matt, Vasil, Alex. Cox TBC.

    25/3 Veterans Head.

    Anyone wanting to race Vets Head please fill in as available for the session on the fitclub. Initial plans was to race a novice 8 and the masters F crew. If we get three 8s wanting a race, we may be able to borrow a boat from another club, but that would need plenty of advance notice, so I'm going to set a deadline of Friday 23rd to show interest.

    7/4-8/4 Spring Sculling Camp

    In Shepperton, if we can find someone to tow the trailer there and back again. (Offers gratefully received). Otherwise we'll have to resort to a mass bungle-row.

    Matt 

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  • Captain's Log 05/02

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th February 2018

    Racing results:

    The senior squad 8+ came 21st out of 27 in IM3 at Quintin Head on Saturday 27th January in a time of 11.59.3. A solid row but we were barged way out of the stream by a very rude Maidstone crew overtaking past the clubhouse.

    The Masters F crew were just under a minute behind in 12:57.6

    Full Results on the Quintin Head website.

    Boat notes / Safety note:

    Old Blades is out of action after an altercation with a large metal buoy up between Brentford and Syon. No personal injuries other than a couple of bruised egos. The boat will be sent off for mending in due course.

    A reminder to all steers that the set of the tide is quite strong at the moment, even on a green PLA flag. Do please take extra care around the long-standing static hazards on the river.

    This week:

    Tuesday erg: 3x5km UT2
    Thursday erg: 5x1500m at 5k pace minus 1 second.
    (Reminder - If you only do one erg, do the Thursday piece)

    Weekend outings: Plan will be made Wednesday lunchtime. Get any last-minute tweaks submitted before then

    Further ahead :

    Racing - Hammersmith Head 25/2, Eights Head of the River 11/3, Veterans Eights Head 25/3 - please get availability into fitclub up to the end of March if you're expecting to race. Entries are open and starting to fill up for all of these races; entries have to be in by the end of next week for the first 2.

    Boating help required for Women's Head on 10/3 and men's head on 11/3 for non-racers. Please let me know if you can help with any of the below jobs on either day:

    07.00 Trailer Parking

    07.30 (x2) Numbers

    08.15 Sat, 09.00 Sun (x6-8) Boating

    08.00 Launch Driver until the end of the races (12/1pm)

    Club AGM on Saturday 24th February - elect the new committee (and stand for any vacant positions) - nominations form should be up in the club by the time you read this.

    Matt 

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  • Captain's Log 22/01

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 24th January 2018

    Another solid weekend of training under the belts, and the Quintin Head crews got some valuable water time with minimal substitutions required.

    This week:

    Mon off
    Tue weights
    Wed erg 30 mins rate 20.
    Thu weights
    Fri off

    Weekend plan:

    Saturday - Quintin Head race - IM3 crew meet 0830 for pre-paddle at 0900
    [Cris, Alex F, Eric, Matt, Niall, Ian S, Vasil, Sam, Gigi]

    No other outings planned, but please give us a cheer in the race if you're in the area, and I'm reliably informed that some of the racers are planning to recount their exploits in the bar afterwards. Race start is 11.30; the IM3 crew is going off 90th and the Masters "F" crew at 121. BBLRC have crews at 195 and 212.

    Sunday - outings 7.45 and 10.00. Alan will be down to coach the second one if we get enough of the novice squad signed up to it ... selection deadline is Thursday night.

    Next week:

    Switch-around for weeknight land training for the rest of term. Weights priority nights will now be Mon/Wed and ergs priority Tues/Thurs, with Thursdays being the focus for squad erging (and post-training dinner - see weekly emails from Cris for details).

    Further Ahead:

    Sunday 25th Feb - Hammersmith Head - target race for Novice squad - please get advance availabilities into the system up to the end of Feb so the captaincy can see if there's a viable crew for the race. (Can sign up for all outings, but focussing on the 10am sessions both days of the weekend to get coaching)

    Sunday 11th March - Head Of The River - target race for Intermediate squad
    Sunday 25th March - Vets Head - target race for the Vets squad

    Matt 

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  • Captain's Log 15/01/2018

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 15th January 2018

    Launch driving
    If you are free to drive the club launch for Quintin Head on 27/1, Women's Head on 10/3, Eights Head on 11/3, or Vets Head on 25/3, please let me know. No prior experience or qualifications strictly necessary.

    Training News and Term Plan
    It was very heartening to see crews out working hard for every session this weekend; lets make sure we nail the training up to the big March Heads for optimal results.

    Final availabilities for this weekend by 8pm Tuesday please.

    The general plan for this term is:

    Sat 27/1/18 11.30 Quintin Head (4km) - Seniors & Vets 8s entered.
    Sun 25/2/18 11.00 Hammersmith Head (4km) - would like to get a novice 8+ together for this and maybe the Vets 8 as well. If the vets aren't racing then the seniors get another race chance.
    Sun 11/3/18 10:45 Eights Head (7km) - Want to get 2 eights entered - 1 Seniors and 1 Novices
    Sun 25/3/18 10:00 Veterans Eights Head (7km) - Vets 8 plus anyone else from the other squads who fancies a race.

    Race News

    The Quintin Head. Race start is 11.30 on Saturday 27th; do give us a cheer if you're in the area.

    Senior crew: Cris, Alex F, Eric, Matt, Niall, Ian S, Vasil, Sam, Gigi
    Vets Crew: Andy, Jez, Nick W, Rhodri, Iain G, Mike (TSS), Lawrence (TSS), Paul.

    This week
    Monday off

    Tuesday weights
    Wednesday 5 x 1500m erg, 3 min rest. at 5k pace -0.5s
    Thursday weights
    Friday off
    Saturday 8am Quintin crew and other seniors outing.
    Saturday 10am Quintin crew and novice outing coached by Alan
    Sunday 8am, 10am - more outings

    Matt 

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  • Captain's Yuletide Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 3rd January 2018

    News:

    Congratulations to Robin and Miranda Harries on the arrival of their new daughter over the festive break. Best wishes from all at Cygnet.

    For those who missed the SGM before Christmas, the club agreed to purchase a new Janousek 4x/4-. Please send any naming suggestions to Marjorie.

    This week:

    Training as per the plan.

    Please load availabilities for at least the rest of January onto Fitclub, or ideally through to Easter if you can, so the captaincy can work out how the race crews are likely to stack up. (Not set in stone; things do change along the way)

    Final availability for the weekend by Wednesday night please; current numbers are 4,6,1,3 which doesn't bode well for much in the way of outings. I'd like to have a squad meeting at some point on Saturday morning as well.

    For the new LTR chaps - I'd like to keep your focus on Saturday 10am outings, but do sign up for any of the others and we'll try to get you out in boats where we can.

    Subs:

    Annual subscriptions are now due:

    £290 for CSSC members.
    £360 for everyone else.

    Thanks to those who have already paid up.

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 3/12

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 4th December 2017

    Scullers Head Results:

    21:13 Robin

    21:26 Nick

    21:37 KTB (BBLRC)

    21:38 Sam

    21:50 Jez

    22:12 Cris

    Well done to all who raced; some solid results off what wasn't a huge amount of training for some of you.

    This week:

    Monday: erg 3 x 6km UT2
    Wednesday: erg TBC

    Weekend Availabilities by Tuesday night please.
    Saturday: outings at 8am & 10am on the water.
    Sunday: probably just one outing at 10am due to the BBLRC Xmas Party on Saturday night ... details of the Cygnet Saturday Afternoon Waddle to follow from the social sec ...

    Matt 

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  • Captain's Log 27/11

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th November 2017

    Four more training weeks until Christmas! Keep punching out those miles to gain the rewards in January.

    This Saturday - Scullers Head. Helpers are needed for boating and de-boating; please let me know if you can help out (see separate email).

    Cygnet are represented by a number of scullers on the start list:

    92 - Cris

    176 - Nick Rae

    239 - Jez

    265 - Robin

    473 - Sam

    482 - Charlie

    485 - Guy

    and to cheer on from BBLRC: 154 Sian, 165 KTB, 501 Sarah P.

    Ergs:

    Monday: 3 x 6km UT2
    Wednesday: 30 min rate 20


    Weekend outings:
    Saturday is scullers head, the river is closed until 12.30
    Sunday 7.46 and 10.00 on the water, coached by Kirsty. 
    Availabilities to fitclub.me by Wednesday night please.

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 19/11

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd November 2017

    Housekeeping:

    LTR guys - get signed up on www.fitclub.me and search for Cygnet if you haven't already. Then once approved, use the attendance page to sign up to the 10am weekend outings.

    If you want to join in with the land training, then the Wednesday erg should be the first session to add (can do this any day if there are ergs spare, but it's good to join in with everyone else).

    Everyone - weekend availability by Tuesday night please, so I can set crews on Wednesday.

    This week:

    Monday: Erg 4 x 5km UT2 (90s rest)
    Tuesday: WeightsWednesday Erg 20 x 250m at 2k split minus 5 seconds (1 min rest)
    Thursday: Weights, and LTR tank session with Alan
    Friday: Off
    Saturday: Outings 7.35 and 10.00 on the water
    Sunday: Outings 7.36 and 10.00 on the water

    Matt

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  • Captain' Log 13/11

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th November 2017

    Racing Post:

    Vets 4s on Saturday; the B4x finished in 21:04, and the F4x in 23:05

    Sunday's race the 4+ got 21:33.0 over the longer course, 21/25 in Tier 2 4+ (roughly IM1/2), their time would have put them 9/20 in Tier 3 (IM2/3 in old money).

    Thanks to everyone who helped out with boating over the weekend, we couldn't host the 100+ clubs that we did without you.

    Housekeeping:

    We'll now be bringing the new LearnToRow intake into the main squad for outings 10am Saturday and Sunday - chaps please create an account on www.fitclub.me and request to join the Cygnet RC group. Once you've done that and been verified, the squad training plan will be available from the availability page. I then need you to indicate weekend availability by clicking the Y/N boxes on the availability page so that we can plan crews in advance and make sure we have enough people to fill the boat.

    Final availabilities for the weekend by Thursday night this week to allow the LTR to get set up on the system. Back to Mon/Tues next week.

    This week:

    Monday Seniors/Novices Erg 3 x 5k
    Tuesday Seniors/Novices Weights with Tim
    Wednesday Seniors/Novices/LTR Erg 30 mins rate 20
    Thursday Seniors/Novices Weights
    Thursday LTR Tank with Alan
    Friday OFF

    Saturday/Sunday Seniors/Novices Outings meet 7am for 7.30 on the water
    Saturday/Sunday Seniors/Novices/LTR Outings meet 9.30am for 10am on the water

    Further ahead:

    2/12 Scullers Head - let me know if you want to race
    9/12 BBL Christmas party
    TBC Plum Puddings Pieces

    Matt

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  • Captain's Log 06/11

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th November 2017

    Racing post:
    Nick Rae competed at Henley Long Distance Sculls on Saturday. Coming in in a time of 14:22, 5th/6 in Tier 3 1x and beating a couple of scullers from Tier 2 as well, a creditable debut performance. Onwards and upwards to Scullers Head!

    This Saturday, we have 2 crews entered in Vets Fours Head, race starts at 10:00 and the B.4x of Cris, Bjarne, Niall and Vasil is going off 5th. The Chairman's invitational F.4x is going off 94th. (Golder, Rhodri, Rawkins, Wylie)

    Please also give a cheer to old cygnet Stefan Jurczak who has brought his crew from AZS-AWF Warszawa over to race, they go off 22nd.

    BBLRC have a big flotilla entered, crews numbers are 138, 143, 148, 175, 212, 220, and composite representation in numbers 184 and 192.

    On Sunday it's the Fours Head Of The River, starting at 10:45. The meatwagon of Gigi, Robin, Ian, Scott L and Sam go off 344 in T2.4+, and there is also a BBL quad to cheer for at number 146.

    Housekeeping:
    No formal water outings this weekend for the non-racing squad, but Kirsty will be down on Saturday morning to put the meatwagon through their final pre-race session.

    For the non-racers, there is still other fitness work to do, so please come down for 8am both mornings (and stay to watch the racing afterwards)

    This week:
    Monday 3 x 6k erg
    Tuesday weights
    Wednesday erg 4 x 750m @ 5k pace, 4' rest.
    Thursday weights (not for race crews), plus "Lamb Thing" for dinner
    Friday off

    Weekend ergs and racing

    Further ahead:
    2/12 - Scullers Head
    9th December - BBL Christmas Ball
    TBA - Plum Puddings Pieces

    Matt 

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  • Captain' Log 30/10

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 1st November 2017

    Short and sharp this week:

    Housekeeping

    Final changes to availability by Tuesday night please for Weekend outings; please fill in a bit further ahead if you can, to help with race planning - http://www.fitclub.me/user/attendance?view=1

    Anyone wanting to do a bit more coxing, please let me know which sessions you can do ...

    This week

    [Every Day - Mobilisation, Core]
    Monday - Ergs 3 x 6km UT2, 90s rest
    Tuesday - Weights and core
    Wednesday - Erg 30 mins rate 20
    Thursday - Weights and core
    Friday - Off
    Saturday - Outings 7am and 10.30am; LTR outing 9am
    Good luck to Nick racing at the Henley Long Distance Sculls
    Sunday - Outings 7am and 10am, coached by Kirsty

    Further Ahead

    Fours Heads 11/12 November
    Scullers Head 2 December

    Matt

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  • Captain' Log 23/10

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 24th October 2017

    Racing Post

    I am pleased to announce the crews selected for the upcoming fours heads races over the weekend of 11/12 November

    Veteran Fours Head
    Mas.B.4x - Cris, Niall, Bjarne, Vasil
    Mas.F.4x - Iain, Rhodri, Paul, Nick W

    Fours Head
    Open 4+ - Gigi, Robin, Ian, Scott, Sam

    Also flying the club's colours will be Nick R in the Henley Long Distance Sculls on 4th November

    Housekeeping

    Final changes to availability by Tuesday night please for Weekend outings; please fill in a bit further ahead if you can, to help with race planning - http://www.fitclub.me/user/attendance?view=1

    Anyone wanting to do a bit more coxing, please let me know which sessions you can do ...

    This week

    [Every Day - Mobilisation, Core]
    Monday - Ergs 3 x 6km UT2, 90s rest
    Tuesday - Core testing with Tim
    Wednesday - Erg 5 x 1km at 5k pace (in pairs, so 100% rest if doing solo)
    Thursday - Weights and core
    Friday - Off
    Saturday - Outings 7.30 am followed by 5k erg test , followed by Henley Lunch
    Sunday - Outings 7am and 10am

    Further Ahead

    Henley LDS - 4th November
    Fours Heads 11/12 November
    Scullers Head 2 December

    Matt Byrne

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  • Captain's Log 15/10

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd October 2017

    Racing Post

    Pairs Head provisional results:

    15:33.2 - Bart/Gav - 6th in Mas.BC.2-
    18:53.2 - Neil/Otters - 3rd in Mas.H.2x
    19:51.1 - Chris/Tony - 4th in Mas.H.2x
    Congrats to Jackie, Ali and Lesley from BBLRC on their provisional category wins.

    BUNGALOW WORK PARTY - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    On the weekend 21/22 October, the Bungalow committee has arranged a working party to carry out some important upkeep so that the bungalow remains in tip top condition for next year, and is keen for any additional volunteers - please let Derek [ derek75@post.com] know if you can help out on either day.

    Housekeeping

    Final changes to availability by Monday night please
    For Weekend outings; please fill in a bit further ahead if you can, to help with race planning - http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15

    Crew selection priority now goes to 4s Heads crews to get in some outings together before the race, regular outings for the rest of the squad continue as normal.

    Anyone wanting to do a bit more coxing, please let me know which sessions you can do ...

    Note on land training priorities (number of regular sessions per week)

    1. Short Erg.
    2. Both Ergs.
    3. Short Erg and Weights.
    4. Both Ergs and Weights.
    [ * weights are higher priority than long ergs, but only worth it if you do both sessions regularly. ]

    This week

    [Every Day - Mobilisation, Core]
    Monday - Ergs 3 x 6km UT2, 90s rest
    Tuesday - Weights and core
    Wednesday - Erg 30' rate 20 AT
    Thursday - Weights and core
    Friday - Off
    Saturday - Outings 7am & 10am, coached by Kirsty
    Sunday - Outings 7am & 10am, coach TBC

    Further Ahead

    Core Testing with Tim - 24 October
    5k Test and Henley Lunch - 28th October
    Fours Heads - 11/12 November
    Scullers Head - 2 December

    Matt Byrne

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  • Captain's Log 09/10

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 11th October 2017

    Racing Post

    A wet, windy, wintery day on the Rhine to make a change from the recent scorchers. Hoping for a sunnier one next year.

    Rhine Marathon Results:
    1. Cygnet Mas.C.4x/3.5x: 2h28 (Nick, Nick , Matt, BDF, Tichel )
    A 9-minute PB for the club captain despite rowing the final 8km of the race with one blade. Maybe there is something to BDF's pre-race Fanta regime after all.

    2. BBL W.Mas.F.4x : 2h34 (Phillippa, Jo, Ali, Jackie, Florian)
    Gold medals for winning their category. Congratulations from all at Cygnet.

    3. Cyg/BBL Mix.Mas.C.4x: 2h42 (Marj, Sue A nna , Cris, Neil, A. Steuermann)
    A cracking debut race for supersub Anna, the mixed crew unfortunately suffered the worst of the wind on the day.

    Sadly, many pigs lost their lives to provide sustenance for the party over the weekend , washed down with copious amounts of Altbier, Killepitsch, Applepitsch and Fanta.

    Big thanks to the cheer squad of Julian S, Alan, Sian, Rob, Anna Sue , Lars, and Liz for their support, and to RG Benrath for their magnificent hospitality.

    Official photos here (and on Facebook once I get round to sifting for Cygnet-themed ones)

    http://www.rcgermania.de/marathonrudern/fotostrecken/marathonrudern-2017/

    Housekeeping

    Availability by Tuesday night please, for weekend outing plans. http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15

    This week :

    Monday - Ergs: 3 x 6 km UT2 , 90s rest
    Tuesday - Strength and conditioning , refresher from TIM for those who missed the previous iterations.
    Wednesday - Ergs: 15 x 500m in pairs, AT
    Thursday - Strength and conditioning
    Friday - Off
    Saturday - Outing 7am, Squad meeting 9am, Pairs Head 12noon
    Sunday - Outings 7am, 10am

    Further Ahead :

    Cygnet Henley Lunch, 28 October - see Stu/Cris emails for details
    Veterans Fours Head, 11 November
    Fours Head, 12 November (Minimum of 5 crew points)
    Scullers Head, 2 December

    Matt Byrne

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  • Captain's Log 01/10

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd October 2017

    Brief Notes

    Quiet morning on some lovely flat water today, reports coming in of a busy morning on some bumpy stuff yesterday. Keep putting in the miles and we'll reap the rewards come race time.

    Next weekend sees a small contingent head off to visit our friends at Ruder-Gesellschaft Benrath for some Altbier and Killepitsch drinking, as well as a short* paddle** down the Rhine on Saturday morning. Looking forward to an evening Waddle around the Altstadt post-paddling.

    2 Cygnet quads have been selected for the paddle (BDF, Wylie, Nick R, and your correspondent vs Cris, Marj, Neil, and Sue) and there's also an Elite Veteran 4x from BBLRC for us to try to keep pace with.

    The following weekend sees the Pairs' Head of the River, with 2.5 Cygnet crews entered - Bart & Gav in MasB2-, Chris and Tony in MasH2x, and finally Neil J and Otters from Auriol Kensington, also in MasH2x.

    Keep an eye out for the calls for volunteers to help with the upcoming head races - we'll need some hands to push off boats, herd trailers, and hold megaphones so the events can run smoothly.

    * - 42km from Leverkusen to Dusseldorf.

    ** - race

    Housekeeping
    Availability by Monday night please, for weekend outing plans.
    http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15

    This week:

    Monday - Ergs: 3 x 5km UT2 , 90s rest
    Tuesday - Strength and conditioning
    Wednesday - Ergs: 30' rate 20, AT
    Thursday - Strength and conditioning
    Friday - Off
    Saturday - Outings usual times
    Sunday - Outings usual times

    Further Ahead :

    Squad meeting - TBC
    Cygnet Henley Lunch 28 October - or see Stu/Cris emails for details
    Veterans Fours Head 11 November
    Fours Head 12 November (Minimum of 5 crew points)
    Scullers Head 2 December

    Matt Byrne
    Captain, Cygnet Rowing Club

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  • Captain's Log 25/09

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 27th September 2017

    A lovely sunny Sunday on the river for those who made it, a nice change from a grey Saturday. Good to see so many people enjoying Saturday mornings, but we need to push through to Sundays now if we want to go fast next summer.

    As I'm a day late with this, availability by Tuesday night please for weekend outing plans. And remember that if you're not at the club on time, you may find that you've missed the boat. (And if you keep missing the boat, I'm going to stop picking you when there's someone else who's more likely to turn up available instead.)

    Monday - Ergs 3 x 5k UT2

    Tuesday - Weights

    Wednesday - Erg 5 x 1km (pairs + 30s changeover) at 5k pace

    Thursday - Weights

    Saturday - Outings 7am, 10am

    Sunday - Outings 7am, 10am

    Matt Byrne
    Captain, Cygnet Rowing Club

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  • Captain's Log 17/09

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st September 2017

    Brief Notes
    Big thanks to Edward and Henry for adding some proper beef to the meatwagon for Saturday's outings. Scott and Ian have big shoes to fill when they return to the crew. http://www.worldrowing.com/athletes/athlete/46788/millar-henry

    More thanks to Varsha and Bjarne for stepping into the coxing seat this morning.

    Housekeeping
    Availability by Monday night please, for weekend outing plans. http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15

    Racing poll: https://goo.gl/forms/wEwTysCHJUNDVu5U2

    Do fill this in so the captaincy has an idea of who wants to race (& when)

    Thanks for the replies received so far.

    Anyone who still owes money for Scamp, or outstanding race fees, please transfer to the usual place: 09-01-55, 71834000.

    Boats notes
    The Lambe is out of action until we fit new slide wedges. To be done between outings on Saturday under Iain G's supervision.

    The Collier should not be used as a 4x until a new rigger part arrives; one cracked stay needs replacing.
    The Rawkins can now be re-rigged as a 4x as the new riggers have arrived.
    The Cox is away for a refurb after its altercation with Barnes Bridge.
    The RG Benrath is out of action after a seat disintegrated at S'Camp . New seat will be on order shortly.

    This week :

    Monday
    Ergs: 3 x 5km, 90s rest (UT2, even pace across all 3 pieces).
    Seniors - target 66% of 2k erg watts.

    Tuesday
    Strength and conditioning

    Wednesday
    Ergs: 30' rate 20, AT
    (Remember we share the shed on Wednesdays, so do please start on one end and work inwards instead of spreading out, so both us and BBLRC can erg "en bloc")

    Thursday
    Strength and conditioning

    Friday
    Off

    Saturday
    Outings usual times

    Sunday
    Outings usual times

    Further Ahead :

    Rheinmarathonrudern 7 October
    Pairs Head 14 October
    Cygnet Henley Lunch 28 October - see Stu/Cris emails for details
    Veterans Fours Head 11 November
    Fours Head 12 November
    Scullers Head 2 December

    Matt Byrne

    Captain, Cygnet Rowing Club

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  • Captain's Log 10/9/17

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 11th September 2017

    News in brief
    Lots of happy S'Campers at the bungalow this weekend, despite some biblical rain and the odd thunderbolt. Congratulations to all the scullers and swimmers.

    A couple of minor awards: the Adam Peaty award goes to Mark, for getting back to the bungalow before the rescue boat could get itself organised, and the Spongebob Squarepants award goes to Barry for first swimming and then getting caught out in a thunderstorm with a couple of BBLRC chaperones. Hope you've dried out now.

    Lost and Found
    Anyone who left kit at the bungalow; it might be back at the club in the men's changing rooms if you're lucky.

    Housekeeping
    Availability by Monday night please, for weekend outing plans. http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15

    Anyone who still owes money for Scamp, or outstanding race fees, please transfer to the usual place: 09-01-55, 71834000.

    Boats notes
    The Lambe is out of action until we fit new slide wedges.
    The Collier should not be used as a 4x until a new rigger part arrives; one cracked stay needs replacing.
    The Rawkins can now be re-rigged as a 4x as the new riggers have arrived.
    The Cox is away for a refurb after its altercation with Barnes Bridge.
    The RG Benrath is out of action after a seat disintegrated at S'Camp

    Racing
    New poll here; sign up if you're interested in any of the pre-Christmas races. Not saying we're going to go to all (or any!) of them, but the captaincy needs to have an idea of how much racing the squad is interested in. The main focus is the fours heads on the weekend of 11/12 November as they're right outside our shutters.

    We expect racers to be available for a couple of weekends before the races for training outings in the racing combinations, so filling in availability on Fitclub is an essential part of this winter planning.

    Form: https://goo.gl/forms/wEwTysCHJUNDVu5U2

    This week :

    Monday
    Ergs: 3 x 5km, 90s rest (UT2, even pace across all 3 pieces).
    Seniors - target 66% of 2k erg watts.

    Tuesday
    Mobilisation and weights with Tim , I

    Wednesday
    Ergs: 16 x 500m in pairs
    (Remember we share the shed on Wednesdays, so do please start on one end and work inwards instead of spreading out, so both us and BBLRC can erg "en bloc")

    Thursday
    Mobilisation and weights with Tim , II
    (note this is not an alternative to Tuesday, but an additional session ...)

    Friday
    Off

    Saturday
    Outings usual times

    Sunday
    Outings usual times

    Further Ahead :
    Rheinmarathonrudern 7 October
    Pairs Head 14 October
    Cygnet Henley Lunch 28 October - see Stu/Cris emails for details
    Veterans Fours Head 11 November
    Fours Head 12 November
    Scullers Head 2 December

    Matt Byrne

    Captain, Cygnet Rowing Club

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  • Farewell to the Mountains

    Farewell to the Mountains

    Author: Matt Byrne | Date: 28th August 2017

    News in brief
    A weekend of long miles, flat water and glorious sunshine by the river, and some coxing experience gains for Vasil, Tom, and Mustafa. 
    Time to hit the winter season running and push those base fitness levels up. 

    The weekend also saw a good-bye party for erstwhile Bar Steward, Killepitsch fiend, Jagerbomb pusher and occasional Cygnet rowing sub Katie Mountain (Cygnet racing record: P1, W1) and Cygnet club member Ian Mountain (race record: P lots, W3) as they head north to Cumbria. Best wishes for the future, and we look forward to arranging future training camps in the Lake District. 

    Social events
    Friday evening - Cygnet end of season dinner. See Cris's email for details.
    Saturday afternoon - Club Day - please sign up here so the social secretaries have a good idea of numbers: https://beta.doodle.com/poll/9tndmih429ncwkng
    Fun sprint racing in mixed crews with BBLRC, BBQ and Beers in the sunshine

    Further ahead at the end of October is the annual Henley Lunch. See http://www.cygnet-rc.org.uk/event-henley_lunch.html for details and get signed up.

    Housekeeping 
    No more organised weeknight outings as the nights are drawing in. Any evening scullers should take lights. 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 this week, so you may get a few emails from the google people.

    Availability
    Weekends up to Christmas are now loaded into fitclub.me, so get clicking. http://www.fitclub.me/club/dashboard?clubId=15

    This coming weekend availabilities by Tuesday night please.

    This week :
    Tuesday
    Seniors - core & weights
    Novices - erg 10 x 500m at 2k pace, paired up. 

    Wednesday
    Club run 5km 7.30pm
    CSBH to Latymer BH and back. First run of the season, so I'm expecting it to be in the region of 30-40 mins for me. Standard lamppost rules apply

    Thursday
    Seniors - erg 8km relays, teams of 4, 4 x 500m each.
    Novices - erg 30' UT2 technical (or subbing into senior relay teams)

    Friday
    End of season dinner

    Saturday
    Whole Squad - Outings 7am, 10 am,
    Club Day racing/beer/bbq, from 12.30pm

    Sunday
    Whole Squad - Outings 7am, 10am

    Further Ahead:
    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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  • 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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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 17th July 2017

    All,

    It was back to the Tideway for a full on training last weekend. It was good to have three coxed fours on the river on Saturday doing race pieces against each other, and it was good to see our bow loader the Peter Roche on the water for the first time in a while. The new novices are making big strides forwards and a good number made the Sunday outing and were rewarded by the excitement of six side by side race pieces against small boats. I can vouch for how hard that was for the single scullers!!! Keep this momentum and you guys should be ready for a season closing race at Oxford City on the 18th August.

    It's St Neots regatta this weekend and a trailer loaded with Barnes Bridge and Cygnet boats is heading up the A1. Unfortunately a couple of our entries did not get races so our entries are thinner than expected:

    Ex capn Jez MasE 1x heat at 10:24 vs Broxbourne

    Sam and Robin Open 2- semi final at 15:30

    So this week....

    Tuesday Weights session/ race training outings followed by:

    8pm Boat naming of our new single scull

    8:15pm OGM to elect the new captaincy followed by ringing of the bell and consumption of a few celebratory drinks.

    Wednesday Outings for race crews,

    Thursday Novice outing meet at 7pm, 7:15 sharp OTW

    Squad ergo - 10 x 500m in teams of 2 with 30 second change over

    Boat loading for St Neots

    Saturday

    St Neots Regatta

    For those not racing, please put your availability on the sheet so we can plan Tideway outings. We could combine novices with more experience rowers if numbers and mix are right to get further on the prep for Oxford City.

    Sunday - meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Novices to join the main squad at 10am

    Slightly further ahead is Henley T&V then Peterborough Regatta (12th August).

    HT&V entries close at the weekend so if people want to race then they need to get organised really quickly and let me and the new captain know. There seems to have been a shift towards Peterborough, which is fine, but you need to keep the captaincy informed.

    This is my final weekly update before I step down as Cygnet captain tomorrow. It's been a great privilege to have been captain for 2 years, thanks of all the support you've given me and the club and to all those who serve on committees behind the scenes to keep things working smoothly. There have been little minor crises when something breaks or we need someone to step into a crew at very short notice leading to "volunteer required" type email from me. And someone always does come forward, the boats get on the water, the kit gets fixed, the trailer gets driven to its destination. We've had a successful summer of pots, the squad is growing, we are getting leaner, fitter, better looking... The future for Cygnet is rosy blue.

    I wish the incoming captaincy every success.

    See you at the OGM tomorrow,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 10th July 2017

    Hi All,

    There was more regatta action at the weekend at Kingston and another win to report. In IM3 Single Sculls Dave French got through his heat comfortably to get to the final where he beat the very experienced sculler Mike de Poali in the final by 2 lengths in a fast time that matched that of the IM1 winner in the next race. Dave clearly has more wins within his reach!!!

    The two coxed four crews both record wins in heats but missed out on pots. The Nov 4+ of Anna Niall, Nick and Vasil beat Putney Town and Kingston comfortably in their semi final but came against a very quick Kingston crew in the final. It was side by side till the mid point of the race but Kingston had the stronger finish to take the pewter. The all conquering IM3 4+ of Marj Sam Scott Ian and Robin won through their heat against Oxford Academicals comfortably enough by four lengths but were narrowly beaten by 1 1/3 lengths in a very fast semi final by Vesta who went on win the final against another Vesta crew. But it's good to be slugging it out in very competitive races with the like of Vesta and leaving our other Tideway revivals behind.

    Back on the Tideway, we welcomed new cox Catrin Beetham to the club for the summer vaction from Durham University. We are always extremely grateful to coxes and promise to obey her every command and in return she will become super knowledgeable about the Tideway and the racing line when she is coxing for Durham in Head of the River. And welcome too to Ranko Berich. Ranko is from Auckland, NZ and comes with that competitive kiwi spirit so you'd better watch out for him on 2k erg tests.

    This week...

    Tuesday
    Weights session

    Wednesday
    Meet at 7, OTW at 7:15. Novice outing with Alan (note the change of evening, Alan is not around on Thursday hence the switch of evening). Please update the availability sheet for Wednesday.

    Thursday
    7pm Squad ergo - TBC
    Any novices wanting to join in please feel welcome to come to this session

    Saturday
    Main squad outing, meet at club 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Preparation for St Neots and Henly T&V regattas

    Novices meet at 9, OTW at 9:30. We want to start building towards Oxford City Regatta. It looks from the responses so far that we should be able to race a novice 8 there, but we need to get as well prepared as possible, maximising water time and getting used to rowing at higher stroke rates.

    Sunday
    Main squad outing, meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30.

    Novices are encourages to come and join the second outing (10 fro 10:30). Please put your availability on the sheet so we can plan the crews.

    Slightly Further Ahead

    St Neots regatta, 22nd July

    Final call for those wanting to enter races.

    So far I have for Saturday (entries submitted)

    Sam and Robin Open 2-,
    Jez Mas E 1x,
    Cris Open 1x,
    Sam Open 1x
    Jez and Cris Mas D 2x

    Tom and Matt, you said you were interested in the regatta, should I put your names forward to BBL for mixed races?

    Anyone else interested in mixed races? You need to tell me soon!!!

    Henley Town and Visitors Regatta 29th July

    I have the following who said they wanted to race, but I suspect this may have changed. Please update me on your status as we need to put crews together v soon.

    David, Jeremy, Sam, Cristobal, Barry, Scott, Robin, Tom, Matt

    Tuesday 18th July Ordinary General Meeting

    This is the meeting to elect the new captaincy to look after you all and the club for the next 12 months. We will also be naming our new single scull. So there are many reasons to come down and share a drink with the new and old captaincy and whet the boat's bows.

    Have a good week, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 4th July 2017

    Hi All,

    I got a full run down of our victory at Richmond and I don't think I did justice to the performance of the crew is last week's newsletter. The Putney Town crew that Marj, Sam, Scott, Ian and Robin beat were just back from racing in the Henley Qualifiers in a shiny bow loader Empacher with carbon fibre wing riggers and having seen of Vesta's IM3 crew in the semi. Cygnet did not get their best start, but recovered quickly and pulled out ahead of PTRC in the first half of the race and being strong enough to hold off PTRC's push to the finish. I know how much our crew put their bodies on the line to win their first IM3 regatta and what a step up it was from their novice win two weeks ago. It is great to be beating our local rivals and to see just how much our competitiveness has improved and it all bodes well for the future of Cygnet and we can set our sights on Henley next year. It's a reward for those long outings up to Eel Pie Island, for seat racing at Dorney in darkest January, double sessions, 2K tests and is a win for the whole club, coaches, coxes, rowers, the improvement is reflected throughout the club.

    We are into the second half of the regatta season with Kingston this Saturday, St Neots on the 22/23rd July, Henley T&V on the 29th July and Oxford City on the 19th August. Let's get some more pots and more rowers denovicing before the end of the season. We have two 4+ entries and Dave racing 1x at Kingston on Saturday, best of luck to all of them.

    Over the next few days we want to put the crews together and entered for St Neots and H T&V, there poll showed a good response for both of these, I'll send out a separate communication about these but I'd encourage everyone who can to get out and race. Barnes Bridge Ladies are interested in mixed racing at St Neots which gives a chance for those who've not raced before to get their first taste of it. And for our new novices, Oxford City comes at the right time to get your first race. So help the captaincy and the club by keeping the momentum going and getting as many crews as we can in these races.

    Looking further ahead, we will start our next learn to row course early September, if you know anyone who could be interested please help in the recruitment for this. Likely start date is the 9th September, running for 8 weeks,

    So, this week,

    Tuesday
    Weights/core (unsupervised)

    Wednesday
    Outings for Kingston crews (self organised)

    Thursday
    Squad ergo 6 x 500m at 2k pace 5 min rest
    Novice water outing meet at 7, OTW at 7:15, Alan coaching, Jez coxing.

    Please get your availability up to date so we can fix the crew...

    Saturday
    Kingston Regatta (draw here)
    Non racers, get your availability up to date and we will see what combos we can get on the water,
    Novice outing: meet at 9:00, OTW at 9:30 - With the main squad off racing, we can make this a longer outings but I need your availability in order to plan things. Only 4 entries on the spreadsheet so far!!!!

    Sunday
    Main Squad meet at 7:05 OTW at 7:30, focus on St Neots and H T&V crews
    Boat set up with Tim during break.

    We are having a great season, lets keep the effort going and win as many pots as we can in the coming weeks.

    Have a good week everyone,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 28th June 2017

    All,

    More good news to report from Richmond Regatta where Marj, Sam, Scott, Ian and Robin beat Putney Town by a length and a quarter to record back-to-back wins and their first at IM3. It is really satisfying to beat one of our local rivals who had beaten Vesta in the semi final showing the progress we've made as a club.
    And well done to Cris who won his Nov 1x heat, so that time practising starts and high rate pieces paid off.

    Next up is Kingston Regatta on the 8th July, our IM3 4+ is entered, any other takers before entries close?

    This week:

    Wednesday:
    Kingston crews outings if possible

    Thursday:
    Squad ergo at 7pm 1250m, 1000m, 750m, 500m @ 2k pace, 5 min rest

    Novices - I only have Jon, Jim and Ashley down as available, so unless something changes quickly, can you join the squad ergo.

    Saturday:
    Main squad meet at 7:05, 7:30 OTW focus on preparation for Kingston

    Novices: Plan is to meet at 9, OTW at 9:30, but right now only Ashley has provided his availability, so please complete it asap.

    Sunday:
    Main squad meet at 7:05, 7:30 OTW focus on preparation for Kingston

    I hope those going to Old Blades at Henley on Friday have a great day, sorry that I can't be there but I'll be thinking of you as I hike up and down the Alps.

    Have a good week

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th June 2017

    All,

    No regattas last weekend but an lot of excellent race training on both Saturday and Sunday with Tim. The new novice squad is coming along in leaps and bounds and have moved on to racing starts and rowing at race like rating, there is no reason why you guys can't make your racing debuts before the end of the regatta season.

    Our new sculling blades are painted up in the club colours and ready for use, thanks to Neil, Iain and Scott for sorting that out and we now have a brand new 80kg single scull sitting on the racks waiting for a name and number all of which is in progress.

    This weekend is Richmond Regatta which is on the same course as Twickenham Regatta just up river of Richmond. We have two boats racing, our newly promoted IM3 4+ (Sam, Scott, Ian, Robin) which has a bye to the final at 13:18 against either Putney Town or Kingston and Cris in Nov1x in his heat at 8:46 against Kingston.

    So this week....

    Tuesday
    Weights

    Wednesday
    Richmond crews outings

    Thursday
    Novice outing with Alan, meet at 7:00pm on the water at 7:15 - lots of blanks on the spreadsheet, please update it asap if you want to get out on the water.

    Squad ergo 3 x 750m at 2k pace 5 min rest, 10 min cool down

    Boat loading for Richmond

    Saturday
    Richmond Regatta for race crews and spectators

    Outings on the Tideway will depend on how many rowers are available. So far I only have Vasil, Niall and Barry from the main squad and Kay, Mark and Leon from the novice squad. So please complete your availability asap so we can make plans.

    Sunday
    Main squad meet at 7:05 OTW at 7:30, focus on race training for Kingston Regatta on the 8th July.

    A few more points...

    I will be trailering the boats to Richmond on Friday evening but will need 2 people to help me push the trailer in position and avoid trees and other obstacles when manoeuvring the trailer. Volunteers please.

    Saturday
    A cox is required for the novice outing at 9:30, don' be shy...

    Steering: We talked about learning to steer after the novice outing on Saturday, here is some essential reading in the Rowing Code which gives you the navigational rules for Tideway rowing.

    Henley Friday
    30th June, Old Blades Henley. You should all have heard about this from Marj, it's a great day out the top enclosure on the Royal Regatta course, well worth taking a day off work, If you've not received the details let me know.

    Upcoming regattas
    Kingston - 8th July, St Neots - 22/23rd July, Henley Town and Visitors - 29th July. 

    We have good numbers for St Neots and HT&V and will be putting crews together soon, We could team up with Barnes Bridge as we traditionally have done for mixed races which gives a chance for everyone to get a race.

    That's all for now

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 12th June 2017

    Dear Cygnets

    I'm extremely happy to report a Cygnet win at Barnes and Mortlake regatta on Saturday with Gareth, Sam, Scott, Ian and Robin winning the Nov4+ category and de-novicing in the process. Congratulations to all of them, it's been a while coming and is a fair reward for the effort they have put in on and off the water. Tim's focus on race pieces and especially starts has paid dividends and the crew looks like a bona fide racing outfit with skill and aggression to win races and regattas. For the record they beat Parrs Priory in the semi final and LVS Ascott in the final, both by more than two lengths. The celebrations went on long after the race and booted beer sales back at the club (and neurofen on Sunday). Thirsty work it is winning regattas.

    A mention should be made of our other entrants who also did themselves justice. Marj Bjarne, Cris, Niall and Vasil were second out of 3 in their semi final, easily beating Eastbourne College and losing by less than a length to Ascott. This crew has improved so much over the summer as a result of the commitment they've put in and time spent on the water together and we hope they will denovice before the season in out.

    And BDF made the final of IM3 1x in his first race in this category and gave the winner a close tough race and I'm confident of more pots for Dave over the summer.

    Next up is Richmond Regatta on the 24th June.

    So back to the day job, this week:

    Tuesday: Core and weights (unsupervised) 7pm

    Wednesday: Richmond Crews training outing

    Thursday: Novice outing at 7pm - please complete you availability so we can fix the crew

    Squad ergo at 7pm, work to be confirmed

    Saturday: Main squad, focus on prep for Richmond Regatta

    Meet at 7:05, 7:30 on the water

    Novices meet at 9:00, 9:30 OTW

    Novices please note you will be coached by Tim on Saturday. Tim has rule that if you are late then you do 100 pressups. If you are late a second time then the rest of the crew do 100 pressups, late a third time and the crew take their revenge!

    Sunday Main squad, focus on prep for Richmond Regatta

    Meet at 7:05, 7:30 on the water

    Finally it's really a great job for the captain to report wins to the rest of the club. There was no luck involved in the crew winning, it was a result of commitment and consistency under Tim's coaching. That's the key to success, so let's carry on working hard and winning pots.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 12th June 2017

    Dear Cygnets

    I'm extremely happy to report a Cygnet win at Barnes and Mortlake regatta on Saturday with Gareth, Sam, Scott, Ian and Robin winning the Nov4+ category and de-novicing in the process. Congratulations to all of them, it's been a while coming and is a fair reward for the effort they have put in on and off the water. Tim's focus on race pieces and especially starts has paid dividends and the crew looks like a bona fide racing outfit with skill and aggression to win races and regattas. For the record they beat Parrs Priory in the semi final and LVS Ascott in the final, both by more than two lengths. The celebrations went on long after the race and booted beer sales back at the club (and neurofen on Sunday). Thirsty work it is winning regattas.

    A mention should be made of our other entrants who also did themselves justice. Marj Bjarne, Cris, Niall and Vasil were second out of 3 in their semi final, easily beating Eastbourne College and losing by less than a length to Ascott. This crew has improved so much over the summer as a result of the commitment they've put in and time spent on the water together and we hope they will denovice before the season in out.

    And BDF made the final of IM3 1x in his first race in this category and gave the winner a close tough race and I'm confident of more pots for Dave over the summer.

    Next up is Richmond Regatta on the 24th June.

    So back to the day job, this week:

    Tuesday: Core and weights (unsupervised) 7pm

    Wednesday: Richmond Crews training outing

    Thursday: Novice outing at 7pm - please complete you availability so we can fix the crew

    Squad ergo at 7pm, work to be confirmed

    Saturday: Main squad, focus on prep for Richmond Regatta

    Meet at 7:05, 7:30 on the water

    Novices meet at 9:00, 9:30 OTW

    Novices please note you will be coached by Tim on Saturday. Tim has rule that if you are late then you do 100 pressups. If you are late a second time then the rest of the crew do 100 pressups, late a third time and the crew take their revenge!

    Sunday Main squad, focus on prep for Richmond Regatta

    Meet at 7:05, 7:30 on the water

    Finally it's really a great job for the captain to report wins to the rest of the club. There was no luck involved in the crew winning, it was a result of commitment and consistency under Tim's coaching. That's the key to success, so let's carry on working hard and winning pots.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th June 2017

    All,

    Firstly congratulations to Tim on the birth of baby Josephine on Friday, mum and baby are doing well and Tim seems pretty much ok on very little sleep.

    It was a great weekend of race training on Saturday and Sunday with the two race crews for Barnes and Mortlake honing their starts amongst other race drills. The river was quiet enough for a series of side by side starts with honours pretty even between the two crews. They are racing in the same event on Saturday so bragging rights are certainly going to be fought hard over. The new novices had their first post LTR outings and there are clear signs of developing skills and increasing control over the 8. Racing starts for you guys next.

    So this Saturday is Barnes and Mortlake "International" Regatta, the last of the summer regattas on our local stretch of river. It is based out of Mortlake Anglian and Alpha club just up river of Chiswick Bridge (for anyone who doesn't already know). We have two Novice 4+ racing (Sam, Scott, Ian, Robin, and Bjarne, Cris, Niall and Vasil) and Dave in IM3 single sculls. Do come down to MAA to watch. I'll let you know the race times once the draw is out.

    Bjarne's crew is still looking for a cox for the day, so if you can help out please let me and Cristobal know.

    So this week....

    Wednesday:
    Race training outings for race crews at 7pm focusing on starts, starts and more starts.

    Thursday:
    Squad ergos 6 x 500m with 2 min rest

    Novice outing, meet at 7pm OTW by 7:15 at the latest. Make sure your availability is bang up to date and put the crew listing out tomorrow.

    Saturday:
    Barnes and Mortlake Regatta

    For those not racing, squad outings meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30
    Novice Squad, Meet at 9, on the water at 9:30, crew listing will be put out on Thursday

    Sunday:
    7:05 meet at the club, 7:30 on the water
    The focus will be preparing for Richmond Regatta (24th June) and giving the prospective crews more race and start training.

    That's all for now, have a good week, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th June 2017

    All,

    Firstly congratulations to Tim on the birth of baby Josephine on Friday, mum and baby are doing well and Tim seems pretty much ok on very little sleep.

    It was a great weekend of race training on Saturday and Sunday with the two race crews for Barnes and Mortlake honing their starts amongst other race drills. The river was quiet enough for a series of side by side starts with honours pretty even between the two crews. They are racing in the same event on Saturday so bragging rights are certainly going to be fought hard over. The new novices had their first post LTR outings and there are clear signs of developing skills and increasing control over the 8. Racing starts for you guys next.

    So this Saturday is Barnes and Mortlake "International" Regatta, the last of the summer regattas on our local stretch of river. It is based out of Mortlake Anglian and Alpha club just up river of Chiswick Bridge (for anyone who doesn't already know). We have two Novice 4+ racing (Sam, Scott, Ian, Robin, and Bjarne, Cris, Niall and Vasil) and Dave in IM3 single sculls. Do come down to MAA to watch. I'll let you know the race times once the draw is out.

    Bjarne's crew is still looking for a cox for the day, so if you can help out please let me and Cristobal know.

    So this week....

    Wednesday:
    Race training outings for race crews at 7pm focusing on starts, starts and more starts.

    Thursday:
    Squad ergos 6 x 500m with 2 min rest

    Novice outing, meet at 7pm OTW by 7:15 at the latest. Make sure your availability is bang up to date and put the crew listing out tomorrow.

    Saturday:
    Barnes and Mortlake Regatta

    For those not racing, squad outings meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30
    Novice Squad, Meet at 9, on the water at 9:30, crew listing will be put out on Thursday

    Sunday:
    7:05 meet at the club, 7:30 on the water
    The focus will be preparing for Richmond Regatta (24th June) and giving the prospective crews more race and start training.

    That's all for now, have a good week, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 31st May 2017

    All,

    It was a lovely if breezy day for Twickenham Regatta, few more picturesque places to race and spectate. Well done to Cris, Vasil, Niall and Bjarne for beating a much bigger Twickenham crew in their heat, after racing side by side for the first two thirds of the course pulled clear in the home stretch to win by a couple of length showing that superior technique and fitness beats brawn. They put in a very creditable row in the semi but eventually losing out to a strong AK crew who went on the win the final. It was Bjarne and Niall's first regatta and just shows how much they have developed as a result of the time spent on the water in the past months.

    Cris, Robin and I all had a crack in our singles but came up against stronger opposition on the day. Robin had the most adventurous race, with a collision 10 strokes or so into the race after Robin had got a flying start and taken back the stagger from his Upper Thames oppo. The race has to be restarted the umpire very generously not penalising the Upper Thames rower for taking Robin out. No clash on the re-run but no win either for Robin. Novice 1x is soooo tough when you come against big senior rowers turning their hand to sculling.

    Next up is Barnes and Mortlake "International" Regatta on the 10th June, the last of our local Tideway regattas. We've entered two Novice 4+ crews - provisionally Cris, Vasil, Niall, Bjarne and Robin, Ian S, Scott and Sam. If anyone wants to double up in another event or anyone else wants to race in another category please let me know so I can get the entries in this week. The more water time these two lineups get between now and race day the better. Both crews are clearly competitive and there is a great opportunity to de-novice one of them on the 10th.

    The Learn to Row course ended on Sunday with their final outing followed by a BBQ organised by Cris. They have been a really enthusiastic and positive group who've got plenty of water time to get to grips with the basics. We've asked them all to join the club as full members and it would be great to see them join to become our new novice squad and continue their development. There is no reason why they can't aim at a regatta later in the summer to cut their racing teeth. We plan to continue the outings for this group on Thursday evenings and Saturdays, but we do ask that you sign up as members and complete the membership form as the next step. I will add you names to the month by month availability pages along with the rest of the squad for you to fill in your availability for the Thursday and Saturday sessions. This is a simple but important piece of admin to be done weekly so we can plan outings and put crews together so everyone gets out on the water. We are looking forward to having you as part of the club and seeing you race in Cygnet colours.

    So, this week....

    Tuesday 7pm Weights session (unsupervised)

    Wednesday Outings for Barnes and Mortlake crews. Can you liaise amongst yourselves about availability. I am happy to cox one on the crews, let me know if you need me.

    Thursday 7pm Squad Ergo 750m + 500m at 2k pace, 5 min rest

    Thursday 7pm Ex LTR Outing - please complete your availability here by Wednesday 6 pm.

    Saturday Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW by 7:30

    Focus on preparation for Barnes and Mortlake Regatta so please make sure your availability is up to date and race crews maximise their water time!!!!

    Novice squad, meet at 9:00, OTW at 9:30

    Sunday Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW by 7:30

    Sculling ladder and race preparation.

    That's all for now, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 31st May 2017

    All,

    It was a lovely if breezy day for Twickenham Regatta, few more picturesque places to race and spectate. Well done to Cris, Vasil, Niall and Bjarne for beating a much bigger Twickenham crew in their heat, after racing side by side for the first two thirds of the course pulled clear in the home stretch to win by a couple of length showing that superior technique and fitness beats brawn. They put in a very creditable row in the semi but eventually losing out to a strong AK crew who went on the win the final. It was Bjarne and Niall's first regatta and just shows how much they have developed as a result of the time spent on the water in the past months.

    Cris, Robin and I all had a crack in our singles but came up against stronger opposition on the day. Robin had the most adventurous race, with a collision 10 strokes or so into the race after Robin had got a flying start and taken back the stagger from his Upper Thames oppo. The race has to be restarted the umpire very generously not penalising the Upper Thames rower for taking Robin out. No clash on the re-run but no win either for Robin. Novice 1x is soooo tough when you come against big senior rowers turning their hand to sculling.

    Next up is Barnes and Mortlake "International" Regatta on the 10th June, the last of our local Tideway regattas. We've entered two Novice 4+ crews - provisionally Cris, Vasil, Niall, Bjarne and Robin, Ian S, Scott and Sam. If anyone wants to double up in another event or anyone else wants to race in another category please let me know so I can get the entries in this week. The more water time these two lineups get between now and race day the better. Both crews are clearly competitive and there is a great opportunity to de-novice one of them on the 10th.

    The Learn to Row course ended on Sunday with their final outing followed by a BBQ organised by Cris. They have been a really enthusiastic and positive group who've got plenty of water time to get to grips with the basics. We've asked them all to join the club as full members and it would be great to see them join to become our new novice squad and continue their development. There is no reason why they can't aim at a regatta later in the summer to cut their racing teeth. We plan to continue the outings for this group on Thursday evenings and Saturdays, but we do ask that you sign up as members and complete the membership form as the next step. I will add you names to the month by month availability pages along with the rest of the squad for you to fill in your availability for the Thursday and Saturday sessions. This is a simple but important piece of admin to be done weekly so we can plan outings and put crews together so everyone gets out on the water. We are looking forward to having you as part of the club and seeing you race in Cygnet colours.

    So, this week....

    Tuesday 7pm Weights session (unsupervised)

    Wednesday Outings for Barnes and Mortlake crews. Can you liaise amongst yourselves about availability. I am happy to cox one on the crews, let me know if you need me.

    Thursday 7pm Squad Ergo 750m + 500m at 2k pace, 5 min rest

    Thursday 7pm Ex LTR Outing - please complete your availability here by Wednesday 6 pm.

    Saturday Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW by 7:30

    Focus on preparation for Barnes and Mortlake Regatta so please make sure your availability is up to date and race crews maximise their water time!!!!

    Novice squad, meet at 9:00, OTW at 9:30

    Sunday Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW by 7:30

    Sculling ladder and race preparation.

    That's all for now, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd May 2017

    This week we have Twickenham Regatta and the final sessions of the Learn to Row course.

    Our entries in Twickenham are:

    Nov 4+
    Cox either Jez, Charle or Anna, Bjarne, Vasil, Cris , Niall

    Nov 1x
    Robin & Cris

    Mas E 1x
    Jez

    The draw is not yet out, I'll let you know the race times as soon as I can. Twickenham Regatta is on the stretch of the river above Richmond, from Eel Pie Island down to Buccleuch Gardens where there is always a band playing, food and drink being served. The sun will be shining, it will be 30C, what not to like, come along and cheer on our crews.

    It's the last of the learn to row sessions on Thursday and Sunday. As usual we will be after a few subs to make up the boats for the outings. On Sunday, if conditions allow we will see how far our students have progressed by having a race like piece between two eights over a short course. Following that we will have a BBQ in the sunshine and talk about what happens next and how you can become full members of the club.

    So this week...

    Tuesday: 7:00pm Weights (unsupervised)

    Wednesday: 7pm Nov 4+ outing (plus scullers and any approved steers and crew)

    Thursday: 7:00 pm Ergo 3 x 750m @ 2k pace with 3 min rest
    Learn to Row water outing - please update your availability so we can plan crews...

    Saturday
    Twickenham Regatta
    I'll see who is left behind and put together crews from them.

    Sunday
    Main Squad meet at club at 7:05, OTW at 7:30
    Learn to row, meet at 9:30, 10:00 on the water. - Final Session

    We want to get two eights doing some side by side training at race pace to give you the excitement of racing and whet you appetite for future races. So please make every effort to attend. We hope you've enjoyed the course, got the rowing bug and want to carry on rowing at Cygnet. We will talk about our plans for you beyond the course over a beer and a burger. Please let us know on the spreadsheet if you join us for the BBQ by just writing "BBQ" in the appropriate cell on the sheet.

    Further Ahead

    Barnes and Mortlake "International" regatta is on the 10th June, we need to get entries in soon. This is the last of the Tideway regattas so let's get a good turn out. We also usually pair up for some mixed 4+ races with Barnes Bridge, which is a good opportunity for everyone to get a race.

    More to follow....

    See you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 16th May 2017

    Cygnets,

    Tim introduced us to us to his World Cup ultra training session on steroids [sic] guaranteed to turn us into winners or at least kill us in the process - 20 x 20 strokes at 2k, 3 strokes recovery, followed by 20 starts to first 20 strokes, all done with resistance bungees on the boat. Let's see what difference it makes at Twickenham regatta on the 27th.

    And two learn to row crews out on Saturday making good progress and unrecognisable from the guys who took to the water for the first time just a couple of weeks ago.

    It's the final sessions of the Learn to Row course this week with a BBQ (weather permitting) after the outing on Sunday. We hope that the LTR students have got the rowing bug and will want to carry on after the course rowing at Cygnet as full members of the club.

    And I've put entries into Twickenham Regatta including two Nov 4+ crews. There is the time to get 8 outings in between now and race day, so get your availability up to date online and take advantage of the light evenings to get water time during the week.

    The provisional crews are:

    Nov 4+ A
    Sam, Scott, Cris, Robin

    Nov 4+ B
    Ian S, Vasil, Bjarne, Niall

    Singles sculls
    Cris (Nov), Robin (Nov), Jez (MasE)

    If anyone wants to enter any event please let me know asap, entries close on Saturday but the event could fill up before then.

    So this week:

    Tuesday: 7pm Weights and core training (unsupervised)

    Wednesday: Outings for crews with approved steersmen - put you availability on the spreadsheet so we can arrange crews. Good opportunity for race crews to get together. I can cox one boat if required

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo 30 min at rate 24

    LTR Session at 7pm - tank session followed by 2k test!!!

    Saturday Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Learn to row meet at 9:00 on the water at 9:30

    Sunday Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Learn to row meet at 9:00 on the water at 9:30 for final LTR outing

    Followed by bacon butties/BBQ

    Call for volunteers:

    We are going to need helping coxing the LTR outings on Sunday, if you can jump into the small seats at the back of the boats then let me know.

    Have a good week, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 8th May 2017

    Hi All,

    Great to see two learn to row eights out on Saturday morning and making good progress. Thanks to the Matt for coxing and boat sitters especially as it was only minutes after their 2k tests.

    And well done to everyone who did their 2k test and to the many who set new personal bests in the process.

    Looking ahead we are trying to set out target regattas for the 2nd half of the season. Responses to my online poll have been patchy so please take the short amount of time required to complete it asap please, we cant plan training without your input.

    This week:

    Tuesday: 7pm in the Shed Core Test with Tim

    Wednesday Water outings for experienced steers

    Thursday 7pm Squad erg 6 x 500 m at 2 k pace with 2mins rest

    Learn to Row at 7pm - we are planning water outings so come prepared and ready to get on the water as early as possible. Volunteers required to cox and boat sit.

    Saturday main squad meet at club at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    First outing 250m sprints,

    Second outing 4-8k technical

    Sunday main squad meet at club at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Sculling ladder

    12k UT2

    Learn to Row - as discussed on Saturday, we are considering moving the session to Sunday because of the availability of Alan and myself. We are checking a couple of things out and will confirm the arrangements in due course, Keep and eye out for the email, but plan on the session being Sunday 9:30.

    Walton and Weybridge Regatta (20th May)

    Twickenham Regatta (27th May)

    We want a good representation at these regattas, crews to be finalised in the next few days, but let the me know if you want to race in singles, doubles, pairs and in what category. Entries close soon!

    And please keep your availability up to date and in good time

    Have a good week.

    Cheers

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd May 2017

    Hi One and All,

    It was a very active day at the club on Saturday with racing at Chiswick Regatta and the first full LTR outing on the Tideway. I counted 30 rowers on the water over the course of the morning.

    Firstly the race results, and I'm extremely pleased to report a win for Big Dave French in Novice Single. A huge relief for our novice others scullers who know they wont have to face him in upcoming regattas. Dave had to race three rounds for his pot and handle the instructions of am umpire who confused Putney Town and Cygnet colours and was intent of putting Dave and his oppo on a collision course rather than separate them.

    Our Nov 4+ of Sam, Nick, Scott and Cris came second in their heat of 3 to the Eaton crew who easily won in the final. Most of the losing distance was lost at the start giving the other two crews a length lead before getting off the blocks. Credit goes to them for rowing through Parrs Priory and beating them by 4 lengths. This is an experienced and strong crew who can surely win a regatta soon with more time on the water together and more start practice! Thanks to Anna for coxing.

    And we had 13 LTR students on the river in two eights and Kieran going straight for the sculling curriculum in a double with Bjarne. Hope you all enjoyed it and looking forward to getting back on the river and developing your rowing skills. Hope you enjoyed Tim's rolling plank finisher.

    So, this week...

    Tuesday - Weights session in the Shed (unsupervised)

    Wednesday Water outings for experienced steers

    Thursday Squad ergo at 7pm 750m then 500m at 2k pace 5 min rest in prep for Saturday's 2k test

    LTR Session at 7pm. If you can complete your availability for Thursday then we will try to get you out on the river. We will need a couple of boat sitters from the main squad to support this. If the numbers don't work then the session will be in the tank.

    And here's a little bit of private study, from Concept 2 an excellent technique video for indoor rowing that applies equally to technique on the water. You'll also find videos on common errors on the site that are worth looking at too.

    Saturday Main Squad meet at club at 7:05 OTW at 7:30 for warm up outing 2k ergo test at 10am

    LTR meet at club at 10am On the water (OTW) at 10:30

    We will need a 2 experienced guys in each boat we put out so please respond to the call for helpers.

    Sunday Main Squad meet at club at 7:05 OTW at 7:30

    1st outing - Sculling ladder and small boat sprints

    2nd outing 12k technical

    Further ahead....

    We have Putney Town, Walton and Weybridge and Twickenham regattas on consecutive weekends in May, so we need to finalise entries. The Nov 4 should be looking to loose their novice status over the course of these. I'll be sending out a separate email about this v soon.

    And we need to plan our entries in some of the bigger regattas in June and agree the ones we are targeting.

    I've prepared a poll to cover the regattas in the second half of the season and I'll send the link to seniors in a separate email.

    Now we've rolled over into a new month we have a new availability page for May in our spreadsheet, can you all take the time to complete it through to the end of the month please.

    That will do for now, enjoy your week and enjoy your rowing,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th April 2017

    All,

    Fantastic weather at Sculling Camp and lots of people loosing their single sculling cherries under Tim's watchful eye. And a few choosing to end their scull with a capsize drill and short swim. All part of the learning experience and nothing that experienced scullers haven't experienced whilst they were learning. Good to see so many on the learn to row course at the Bungalow, it will make an eight seem extremely stable after sitting in a single.

    Thanks for all those who helping in rigging, trailering, catering (Deon) and respect to Katy, Gareth and Scott who rowed up to the bungalow from the club on Friday.

    This Saturday is Chiswick Regataa our first regatta of the season. Entries have been accepted for

    Nov 4+ (Sam, Scott, Nick, Cris)
    First race at 8:40 vs Parrs Prior & Eton College
    Final at 14:20

    Nov 1x Dave French
    Heat at 11:15, semi at 12:15, final at 15:20

    Nov 2x Dave and Scott
    Final vs Eton College at 17:20

    MasE 1x Capn Jez
    Final vs Quintin & Bentham at 9:45

    So this week:

    Tuesday: Weights (unsupervised)

    Wednesday: Water outings for signed off steers

    Thursday: Squad ergo 30 min at r24 or water outing for approved steers

    LTR Land Session at 7pm leader Jez

    Saturday:
    Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30 for
    Non race rowers and pre race outings (TBC confirmed with crews depending on race timings)
    LTR Meet at club at 10:00am for ergo warm up, water outing at 10:30

    We need to know the exact number of attendees to plan the outings. If there are more than 8 attendees then there will be two consecutive outings at 10:30 and 11:30 with some people lucky enough to be in both outings!!

    Sunday Main squad meet at 7:05 OTW by 7:30
    Sculler ladder and small boat sprints

    Can everyone get their availability up to date till the end of May please!!!!

    Have a good week, see you at the club soon

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th April 2017

    All,

    Fantastic weather at Sculling Camp and lots of people loosing their single sculling cherries under Tim's watchful eye. And a few choosing to end their scull with a capsize drill and short swim. All part of the learning experience and nothing that experienced scullers haven't experienced whilst they were learning. Good to see so many on the learn to row course at the Bungalow, it will make an eight seem extremely stable after sitting in a single.

    Thanks for all those who helping in rigging, trailering, catering (Deon) and respect to Katy, Gareth and Scott who rowed up to the bungalow from the club on Friday.

    This Saturday is Chiswick Regataa our first regatta of the season. Entries have been accepted for

    Nov 4+ (Sam, Scott, Nick, Cris)
    First race at 8:40 vs Parrs Prior & Eton College
    Final at 14:20

    Nov 1x Dave French
    Heat at 11:15, semi at 12:15, final at 15:20

    Nov 2x Dave and Scott
    Final vs Eton College at 17:20

    MasE 1x Capn Jez
    Final vs Quintin & Bentham at 9:45

    So this week:

    Tuesday: Weights (unsupervised)

    Wednesday: Water outings for signed off steers

    Thursday: Squad ergo 30 min at r24 or water outing for approved steers

    LTR Land Session at 7pm leader Jez

    Saturday:
    Main squad meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30 for
    Non race rowers and pre race outings (TBC confirmed with crews depending on race timings)
    LTR Meet at club at 10:00am for ergo warm up, water outing at 10:30

    We need to know the exact number of attendees to plan the outings. If there are more than 8 attendees then there will be two consecutive outings at 10:30 and 11:30 with some people lucky enough to be in both outings!!

    Sunday Main squad meet at 7:05 OTW by 7:30
    Sculler ladder and small boat sprints

    Can everyone get their availability up to date till the end of May please!!!!

    Have a good week, see you at the club soon

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 18th April 2017

    All,

    There was a change of pace and focus this weekend as we left the MAG and Marj in the boat house and headed out in small boats in glorious sunshine. Developing skills in small boats and especially in singles is the fastest way to improve balance and technique as well as boat and navigation skills. The more people who have the skills and knowledge to steer boats the easier it is to put crews together and ensure everybody gets on the water on squad outings. So it was good to see Vasil, Bjarne and Scott back out in singles, it was Eric, Deon, Mustafa first scull in a quad but star of the show was Niall who after a couple of outings in a quad was out in a single on Sunday (under Tim's close supervision). And everyone stayed dry. The emphasis over the next few weeks will continue to be on small boats and all those who are mastering a single scull should also prepare for their steering test and get familiar with the Tideway Code.

    It was the first session of our new learn to row with I think 13 participants which is very positive for future recruitment. Please help out when needed, we need a couple of people to help Alan on this Thursday and Saturday's land based sessions. Let Charlie know if you can make it.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7pm in the Shed - Weight training assessment and instruction with Tim

    Have a strong core is essential to transmit the power from the legs through the body shoulders and arms to the oar. Weight training is an effective way of gaining that strength is had to be done correctly and safely and within each person's current capability. Tim will be assessing the current capability of all those attending and giving specific weights programmes accordingly. Tim will start at 7 so please get to the club as early as possible for a prompt start. There will be a follow on session next Tuesday

    Wednesday 7pm Club Run warm up, then 25 x 150m sprint (steps to bandstand) with 1' rest

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo 3 x 1k @ 2k pace, 5 min rest.

    Saturday meet at club at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Continuing in small boats, session 1: Starts, session 2: Water tech 4-8k

    Sunday meet at club at 7:05, OTW at 7:30

    Session 1: water tech 16k, second session: Sculling ladder

    Further ahead

    Sculling Camp 22/23 April Note that all squad activity will be a the bungalow for the weekend with main squad outings taking place there before the novice sculler tuition starts at 10:30. For all novices this is the best opportunity to get out in single sculls in a very benign environment which will make it less scary when you go out for the first time on the Tideway!!!. Plus food, drink, BBQ, camping...

    Friday 21st April 9am Bungalow row to Hamhaugh Island.

    Saturday 29th April Chiswick Regatta - I'll be sending out a list of candidate regattas for the first half of the session in the next 24 hours in a Doodle Poll to gauge levels of interest and plan our regatta campaign with Tim, please complete asap once you receive it.

    Have a good week,

    See you all soon

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 18th April 2017

    Hi All,

    Hope you all had a fab Easter. It was a select group at the club on Saturday and Sunday but we still achieved useful skills development. Four of the LTR came down for a bonus session with Alan and got out on the river for the first time. And there was some good sculling mileage for our novices from last year, with Barry, Niall and Bjarne getting to grips with quadich.

    This weeks plans:

    Tuesday 7pm Weights session. All those how have attend the previous sessions should have their programme from Tim.

    Tim is available to instruct tomorrow if enough people can make it. Please update the spreadsheet and reply to me asap if you plan to attend.

    No squad outing but if you are a signed off steer feel free to venture out. Sunset is at 8:02 so you need to be on and off the water promptly.

    Thursday 7pm Squad erg tbc

    LTR land session wtih Alan

    Same rules for outings as Tuesday apply

    Boat loading for Sculling Camp - many hands make like work!! Bring your rigger jigger

    Friday Bungalow Row

    To benefit from a flood tide to Teddington the pod will leave at 9am. Forecast is looking promising.

    Please confirm to me by reply if you are doing it. It clearly has an impact on what boats we need to put on the trailer.

    6pm Trailer unloading and boat rerigging at Weybridge Ladies

    Sculling Camp

    All squad training and coaching will be at the bungalow this weekend. And the LTR sessions will be based there too. Depending on the number of novice scullers, we will split the basic coaching into a morning and afternoon session. Let Charlie/Nick know if you have a preference. Everyone is welcome to attend all day, you learn a lot by watching and we need helpers to get boats on an off the water, hold the tethers etc. As well as putting everyone out in a single scull there will be opportunities to go out with experienced scullers in doubles and quads.

    Saturday

    Main Squad meet at bungalow at 7:30, OTW at 8am for coach session with Tim. This is important training for those racing at Chiswick Regatta the following week.

    10am LTR and new Scullers Safety Briefing

    10:30 -13:00 Sculling Coaching for novices - wave 1

    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 -17:00 Sculling coaching for novices wave 2

    14:00- 16:00 Main squad 2nd outing

    Sunday

    Main Squad meet at bungalow at 7:30, OTW at 8am for coach session with Tim.

    Novice Sculling coaching from 10 am

    Lunch @ 13:00 then pack up camp, de-rig boats, load trailer and home.

    Saturday 29th April Chiswick Regatta

    On our doorstep so it's rude no to. I'm chasing likely racers, but it you know you want to race and what you want to race then let me know. Entries in by Saturday so only a couple of days to make up your minds....

    See you all soon

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th March 2017

    Cygnets,

    Very disappointing that Head of the River Race was cancelled on Saturday. A difficult decision for the organisers, a strong northeasterly wind against the tide meant white horses on the river which are not the conditions that you want for 350 boats battling their into the waves. Thankfully Vets Head was not affected and we were represented in two boats - a Cygnet/Benrath composite and a Cygnet/TSS composite crew and there was all of 2 seconds between the two boats over the course. Both were very much scratch crews and it was enjoyable for all those who took part. It was great to have Tichel from RG Benrath in the boat in the tradition of the close and longstanding friendship between the two clubs. And there was good race experience for Deon, Niall and Bjarne who all started rowing in our LTR courses in the last 12 months.

    So the Head Racing season is over and we start preparing for the summer regattas. And with that we will be moving into small boats and it's our objective to improve boat handling, steering and navigation skills across the squad. Tim is starting a sculling ladder every Sunday to give regular racing practice and establish an informal rank order. Should be fun too.

    We've had our last Tuesday circuits class until September. With lighter evenings those who are signed off to steer can get water time on our Tuesday and Thursday sessions. There will be an alternative land base training plan for those who can't get on the water, but it you improve your skills and technique be maximising water time, so that has to be a huge incentive to learn to scull and pass the navigation test. Start now by getting to grips with the Tideway Rowing Code. Charlie says he will have some availability to cox some evenings to there will be some sessions for non steersmen to get out in the evenings, but there is no substitute for learning to handle a single scull and becoming self sufficient on the river. So can I also encourage everyone to sign up to Sculling Camp on the 22/23 April to get into sculling boats in as very safe environment.

    The first regattas are not far away - Hammersmith Regatta on the 22nd April, Chiswick Regatta on the 29th April. We'll need to know who wants to race at these in the near future to put together crews and plan the preparation. My thoughts are that we should focus our resources on Sculling Camp on the 22nd and make that a full training weekend for the main squad to prepare for Chiswick Regatta the following week. For the rest of the season I will put a Doodle poll out to get an early guide to who can and wants to row which regatta throughout the season.

    Our next learn to row course starts on Saturday at 10am. This remains our main source of new Cygnets so I ask you all to be welcoming and encouraging to the new guys when you see them and to help out with the sessions when asked. The first sessions before Easter will be on land, after Easter they will be out on the water on Saturday and Thursday so I'll be asking for coxes and boat sitters so please don't be shy to come forward.

    So this week.....

    Please fill in your availability to the end of the month, including Tuesdays and Thursdays so we can plan crews and sessions

    Tuesday - No Circuits!!!!!

    If you are a signed off steer then you can get out on the water. Sunset is at 19:27 so you need to boat early (6:30 at latest) and be off the river before sunset.

    On land training is 30 mins rate 20 ergo

    Wednesday 7pm Club run 25 min fartlek

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo 30' AT ergo Rate 24 Test (as far as you can row)

    Weekend

    This will be a small boat weekend for all four session. This covers the whole squad including novices.

    Saturday and Sunday Meet at club at 7:05 OTW at 7:30

    Oh and Sunday is University Boat Races day, here's the timetable:

    The Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race: 16:35

    Osiris Blondie Race: 16:50

    Isis Goldie Race: 17:05

    The Cancer Research UK Boat Race: 17:35

    So lots going on, we've worked hard over the winter, we can now look forward to more water sessions, evening outings, warm conditions, let's keep the momentum from the winter going so we can hit the regatta season at 38 SPM and go and win some pots.

    Have a great week,

    Jezkly Update blog post

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st March 2017

    All,

    Well it was our last full weekend before Head of the River and Vets Head next weekend. Good to see both 8s out together (kind of essential before the race) and both senior and novice boats looking pretty solid in the higher rate pieces. And thanks to Tim for arranging the match against Thames Novices on Sunday. This was a great way to prepare for the real event and deal with the pressure of racing and the crew which was 50/50 split of senior and novice rowers performed well, holding off the Thames crew in both races. So bring on Head of the River.

    The draw is out and Cygnet i is number 308 and Cygnet II is 348. The race starts at 14:15 there are many top crews racing so come and watch the biggest Tideway event and cheer you club on.

    The crews are:

    Cygnet I
    Marj (c), Sam (s), Robin (7), Nick (6), Gav (5), Matt (4), Ian M (3), Jez (2), Cris (b)

    Cygnet II
    Charlie/Anna (c), Ian Sch (S), Scott (7), Bjarne (6), Tom (5), Eric (4), Vasil (3), Mustafa (2), Niall (b)

    Tim and I will send out more details about warm up outings and preparation for the race itself in a separate email, but we will be having an outing first thing Saturday morning and then we will need to be at the club at least an hour before the race. Can anyone who does not own club kit let me know so we can arrange for you to borrow some so we are in matching club kit. Looking the part and feeling good is free speed in the boat.

    Vets Head

    We have a boat entered at Masters B. This will be a combination of the two crews from Saturdays race final line up to be confirmed, but I need to know asap who can race.

    The good news is that it is a shorter course the HoRR rowed on the flood tide. Race start is at 11 and our start number is 19 so this is pretty much the time of our second outing if there wasn't a race, so no excuse for not being in it.

    We also have as Tideway Sculler School / Cygnet composite crew racing at Masters F number 131 to cheer on.

    So with that in mind, this week's plan is:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi Cavendish School
    We have the school booked next Tuesday as well, can people let me know if they plan to make this session which would be the last of the term and last till September. If people are taking downtime after HoRR and aren't going to show then I'll cancel the booking.

    Wednesday 7pm at the club
    Club Run 4k easy. Non runners 3 x 3' squats/1' rest Rate 30

    Thursday 7:00 Squad ergo at the club followed by Cris cooking supper
    2 x 1k @ 5k pace

    Saturday: Pre race outing meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30
    We need everyone racing at this outing come hell or high water
    Meet for race at 1pm

    Sunday: Pre race outing meet at 7:05, OTW at 7:30
    Race at 11 need to boat soon after 10 to get down to Putney

    So lots to take in with more details to follow.

    Further ahead.

    Tim has published his training plan for the next 4 weeks. There is a change of emphasis as we move into the regatta season. I'll send out a separate email with more detail from Tim how this will work.

    Finally...

    It's a busy week and the weekend is the culmination of all the hard ours on the ergo and cold dark early mornings on the river, let's all enjoy it. Keep a close eye out for emails from Tim and myself with any refinement to the plans, and make sure you know where you need to be and when,

    Cheers

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 14th March 2017

    Chaps,

    It was an excellent weekend on the river with lots of hard work and technical sessions which is really showing its benefit in the quality of the rowing and the balance in the boats. The two 20 min resistance rowing pieces on Sunday really showed a significant step up from a couple of weeks ago. And a word for Bjarne and especially Niall who were in the senior 8 for the long outings showing the progress they've made over the winter. Just shows what you can achieve when you put the time and effort in.

    So we are less than two weeks to go to Head of the River weekend. We have two crews entered on Saturday, one at IM3 and one at Novice. We have a Masters B crew entered on Sunday.

    The crew line-ups selected by Tim are for HoRR:

    Cygnet I IM3

    Marj (cox) Sam 8, Robin 7, Nick 6, Gav 5, Matt 4, Ian M 3, Jez 2, Cris 1

    Cygnet II Nov

    Charlie/Anna/Sue (cox) Ian S 8, Scott 7, Bjarne 6, Vasil 5, Tom 4, Niall 3, Eric 2, Deon 1

    There may be some final tweaking on the lineup so subs need to available to step in if required.

    We've put a place holder crew in for VHOR which is largely the first VIII from Saturday. We will be firming up this lineup over the next few days.

    It is IMPERATIVE that both boats get out this weekend for us much time as possible. Head of the River Race is a big deal and a step up from Hammersmith Head and Quinitn Head, so can everyone do all they can to make themselves available for the weekend and be prepared to do double outings. This is what we've been training for all weekend so let's make this our priority this weekend.

    So this week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School
    Wednesday 7pm 5k squad run
    Thursday 7pm 4 x 10' Rate 24 (78% 2k wattage)

    Saturday
    Everyone meet at 7:05 OTW at 7:30
    Double outings for all, work to be confirmed.

    Sunday
    Everyone meet at 7:05 OTW at 7:30
    1st outing 16k Tech 2nd outing Water tech Speed strokes 12/7 x 20

    It's the final push to HoRR so let's give it our best shot.
    See you all at Circuits

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th March 2017

    All,

    The weather for Hammersmith Head before the start could not have been much worse, wind and rain whipping up big waves at the start crashing over riggers and into boats. Then the miracle happened. As we were spinning in turn for our start, the rain stopped, the clouds cleared and my friend the sun came out. It was still extremely rough rowing through to the start but by the time we had cleared Barnes Bridge the wind was now a tail wind, the river got calmer giving great conditions to the finish. Anyway the crew with Big Dave and Big Edward son of Tom subbing in to the original line-up providing a beefed-up engine room we had a good row being overtaken by two crews but rowing past Cantabrigian in the last third of the race. We were 78th out of 251 overall and 16 out of 21 in IM3. It felt a more powerful row and we held our rate and power to the finish so I think it was a significant improvement on Quintin Head. Many thanks to Dave, Edward and Marj who hopefully remember the sunshine at the end of the race rather than the rain when marshalling.

    HH17

    So less than three weeks to Head of the River, we have two crews entered in IM3 and Novice. We've had a couple of injuries so I'll be chasing everyone who can row to commit to the race this week, we need everyone we can get otherwise the second boat wont get onto the river. And we need as many people as possible on the water this weekend to prepare for the race.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi -
    Wednesday 7pm Club run 30' easy/ 30' hard. Non runners 7 x 5' squats/1' rest Rate 30
    Thursday 7pm 5 x 1500m @5k pace split

    Saturday Main squad meet at 7:05 for briefing, 7:30 OTW
    1st outing Water UT2 20k 8x 3 ' Rate 26-34
    2nd outing Water tech 4-8k
    Novices meet at 9 for warm up ergo, 9:30 OTW

    Sunday Main squad meet at 7:05 for briefing, 7:30 OTW
    1st outing Water tech 16k
    2nd outing Water 12k 2 x 20' Bungee work r 22'
    Novices meet at 9 for warm up ergo, 9:30 OTW

    I've been asked to give a plug to the Cygnet Twitter account which can be found as CygnetRC and gives updates about what is happening at the club and which celebrities have been snapped walking by the club at the weekend, so become followers and spread the word.

    More stuff coming up, next LTR course starts on the 1st April, please help publicise it and then get ready to help out with the sessions when it starts.

    And put a date in your diary for Sculling Camp on the 22nd/ 23rd of April at Cygnets Bungalow at Shepperton Lock. For novices this is an unparalleled opportunity to get out in a single scull and learn new boat handling skills that will improve your rowing no end, as well as enjoying a lovely stretch of the river and food and drink with your Cygnet and Barnes Bridge buddies.

    That's all for now, have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th February 2017

    Head of the River weekend is less than five weeks. We need to pick the crews and planning the training in the run up to the race and that starts with confirm who wants to race over the two days. The plans are not set in stone right now but the thinking is to enter a senior and novice crew into Head of the River on Saturday and a masters crew for Vets Head on Sunday, with the possibility of entering a composite crew with Tideway Scullers.

    So can all those wanting to race confirm that with me as well as whether you can race on both days. Head of the River is over the full course from Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide, Vets Head is on flood tide from Harrods to Chiswick Bridge. Over the past few weeks there has been a core of rowers turning up every week for the double outings and doing the land training. If you want to race in either of the Saturday boats over the full course you need to prove your fitness to Tim by completing the 5k ergo test. This takes place this coming Saturday if you can't make this then complete it at your convenience and send your result to Tim and me, Participation in the Vets event on Sunday will be a bit more relaxed but clearly the more training and water time you get the better you will do. We have an opportunity for a dress rehearsal at Kingston Head on the 18th March, so please indicate on the spreadsheet if you can make it.

    So let me know you intentions, do the test and update the spreadsheet with your availability between now and the race so we get maximum water time in 8s.

    Before that there is Hammersmith Head at 9:30 on Sunday 5th March. We have an IM3 crew entered, (there were too few rowers to get a second VIII out) consisting of Robin, Jez, Cris, Matt, Guy, Nick R, Gareth and Sam (cox to be confirmed). Before the race, can everyone clear any money owing to the club for subs and race fees (Matt has given me the list of debtors, I wont name and shame yet).

    So, this week...

    Tuesday 7:15pm Cicruits with Maxi at Cavendish School

    Wednesday 7pm Club run (distance tbc)

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo (work to be confirmed)

    Saturday 5k ergo test - this will be a key factor in crew selection for HORR and VHoR so make sure you complete it.

    The test will start at 9:30 am in how ever many waves it takes to get though everyone.

    Seniors will have a warm up outing OTW at 7:30, meeting for Tim's briefing at 7:05.

    Novice squad will have their outings after their test.

    Sunday - An early start to get outing complete before the AGM at 12 noon.

    So meet at club at 6:40, OTW at 7am

    12 noon Cygnet AGM

    Thanks to Tim for his session on safe steering on Saturday. Let's a work on increasing our river knowledge and safe steering skills so we can enjoy our rowing without risk to rowers or damage to boats.

    And lets do all we can to make ourselves available for the sessions leading up to the head races and get as much time in 8s as we can between now and the race.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th February 2017

    Head of the River weekend is less than five weeks. We need to pick the crews and planning the training in the run up to the race and that starts with confirm who wants to race over the two days. The plans are not set in stone right now but the thinking is to enter a senior and novice crew into Head of the River on Saturday and a masters crew for Vets Head on Sunday, with the possibility of entering a composite crew with Tideway Scullers.

    So can all those wanting to race confirm that with me as well as whether you can race on both days. Head of the River is over the full course from Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide, Vets Head is on flood tide from Harrods to Chiswick Bridge. Over the past few weeks there has been a core of rowers turning up every week for the double outings and doing the land training. If you want to race in either of the Saturday boats over the full course you need to prove your fitness to Tim by completing the 5k ergo test. This takes place this coming Saturday if you can't make this then complete it at your convenience and send your result to Tim and me, Participation in the Vets event on Sunday will be a bit more relaxed but clearly the more training and water time you get the better you will do. We have an opportunity for a dress rehearsal at Kingston Head on the 18th March, so please indicate on the spreadsheet if you can make it.

    So let me know you intentions, do the test and update the spreadsheet with your availability between now and the race so we get maximum water time in 8s.

    Before that there is Hammersmith Head at 9:30 on Sunday 5th March. We have an IM3 crew entered, (there were too few rowers to get a second VIII out) consisting of Robin, Jez, Cris, Matt, Guy, Nick R, Gareth and Sam (cox to be confirmed). Before the race, can everyone clear any money owing to the club for subs and race fees (Matt has given me the list of debtors, I wont name and shame yet).

    So, this week...

    Tuesday 7:15pm Cicruits with Maxi at Cavendish School

    Wednesday 7pm Club run (distance tbc)

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo (work to be confirmed)

    Saturday 5k ergo test - this will be a key factor in crew selection for HORR and VHoR so make sure you complete it.

    The test will start at 9:30 am in how ever many waves it takes to get though everyone.

    Seniors will have a warm up outing OTW at 7:30, meeting for Tim's briefing at 7:05.

    Novice squad will have their outings after their test.

    Sunday - An early start to get outing complete before the AGM at 12 noon.

    So meet at club at 6:40, OTW at 7am

    12 noon Cygnet AGM

    Thanks to Tim for his session on safe steering on Saturday. Let's a work on increasing our river knowledge and safe steering skills so we can enjoy our rowing without risk to rowers or damage to boats.

    And lets do all we can to make ourselves available for the sessions leading up to the head races and get as much time in 8s as we can between now and the race.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 15th February 2017

    Cygnets,

    Those of you on the river at the weekend don't need to be reminded by me of how cold that east wind was on both days, and yes the snow flurries did make the river look a little more picturesque but we weren't there for the view. 28k over two outings on Sunday constitutes a good mornings work and it was good to have an VIII out for the second outing. Thanks to Tom for coxing in what was only metaphorically the hot seat.

    Next race is Hammersmith Head on Sunday 5th March at 9:30. From the earlier poll, I have the following 14 people interested in racing:

    Jeremy Pugh, Gavin Hunter, Barry Dearlove, John Stockdale, BartdG, CristobalCabrera, Ian Schofield, Nick Rae, Guydu Parc Braham, Piers Langstone Bolt, TomBroadhurst, Gareth Furby, MattByrne, Robin Harries

    So we either find a couple more rowers to make up a first and second VIII or we will enter one boat. Can you confirm your availability and willingness to race by putting "HH" on the 5th March on the spreadsheet so we can select the crews. Entries close at noon on 25th Feb.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Cavendish School Circuits with Maxi

    Wednesday 7:00pm Club run 5k easy,

    Thursday: 7pm Squad ergo, 20 min rate 20 at 77% of 2k wattage

    Saturday & Sunday Main Squad outings meet at club at 7:05, OTW by 7:30.

    I will allocate boats to crews ahead of time so if you know that you will need to make adjustments to your boat please make sure this is done early so that all crews are push off at 7:30.

    Novice outing will be at 9:45 both days, but we will organise an ergo session before the outing to get you properly warmed up!

    Safety Note: We had a very narrow escape on Saturday with a very real chance of one of our boats capsizing and rowers ending up in a very cold and fast flowing river. Accidents aren't things that only happen to other clubs and I think the incident should be a real wake up call the club. Tim will include a safety and steering talk between the outings on Saturday but safety and good steering is a responsibility for all and should be part of our rowing DNA every time we go on the river. More to follow...

    Coming up:

    25/26 March Head of the River/Vets Head of the River - please make clear you willingness and availability to race well in advance to help with crew selection.

    1st April Next Learn to Row course - Please support in promoting this course through your personal networks to make sure it is filled with Cygnet Henley Hopefuls.

    22/23 April Sculling Camp at Hamhaugh Island- Great fun but also a unique opportunity for our novice rowers to get into a single scull and develop their boat and rowing skills in a fabulous and safe environment. Save the

    That's all for now,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th February 2017

    Hi All,

    Hopefully I'll be short and sweet this week...

    Good work and long outings out on fast flowing Tideway at the weekend, it was good to see an VIII out for the second outing on Sunday, definite progress being made on technique and balance.

    This week:

    Tonight: 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School

    Wednesday 7:00pm Club Run 30' easy/ 30' hard. Non runners 7 x 5' squats/1' rest Rate 30

    Thursday 7:00pm Squad ergo 5 x 1500m @5k pace -1s split

    Saturday Main Squad outing meet at club at 7:05 for Tim's briefing OTW at 7:30 sharp, no faffing.

    1st outing Water UT2 20k 8x 3 ' Rate 26-34

    2nd outing Water tech 4-8k

    Novices 9:15 at club 9:30 OTW

    Sunday Main Squad outing meet at club at 7:05 for Tim's briefing OTW at 7:30 sharp,

    1st outing Water tech 16k

    2nd outing Water 12k 2 x 20' Bungee work r 22'

    Novices 9:15 at club 9:30 OTW

    I know it's an early, but the earlier we start the earlier we get away and we should be ahead of the Putney flotilla that arrives at 7:55 each Saturday and Sunday and get better conditions.

    As ever, get you availability up to date on the spreadsheet.

    Cheers

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 1st February 2017

    Cygnets,

    Quintin Head on Saturday was our first race of the year and it was heartening to see two Cygnet VIIIs competing in excellent conditions. We had three people making their debuts in Cygnet colours, Ian Schofield, Niall Smith and Bjarne Hustad and they all enjoyed the experience and excitement of racing. The results were Cygnet 1st VIII 107th overall in a time of 15:17 and Cygnet 2nd VIII were 178th in 16:32. Both boats reported having good rows down the course and looked good in the photos, but there could have been more pain in the boats to get the times down. So we need to work hard on and off the river to improve our relative positions for HoRR and VHoR. Huge thanks to Marj and Charlie for coxing the boats.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15 at Cavendish School Circuits with Maxi, carrying on the focus on core strength

    Wednesday 7pm Club run - Club Run 40' easy. Non runners 4 x 4' squats/1' rest Rate 30

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo 5 x 1500m @5k pace -0.5s split, sign up with Sarah Powell for food afterwards, you're going to need to refuel after the ergo!!

    Saturday Main squad outings, meet at club at 7:20, OTW by 7:45 for first outing, 2nd outing at 10:45 - Sunrise is getting earlier so we can start and finish our outings earlier

    Novices: meet at club at 9:15, OTW at 9:45

    Sunday Main squad outings, meet at club at 7:20, OTW by 7:45 for first outing, 2nd outing at 10:45 - Sunrise is getting earlier so we can start and finish our outings earlier

    Novices: meet at club at 9:15, OTW at 9:45

    We tried on Sunday including a Novice 4+ in the main squad outing but there was too much difference in speed between them and the main squad for Tim to shuttle back and forth between the crews so I think for now the Novice outings are best scheduled between the main squad's first and second outings.

    Preparing for HoRR/VHoR and squad development

    On Sunday the group of rowers who were doing both outings and coach Tim talked about plans for Head of the River weekend and the obvious fact that we were a small and select group who are doing all the weekend outings. It's something that I've put in previous news letters and I know people have other commitments and priorities that puts a limit on the outings they can make. But there is no getting away from it that those attending all Tim's session are getting the full programme of technical and physical development and will progress faster than those that don't or can't. So Tim wants to put the squad into three categories of rowers - fully committed, part committed, social. Fully committed means making all the sessions on and off the water, part committed means training every week but not all sessions, social means joining the squad as and when. Crew selection for races and outings will take from the committed group first, then the part committed then the social. In the recent poll 11 people said they were going to make all the weekend outings, but with only four of us on the second outing on Sunday, that's clearly not the case. We will put up a list in the changing rooms of the squad and which category they are in. This is not a fixed thing, if you can move between the categories in any direction depending on attendance. The aim of this is so people know where they stand with regards selection, that those putting the time and effort in get the recognition and most all more people make more outings and take full advantage of Tim's fantastic coaching and programme. Finally, the four of us who did the second outing on Sunday, we had a great session in single sculls racing each other back from Putney to the club.

    Recruitment

    In the same discussion on Sunday we talked about recruitment and how we can build the base of active rowers in the club. We have the fleet and coaching set up to support a substantially bigger squad which is good for the club in many ways both competitively, socially and financially. Most of our recruitment traditionally comes from our Learn to Row courses and the next one starts on the 1st April. We also should recruit experienced rowers who can get straight on the water and join the competitive squad and we have been less successful at this. We all thought we need to do more on this. Ideas include advertising locally and in rowing websites. I'm sure there is a lot more we can do, it needs to be the responsibility of every club member to help by using their own networks of work, family friends and by coming up with ideas on ways to attract guys to the club. So let's keep the ideas coming and turn them into actions and into new recruits, both for the LTR and of experienced rowers. More to follow, but to start with fire your ideas over to me, Nick and Charlie.

    That's rather a long update, have a good week and enjoy your rowing!!!

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 24th January 2017

    All,

    Back at base again last weekend. Suffice to say Richmond and Petersham Meadows looked beautiful with mist coming off the river and steam coming off the two Cygnet crews...

    This weekend is Quintin Head starting at 12:15 rowed up river from Hammersmith to Chiswick.

    The two crews are:

    1st VIII (crew 58): Robin, Jez, Cris, Matt, Gav, Nick, Gareth, Bart, Marj (c)

    2nd VIII (crew 55): Niall, Piers, Vasil, Tom, Sam, Bjarne, Scott, Ian S, Charlie (c)

    They are both in the same Mas BC division so please come down and cheer them on, they should be passing by the club between 12:30 and 12:45.

    This week:

    Tuesday – 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School.

    Wednesday – 7pm Squad run from the club - details to be confirmed

    Thursday – 7pm Squad ergo - details to be confirmed

    Saturday – Meet at club at 7:30 OTW by 7:50 for Pre race outings. Racing crews to boat at 11:15

    Sunday Double outings meet at club at 7:30 for first outing OTW by 7:50

    A bit of a captain's moan and a suggestion...

    Those of use making the second outings especially on Sunday are a small band, only 5 of us on Sunday. It's frustrating for Tim and if we want to achieve our goals we need more people making the sessions and getting maximum water and training time. If people need to get away by a certain time, then can we start our outings earlier so we finish earlier let's say on the water by 7 for the first outing and second outing finished by 11. Would that enable those who currently find it hard to be able to make the second outing? Let's talk about it but anything we can do to get better turn out is worth considering.

    That's it, I'll update the run and ergo plan as soon as I have it.

    Cheers

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 18th January 2017

    Hi All,

    Full on morning of seat racing at a rather cold and breezy Dorney Lake on Saturday morning with three coxless fours powering down the Olympic regatta course. Four races in quick succession, Tim alongside on his bike getting accurate timings for each race. Four back to back races is hard work but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It's great to be getting variety in our training and as well as the mileage it gets us prepared for the head races by doing dress rehearsals like this. Thanks for all those who completed the poll, 24 responses in all. Tim and the captaincy will be looking at who wants to race in each event and based on ergo and seat racing results pick the crews for them. If you said you want to race, it is assumed you are available and can make the outings ahead of each race, so if you are picked for Quintin it is important to make the outings this weekend, so update you availability if you haven't already done so.

    So, this week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School, bring towel and drink

    Wednesday: 7:00pm club run - 5k

    Thursday: 7:00pm Squad Ergo 3 x1500m at 101% of 5k wattage

    (You can use tools on the Concept2 website to calculate you 5k wattage and what 101% of this means in terms of target split)

    Sian is cooking supper afterwards.

    Saturday: Squad outings - it's tarting to get lighter so senior squad will meet at 7:30, 18k first outing, double fartlek second outing, we must get the racing 8 for Quintin on the water.

    I'll confirm the time of the novice outings, likely to be around 10am

    Sunday: Meet 7:30 16k plus 3 x 10 min pieces @ 28,30,32

    Further ahead

    Next Learn To Row starts 1st April

    We have set the date for the next learn to row course to start on 1st April. It will be 16 sessions over 8 weeks with a week off for Easter. Please help promote the course through your contacts, friends, family, colleagues. Full details will be on the the website.

    Have a good week everyone, see you at the club soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th January 2017

    First week weekend back of 2017 and one to burn off the turkey, Christmas pub and mince pies. At the last count 17 of us took on the first 5k ergo test of the year, some 5k virgins shaking Mr Lactic Acid by the hand at the 3k mark for the first time... Lots of commitment and determination from everyone and a good number of PBs set, Tim will send out the full results and analysis shortly.

    Sunday was the club time trial. Fours boats participated and every rower confessed to enjoying after it was over (well maybe with the exception of Robin). With accurate timings thanks to Tim and Ali Elliott it felt like a real head race and gets our heads and bodies read for the real thing over the coming weeks. It would be good if more of the squad can make future time trials, I'll make sure I give you plenty of advanced notice of it and the logistics.

    And there were good sessions for the Novice Squad on Saturday and Sunday, the more time on the water, the better you get...

    Looking forward...

    Squad Poll

    I'll be sending out a poll to the whole squad to find out who is wanting to race in the up and coming Head Races. Can everyone please reply to it, even if is to say that you not racing, it will only take 5 minutes of your time, but it will help Tim and the captaincy make informed plans about potential crews for the races.

    Dorney Lake Seat Racing 14/15th January

    This is something new to our programme from Tim, a chance for a change of water and surrounding and side by side inter squad racing. I've sent more details in a separate email, but please prioritise this and do what you can to be there. We need a critical mass of rowers to make it a success, so please let us know your availability for it via the spreadsheet. Note that this is for experienced rowers, the novice squad will train back at HQ as usual.

    This Week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm at Cavendish School: Circuits with Maxi - focus for this term in on core strength. If you want to do well in the races, you should be attending. Bring towel and water.

    Wednesday 7pm Club Run 75 mins easy

    Thursday 7pm Squad Ergo 30 min r 20 at 76% of new 2k wattage

    Boat loading for Dorney

    Followed by The Captains Curry - not to be missed, extra chillies available on request

    Saturday Main Squad Dorney Seat Racing from 8 - 12:30

    Novices: normal outing at the club,

    Sunday Main Squad Dorney Seat Racing from 8 - 12:30

    Novices - outing at the club (subject to numbers and cox availability)

    So the new year is underway, let's build on the hard work done before Christmas and take advantage of the great coaching and programme from Tim and commit the time and effort in the run up to the Head of the River Race and Vets Head.

    Have a great week,

    Jez

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  • Happy New Year from Cygnet RC

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 3rd January 2017

    Hi All,

    Hope you had a great Christmas and a raring to get back on the river training hard for the head races over the next three months. We are all getting fitter and stronger as shown by then number of people setting PBs in the pre Christmas 2k test. This sets us up for more water time and longer outings over the coming weeks. Head of the River is on the 25th March and Vets Head on the 26th, now is the time to commit to racing and doing the training. I'll be canvasing the squad to see who wants to race but it would be great to get a senior, development, novice and vets crews out over the weekend .

    An innovation from Tim, we will be holding a training weekend at Dorney Lake on the 14th/15th January with seat racing in 4s and small boats over 1500m. It will be great to have a change of scene and to race each other down the Olympic Regatta course. More details for follow about the logistics, but please make every effort to be there, and mark you availability for it on the speadsheet.

    So, the plan over the next couple of weeks is:

    Tuesday 3rd 1000 lunges (wherever you choose to do them)

    Wednesday 4th 48min club run

    Thursday 5th Squad Ergo: 3 x 1k at 5k pace, 3min rest

    Saturday 8th 5k Ergo test - those who did the 2k test will have a target split from Tim. We will have squad outings first thing to warm up for the test

    Sunday 9th Club Time trial - lets get as many boats as we can pushing each other and getting experience rowing in a head race format.

    Tuesday 10th Circuits with Maxi at 7:15 Cavendish School

    Wednesday 11th 75 min club run

    Thursday 12th 30 min 20 at 76% of new 2k wattage

    Boat loading for Dorney

    Saturday 14th Seat racing at Dorney

    Sunday 15th Seat racing at Dorney

    Further ahead....

    Saturday 28th Jan Quintin Head

    Sunday 5th March Hammersmith Head

    Saturday 25th March Head of the River Race

    Sunday 26th March Vets Head of the River Race

    Sunday 2nd April The Boat Race

    If you ordered kit, it has arrived and is in the mens changing room. Bjarne picked his up on Saturday and his rowing was transformed by looking the part!!!

    Looking forward to some great rowing and racing in 2017, see you all soon,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th December 2016

    All,

    Fun and games in Quintin Plum Puddings with 5 rowers making their racing debut for Cygnets. The crews were both made up of experienced guys and new novices with their only race training being the row up to the Pink House. The result in the race within a race was a win for Captain's Crackers over the Marj's Marvels but the real winner was Marj for her fabulous Santa's elf costume. I hope all the guys from the LTR course enjoyed the thrill of racing and inspires then to go onto great things in the new year.

    It was 2k Ergo Test on Saturday, the club room was full nerves and apprehension beforehand but well done to everyone who did it and gave it there all and well done to those who set PBs. Next up is a 5k test on the 7th January...

    This week:

    Tuesday - No circuits this week, 30 min r 20 @ 75% of 2k power instead.

    Wednesday Club Run 5k

    Thursday Squad ergo 30 min r 20 @ 75% of 2k power.

    Saturday Squad outing 8am OTW, 7:40 at the club - please fill in your availability of the spreadsheet so we can see how many of you are around and plan the outings

    Sunday - Turkey overdose. No squad outings, but feel free to go for a scull or do and ergo

    Next Week: No squad training, but mindful of the 5k test on the 7th, please feel free to come and use the Shed focusing of long low rate pieces. Scullers, if you plan to go out mark it on the sheet before you go with the time you plan to go out so if others are interested you can form a sculling pod.

    I'll seen out the plan for Saturday on Thursday,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th December 2016

    Firstly congratulations to Tim for his win in British Rowing Indoor Champs on Saturday in the mens 40-49 light weight category in 6 mins 23 a full 16 seconds ahead of second place. So that sets the standard for the Cygnet 2k test on Saturday morning. Common, guys we like a challenge! Good to see that Cygnet traditions were upheld at the Barnes Bridge Ladies Christmas Ball on Saturday night and the club bar still in use at 3am. Thanks to Tim for giving us a lie in and recovery outing on Sunday.

    So yes it's a 2k ergo test on Saturday, target is to improve by 2 secs on your previous time, maybe a quiet Friday night would be good preparation rather than another 3am in the bar.

    This week:

    Tuesday
    7:15pm Cavendish School - Maxi Circuits - last session before Christmas, tone the abs for your work Christmas Party.

    Wednesday: 
    7pm Club Run 7k easy/7k hard non runners Non runners 7 x 5' squats/1' rest Rate 27

    Thursday:
    7pm Squad Ergo
    Full race warm up 4 x 500m @ 2k pace 2' rest 20' cool down

    Saturday:
    2k Ergo Test, first group at 10am (warm up times and schedule to be sent later)
    Second session ergo team relay

    Note that this is for the seniors and novice squads, there is no escape!

    Sunday:
    Squad outings - meet at 7:20, OTW at 7:45
    Second outing: Boating by 10 to get to the Pink House in for a side-by-side piece back to the club. Crews to be announced one we have the last couple to make up the boats.

    Sunday's outings will be followed by mulled wine and minced pies at the club.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th November 2016

    All,

    A briefer update this week as I'm out of town for the week...

    Firstly huge congratulations to Big Dave for winning his category in Scullers Head on his debut and a top 100 finish (96th). The full results for Cygnet and BBL were (before handicap)

    96 Dave 23:31

    226 Bart 24:32

    328 Robin 25:16

    363 Guy 25:30

    371 Jez 25:32

    412 Katy 26:02

    432 Cris 26:24

    And congrats to Coach Tim who won his Mas B category and was 11th overall in 22:22.

    This week:
    • Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School
    • Wednesday 7pm Squad run (work tbc)
    • Thursday 7pm Squad erg (work tbc)
    • Saturday Sunday outings returning to bigger boats - early o'clock timings tbc

    Tim will publish the next months training plan in the next day and I'll up this with the details as and when

    PLEASE UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY for this week as soon as possible to help plan the weekend outings. and

    18th December - Plum Puddings race - please enter PP on the spreadsheet if you want to race in this fun event. We want to enter 2 eights and the give as many novices as possible a first taste of racing.

    Cheers

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 22nd November 2016

     It was an awesome weekend on the lumpy river with all our entrants for Scullers Head out training together accompanied by a fleet of small boats which gave good steering practice to Tom, Sam and Bjarne. First time in a pair for Scott. And Scott manned up to go out in a single for the race pace session with the other scullers in the second outing. It's been really excellent to get the scullers together as a pod, working off each other and getting Tim's feedback to improve our sculling. It certainly got the competitive juices flowing before the race. Bring it on.

    So Scullers Head is this Saturday at 13:30, raced down river to Putney as usual. We have six entrants (seven if we can count Tim):

    • 73 Bart (Mas B)
    • 218 Tim (Mas B)
    • 244 Guy (Mas C)
    • 465 Jez (Mas E)
    • 529 Robin (Mas Nov A)
    • 532 BDF (Mas Nov B)
    • 533 Cris (Mas Nov B)

    Please come down and cheer and enjoy the spectacle. Matt is running the book on the Cygnet finish order...

    Further ahead, Quintin Plum Puddings (a festive race like mini head race) is taking place on Sunday 18th December. This is a great opportunity for our novices to get their first race like experience without it being anything too serious. In previous years we've put together two mixed crews of experienced and novices rowers, which gives a bit of intra club spice so we plan to do the same this year. Can you sign up if you want to take part by putting "PP" on the availability sheet for the 18th Dec asap.

    This Week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School. We all loved the 200 lunges 200 burpees finisher last week, how can we top that this week?

    Wednesday 7:00pm Club Run 5k easy

    Thursday 7:00pm Squad Ergo 30 min rate 20 at 76% of 2k power (scullers head entrants only do 10 mins)

    Saturday Main squad outing at club by 7:20 otw by 7:45

    Novice outing at club by 9 otw by 9:15 - please update your availability asap only four of you have filled in the sheet to date.

    Scullers Head racers decide for themselves their warm up routine,

    Sunday Meet Main squad outing at club at 7:20am otw 7:45am

    Finally another plea for people to check and fill in their availability at the latest by 8pm on Wednesday for the following weekend, it only takes a couple of minutes and it lets me plan the outings, crews, coxes, boats etc on Thursday morning.

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 15th November 2016

     The club was a hive of activity over the Fours Head/Vet Fours Head weekend with a hundred plus crews boating from the club and many people cheering them on from the boathouse. A big thanks for all those who helped with marshalling and boating to make sure the event went like clockwork. We have three crews in Vets Fours Head and here is how they did:

    Mas B 4- (Bart, Gav, Ian M and Gareth) 18:46, 44th overall and 3rd in category

    Mas B 4x (Vasil, Tom, Piers, Tom) 20:26, 139th overall and 11th in category

    Mas Nov 4- (Anna, Nick, Cris, Jez, Cris) 20:40 146th overall and winner in category

    So well done to all the crews, each can be proud of their achievements and it is good to report a win. And well done to coach Tim who won the whole event by some margin in his TSS Mas B 4x.

    No time to catch breath with Scullers Head coming up on the 26th November with 6 Cygnets entered.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School. What message will Tim send to follow last weeks 400 lunges finisher? Be there to find out???

    Wednesday 7:00pm Club run 5k easy, 5k hard, non runners 6 x 5min squats at r 24, 1 min rest

    Thursday 7:00pm Squad ergo 30 x 1 min at 2k pace, 1 min rest

    Weekend:

    The focus is on going out in small boats, preparing for Scullers Head and giving steering experience to those who haven't got their steering spurs yet.

    Saturday: Meet at the club at 7:20, on the water at 7:45. Make sure you are punctual to give time for any boat adjustments to make sure we all boat together.

    First outing technical session 8-10k

    Second Session 4 x 1500m at r 24, 26, 28, 30

    In between, Tim will give a presentation on nutrition

    Novice outing at 10 am

    Sunday: Meet at the club at 7:20, on the water at 7:45.

    First session 12k UT2

    Second session Fartlek (interval pyramid)

    Crew plans will be published on Thursday morning so make sure your availability is updated by Wednesday evening at the latest.

    Finally it's good to report a win, I'd love that to be the first of many, but it comes from putting in the work on fitness and technique, never has there been a better time to commit to Tim's programme to achieved that.

    Have a great week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 8th November 2016

     Another busy weekend on the river with the Vet Fours Head crews plus a double and pair pushing each other hard in three race pieces. On Sunday we had our Scullers Head entries on the river and "enjoying" fartlek training in lovely autumn sunshine. And there's a good core of people attending circuits and the squad ergs and you can see the improved fitness levels from that, but there is room for more at both sessions. Thanks the Marj for taking the "New Novices" to unfamiliar stretches of the river beyond Kew for the first time.

    It's Fours Head weekend coming up with Fours Head rowed on the ebb tide on Saturday at 13:15 and Vet Fours Head on Sunday on the flood tide starting at 10:32 after the 2 minutes Remembrance Day silence. We have three crews entered on Sunday come and cheer them on...

    Mas B 4x crew 11 Vasil, Tom, Piers, Matt

    Mas B 4- crew 32 Bart, Gav, Ian M, Gareth

    Mas Nov 4+ crew 234 Anna, Nick, Cris, Jez, Scott

    This weeks plans:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Max Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School - you can see the fitness and core strength of the regulars improving, but it would be good to see more of the squad there. Ex LTR guys, now's the time to start...

    Wednesday: 7:00pm 10k easy run or for non runners 4 x 5min squats rate 20, 1min rest

    Thursday: 7:00 pm Squad Erg 30 mins r 20 at 75% of 2k power (as per Tim's calculation)

    Saturday Coached outings for race crews at 7:15 (others can join if they wish).

    LTR outing at 10am

    Sunday: Vet Fours Head. No squad outings but for those not racing, you will need to be off the river by 9:30 at the very latest to avoid the Vet Fours Head boating.

    Final Note. Tim is giving us a first class programme on and off the water to improve our technique and fitness and those who are making the sessions are benefiting hugely and enjoying it at the same time. But if you miss sessions you are missing part of the instruction and getting incomplete an incomplete programme. So please do what you can to make the coached sessions.

    See you all at circuits tonight...

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 8th November 2016

     Another busy weekend on the river with the Vet Fours Head crews plus a double and pair pushing each other hard in three race pieces. On Sunday we had our Scullers Head entries on the river and "enjoying" fartlek training in lovely autumn sunshine. And there's a good core of people attending circuits and the squad ergs and you can see the improved fitness levels from that, but there is room for more at both sessions. Thanks the Marj for taking the "New Novices" to unfamiliar stretches of the river beyond Kew for the first time.

    It's Fours Head weekend coming up with Fours Head rowed on the ebb tide on Saturday at 13:15 and Vet Fours Head on Sunday on the flood tide starting at 10:32 after the 2 minutes Remembrance Day silence. We have three crews entered on Sunday come and cheer them on...

    Mas B 4x crew 11 Vasil, Tom, Piers, Matt

    Mas B 4- crew 32 Bart, Gav, Ian M, Gareth

    Mas Nov 4+ crew 234 Anna, Nick, Cris, Jez, Scott

    This weeks plans:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Max Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School - you can see the fitness and core strength of the regulars improving, but it would be good to see more of the squad there. Ex LTR guys, now's the time to start...

    Wednesday: 7:00pm 10k easy run or for non runners 4 x 5min squats rate 20, 1min rest

    Thursday: 7:00 pm Squad Erg 30 mins r 20 at 75% of 2k power (as per Tim's calculation)

    Saturday Coached outings for race crews at 7:15 (others can join if they wish).

    LTR outing at 10am

    Sunday: Vet Fours Head. No squad outings but for those not racing, you will need to be off the river by 9:30 at the very latest to avoid the Vet Fours Head boating.

    Final Note. Tim is giving us a first class programme on and off the water to improve our technique and fitness and those who are making the sessions are benefiting hugely and enjoying it at the same time. But if you miss sessions you are missing part of the instruction and getting incomplete an incomplete programme. So please do what you can to make the coached sessions.

    See you all at circuits tonight...

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 31st October 2016

     Hi All,

    Hope everyone had a great weekend. It was good to see so many Cygnets and Barnes Bridge Ladies at Leander for the Henley lunch on Saturday. If we thought we were tough guys for paddling to the Pink House and back in a bit of launch wash, Mateo's story of his transatlantic row in the Talisker Challenge put what we do into perspective. Thanks to Stu for all his work organising the event.

    And it was great to see 17 guys on the ergs doing Tim's first 2k test, there was real energy and determination in the Shed, a good indicator of the commitment from the squad. And the time trial down the Vets Head course on Sunday was an excellent dress rehearsal for the real event, getting the crews used to race conditions and putting down a lot of work. Impressive row by Guy to hold off both the 4x and 4- in his single.

    Speaking of which, Sculler Head is coming up fast so anyone wanting to enter please let me know asap. So far BDF, Guy, Robin, Cris and myself are entered, there's room for a few more for the ultimate tideway test, dont be shy.

    So this week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School - what can top the 75 burpee finisher we did last week??? I'm sure Maxi will have something up her sleeve.

    Wednesday 7pm Club Run

    Thursday 7pm Squad Erg (including ex LTR group) programme to be confirmed (next test will be 5k in a few weeks)

    Saturday and Sunday water outings please put down your availability for outings 1 & 2, ex LTR guys can you make sure that you get into the routine of completing your availability for the weekend by Wednesday evening so we can plan coxing, coaching and crews in good time please so we make sure you get out onto the water.

    Other Stuff:

    Fours Head 12th November - there will be some very high class crews racing some down and watch the race and pick up some tips. We'll be looking for volunteers to help with all the crews boating from Cygnet.

    Vet Fours Head 10:30 13th November - 3 Cygnet Crews entered so come and cheer them along

    Kit window is still open, don't miss the chance to get club kit from Godfrey Sports http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc.

    And finally, it's the Barnes Bridge Christmas party on the 10th December at the Bulls Head in Barnes preceded by the Cygnet Waddle. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Have a good week, see you at Circuits tomorrow,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update 25th October 2016

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 25th October 2016

    Hi All, 

    Some good hard work done at the weekend with long rows to the Pink House and double outings. And it was the final two outings of the learn to row course who are all now invited to join the club and become the new novice squad starting their rowing careers and aiming for Head of the River Race on the 25th March next year. Many thanks to Alan Cox for coaching the course imparting his great rowing wisdom and displaying his inexhaustible enthusiasm and patience in equal measure. It will be great to have a new intake of Cygnets, please make them all very welcome. 

    This Saturday is stripey blazer time again at the Leander Lunch in Henley, which means a lot of people will be heading off early after the first outing. For the same reason the Novice outing for the LTR graduates will be 10am on Sunday NOT Saturday. There will be a time trial on Sunday so tough decisions to be made about how many pints to have at the Flowerpot on Saturday afternoon.... 

    So this week... 

    Tuesday 7:15 Maxi Circuit at Cavendish School No charge only a towel and bottle of water required to gain admission 

    Wednesday 7pm at the club 10k club run 

    Thursday 7pm Squad ergo 6 x 500m 

    Saturday Squad outings, meet at 7:35 2k Erg test !!!!! followed by squad outings 

    Sunday meet at 7:45 Inaugural time trial, details of crews to follow, get your availability up to date on the spreadsheet so you are included in the plan. 

    10 am Novice outing with Alan 

    Further Ahead, lots of local races with Cygnet crews to cheer: 

    • 12 November 4s Head of the River Race at 13:15 We will be looking for volunteers to help with boating 
    • 13 November Vet 4s Head at 10:32 
    • 26 November Scullers Head 1:30 pm 

    And dont forget that the kit ordering window is open with Godfrey Sports until the 20th November so you can go out in warm rowing kit in the club colours. http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc.

    See you soon 
     Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update 18th October

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 18th October 2016

    Super busy weekend on and off the water with Pairs Head on Sunday and 26 people rowing in the squad and learn to row outings on Saturday.

     
    The results from Pairs Head from Cygnet and BBL were:

     
    16:17.3 Bart/Gav 
    16:39.5 KTB/Bec 
    16:59.9 Jez/Rob 
    17:02.7 Matt/Ian 
    17:31.3 Clem/Abi 1
    7:40.4Sian/Laura 
    17:45.6 Sarah/Maxi 
    18:10.8 Lucy/Em 
    18:16.0 Kez/Char 
    18:47.3 Jo/Marion 
    The good news was that after a pretty unpleasant morning the sun came out and the temperature was toastie for the middle of October. Slightly less   was the brisk southwesterly wind that made the middle section of the race just a touch on the rough side. Thanks to BBL for putting on a great event. 
    Up next is Fours Head then Vets Fours Head on thee 12/13th of November. We should be able to enter a Masters B crew and a couple of Novice crews, but we need to be putting in the hard yards on and off the water to get ready for them and to get selected... 
    Cygnet Kit ordering: Big Dave French has organised a kit ordering window with Godfrey, the logistics are at the bottom of this email. For the newcomers amongst you, if you have aspirations to represent our fine club in competition (and you will do) the minimum requirement is a Cygnet all-in-one (‘Custom Finesse’ version). A splash-top and/or gillet will also get lots of use. (For those who already have all the gear, you may want to take a look at Cygnet’s late but strong entry into the Most-Visually-Arresting-Tideway-Club-Leggings competition!) 
    This week plans are: 
    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School - an essential part of our training and "fun" way to get core conditioning. Towel and water required! 
    Wednesday: 7pm Squad run 7.5k with 30 sec bursts (fartlek) 
    Thursday: 7:30pm Squad ergo 4 x 10 min at rate 20 (30min pace) 2 min rest LTR 7:00pm 2k ergo test then tank session 
    Saturday: 7:45 meet at the club Sue coaching 1st outing 8-12k technical 2nd outing 8-10 x 750m rate 28-30
    LTR 10 am water outing 
    Sunday: 7:45 meet at the club Sue coaching 
    1st outing 14k 2nd outing Power strokes 
    LTR 10am water outing followed by bacon butties See you all at circuits tonight, 
    Jez 
    The ordering details for kit are as follows: Godfrey supply our kit, which can be ordered directly from their website: http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc.

    You can order directly at any time, but we’ve got a club ordering ‘window’ open from now until 20th Nov, which means all the orders are grouped together, and we benefit from the group discounts. Anything you order between now and Sunday 20th Nov will be delivered in mid-to-late Dec (so in time for Christmas present lists for Santa, and the Plum Puds race). No money is taken until after 20th Nov, when Godfrey have had a chance to collate the orders, apply the discounts and then take the payments. Also, the worst case scenario will be the 2-11 price level, even if you is the only person to order a particular item, if it is ordered within the club ordering window. The postage costs will also be split between everyone in the order and the kit will be despatched in one box.
    Useful links are:
    http://godfrey.co.uk/collation-information
    http://godfrey.co.uk/sizing-guide

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  • Cygnet Weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 11th October 2016

    It was a super busy weekend at the club with two eights on the water, plus a four and doubles and singles. Tim took his first sessions re introducing us to "The Double Outing". Well done to everyone who took advantage of this, you will get twice as good, twice as fit in half the time...

    The LTR team had their fourth water outing and are making good progress and getting more self sufficient, thanks to Anna for coxing.

    Sunday is the first big head race of the season - Pairs Head which if you dont know is organised and run by Barnes Bridge Ladies. The race starts at 12:30 as is from Harrods Wall (other side of Hammersmith Bridge) to just beyond Chiswick Bridge.

    Come along enjoy burgers, hot dogs, beers and cheer on:

    Cygnet
    36 Gav and Bart IM1 2-
    92 Ian and Matt IM3 2x
    95 Robin and Jez IM3 2x

    BBL
    333 Stackhouse/Baldwin W MasB 2x
    350 Kunert/Oakley W IM3 2x
    375 Cahill/Thompson W Nov 2x
    378 Fishman/Lopez W Nov 2x
    404 Fontaine/Andjel W IM2 2-
    409 Fry/Scott W IM2 2-
    449 Telsnig/Broadhurst W MasE 2x

    This week's training

    Tuesday
    7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School. Remember towels and water...

    Wednesday
    7pm Club 5k Run from the club to Hammersmith Bridge and back

    Thursday 7:30 Squad erg 30 min rate 20 as far as you can row
    LTR session 7pm in the Shed followed by the tank. Alan leading, Jez supporting.
    Followed by Jez's Chilli

    Saturday
    7:45 at the club, 8am on the water - double squad outings with TIm. 1: 12k UT2 2: 3 x 8' Step Rate
    LTR Water session 10 am with Alan coaching, Jez, coxing

    Sunday
    8:15 at the club, 8:30 am on the water for those not racing:
    1: 12k UT2 2: Bungee 8k Rate 22)

    Please get your availability onto the spreadsheet if it is not already there, there is lots going on so make planing easier by doing this asap....

    Hope to see as many as possible of you tonight at circuits,

    Cheers

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th October 2016

    Hi All,

    I hope those out on the Rhine had a fab weekend, enjoyed the beer and sausages and backsides and hands are not too sore after a day to recover.

    For those who stayed at home, it was very autumnal on the Tideway with heavy rain soaking the crews 2x, 2- and 4+ crews on their way back from the Pink House. And the LTR students got a taste of proper rowing weather on their outings. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

    The big news this club is that we have secured the services of Tim Male to lead our coaching. Tim is an ex GB rower, an Olympian and the holder of a number of indoor ergo records. He has a great coaching pedigree at Tideway Scullers and it is a fantastic opportunity for Cygnet to have someone of his experience leading our coaching. Tim would like to meet the club members and active rowers this Saturday to introduce himself and present his plan to us. I'll confirm the time but please make every effort to attend. Sue Cole and Alan will both continue to coach us working with Tim so we are in great shape and have a real opportunity to improve our fitness and technique, build the active squad and win things!!! He will work us hard but this is what people have been asking for (be careful what you wish for). Bring it on!

    So this week...

    Tuesday 7:15 Cavendish School
    Circuits with Maxi - bring towel and water and be prepared for pain...

    Thursday
    7:00 LTR Meet and warm up in the Shep followed by Tank session
    7:30 Squad ergo 30 min erg at R22-24 (with 3 mins at R28 at minutes 7, 17, and 27) Nice and short ergo after last week, so let's see those splits coming down

    Saturday (I've brought the outing time forward so you can meet Tim at 9:30)
    7:30 Squad outings coached by Sue
    Small boats - 70 mins long row.

    10am LTR water session
    We need a cox and two boat sitters please - no one has signed up and I am away this weekend.

    Sunday 8:30
    Squad outings coached by Sue

    Further ahead

    16th October 12:30
    Pairs Head - first big head race of the season, organised by Barnes Bridge so please support.

    Bart and Gav, Ian and Matt, and Robin and Jez are entered. Come along and support, eat the BBL hot dogs and cakes and socialise in the bar.

    Even further ahead...

    12/13th November Fours Head/Vet Fours Head

    If you want to compete you should be out training on the water as much as you can, so get your availability up to date, and get out there and do it.

    That's all for now, I'll confirm the time of the meeting with Tim, see you at circuits tomorrow.

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th September 2016

    Cygnets one and all,

    Bizeee weekend on and off the water.

    Many thanks to Cris for organising our end of season dinner in the incomparable surroundings of the Coach and Horses. Congratulations to Scott for winning the JP Jefferies rower of the year and Alan Cox the Wally Wheddel club man award. Both well deserved. Scott has worked hard on and off the water in crew boats as well as in a single scull and in addition taken on the job of club boatman, fixing the wear and tear and dings and scratches that the rest of us put in the fleet. And Alan has given so much time out in the launch coaching us with good humour and enormous patience. Lets go out and win some pots for him soon.

    On the Tideway we had 30 people rowing on Saturday morning. The learn to row Cygnets took their first tentative strokes and were doing something that was recognisably rowing by the end of the two outings. And good to see a fleet of small boats training for Pairs Head and Fours Head. It's good to see so many people out, let's maintain the momentum.

    Pairs Head and Fours/Vet Head Fours Head are just around the corner. If you want to be in these events you need to be putting in the time on and off the water, most importantly we need consistent water outings. So can everyone get their availability up to date on the famous spreadsheet please.

    Pairs Head - Volunteers are required for marshalling and launch driving. The event is run by Barnes Bridge so please help if you can and let Sue Cole know copying me in please.

    This Week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Cavendish School, Edensor Road

    Circuits with Maxi. Build your core strength for the winter season. Bring a drink and a towel.

    Thursday 7:00 PM LTR - warm up in the Shed then from 7:15 in the Tank

    7:30 Squad ergo - 30 mins rate 20 feet out, splits the same as last week's feet in orgo.

    Weekend:

    Saturday 8am Squad outings coached by Sue

    10am LTR with Alan

    Sunday 8am Squad outings coached by Sue

    I am away this weekend, but see you at circuit tonight and have a good week everyone

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 12th September 2016

    It's been a busy few days, with Sculling Camp, LTR and the Squad Meeting last Thursday.

    The mood of the squad meeting was that people want to see more settled crews and commit more to make the improvements to technique and fitness to achieve better results in races. From the poll we know who wants to row in each head race and the level of commitment they can make. We will be grouping crews based on experience and commitment so those who can commit row as far as possible with the same guys. To make this happen can I ask that everyone who want to race in either pairs head or 4/Vet Fours Head completes there availability on the spreadsheet from now till 4s Head weekend as a minimum including weekends and weekdays.

    Another good session in the LTR course on Saturday, getting reading for theiir first water outing on Saturday. Alan will coach and I'll cox but we'll need to have 2 boat sitters from our experienced rowers please check the sheet and volunteer if you can. Now we are going out on the river we need all the LTR guys to confirm their availability so we know how many people will be going in a boat and how if we have one or two outings to give you all time on the water.

    Sculling Camp went well, one day rain, one day glorious sunshine. Well done to AJ and Bjarne for how they stuck at it and got substantial water time. We will organise beginners sculling pods back at base when the conditions are right to keep you progressing.

    This week

    Tuesday 7 15 Cavendish School

    The return of Circuits with the awesome Maxi. Don't miss it!!!!!!

    Thursday
    LTR @7 in the Shed to warm up then in the Tank
    Squad ergo at 7 30 as per Sue's plan, I'll put it on the spreadsheet, I'm sure it will hurt.

    Weekend

    Please please please complete you availability. Squad outings at 8 on Saturday and 8 30 Sunday.

    LTR 10am Saturday, wear appropriate clothing for going on the river ie no baggy stuff that can get caught up in parts of the boat.

    See you all on Thursday and then at the end of season dinner at the coach and Horses on Friday.

    Take care

    Jez 

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd August 2016

    Hi Cygnets,

    Wild day on the river on Saturday with unseasonably strong winds. Still there was good solid sculling training by those who were out plus the very welcome return of James to boat and his first taste of sculling. More to come at sculling camp on the 10/11 September.

    No more races now until Pairs Head in October so its time to plan the training and crews for autumn. Thanks to those who have filled in the poll, for those who haven't yet, it only takes a couple of minutes and will be a big help in putting plans together. Cygnet Autumn Poll. Please put the squad meeting on the 8th September in your diary, after boat loading for Sculling Camp.

    Learn to Row starts in less than two weeks. I am still looking for volunteer coaches and helpers to cover all the sessions. The water sessions will need lot of support, coach, cox, two boat sitters and someone to do land training if we have as expected two 8s going out one after the other. Go to the LTR page of the famous spreadsheet to sign up.

    And Scamp is fast approaching on the 9/10/11th September. We'll load the boats on Thursday 8th Sept before the squad meeting, we will need volunteers to meet the trailer at Weybridge Ladies on Friday evening to get the boats across to the bungalow.

    This weeks outings:

    Tuesday 7pm
    Nick R, Scott, AJ, Ben, Big John

    Sorry no steersman amongst you so it will have to be land training unless a steer comes forward. So its 30 min feet out rate 20 ergo, please record times on the sheet

    Thursday 6:45

    4x  Vasil, AJ, Ben, Jez

    Guy, the sun sets at 8 so we need to be on the water by 7 at the latest so make a special effort to get down early.

    See you at the club soon, enjoy the heatwave whilst it lasts

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Bugle Weekly

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 12th August 2016

    Chaps and Chappess

    Report from HT&V Regatta does not include any pewter I'm sorry, but the Nov 4+ gets closer to glory but continues the habit of coming up against the eventual winners in the first round. Anna, Jez, Scott, Cris and Robin were have with a large and powerful RAF crew (who hadn't organised the Red Arrows as hoped) and rowed pretty much side by side with them only to loose by 2/3 length in by far the fastest semi final. RAF went on to win comfortably in the from Twickenham and Oxford Green Templeton college. There was no denying that they had more power so it was a reflection of our superior technique that we held them so close. The Mas C 4x came up against a very tidy Mas B Oxford Academicals crew who rather left us for dead but it was good to give Ben H his first race in Cygnet colours. On Sunday it was great to see John Stockdale back in a boat after an injury enforce layoff, it's just like riding a bike isn't it.

    Upcoming...

    Saturday August 20th Oxford City Regatta - last regatta of the season, we will be selecting crews in the next couple of days, if you want to be in it then update the regatta page on spreadsheet....

    This week:

    Tuesday 7pm
    Lacking a signed off steer so its fun on the ergo ( I'll see if I can find one)

    For your delectation:
    Erg: 2 x 2k + 1 x 1k [max effort - 5 min break]  Scott, Rob A, AJ, Ben, John S

    Thursday 7pm

    Water: 2 x 20mins [@ r18-20]
    4+Jez (c), Rob, Scott, John S, Ben

    Weekend

    Saturday 8am Squad outings

    Sunday 8:30 Squad outings

    Now we've moved into August there is a whole new availability spreadsheet to fill, it's looking a bit thin at the moment.

    Further ahead

    3rd September Start of the next Learn to Row course. Do you have any friends or colleagues who you could persuade to join???

    I'll be posting a schedule for the 8 week course including the volunteers we will need for each session, please be ready to sign up and help bring on the next generation Cygnets

    4th September Club Day - more details to follow from Cris

    9/10/11 September Sculling Camp

    1st October Rhine Marathon in lovely Dusseldorf -more details to follow, this is one of the 5 Pillars of Cygnet, pilgramage we must all make at least once in our lives.

    16th October Pair Head on the Tideway - start thinking if you want to enter and who you want to enter with, this is our next big race day after Oxford City

    I think that's about it for now,

    Have a good week one and all

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th July 2016

    Highlight of the past week was the festival of rowing that is St Neots Regatta. It was my fourth time and by far the loveliest of days on Saturday, the river and the regatta field really looked a picture. Last year the gazebo was needed for its rain retarding properties, this year it was thethe shade it offered that got everyone seeking its cover. The rwgatta is a joy, so friendly and relaxed, the marshals so patient and such a good spirit between clubs and opposing crews, competitive but in a most old fashioned sporting way.

    On the river, by fat the coolest place to be, we had some exciting racing and race wins but no trophies. It could have been different, the 4+ crew of Nick, Scott, Cris and Robin were hunting down the London Otters when Swany McSwanface strayed into the the racing lanes to be clipped on the body first by Robin on the drive, chopped on the neck on the recovery by Robin then to add insult to injury Scott delivered the coup de grace to its wing on the next strike. So we missed about 3 strokes in the process and boat speed was lost. Swany was certainly moving slower, the otters darted away up the Ouse and the race was lost. I'd like to say the no swans were hurt in the making of this story, but that would not be true. Maybe the cox should have kept a between look out, but had a grudge against all of them since one attacked me whilst canoeing on the river Wye in 1988. Taken a long time to get even with swankind. Thank goodness it wasn't a Cygnet. Needless to say the Otters went on to win leaving all their other oppo a,country mile behind.

    The Mas C 4+ won their heat against Star by about 3 lengths. In the semi final we faced a Mas D crew from Broxbourne which meant giving them a 9 second headstart, which meant that they were like half way down the course before we started. We clawed most it back to have an overlap at the finish but we ran out of river to get past them. Needless to say again that Broxbourne won the final by a more comfortable margin. More races and fast and furious action in the sprints on Sunday, Matt won his 1x heat, but lost to a giant in his semi. Thanks to Robin and Anna for coxing and to Tom and Jo for trailering. I'm trying to get the details of the swannery so we can send flowers and get well soon cards.

    Next weekend is Henley Town and Visitors where we have a Nov 4+ and Mas C 4x racing, more details to follow.

    This week's plan...

    Tuesday 7pm at the club
    Both crews working on race starts and 2, 3 4 minute race pieces both boats side by side if poss

    4- Nick R, Scott, Tom R, Robin
    4x Ben, Vasil, Tom B, Cris

    Thursday 7pm
    More race pieces and starts and side by side races. Boat loading for Ht&V after the outing

    4- Jez, Scott, Cris, Robin
    4x Ben , Vasil, Tom B , Ian M

    Sorry AJ and John, am the crews are geared round the racing lineups for Saturday and doing full race practice, but as always come and do a 30 min r 20 feet out ergo. Will get you out on the water soon.

    I'm sorting out coaching and we should have cover for both days.

    I'll send out more detail about HT&V meet and race times later in the week.

    And City of Oxford is just round the corner so will be putting crews forward in the next few days.

    Finally, big thanks to Scott for fixing the trailer. Kiwis are great club members!

    Have a fab week

    Jez 

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 18th July 2016

    Cygnet Weekly Update blog postLovely weather and conditions out on a blissfully quiet Tideway at the weekend. Shame about the colour of the water on Sunday. A variant of the two St Neots racing 4+ were do some honest race pieces and working up a lather under Alan's expert eye on Sunday, I hope that will propel them to glory next weekend. Special note about the heroics of Tom R who despite illness overnight made it down for an 8am outing on Saturday, a shining light to one and all.

    We have two boats entered in St Neots Regatta on Saturday:

    MasC 4+ Robin (c)Jez,Nick R,Matt,Cris

    Nov 4+ Jez(c) Nick R, Scott, Cris, Robin

    We are waiting for the draw to come out then I'll let you know the race times. There are other mixed combos racing in the sprint event on Sunday, you know who you are and what you've entered, but again I'll let you know race times when they come out.

    Only a week later we have Henley T&V with:

    Gav, Jez, Robin, Cris, Tom B, and a couple of possibles in Bart, Charlie, and Rob A and an "unlikely" from Patrick. It's an iconic venue and not far from base, Crews need to submitted by noon on Saturday. Can you please confirm your availability and racing preferences by Wednesday at the latest so I can make sure we get crews entered on Friday. Nough said.

    So this week:

    Tuesday: 7pm at the club

    Andre our boat repairer is returning a couple of boats on Wednesday and will collect the Paul Rawkins which is in for repair. So can we de-rig the Rawkins and leave it on the lawn at the side of the club on Tuesday night please.

    Matt (Mixed 2x)

    4- Ben, Scott, Cris, Robin In need of a steersman - I'll see if I can get one, otherwise the ergo is a beaut:

    Erg: 20 x (1min on 1min off) rate 30+
    Tom B, Vasil, AJ

    Thursday 7pm

    4- (in need of a cox, I'll see if I can get one)
    Jez, Scott, Cris, Robin

    4x
    Vasil, Tom B, AJ, Matt

    Sorry Tom Robins . 9 is a hard number to squeeze into boats when I've got racing crews to get on the water. But ergo is:

    Erg: 4 x 500m free rate drag125 - at least 5 sec faster than 5k pb. Then 1 x 500m free rate, drag 110 (split harder to come by due to lower drag so focus on speed of conectiopn at front end). GOOD COOL DOWN

    De rigging of boats and trailer loading for St Neots after the outings.

    Finally...

    Just a plug for learning to steer and learning to single scull. The more people who have passed their steering test and have been signed off, the more likely it is that everyone who is available on any given day will get an outing. Rob A and William have both made the effort and should be given signed off soon, but I would like everyone to make the effort of learning to steer or learning to cox. You wont have to do it that often but it is only right and fair that all experienced rowers can step up when needed. Steering test is easy enough to prepare for, swatting up on the Tideway Code and taking the short test with Charlie. An we have great experience and willingness to share it in the likes of Dr Jackson to get steering tuition on the water. If nothing else, learning to steer makes you appreciate what is involved when someone else is steering you. The river is quiet and slow moving for the next couple of months, this is the best time to earn your steering spurs.

    And that's it for now. more news St Neots draw as soon as I have it.

    Take care

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 4th July 2016

    Just a great afternoon at Old Blades on Friday of Henley Royal Regatta. The rain fell in the morning and the afternoon stayed dry and finally we were blessed with late afternoon sunshine, Pimms flowed all day, lunch was top notch and every so often a couple of boats would flash and splash past. Sensible folk knowing their limits left and made the trip back to town, younger, less experienced chaps carried on till the wee small hours and paid a heavy price come Saturday morning. Massive thanks to Pat Sly for one again hosting us at an incomparable venue.

    Saturday was bright and breezy for outings, some rowers not so bright and breezy. We got a 4 x, 4- and 2- on the water, thanks to Alan for the coaching. Sunday a 4x and various scullers were out working hard.

    Kingston Regatta is this Saturday. We have a Nov 4+ entered - Claudia, Jez, Scott, Patrick, Cris, good luck to them, I will put out the race times when announced.

    Further ahead on the 23/24th July St Neots Regatta. Signed up so far we have: Jez, Matt, Robin, Cris, Nick R, Tom B, Scott. We will speak to BBL about mixed crews as well as entering Cygnet crews to try to get everyone two races. We could do with a few more of our finely honed athletes signing up, but we need to get crews sorted out in the next week. Don't miss out on the most fun regatta and party of the season!!!

    Henley T&V the week after another good regatta at an iconic venue. Please sign up if you can make it...

    This week

    We are short of a steersman for both Tuesday and Thursday to get everyone on the water. Anyone available to help?

    Tuesday 7pm

    4- Starts + 4 x 2 min race pieces
    Nick R, Scott, Parick, Cris

    Ergo "2x15mins (r19 & r26 every 5 mins) , 1x 10min (r19 & r28 every 2 mins) 3mins rest"
    Tom B, Vasil, AJ

    Thursday 7pm
    4+ Claudia. Jez, Scott, Patrick, Cris
    4- (or 4x) from - I will try to get one more steer to make up a 4x and 4-
    Matt, Nick, Tom B, AJ, Tom R, Ben, Vasil

    See you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 4th July 2016

    Just a great afternoon at Old Blades on Friday of Henley Royal Regatta. The rain fell in the morning and the afternoon stayed dry and finally we were blessed with late afternoon sunshine, Pimms flowed all day, lunch was top notch and every so often a couple of boats would flash and splash past. Sensible folk knowing their limits left and made the trip back to town, younger, less experienced chaps carried on till the wee small hours and paid a heavy price come Saturday morning. Massive thanks to Pat Sly for one again hosting us at an incomparable venue.

    Saturday was bright and breezy for outings, some rowers not so bright and breezy. We got a 4 x, 4- and 2- on the water, thanks to Alan for the coaching. Sunday a 4x and various scullers were out working hard.

    Kingston Regatta is this Saturday. We have a Nov 4+ entered - Claudia, Jez, Scott, Patrick, Cris, good luck to them, I will put out the race times when announced.

    Further ahead on the 23/24th July St Neots Regatta. Signed up so far we have: Jez, Matt, Robin, Cris, Nick R, Tom B, Scott. We will speak to BBL about mixed crews as well as entering Cygnet crews to try to get everyone two races. We could do with a few more of our finely honed athletes signing up, but we need to get crews sorted out in the next week. Don't miss out on the most fun regatta and party of the season!!!

    Henley T&V the week after another good regatta at an iconic venue. Please sign up if you can make it...

    This week

    We are short of a steersman for both Tuesday and Thursday to get everyone on the water. Anyone available to help?

    Tuesday 7pm

    4- Starts + 4 x 2 min race pieces
    Nick R, Scott, Parick, Cris

    Ergo "2x15mins (r19 & r26 every 5 mins) , 1x 10min (r19 & r28 every 2 mins) 3mins rest"
    Tom B, Vasil, AJ

    Thursday 7pm
    4+ Claudia. Jez, Scott, Patrick, Cris
    4- (or 4x) from - I will try to get one more steer to make up a 4x and 4-
    Matt, Nick, Tom B, AJ, Tom R, Ben, Vasil

    See you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th June 2016

    Hi Guys,

    You've got me on the email this week so will try to keep it brief. Our only racers this weekend were Bart and Gav competing in a Sen 2- at Marlow International. No silverware though no doubt the boys left it all out on the 2k stretch at Dorney. Good effort.

    Richmond regatta next weekend in which we have Charlie competing in Nov 1x. Good luck Charlie

    Priority for mid-week outings is to get everyone out on the water. Matt has kindly agreed to cox an 8+ tomorrow (food for thought, a Nov 8+ at St Neots?) And thanks to Cris for manning the small boats this week. Apologies if you're out of position, let me know if I need to change anything?

    Tuesday @ 7.15pm OTW
    8+ Cox Matt B, 8 Patrick,n7 Rob A, 6 Nick R, 5 Scott, 4 Tom R, 3 Ben, 2 Tom B, 1 Piers

    2x Cris, AJ

    Thursday @ 7.15pm OTW
    4+ Claudia (Cox), Patrick, Nick R, Scott, Rob A
    4- Matt B, Ben, Tom B, Ian M
    2x Cris, Piers
    1x Charlie

    This week's squad erg is -

    2x15mins (r19 & r26 every 5 mins)
    1x 10min (r19 & r28 every 2 mins)
    3mins rest

    See you on the water.

    Nick

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th June 2016

    Another busy weekend just gone with races and squad outings and sculling.

    3 crews entered BMI sadly no victories or pots to report:
    Big Dave French made his 1x debut rowing against someone double barrelled from TSS and we know (Charlie certainly does) that racing against the double barrelled means it's like racing two people who've sculled since the age of 2.
    Charlie and Cris went close in their heat vs a crew half their age from St Pauls and the Nov 4+ were bow ball to bow ball in a furious sprint to lose by less than half a length to the Kingston crew that went on to win by large distances in the semi and final. Sharper technique and a bit more time on the ergs and we would have taken them.

    Lots coming up, Richmond Regatta is in a week and a half. Entries have to be in by Sunday. Yeses on the spreadsheet are: Ian M Bart, Gav, Matt, Robin (1x), Nick R (tbc) Claudia (tbc) Tom B, Charlie, Rob A. That looks like an IM2 4- or 2- and Nov 4+ and poss a Nov 4x or 2x. Anyone else available? Scott? Vasil?? Seniors can you let me know you preference or could you sort yourselves out and let me know.

    This weeks outings...

    Tuesday 7pm at the club, 7:15 otw
    4- Rob A, Vasil, Patrick, Matt
    4x Piers, Tom B, AJ, Charlie

    Thursday 7pm at the club, 7:15 otw
    4+ Claudia, Rob A, Tom B, AJ, Piers
    4- Matt B, Tom R, Iain G, Ian M
    4x Chris, Charlie, Ben, Jez

    Weekend outings,

    Saturday 8am OTW
    Ian, Matt, Tom B, Iain G, Rob A, AJ, Tom R , Ben

    Sunday 8:30 OTW
    Matt, Iain G, Tom B, Charlie, Rob A, AJ, Ben

    Further Ahead...

    It's very much into the second half of the regatta season and a chance to explore some fresh stretches of water. Really make an effort to get into crews for these races.

    • Friday 1st July - Cygnet @ Old Blades, Henley Royal Regatta. Stripy blazer social extravaganza! More from Cris soon
    • July 8th/9th Henley Masters - top quality masters regatta, who is up for it?
    • July 23/24 St Neots Regatta - a weekender, camping, pizza, party, mixed rowing with BBL, pots. Get it in your diary and get your availability up to date so we can plan crews with BBL.
    • July 30th Henley Town and Visitors - great regatta on the iconic stretch of river.
    • August 20/21 City of Oxford Regatta - traditionally our regatta season curtain closer, let's go out with good representation and better results

    Finally...

    It's the 300 Club Lottery that pays for our new boats. All Cygnets should be helping the club by buying tickets. Regular draws, big money prizes, next draw at Old Blades on the 1st. You've got to be in it to win it. Contact Guy du Parc to get your tickets.

    Have a good week, see you Thursday,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th June 2016

    Hi Cygnets,

    It was a busy ole weekend on the river with crews out rehearsing their race drills with Alan and Sue, Learn to Rowers out in numbers (thanks to Jen, Matt, Bart, Tom B and Nick for helping out), Cris and Charlie up before dawn on Sunday in their 2x and many scullers heading up to the Pink House and back.

    This Saturday is Barnes and Mortlake International Regatta surely the most prestigious of the Tideway regattas. We have 3 entries: Nov4 of Gareth, Jez, Nick, Cris and Robin, Nov 2x of Cris and Charlie, and Big Dave French going for glory in Nov 1x. I'll let you know the race times once they are announced. Come down to MAA to cheer the crews on. (Sorry Guy, no oppo again at Mas D 1x)

    Richmond Regatta is on the 25th and we'll be putting together crews and combos for that in the next few days. Let me know by putting it on the regatta page of spreadsheet if you have any race preferences or want to double up.

    So this week..

    Tuesday:

    On the water
    2x Cris Charlie (check the conditions before going out in case there are any storms imminent)
    8+ LTR

    In the Shed
    Nick R, AJ, Scott, Patrick, Tom Robbins
    2 x 2k & 1 x1k Max effort, 5 min rest in between each

    Thursday
    4+/- Claudia? Jez, Nick R, Cris, Robin,
    4- Patrick, Scott, AJ, Ian M
    2x Vasil, Matt
    1x Charlie

    Weekend

    Saturday
    Training outings at 8am
    BMI Regatta

    Sunday
    Training outings at 8:30

    Further Ahead

    Richmond Regatta 25th June - looks like we have a lot of people signed up, crews to be selected this week.

    Friday 1st July Henley Royal Regatta, Cygnets @ Old Blades.Highlight of the social calendar and a chance to put on the stripy blazers. More details to follow from Cris.

    That's it for now, have a good week, see you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 31st May 2016

    G'day Cygnets,

    Hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. It was a lovely day for Twickenham Regatta, it really is the most picture perfect setting for a regatta with the sun shining, band playing and the Pims flowing in the regatta enclosure...

    On the water our Novice 4+ of Claudia, Patrick, Scott, Rob A and Charlie performed well beating HSBC easily in their heat and pushing Kingston all the way in the semis to loose be a couple of lengths. Keep working on the fitness and sharpen the catches and a win isn't far away.

    Charlie doubled up in his first ever single scull race in a Masters C straight final. Charlie had question his captain's judgement entering him Mas C rather than novice. His opponent turned up in a vintage american gas guzzler with his single on top and answered to the name of "Dude". Before we sat him on the water he said he had "rowed a bit at school" and just taken it up again in the last year or so. It turns out that "rowed a bit at school" meant he was a GB junior. And in the last year he's had some time on his hands so has been able to train 2 hours a day. Ouch. Sorry Charlie. Anyway, Charlie put in a good debut performance his technique looking great as he crossed the finish line a few seconds or so behind Mr GB Junior. As it happens Charlie would not have been any better in Nov 1x as the Dude was in and won that event too.

    Matt and Jez came up against a couple of hard men from Ardingly in their 2x race who clearly had been practicing together more than Matt and Jez and Jez trailed behind a Putney Town sculler. complaining that the water was much much rougher on MIddlesex than Surrey...

    So next up is Barnes and Mortlake "International". Entries have to be in by noon on Saturday 4th. So far we have BDF, Jez, Matt, Robin, Cris, Nick R, Charlie, Scott and Guy (Mas D 1x) keen to enter. I will pick crews as best I can from this combination of ages and points. If anyone wants to double up in another event please let me know.

    Following week is Marlow at Dorney where Bart and Gav will be racing.

    So this week...

    Tuesday 7:15 otw (weather doesnt look great, check conditions before going out, set ergo is Erg: 3x8mins [1set@r24 1@26 1@28] if not)

    4- Nick R, Vasil, Patrick, Matt

    2x Scott, Charlie

    Thursday 7:15 otw

    4- Nick R, Scott, Cris, Jez

    4- Patrick, Vasil, Tom Robbins, Matt

    2x (or two 1x if conditions ok) Charlie, Rob A

    Weekend

    Saturday 8am Squad Outings OTW

    Sunday 8 30 am Squad outings

    10:30 Sculling pod. Please let me know if you can make this so we have the necessary cover for the newer scullers.

    So as ever keep your availability up to date to help me plan the outings, have a good week and see you at the club soon.

    Jez 

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 24th May 2016

    Hi All,

    Busy weekend on the river and on land. The latest learn to row course moved into the tank, they will be on the river next weekend. Challenging conditions for steers on Saturday morning with a narrow, shallow river, strong wind and M25 like traffic. On Sunday we took three guys out in single sculls on the Tideway for this first time. I know how scary it was for me first time, it's a big step up from the tranquillity of the river at Shepperton. Will, Rob and Vasil all did really well, staying upright (comfortably) developing their sculling skills and learning more Tideway navigation. Charlie was praciticing his 1x racing starts, as were Matt and Jez in a 2x, Guy and Gareth exhausted each other racing the Richmond Lock and back, and the Chairman's 4- soaked up the rays and paddle with panache. Thanks to Dr J, Sue and Sian for taking them for providing instruction and caperone services. Good to see so many boats on the water. We will make sculling pods part of the summer schedule when the tide times are right (ie every other Sunday at 10am).

    So this week, it's Twickenham Regatta on Saturday and we are entered in 4 events - Nov 4+ (Claudia, Patrick, Scott, Rob, Charlie) , Mas C 2x (Matt, Jez), Mas C 1x (Charlie), Mas E 1x (Jez). Priority for Tuesday and Thursday is race training for these crews.

    Tuesday 7pm
    Matt (cox), Nick R, Scott, Patrick, Piers
    Ergo Vasil

    Thursday 7 am - Boat loading for Twickenham after the outings
    2x Matt, Jez

    1x Charlie

    4+ Claudia (cx0), Patrick, Scott, Rob, Vasil

    Ergo (sorry no more steers available)
    Nick R, Piers

    Weekend

    Saturday
    Twickenham Regatta - I'll let people know the race times once the draw is out. If you've not been, it's a great setting and a good one to watch with a beer and burger from the facilities on the finish line in Buccleuch

    Gardens. I will need someone with me in the ute to trailer the boats to Twickenham and help me reverse the trailer down River Lane. So who wants a lift at early o'clock on Saturday?

    There will be no squad outings on Saturday back at the club, but feel free to self organise if you want an outing.

    Learn to Row - 9:30 First water outing. Boat sitters required!!! Contact Jenny (Jenhawtin@googlemail.com) if you can help out.

    Sunday 8am
    Squad outings at 8am, please get your availability up to date on the spreadsheet.

    Further Ahead

    There are some people interested in going to Peterborough Regatta on the 4th June. Your captain will not be there, but if you are keen get your crew organised, let me know what you want to enter in good time. Someone will have to drive the trailer if you are going.

    Even Further Ahead

    Barnes and Mortlake International 11th June is the last regatta on our home surf. 8 yesses so far, any more for any more? Let's talk about who wants to enter what event at the weekend.

    Have a good week, more info on Twickers when I have it.

    Jez

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  • Weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 4th May 2016

    Hi All,

    Sorry this is slightly later than normal, I've been lazing on the Cornish coast... But back to reality now. Firstly our Nov 4+ with 3 regatta debutants raced at Chiswick Regatta and drew the eventual winners Furnival in their heat. By all accounts their start was less than perfect losing a length on Furnival but then losing no further water for the rest of the race. Losing to the winners is no disgrace and shows that the crew is competitive. Keep practising those starts, get ahead and stay ahead. Thanks to Gareth for coxing.

    On land William took and passed his steering test. After a few more chaperoned outings he will be set free on the Tideway!!! Thanks to Will to taking the leading in developing his steering skills, let's see if this triggers a flood of requests from other non steers to take their test and gain the freedom of the river.

    The main event this week is Borne@Chiswick Regatta. We have 5 crews entered, a Nov 4+ and four BBL/Cygnet mixed Nov 4+. so Cygnet pots are guaranteed.

    The crews are: Nov4+ Claudia, Jez, Nick R, Cris Robin

    Mixed 4+s

    Crumpets Varsha Amelie Patrick Charlie

    Doughnuts Sonja Shannon Tom [Nick] - replacement required

    Muffins: Carly Hannah Rob Jez

    Tiramisu Miranda Jo M Cristobal Scott Race times are as follows:


    10:45 Race 28 MxNov4+Crumpets v Tiramisu

    11:45 Race 40 MxNov4+Muffines v Doughnuts

    15:10 Race 70 MxNov4+Final

    13:35 Race 51 Nov4+ v Eastbourne College

    14:50 Race 66 Nov4+ Final

    (Mixed Final may need to be delayed if the we beat Eastbourne)

    Important Note:

    Nick can not row both Nov4 and Mix4 so we are one novice short for the Doughnuts. Please can someone volunteer for this race - Rob W? Raph?, Robin? Big Jim?

    For the rest of this week:

    Thursday outing at the club by 7, otw by 7:15 8 rowers plus Claudia, plan is for a 4+ and 4- doing side by side starts.

    Saturday - Borne Regatta no squad outings

    Sunday - outings at 8:30am

    Saturday Learn To Row course starts at 9:30am led by Jenny Hawtins.

    So do pop in and say hello, and help show what a friendly club they’ve had the good fortune to find themselves amongst.

    And crucially, please spare a small bit of your time, experience, and expertise, to help Jenny with the sessions, which are 9.30am Saturdays, and 7.15pm Tuesdays. This will become particularly important towards the end of the 5-week course, when we will be getting our newbies afloat, and will need established oarsmen to sit boats.

    I think that's all for now, have a good weekend, see you at the weekend Jez 

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th April 2016

    Evening one and all,

    Firstly, a massive congrats and admiration to Charlie on completing the London Marathon in 4:21min. He did it in a very good cause, so if you are minded to sponsor him you can do it here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharlesPretzlik .

    On the river we were race training on Saturday and Sunday practising race starts and high rate pieces. And we welcomed Barts brother Tom for an all star a de Groot pair. Excellent progress was made with each piece in balance and power. You guys are ready for some proper race action so please get onto to Google Drive and update your availability for the regattas, there are still an awful lot of people who haven't filled it in yet. Entries are closed for Chiswick where we have a novice 4 entered. Over the following weeks we have Bourne and Putney Town regattas. We have a chance of fun racing in mixed crews with BBL at Bourne. They have 8 rowers keen to row so we need 8 Cygnets to make up the crews. We are about 4 short, so come on dont be shy. And if people want to double up in another boat then please let me know. Entries close this Sunday.

    And we need a cox for the Tuesday and Thursday outings to take out the Nov 4+ racing crew out. Any volunteers?

    This week

    Tuesday 7pm

    Matt, Cris Tom B, Vasil, James, Rob A, Piers, Scott

    Priority is to get the racing 4+ on the water (Cris, Scott, Rob Vasil). Matt can you cox if we don't get a volunteer?

    Thursday 7pm

    Nov 4+ Cris, Scott, Rob, Vasil cox tbc

    4- James, Piers, Tom, Matt

    Weekend

    Chiswick Regatta - I'll let you know when our brave boys are rowing when the draw is announced. Very few people available based on the spreadsheet, I'll look on Thursday to see if there's enough to get some small boats out. Alan is away and so am I.

    Beyond

    Its all about regattas and getting crews together, so once again can I ask you to fill in the regatta page online even if it's to say you're not racing so I know where we stand and can plan accordingly.

    Have a good weekend and best of luck to team Cris on Saturday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th April 2016

    Evening one and all,

    Firstly, a massive congrats and admiration to Charlie on completing the London Marathon in 4:21min. He did it in a very good cause, so if you are minded to sponsor him you can do it here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharlesPretzlik .

    On the river we were race training on Saturday and Sunday practising race starts and high rate pieces. And we welcomed Barts brother Tom for an all star a de Groot pair. Excellent progress was made with each piece in balance and power. You guys are ready for some proper race action so please get onto to Google Drive and update your availability for the regattas, there are still an awful lot of people who haven't filled it in yet. Entries are closed for Chiswick where we have a novice 4 entered. Over the following weeks we have Bourne and Putney Town regattas. We have a chance of fun racing in mixed crews with BBL at Bourne. They have 8 rowers keen to row so we need 8 Cygnets to make up the crews. We are about 4 short, so come on dont be shy. And if people want to double up in another boat then please let me know. Entries close this Sunday.

    And we need a cox for the Tuesday and Thursday outings to take out the Nov 4+ racing crew out. Any volunteers?

    This week

    Tuesday 7pm

    Matt, Cris Tom B, Vasil, James, Rob A, Piers, Scott

    Priority is to get the racing 4+ on the water (Cris, Scott, Rob Vasil). Matt can you cox if we don't get a volunteer?

    Thursday 7pm

    Nov 4+ Cris, Scott, Rob, Vasil cox tbc

    4- James, Piers, Tom, Matt

    Weekend

    Chiswick Regatta - I'll let you know when our brave boys are rowing when the draw is announced. Very few people available based on the spreadsheet, I'll look on Thursday to see if there's enough to get some small boats out. Alan is away and so am I.

    Beyond

    Its all about regattas and getting crews together, so once again can I ask you to fill in the regatta page online even if it's to say you're not racing so I know where we stand and can plan accordingly.

    Have a good weekend and best of luck to team Cris on Saturday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 19th April 2016

    Hello one and all.

    Highlight of the weekend if not the year was Sculling Camp at our fab bungalow on its sleepy backwater in Weybridge. The river levels were just low enough for us to go ahead and give a bunch of Cygnets and Barnes Bridge ladies their first strokes in a single sculling We got all our novices out in a single with the swim/don't swim ratio exactly 50:50. Those who didn't swim will have to try harder next time. And everyone had a go in a double and a change to explore more of the Thames. Shooting the rapids at the Shepperton Weir never lost its excitement however many times you did it. And a birthday party for Will on Saturday/Sunday wee small hours. Thanks to all those involved in the organisation, loading, unloading, coaching and, catering. Sunday was a beautiful day and it was all very much worth the effort.

    So....

    This week

    Tuesday: 40 min erg 4 x 10 mins of 4min @ 20, 3 @ 22, 2 @ 24, 1 @ 26

    Thursday: Start of evening outings. 7pm at club, 7:15 on the water. The number of people we get on the water depends on the number of steersmen available. So far its Cris and myself so we should be able to get at least a 4- and 2x on the water. I'll put a message out about crews on Wednesday, in the meantime if there are any more coxes or steers available please sign up on the spreadsheet

    Weekend: Saturday outings at 8am, Sunday at 8:30. I'd like to get everyone out in 4s, we do need the coxes/steers to make that happen. More work on starts and race pieces for regattas

    Upcoming regattas:

    Sat 30th April Chiswick Regatta

    Sat 7th May Bourne @ Chiswick

    Both local regattas, let's make sure we are represented. We can also do mixed racing with BBL at Bourne. Please fill in your availability.And use your diplomatic skills to persuade a suitable cox to get you down the course.

    That's all for now, see you on Thursday at the club

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 11th April 2016

    Evening all,

    Excellent outings on the Tideway this weekend. Two 4- crews were practicing their racing starts and getting from 0 to 60 in 16 strokes followed up with a sprint erg session in the tank. And an array of pairs, doubles, singles and a 4- out today in choppy conditions but hey the spring sunshine more than makes up for a few waves...

    The regatta season gets underway in a couple of weeks with Hammersmith regatta on the 24th. Following last week's squad meeting I've created a new page for the online availability spreadsheet listing the local regattas and the ones further afield that we are usually represented at. All those who want to race, can you look at the sheet and mark up those regattas you can make and want to race in. The captaincy can plan our training and the logistics to get to those regattas. With the number of people on the water and training we should aim for a minimum of two novices fours at our target regattas doubling up as a novice 8. Can the seniors let me know what there plans/wishes are. We can put together some high quality masters crews, we just need to pick the regattas where we have enough availability. And can those wanting to race in singles also please mark on the spreadsheet the events they want to go for.

    Next weekend is Sculling Camp. River levels upstream have been falling and with this week's forecast I'm confident it wont be disrupted by the conditions. We will load the trailer on Thursday evening so need a team of people to help with de rigging and loading.

    So this week...

    Tues Erg: 30 mins r 20 feet out

    Thursday: Squad erg, 4 x 1000m r 26, 28, 30, 32 4 mins rest followed by boat loading. Bring rigger jiggers if you have one.

    Weekend: Sculling Camp at Hamhaugh Island. Rowing proceedings start at 10:30am on Saturday. There's been a good response and it should be a great weekend on and off the water. There will be no squad outings on the Tideway next weekend.

    Further Ahead

    Hammersmith Regatta 24th April,

    Chiswick Regatta 30th April

    Crews wanting to enter either of these races can they let me know asap so I can get entries in and make sure we've coxes lined up.

    That's all for now

    See you at Cygnets bungalow,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 8th April 2016

    I hope everyone had a enjoyable and relaxing Easter and those who went afloat stayed afloat in the windy conditions. Lovely morning on Friday for the sculling pod who went up to the Pink House and beyond. Well done to the Oxford women and grudging not a bad effort to the Cambridge Men.

    So the Head Season is over, Easter off and we are quickly into the regatta season. Let's keep the momentum we have going and get good club representation at the local regattas in April, May, June and some pewterware, points and de novicing. The good news is that regatta races down require hours of marshalling and are over and done in 4-6 minutes. Racing starts and side by side racing is a great adrenalin rush. But to win pots you going to have to race a heat, semi final and final. So on land we'll be focus on shorter sharper erg sessions, on the water we'll be working on racing starts and short high rate pieces to get up to sprint speed.

    To plan which regattas we want to enter and find out who wants to race we will have a squad meeting after the erg session on Thursday 7th April.

    Here's a list of some of the local regattas and some more distant ones that we generally compete in:

    Sun 24th April Hammersmith Regatta

    Sat 30th April Chiswick Regatta

    Sat 14th May Putney Town Regatta

    Sat 28th May Twickenham Regatta

    Sat/Sun 4/5th June Met @ Dorney

    Sat 11th June Barnes & Mortlake International

    Sat 18th Marlow @ Dorney

    Sat 25th Richmond Regatta

    Thursday 29th June - Saturday 2nd July Henley Royals

    Fri/Sat 8/9th July Henley Masters

    Sat/Sun 23/24th July St Neots

    Sat 30th July Henley Town and Visitors

    Sat/Sun 20/21 August City of Oxford

    We will prioritise our regatta entry at the squad meeting.

    This week:

    Tuesday Erg: 30 mins feet out R20

    Thursday Squad Erg 4 x 1 k @ r 26, 28, 30, 32, 4 mins rest

    Weekend: Please get your availability up to date please, it looks pretty sparse at the moment.

    Further Ahead:

    Sculling Camp 15-17th April. First chance to master the dark arts of single sculling. Also we want to get people out of 8s and into smaller boats - 2-, 2x and getting experience of steering. It is important to increase the pool of signed off steers to maximise the outings we get on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Sculling camp gives people an opportunity to bow steer in quieter conditions.

    And everybody should read up on the Tideway Code in preparation for taking the steering test!!!

    Have a good week, I'm not around this weekend but will catch up with everyone at the Squad Meeting

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th April 2016

    A new experience of rowing in a 4 for some of our novices at the weekend and in pleasant weather too. All good experience being in a more sensitive boat and getting ready for the upcoming regattas.

    This Week

    Tuesday Erg: 30 min pyramid (3 x 4 mins @20, 3@22, 2@24, 1@26)

    Thursday Squad Erg 7 pm 8 x 500 m rates 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 30, 28, 28, 2mins rest

    Squad meeting and food after the erg. Time to talk about the regatta season and which regattas to prioritise and plan the training regime. If you can't make it please let me know what your intentions are for racing over the summer.

    Weekend:

    Saturday and Sunday outings - please update the spreadsheet, we are still thin on the ground for outings, you should all be fully recovered from Head of the River by now. I'd like to carry on rowing in 4s so it would be good to have at least 2 fours out both days.

    Sculling Camp 15-17th April

    A fantastic response from Barnes Bridge so far, but we could do with a few more Cygnets especially those who have not sculled before. Sculling Camp is the best place to take your first strokes in a single and master the basic skills. We will organise sculling pods on the Tideway (when the conditions are right) to build the skills but you need to get the basics in safe surroundings first. Sign up on the Doodle poll http://doodle.com/poll/zh79ttquym47w4tn

    It's a great social event and the Cygnet bungalow is a treasure. What not to like!!!

    Have a good week

    See you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th April 2016

    A new experience of rowing in a 4 for some of our novices at the weekend and in pleasant weather too. All good experience being in a more sensitive boat and getting ready for the upcoming regattas.

    This Week

    Tuesday Erg: 30 min pyramid (3 x 4 mins @20, 3@22, 2@24, 1@26)

    Thursday Squad Erg 7 pm 8 x 500 m rates 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 30, 28, 28, 2mins rest

    Squad meeting and food after the erg. Time to talk about the regatta season and which regattas to prioritise and plan the training regime. If you can't make it please let me know what your intentions are for racing over the summer.

    Weekend:

    Saturday and Sunday outings - please update the spreadsheet, we are still thin on the ground for outings, you should all be fully recovered from Head of the River by now. I'd like to carry on rowing in 4s so it would be good to have at least 2 fours out both days.

    Sculling Camp 15-17th April

    A fantastic response from Barnes Bridge so far, but we could do with a few more Cygnets especially those who have not sculled before. Sculling Camp is the best place to take your first strokes in a single and master the basic skills. We will organise sculling pods on the Tideway (when the conditions are right) to build the skills but you need to get the basics in safe surroundings first. Sign up on the Doodle poll http://doodle.com/poll/zh79ttquym47w4tn

    It's a great social event and the Cygnet bungalow is a treasure. What not to like!!!

    Have a good week

    See you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th March 2016

    I hope everyone had a enjoyable and relaxing Easter and those who went afloat stayed afloat in the windy conditions. Lovely morning on Friday for the sculling pod who went up to the Pink House and beyond. Well done to the Oxford women and grudging not a bad effort to the Cambridge Men.

    So the Head Season is over, Easter off and we are quickly into the regatta season. Let's keep the momentum we have going and get good club representation at the local regattas in April, May, June and some pewterware, points and de novicing. The good news is that regatta races down require hours of marshalling and are over and done in 4-6 minutes. Racing starts and side by side racing is a great adrenalin rush. But to win pots you going to have to race a heat, semi final and final. So on land we'll be focus on shorter sharper erg sessions, on the water we'll be working on racing starts and short high rate pieces to get up to sprint speed.

    To plan which regattas we want to enter and find out who wants to race we will have a squad meeting after the erg session on Thursday 7th April.

    Here's a list of some of the local regattas and some more distant ones that we generally compete in:

    Sun 24th April Hammersmith Regatta

    Sat 30th April Chiswick Regatta

    Sat 14th May Putney Town Regatta

    Sat 28th May Twickenham Regatta

    Sat/Sun 4/5th June Met @ Dorney

    Sat 11th June Barnes & Mortlake International

    Sat 18th Marlow @ Dorney

    Sat 25th Richmond Regatta

    Thursday 29th June - Saturday 2nd July Henley Royals

    Fri/Sat 8/9th July Henley Masters

    Sat/Sun 23/24th July St Neots

    Sat 30th July Henley Town and Visitors

    Sat/Sun 20/21 August City of Oxford

    We will prioritise our regatta entry at the squad meeting.

    This week:

    Tuesday Erg: 30 mins feet out R20

    Thursday Squad Erg 4 x 1 k @ r 26, 28, 30, 32, 4 mins rest

    Weekend: Please get your availability up to date please, it looks pretty sparse at the moment.

    Further Ahead:

    Sculling Camp 15-17th April. First chance to master the dark arts of single sculling. Also we want to get people out of 8s and into smaller boats - 2-, 2x and getting experience of steering. It is important to increase the pool of signed off steers to maximise the outings we get on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Sculling camp gives people an opportunity to bow steer in quieter conditions.

    And everybody should read up on the Tideway Code in preparation for taking the steering test!!!

    Have a good week, I'm not around this weekend but will catch up with everyone at the Squad Meeting

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd March 2016

    Winter is officially over. Head of the River weekend marks the end of winter and beginning of spring and it certainly felt cold out there on Saturday. Well done to all 3 crews that competed over the two days and especially well done for the 5 guys (Scott, Piers, James, Vasil and Robert) rowing HoRR for the first time after joining the club and taking up rowing just 5 months ago. I hope everyone got a buzz from it and didn't mind the choppy water down the course. Bragging rights go to Marj and Dave's crew, I hope those out on Saturday for Cristobal's 4.0 were kind to the members of the losing crew. Results were:

    Cygnet 1 - 21 mins 23 secs (280 overall)

    Cygnet 2 - 22 mins 02 secs (308 overall)

    Both crews put in very encouraging rows that gives promise for the regatta season if we keep working hard on and off the river.

    On Sunday the Cygnet/TSS Mas F composite finished in 22 mins 39secs 161 out of 219 after many changes and late substitutions in the crew but the main thing is that the made the race!

    Go check out the race faces:

    Cygnet 1

    http://rowingphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Crews-326/G0000iQ6Wc9ta3I0/I0000gbcNjTkrdvU/C0000m0rqkMPP98E

    Cygnet 2

    http://rowingphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Crews-226-250/G0000ygIcHKC3oKQ/I0000G_u1Nn0uEmc/C0000m0rqkMPP98E

    Cygnet/TSS MasF

    http://rowingphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Crews-151-200/G0000N3RcpzzY4q4/I0000f1nxXXcoQPw/C00003lpoQIFKV4Y

    This week:

    Thursday 7pm Squad recovery erg, 30 mins r20 feet out

    Weekend

    Not many of us around at the weekend and not enough to make up crews so it will be small boats for those who are signed off to steer. The river should be much quieter that of late so we could make up a sculling pod at 8 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday.

    Further Ahead

    Sculling Camp 15-17th April. Great opportunity to learn new skills. One on my aims for this summer is to get more people signed off to steer small boats. It makes organising crews over the summer much easier. It starts with learning to scull and gaining enough skill on sculling camp to be able to carry on under supervision back on the Tideway.

    Even further ahead

    Regatta season starts soon. That means side by side blade clashing action and lots of the thrills, spills and hopefully pots. In the next week I'll compile the list of regattas for us to target. In April, May and June we have a run of local Tideway regattas and we should aim to be represented at all of them. We will start training on the river on Tuesday and Thursday evenings after Sculling Camp and we will be spending more time in smaller boats rather than 8s. That requires steersmen to bow steer 4s and 2s, so that's why we need more people to pass their steering tests.

    More of the summer plan in the next week or so.

    Finally

    A massive thanks to all those who helped in the run up to HoRR with coxing and coaching and on the day:

    Alan, Marj, Sue, Robin, Matt and Claudia

    Finally, Finally

    Boat Race on Sunday, Women's race at 3:10 Men's at 4:10, come and cheer the Dark Blues to more wins.

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st February 2016

    Main event of the weekend was Hammersmith Head with our novice crew getting more battle hardened and used to marshalling for an hour is heavy rain and strong winds. They put in a solid performance and tidy rowing to keep Marj happy coming 94 out of 147 overall and 13th out of 17th in category. The crews were tightly bunched and a 14 second improvement would have gained 5 places in the category.

    As well as the race we had 4-, 2- and 2x out in windy conditions on Saturday and 4-, 2x and 1x on Sunday morning and we can vouch for how much effort it takes to get to the Pink House against wind and tide at the moment. The 8+ can vouch for how rough it was on the flood tide with wind against tide. And it was good to welcome Tom McCauley to the 4- crews and I hope your hand recover soon.

    So we are now 4 weeks away from Head of the River weekend. We have all of 3 weekends to get out on the water. 2 crew have been entered at IM3, we need to see two crews on the water in training. It's asking a lot just to turn up on the day and expect a good result. So please please please make every effort to make the outings for the next 3 weeks. Get your availability up to date on the spreadsheet. Time together as a crew improves performance, cuts your time and gets a better finish position. We will publish the provisional crews shortly, but they are not set in stone (we had to get the crews entered by last Friday's deadline). I we can get two eights out we can do race pieces side by side or chasing each other. It gets us fitter and race ready. Make it happen!!!

    So...

    This week,

    Tuesday 7:15

    Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School. I hear guys on squad erg night complaining how much it hurts SO IT MUST BE WORKING. Only 4 more sessions to go before HoRR so make them count!.

    Thursday 7pm

    Squad Erg

    Sorry guys it's time to put in the miles. So its 50 mins made up of 10 mins repeats of 4 mins r20, 3 mins r 22, 2 mins r 24, 1 min r26.

    Weekend outings at 8am Saturday and Sunday

    Please make every effort to get on the water and get two crews out. Sue is available to coach on Sunday and will put you through your paces, Alan with coach on Saturday. As per the squad erg it will be about the hard miles and hard pieces on the river

    Further Ahead

    Sculling Camp is coming up on the 15-17th April. This is a unique opportunity to get in a single scull on a quiet and calm stretch of the river at our lovely bungalow at Hamhaugh Island. For our new novices you can get the basics of sculling in the Weybridge play pen then develop them back at base over the summer. Sculling is fab fun, singles are scary and exhilarating and a great thing to master, great satisfaction as your skills improve and you gain control of the boats and freedom of the Tideway.

    It has also been suggested that for more experienced rowers we make it more of a training camp ie more work less beer, or no beers before 6pm. If there is the interest we could get the boats to the bungalow early and take the Thursday and Friday as additional training camp days. I think it's a great idea. Let me know if you are interested.

    That's all from me, have a great week, see you for the erg on Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th February 2016

    Dear All,

    Hats off to all those who got out on the river on Saturday in extremely challenging tide and wind conditions. It's a while since we had a calm day so when eventually spring turns up we will row like the Masters of the Tideway that we are. We are very much in doing the hard yards on and off the water to get ourselves into best shape for HoRR weekend so get down to circuits on Tuesday, get along to the squad ergs on Thursday and make sure your availability is up to date online so we can get maximum water time.

    Next job for the captaincy is to pick the crew/s for Hammersmith Head on the 20th Feb

    The following said they were available and would like to row in the event

    Jez

    Nick Rae

    Mike England

    Charlie

    Bart

    Iain G

    Cris

    Scott Liv

    Matt B

    Gav H

    Tom Broadhurst

    Simon Suthers

    William Mardell

    Plus Wylie, Rawks P and Rawks A

    That's exactly 16!!! No spares or subs so if anyone isn't available please let me know asap. And if anyone else now finds they are available again please let me know. I want to enter crews by Thursday, entries close on Friday. As things stand I would sort the crews by age with a youthful crew rowing IM3 and MasC/D crew. If we fall short of the numbers for 2 crews we'll enter a Nov 8.

    So...

    This week:

    Tonight 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School

    Thursday 7pm Squad Erg at club 3 x 10 mins 4,3,2,1, @ 26,28,30,32, with 3 mins rest.

    Friday: Anniversary drinks at the Dukes Head Putney from 6:30

    Weekend: Outings at 8am Saturday and Sunday for all those signed up as available.

    Have a good week, see you for the erg on Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd February 2016

    The highlight of the weekend was Quintin Head with two Cygnet VIIIs racing and 5 guy making their debuts in Cygnet colours. Not only that they skipped the Novice category to debut at IM3 and had a highly promising row well in contact with the IM3 pack finishing in 15 mins 11 secs, 114th out of 212 finishers. The Mas D Rawkings special can in 24 seconds behind in 15 mins 35secs in a ridiculously competitive category.We would have done fine in Mas E if Cris had been just a year older. The conditions were great for the time of year, more like spring than January, sorry we cant always guarantee that, Great to see the levels of excitement and enthusiasm so let's build on that and continue to train hard for Hammersmith Head and Head of the River in February and March.

    We had a good training outing on Sunday in the VIII plus Raph and Laurent starting training for Pairs Head, it's never too soon to start!!!

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15 at Cavendish School, Circuits with Maxi. Good attendances since Christmas is building that all round fitness for the long head races.

    Thursday 7pm at Club - Squad Erg 50 mins 5 x 10 mins of 4 mins 20, 3 mins 22, 2 mins 24, 1 min 26. It's time to get those long solid pieced under the belt.

    Weekend

    Squad outings at 8am, please make sure you availability is up to date. Focus is on longer and harder outings getting us used to pieces at race pace.

    Further Ahead

    I've had most peoples responses about their intentions for the remaining Head races. We have enough to get 2 VIII into HoRR proper. We should also be able to get two crews for Vets HoRR on the Sunday without having people rowing both days. Paul Rawkins will be chasing people to sign up for a Mas E/F crew, we also have the core of a Mas B/C crew for Vets Head, if someone will volunteer to take the lead on it.

    Can I ask that everyone fills in their full availability through to the 19/20 March so we can get a good idea of the number of outings we can get in before the races. If we can get two VIIIs on the river together to push each other and increase competition that can only help. If we have sufficient numbers we can also do Thursday evening outings to maximise water time.

    Other Stuff

    Capsize Drill Saturday 30th January at St Paul's School 2.30 to 3.30 - everyone is obliged to do this as a condition of rowing on the Tideway, so please attend if you can

    Spring Sculling Camp 15/16/17th April Cygnets Bungalow Shepperton.

    Get it in your diaries. You've learnt to and mastered sweep rowing, now do the same with sculling. Once you can scull and have passed the steering test we can sign people off to take out singles on the Tideway. Start now and be ready for the summer season on the Thames. And drink beer, eat burgers and generally have fun.

    That's all for now

    Have a good week, see you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Bulletin

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd February 2016

    Morning All,

    So back to the hard training last weekend after the excitement of Quintin Head, with solid outings up to the Pink House in choppy water. And thanks for those who organised and supported the Capsize Drill and for those who attended. I bet you can't wait to do it for real in a cold River Thames. If I were you I'd wait till July before trying that one, or even better, never fall in.

    This Week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School

    Thursday 7pm Squad erg This weeks delight is 3 x 4 k rate 20 with 2 min rest between, to keep building the stamina

    Weekend outings 8am Saturday and Sunday

    Both Robin and I are not available on Saturday so am looking for a cox for the VIII, if any cox is is available please let me know...

    Keep up the good hard work getting in shape for the upcoming head races, see you on Sunday

    Jez

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  • New Year Update

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 4th January 2016

    Happy New Year to one and all. I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year Celebrations and are recharged, energised and straining at the leash to get back out on the river and training hard for the Head race season. They come fairly thick and fairly fast all on our doorstep with: 23rd January - Quintin Head (Chiswick Bridge to Harrods) 20th February - Hammersmith Head (Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge) 19th March - Head of the River Race (Mortlake to Putney) 20th March - Vets Head of the River (Mortlake to Putney)

    Head of the River weekend is the highpoint of the Head Racing season and the focus of our training. The aim is to get a minimum of two crews racing on Saturday and at least one crew in Vets Head on Sunday. Quintin Head and Hammersmith Head are big events in their own right and are great dress rehearsals for HORR and VHORR. This all depends on getting people to commit to taking part and then making getting out in regular crews to get maximum water time between now and the races as well as doing the land training. First thing is I need to know who can make the dates and wants to race so please reply to me if you are up for it along with which of the races can row in. Quintin Head is in a couple of weeks so we need to fix crews asap. We will organise the training around giving the likely race crews as much time together on the water as possible. The performances at Plum Puds were very encouraging and shows we've got the competitive spirit in the club to get us into shape and get good performances on the day.

    So this week...
    Tuesday 7:15 New Year Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School. Please remember to bring a drink and a towel!

    Thursday 7pm Squad Erg - 30 mins @ 20 spm feet out Weekend: Back on the Tideway. Please. please please update the spread sheet with your availability. We should be looking to get two eights on the water so we can do pieces together. Wrap up warm it's turned a fair bit colder and wetter in the last few days.

    Other stuff... To enter the head races you need to be a member of British Rowing. Details can be found here http://www.britishrowing.org/membership. That's all for now, except to say that a lot of people made a lot of progress before Christmas and it was great to see a queue for the 5k erg test before Christmas, let's keep it going and really do ourselves credit in the races and have fun at the same time.

    Jez

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  • Cygnet weekly news

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd December 2015

    It was our final full weekend on the river of 2015 the highlight of which was our two evenly matched and carefully selected 8s taking place in the Plum Puds organised by Quintin. It was the first experience of racing and rating 34 strokes minutes for our superb GFAR recruits and at 4.7k it was longer than Quintin and Hammersmith Heads. We had to make a split second decision on the start line of which crew was Cygnet A and which Cygnet B. Funnily enough it was the crew that turned out to be Cygnet B that was asked by the martial to nominate. So whereas Cygnet A was racing Quintin & MAAs first VIIIs, Cygnet B was racing against closely matched crews leading to blade clashes and 3 abreast racing between the Kew Bridges.

    And the results were (drum roll......)

    Out of 13 crews on the start line

    Cygnet B - 7th in 16:00 dead

    Cygnet A 10th in 16:17

    So Cygnet A crew buy drinks for Cygnet B for the whole of 2016.

    And thanks for Claudia and Marj who get free drinks for ever.

    This week:

    There wont be any "official" outings until the new year, but if people want to organise sculling pods, use the availability sheet to say when you plan to do it so like minded people can join up. It's always better to have a buddy out on the river especially when it's quiet. Keep an eye on the the tide and weather, there is a lot of windy weather over the coming days.

    Further Ahead into 2016:

    If we have enough availability on Jan 2nd & 3rd we'll get an VIII on the river (once I've sorted out the spreadsheet)

    5th Jan Circuits with Maxi starts again at Cavendish School.

    Then it's all about Head Races in VIIIs. We should be able to get Senior, Novice and Vets VIIIs out, I'll be pestering each and everyone of you on whether your up for it and getting the crews training and on the river as soon as possible so we perform up to our potential in the races:

    23rd Jan Quintin Head

    20th Feb Hammersmith Head

    19th March Head of the River

    20th March Vets Head of the River

    Finally, have a great Christmas and a rowtastic 2016, see you all soon

    Jez

    Plum puds 2015

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  • Cygnet Weekly Bugle

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 15th December 2015

    Hi Cygnets one and all,

    A fab time was had by all who made the Waddle and the Christmas party on Saturday with unrestrained wild dancing display from the Cygnets. Bouncing up and down is without question our best move and we can keep it going most of the evening which is a testimony to the circuits and Ergs that we've put in over the autumn. Special awards to Tom, James and Rob for innovation and energy. We must do it more often. Hopefully by now the last of the hangovers should have cleared.

    Well, a very rare calmish weekend on the Tideway, with more good experience and rowing miles for our latest recruits without the help of any seniors. A few wobbles but lots of encouraging signs of the crew coming together. Thanks to Alan for his excellent instruction. For those who made it on the river on Sunday, I tell you it was the bestest, flatest water for months, absolute sculling heaven. And thanks to everyone who did the 5k erg test on Thursday, good to see all the ergs in use and the competitive juices flowing. So, this week:

    Tuesday:

    7:15 pm Circuits with Maxi - final session of the year to be held AT THE CLUB!!!! Burn off some Christmas calories pre-emptively.

    Thurs:

    7pm Squad Erg 3 x 10 mins 4,3,2,1, @ 26,28,30,32 with 3 mins rest between. A bit of a thrash to work up a thirst for drinks in Ye White Hart afterwards.

    Weekend:

    Saturday 8am

    Coached session

    Sunday 10am

    Plum Pudding Race (race starts from the Pink House at 11:15) So far we have the following crew available PPs and Y on the spreadsheet: Bart, Gav, Matt, Jez, Simon, Iain, Robin, Tom B Rashid, William, James, Rob, Scott L, Abhijeet Marj is available to cox, Claudia TBC.

    If we find a couple more people we could get 2 8's out. Otherwise we'll try to enter an 8+ and a 4. So BDF, Nick B, Nick R Big Jim R are you up for it? More info to follow when the final numbers are in.

    I think that's it for now. Have a good week, see you on Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News 7th December

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 7th December 2015

    The weekend's rowing was rather impacted by Desmond which (who?) caused the cancellation of Scullers Head. It was certainly the right decision given the strength of the wind but it's disappointing for those who trained and psyched themselves up for it. Better conditions on Sunday allowed the 8+ to get out and by all accounts it was a good outing.

    With that in mind, Plum Puddings festive rowing event should take place on the weekend of 19/20th December, probably on the 20th. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is a processional rowing event usually from the Pink House in Isleworth back to Chiswick Bridge (~4.5k) that resembles a Head race except it's not a race as such. It involves local clubs and about 15 or so crews with a rough handicap of setting off slowest crews first with the winner being the first back to Quintin flagpole. Mulled wine and mince pies back at the club afterwards. Depending on who is up for it, I'd like us to to put out and crew made up half and half between newer youthful rowers and more experienced guys. It's a lot of fun and gives you a taste of what racing might be like (without actually being a race). So if you are keen to be in it then please put "PP" for the 19th /20th on the spreadsheet. You know you want to. 

    This week: 

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuit with Maxi at Cavendish School - final chance to tone up before the Xmas party and trying to squeeze into your dinner suit. 

    Thursday 7:00pm 'Fraid it's got to be done.... 5k Test rate capped 26 spm. Let's aim to start together at 7:30 following a 10 min warm up. Weekend: 

    Weather prospects look better so we may even get a relatively calm weekend and good water, so get your availability up to date so I can get as many Cygnets as possible on the water. Plan is for 8am outing on Saturday and 10 am Sunday (chance to recover from BBL Xmas Party and Cygnet Waddle) 

    Other Important Stuff: Go take a look at the Cygnet RC Historic Archive which is now published on the club website. Immerse yourself in club history and nostalgia. And see what some senior members looked like in their prime. And for those looking for Last minute Christmas gift ideas, what every well-heeled Cygnet should be unwrapping on Christmas morning etc, essential reading blah, blah. is the Club History. Beautifully presented in Cygnet Stripes it will surely grace any bookshelf and coffee table and be the talking point amongst all your Christmas drinks guests. A mere £15 for a quality gift. Contact Paul Rawkins (prawkins@googlemail.com) to secure your festive copy whilst stocks of these collectable items last! 

    Much Further Ahead January to March is 8+ head racing season culminating in the Head of the River Race on the 19th March. The aim is to get at least 2/3 crews racing over that weekend. This will be the focus of the training in the new year so I'll be chasing you to know who is up for it so we can plan the campaign. Based on what I've seen we've got a great bunch from the GFAR who are getting the water time and doing the land training to be ready to put in a good performance come March. I think that's it for now, update your availability and I'll get the weekend plan out later, Have good weekk Jez PS The Waddle on Saturday is pretty much mandatory even it you are not attending the BBL Party. Cris will plan the route and timings, lookout for his update. 

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update 30th November

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 30th November 2015

    Well the seasons certainly have turned and those Indian summer days of September and October are a rather distant memory. Wild and windy at the weekend, but it's a tough sport and we rowers man up and get on with it. The Sculling Six rowed the Scullers Head course in 40mph winds on Sunday as a dress rehearsal for Saturday when the conditions could be just as challenging. And there were another couple of outings in the 8+ for our GFAR graduates getting more rowing miles under their belts and showing real promise. No reason why we can get a mixed Senior/Novice crew on the water for the Plums Puddings and get first experience of rowing at race pace. The most likely date for it is the 20th December, if you are interested in taking part can you put "PP" on the availability spreadsheet for that day.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School, Edensor Road

    Great turnout last week, lets see the same again tomorrow.

    Thursday: 7pm Squad Erg in the Shed. For those entering Scullers Head a short but sweet. Erg: 1x7', 1x5' @ target 5k pace, 2' @ over rate/pace, drag 125. If others feel short changed by this then the alternative is 2 x 20 mins r24/26 (change after 10 mins) 5 mins rest. Claudia is cooking afterwards, stay for food and chat after the erg.

    Weekend:

    Saturday

    It's Scullers Head at 11am with Bart (150), Guy (288), Neil (299), Jez (321), Robin (380) and Cris (383) entered. This is one mentally and physically tough event rowed in the depths of winter over the Boat Race course. We would all very much appreciate a cheer as we go past the club or anywhere else on the course.

    The river will be closed from 10am for Scullers Head so any outing has to be early and so far only 4 people have signed up as available and our two regular coxes are racing SH so I think this is likely to be a land based session,

    Sunday - we have more people available so will have an 8+ out (10am to avoid the flood tide), but there are lots of gaps on the December spreadsheet right now. Now we've moved on to December can you fill in your availability for the month please.

    Further Ahead:

    Saturday 12th December is BBL/Cygnet party time. Cris is doing a grand job as usual publicising this. If you are not coming to the party you still should come along to the Cygnet Waddle that takes place before hand which will take in a selection of Mortlake and Barnes pubs before ending up at the Bulls Head. Cris will send the itinerary nearer the time.

    Sunday 20th - probable date for Plum Puds

    A thought for 2016

    It's been great to welcome a bunch of new recruits to the club and seeing their development and enthusiasm. It would be good to grow the squad further, so can we all look to "find a friend" to introduce to the club and give them the gift of rowing (that just keeps giving) .

    Have a good week, see you Thursday/weekend

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update 23rd November

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 24th November 2015

    High seas on the Tideway on Saturday kept us on dry land, well done to those who made it down to do an erg as well as everyone who did Thursday's 50min erg.

    The MAG 8+ was out on Sunday with our new recruits getting more rowing miles under their belts and getting used to the cold. And the Sculling Pod made it down the full course to get used to the pain they'll go through in a couple of weeks in Scullers Head and learn where the PLA have put their buoys.

    This week:

    Tuesday: Circuits with Maxi, 7:15 at Cavendish School Edensor Road. Let's keep the good attendance going and keep building the fitness for the Barnes Bridge Christmas Ball. Please remember to bring a towel and some water.

    Thursday: 7pm Squad Erg: 4 x 5 mins at target 5k pace, maintain throughout and have 10 min warm up & down. A breeze after last week. Sign up for food with Bart after the erg ( BdG@gmx.net)

    Weekend: Looks like we have good availability both days, if you're availability isn't up to date please get online and update it so I can put you in a boat at the weekend. To fit in with the tide times and give the scullers a chance to get out on quieter water the squad outings will be at 8am both days.

    Further Ahead:

    5th December 11am Scullers Head with 6 Cygnet and 6 BBL scullers entered. Everyone of them will greatly appreciate a cheer from the bridge or the club.

    20th December (probably) Plum Pudding Race which is a great chance to give people of first taste of race like rowing with a festive flavour. Can you let me know if you'd like to row in it.

    Important Notice:

    Unfortunately Scott L had his car broken into last Thursday. It happens to us and other local clubs , the club is isolated and the parked cars can be easy pickings for the local oiks. Best plan is not to drive to the club, next best is to leave you car on the Barnes side and walk across the bridge, if you have no option, please make sure there is nothing on show in your car.

    Have a good week, see you Thursday

    Jez

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  • Cygnet update 16th November

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 16th November 2015

    Wild, wet and windy weekend on the Tideway. But that didn't deter our brave boys. Excellent 8+ outing in the rain on Saturday, good mileage for our new recruits getting up to Syon House for the first time. Great to see Hamish back on the water. The wind was the challenge on Sunday gusting close to 40mph so another new experience for our rowing academy graduates and challenging for Scott B on his first water outing. Afterwards 5 scullers made it against the headwind to the Pink House, excellent tough training for Scullers Head.

    And we voted in 8 new members at the committee meeting on Sunday so welcome and I hope you have a great time on the river and as part of the club. The offer of captains beers for new members still stands, if you are down for the Squad Erg on Thursday, that's a good way to rehydrate...

    This Week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School.

    Thursday 7pm Squad Erg 2 x 25 mins @ R20 incl. 4 x 1 min @ 24,26,28,30 (2 min rest) Long erg to build strength and stamina - stay on for food, Sian in cooking sian_kunert@hotmail.co.uk and captain will buy you beer. What not to like.

    Weekend:

    Outing plan to be sent out on Friday am, get your availability on the sheet by Wednesday please, there are a few gaps at the moment.

    Sculling Pod: High tide is at 9:12 on Saturday and 10:30 on Sunday so the best time for sculling would from 2 hours after that - 11am Saturday and 12:30 on Sunday. Scullers let me know what you prefer to do, there's not much time before the race, I certainly would be up for rowing the course on Sunday at 12:30.

    Further Ahead

    5th December 11am Sculler Head - 7 Cygnets have their entries accepted, 3 debutants, it's a tough race so support is very welcome.

    Plum Puddings - A race like social row organised by Quintin RC, probably on the 19th December should be a first opportunity for racing for our new recruits. Get fit and get as much time as you can on the water to have a good first race experience.

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    Get your warm winter Cygnet kit from Godfrey now - look good, go faster, stay warm!!!

    Click onto the links below for details. A splash top, fleecy leggings and long sleeve top will get you through the winter. If we order together, we get stuff cheaper.

    URL: http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc

    Order Deadline: 29th November

    There are some useful links to pass on here:

    http://godfrey.co.uk/collation-information

    http://godfrey.co.uk/sizing-guide

    Have a good week, see you Thursday.

    Jez

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  • Cygnet update 9th November

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th November 2015

    Busy busy weekend on the water at the weekend in wild and windy conditions. We had 2 crews racing in Vet 4s Head, Mas B 4- (Bart, Gav, Jez, Ian) were 3rd in category (podium finish) and 36th overall, Mas C 4x (Simon, Tom, Rob W, Charlie ) 6th in category, 162 overall (out of 207 starters). The river was seriously rough from Hammersmith to Putney and it took guts from all the crews to get through it. Rowers are all tough guys and gals.

    Well done to Rob on his first ever race and to Charlie and Tom for their first race in a quad. Thanks to Simon who was super sub for Cris on the day. 

    And a first for our newest recruits as appropriately on 4s Head weekend they had their first outing in a 4. Wobbly aren't they? 

    Lots of activity in the clubhouse on both days, vodka consumption hit record levels thanks to Stefan and Warsaw RC. Stefan is an old Cygnet returning to race on the Tideway and trying to build amateur rowing on Poland. Maybe we'll row the head of the vistula one day...

    This week...

    Tues 7 15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School. Good turn out last week, let's keep the momentum going.
    Thurs 7pm Squad erg night 2 x 4.5 k r 20 with 4 x r 30-32 bursts in each. 90 secs rest between the 2 pieces.

    Weekend
    Scullers Head is the next big race on the 5th December. We have 8 entries so far, so we'll organise a sculling pod to do race training each weekend. Timing will depend on the tides trying to avoid high water and busy river. Sunday is always quieter, before the committee meeting at 10am could work. I'll confirm soon, but can those scullers who want to join in put that on the spreadsheet.
    And if anyone wants to join the pod in a 2x or 2- feel free.
    Outing plan will be published on Thursday so get your availability up to date on the spreadsheet.

    Finally, for all the new guys, there is a committee meeting on Sunday where we will vote in new (and returning) members. We'd love you all to join, so if you've not already done so , fill in the membership form and get it pinned on the board in the changing rooms and by Sunday 1pm, you'll be a Cygnet!!!!
    (If you've misplaced the form then you can download them from the website).

    Have a good week,
    Jez

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  • Cygnet update 2nd November

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd November 2015

    Hi Cygnets,

    A weekend of sharp contrasts, gorgeous autumn sunshine on Saturday, crews training hard for Vet Fours Head, doubles and pairs, single scullers and the GFAR squad exploring new stretches of the rive above Kew Bridge and getting to know the joys of power strokes...Sunday, old fashioned London pea-souper, couldn't see Barnes or the bridge from the club and no chance of getting out onto the water. I've never seen such a queue for ergs in the Shed or so much steam rising from the hard working athletes doing their 4x relay races...

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15pm: Circuits with Maxi - essential for your core conditioning and overall fitness, please make an effort to get along...

    Thursday 7:00pm : Squad erg in the Shed, this week something a little lighter than last weeks endurance test.
    1x15', 1x10', 1x5', r20 (5' rest), drag 129 so time to do some weights afterwards. 

    Plan ahead and stay for food, Helena helenasmith@yahoo.com is cooking let her know if you are partaking.

    Saturday:

    Fours Head of the River at 12:45. From Chiswick Bridge to Putney with a stellar cast of GB internationals racing for their clubs. Really worth coming down and seeing top class rowing outside our front door. Eat hot dogs and cake, drink beer, what not to like.

    Any outings will need to be at 8am to get off the river before the river closure for 4s Head.

    Quite of lot of guys off to row in Gloriana so we may not have enough guys to get the GFAR 8 onto the water, but if you can make it get your availability on the sheet and we'll see what we can get together.

    Sunday:

    Vet Fours Head of the River at 13:45 with a stellar cast of Cygnet rowers. Come and cheer on Cris, Charlie, Tom and Rob (Mas C 4x) in boat 14 and Bart, Gav Jez and Ian (MasB 4-) in boat 22.

    As with Saturday, get your availability up to date to see what we can get together for an outing at 8.

    Further Ahead...

    December 5th Scullers Head, Lots of interest in racing we'll get sculling pods organise to get race like training for all those planning to race, probably on Sundays when the river is quieter.

    The GFAR team are starting to get river miles under their oars and should be ready to go out and doing some semi serious racing in the Plum Puddings before Christmas. The more outings you can make the, the more circuits and ergs you do, the better the result!!!

    Finally, for the GFAR team, we've got a few applications filled in and on the board, can I encourage the others to get their applications done in time for the committee meeting on the 15th November that will vote you into the club .

    Have a good week,

    Jez

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  • Cygnet update 26th October

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 26th October 2015

    Fun on and off the river at the weekend. 

    On Saturday we held our annual lunch in the hallowed surroundings of Leander RC in Henley. Many generations of Cygnets present including Ronnie Lambe who joined the club in 1947, plus guests from BBL RC our guest speaker Robert Treharne Jones (The Voice of Rowing) and Tichel from Ruder Gessellschaft Benrath.

    Katie M organised an all star crew packed full of ex captains to go out with Tichel on the Tideway at a very civilised hour in lovely autumn sunshine. Before that our GFAR grads were out again exploring previously unknown stretches of the river beyond Hammersmith Bridge and then rowing all 8 from Harrods back to the club and getting 300 or so strokes in in the process. Thanks to Robin (especially), Tom, Cris and Iain G for helping out with the outing.

    This Week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School, Edensor Road. Make up for last week by putting double the effort in.

    Thursday:Squad Erg: 50 min tower, 5 x 4' r20, 3' r22, 2' r24, 1'r26 (in one go) to build up an appetite for Captn's Chicken Curry afterwards...

    Saturday:Senior outings at 8, focus on the Vet 4s Head Crews (4x Charlie, Cris, Tom & Rob, 4- Bart, Gav, Jez, Ian)

    Other outing TBS

    GFAR squad outing at 10 (get the spreadsheet updated to get a seat in the boat!) (will be looking for willing helpers to boat sit/cox...)

    Sunday:More 4s Head Training outing times TBS
    GFAR squad outing at 10 (will be looking for willing helpers to boat sit/cox...)

    Crews and outing times will be confirmed by Friday noon. 

    Ahead:

    Saturday 7th Nov 4s Head at 12:45- come and watch some seriously good crews battle in out and see how many GB rowers you can spot

    Sunday 8th Nov - Vets 4s Head at 13:45 - 2 Cygnet crews to come and cheer

    Saturday 5th December - Scullers Head. We will look to organise sculling pods a suitable non peak times at the weekends in the run up to the event to get some serious race training against each other.

    That's all for now, have a good week, see you for the killer erg on Thursday.

    Jez

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  • Cygnet update 20th October

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th October 2015

    Afternoon all,

    Last weekend saw the graduation of the Get Fit and Row students. They had more water outings on Saturday and Sunday with the excitement of rowing on choppy water. Thanks for all those who have helped in all the sessions, on land and on the water. We now have a group very keen to carry on their rowing careers at Cygnet and we've invited them all to join the club. For the time being we will still need experienced rowers in the outings as well as coxes. The plan is to keep their outings late morning on Saturdays and Sunday to get a quieter river and make it easier for boat sitters to do their own outings first.This weekend with the Henley Lunch I think we will be short handed on Saturday but we will need helpers for Sunday. 

    This week:

    Tuesday Circuits I've just heard Maxi is ill so can't run circuits tonight. Suggest an extra erg and weights as a substitute. Sorry.

    Thursday 7:15 Squad Erg 15 min steady state warm up. Then 5 x 1000m @ r26 with 1 minute light pressure in between. There should be some of our new recruits attending, please give them any assistance they need. Matt is cooking afterwards. 

    Weekend:

    Please update the spreadsheet and I've get crews out by Thursday. We should be out training for Vet 4s Head (see below).

    Henley Lunch @ Leander - Cris has sent an email about organising taxis, please reply asap if you want to take advantage.

    Sunday: I'll need a couple of boat sitters for an 11am outing for the new guys

    Vet Fours Head Sunday 8th Nov: We have 7 people committed to racing. We need one more and we can race two boats (a 4- and 4x). Don't be shy, it's better to be in it than watching and it's all valuable race experience. Entries close in a couple of days so now's the time to come forward.

    Scullers Head 5th December

    Let me know if you plan to enter. We will get sculling pods organised to get you hardened for the race.
    That's all for now

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  • Cygnet update 13th October

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th October 2015

    The competitive action at the weekend was Pairs Head where we had 3 crews competing. We all love Pairs Head because a) it's run by Barnes Bridge Ladies, b) it's only to Hammersmith c) it's in October not December through March. This year they made us row further and a stiff headwind made it a longer race, but it was enjoyable on a fine autumn day. Results Dave and Nick (MasB 2-) 15:38.5 162 overall and 3rd in catergory, Alfonso/Jez 17:04, 374 overall, 12th in category, Cris/Charlie 17:18.1 393 overall, 7th in category. 

    Thanks to all who helped with parking, boating, marshaling, eating cakes & hot dogs and drink in the bar afterwards. 

    Of no less significance Saturday and Sunday saw the first water outings for the GFAR guys. 5 separate 8s got out on the water and before long the coaches had them rowing all 8. They was no shortage of promises and enthusiasm, very positive after the outings, all keen to get out and do more. Thanks for all those who took a turn at boat sitting. There will be more of that to come over the next few weeks till they become self sufficient. The GFAR officially ends after next weekend and we will be inviting them to join the club. Once the course is over it will be down to Cygnets to organise them and get them on the river with coaches and coxes etc.

    This week:

    Tuesday 7:15 Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School

    Thursday 7 Squad Erg ( erg TBC)

    Weekend:

    Fours Head is only 3 1/2 weeks away (7/8th Nov) and is the priority. I've had a few replies from those wanting to race, any more people interested let me know asap so we can plan outings and crews.Please fill in the spreadsheet for availability please.


    All those interested in Scullers Head and outings in sculling pods put that on the sheet two so we can fix up the best time for them.GFAR on the water again, if we need more volunteers I'll put out another appeal,

    Further Ahead

    24th Nov Henley Leander Lunch

    5th December - Scullers Head

    That's all folks
    Have a good week
    Jez

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  • Cygnet update 5th October

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th October 2015

    Hi One and All,

    Back from Benrath and the Rhine Marathon in one piece! It was my first RM and would recommend it as something all Cygnets have to do at least once in their rowing career. Our hosts at Ruder Gesselschaft Benrath made us all so welcome laying on a dinner to celebrate 50 years of friendship between the clubs and annual visits to the Rhine Marathon and Head of the River. It's a great Cygnet/BBL tradition and one that enhances the clubs. The race itself is fantastic once it's over. There were 5 Cygnet/BBL crews participating. Best time went to Chairman Wylie's invitation quad, narrowly ahead of Bates/French/Mountain/Gibbons 4+. Happy Mondays BBL crew awfully close behind those two. The mixed quads took a little longer, honours in that duel go to Cris/Tom/Sian/Katie over Helena/Marj/Cap/Klaus/Uli. Perfect weather helped offset the sore hands and sore backsides. Post race alt beer made all the pain go away completely.

    This week:

    Club Circuits with Maxi, 7:15 at Cavendish School or leaving the club at 7. Great way to improve fitness and enjoy good music... Be there.ThursdayPairs Head final outing at 7:15 with Sue. It would be good to get all 3 crews out on the water to push each other and get race ready.Squad Erg for those not on the water TBC


    Saturday:

    Pairs Head at 3:30Please come down to the club to eat a hot dog, slice of cake and a couple of beers and cheer on:Cris and Charlie (245)Alfonso and Jez (257)Nick and Dave (297)and a whole lot of BBL crews. Pairs Head is run by BBL so its our home race, come and support, bring the family, watch Wales vs Wallabies in the bar after the race....

    Saturday 11 am

    Get Fit and Row venture onto the Tideway for the first time. I'll let you know if we need more volunteers for boat sitting/coxing.

    Sunday am

    GFAR on the river for the second time!!! Anyone who wants to get out on the water in crew boats in the morning before Pairs Head or on Sunday, please put your availability on the the spreadsheet to we can put crews together..

    Further Ahead

    7th November 12:45 Fours Head

    8th November 13:45 Vets Fours Head We should have 3 if not 4 crews entering over the two days. Please let me and Sue know if you want to be part of it so we can fix up the crews and get training going.

    5th December 11am, Scullers Head

    Coaching update:
    As many of you already know, Sue is stepping back from coaching after Pairs Head. We are searching for a new coach, we have ads out for the position but it seems a lot of other clubs are also after coaches and right now they are in short supply. Our most immediate need is to get a structure in place for when the Get Fit and Row course ends and the 13 men on the course graduate to full Cyngets. If we don't get a paid coach in the short term then we'll have to look to the members to fill that gap. We have a lot of experience to draw on so I've no doubt we will be able to continue their development and integrate them into the club. Plan B is to draw up a schedule for coaching and supporting their outings. I've said in previous updates how well the GFAR has been going, we really have a very keen and promising intake so I'm sure we will all do our bit to help out when the time comes. In the meantime we will carry on looking for a permanent coach through advertisements and our rowing network.

     
    That's all,
    See you at Pairs Head
    Jez

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  • Cygnet Update 29th September

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 1st October 2015

    Hi All,
    Beautiful weather on the river at the weekend for those crews who made it onto the water. Enjoy it whilst it lasts. Good to see Rob back on the water again. The get fit and row course is going well with 20 or so people honing their erg technique and learning about safety on the river in preparation for their first water outings in two weeks time...
    This week:
    Tuesday (tonight) 7:15 Circuits at Cavendish School, Edensor Road. Last week was the first session of the new Maxi era, with a new format and MUSIC! She was relatively gentle on us for the first session although the last man standing burpee finisher was a sting in the tail and sore legs on Thursday was proof that the session hit the spot. So let's have another good turn out tonight. 
    Thursday Squad Erg from 7 
    This Weekend:Rhine Marathon: A big chunk of the club will be over with our good friends at Benrath for the annual Rhine Marathon. So expect sore hands, sore bums and sore heads in equal measure. Back at home: there are enough people around to get some boats out, please anyone who is available for Tideway outings, put your availability on the spreadsheet so we can plan outings. 
    Further Ahead:Saturday 10th October: Pairs Head at 15:30. We have 3 combos entered Nick and Dave, Cris and Charlie and Alfonso and me. The race is run by BBL from our boathouse, come down and support, enjoy the BBL catering and a drink on the banks of the river. What not to like. 
    Also on the 10th, the Get Fit and Row course take to the water for the first time, we will need helpers to take strategic seats in the boat for the outings on the 10th and 17th. We've had an excellent uptake on the course, the guys on it are all really positive and enthusiastic and we have the makings of a very promising new novice squad so let's do all we can to help out when needed to make their transition from GFAR to Cygnets.
    Beyond:
    Next up is Four Head so lets start planning and training for it and please get you availability up to date so we can plan outings. 
    Have a good week, see some of you in Benrath, wherever you are at the weekend good rowing,
    Jez

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  • Cygnet Update 21st September

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 21st September 2015

    All,

    Firstly, we had a successful Sculling Camp in the sunshine at Cygnets Bungalow. We got a bunch of first time scullers out onto the river. I am still awaiting the final score but it sounds like a record low swimming count which is great result for those showing them the ropes (or holding them by a rope). Thanks to all those involved in the organisation - Nick, Nick, Cris, Tom , Stu, Anna, Jo, Helena that I know about and others that I don't. We were short of some o of our old Scamp hands, it's good to see others step into vacancies they left. The GFAR moves into its 3rd week, again thanks to those who've helped out on the sessions to date. The numbers and their enthusiasm is very promising for a new Cygnet intake, and we've had others come along after the course started wanting to get involved. It does put a strain on our resources but the club will be in a better position if we get a good proportion to stay on so please help out when you can, please say hi to the new people to make them feel at home. Sian will let me know week by week the help she needs, but we'll need more helpers once the course moves onto the river. 

    This week...

    Tuesday - Start of a new era with Circuit Training with Maxi running the session at Cavendish School, Edensor Road W4 2RG. Please come along to make sure it's fully supported for her debut. Meet at the club by 7 or at the school for a 7:15 start. 

    Thursday - new squad erg night - time to get in your 5k test as Sue has kindly given us 2 extra days to post our scores. Let's all get a time in so we have baseline to improve on. Or if you've already done that then 4 x 2k with 1 min easy

    Weekend: Hmmm, availability on the sheet is pretty lamentable... Please please please update the spreadsheet. If you are planning a Pairs Head training outing put that on the sheet so we can line up coaching and crews to compete against each other. 

    3rd/4th October Rhine Marathon - a good few of us will be in Dusseldorf, if you are back at base please make your availability clear so we can plan outings

    10th October 15:30 Pairs Head - if you are not it and can help with boating/parking etc contact Nick Bates and come and cheer those who are in it. Our boathouse is HQ for Pairs Head and it's run by BBL so come and support it if you can. 

    Beyond, winter training starts here. I'll be sending a separate email to ask you all what you want from your rowing and how much you can commit so we can work out what resources we need not least on coaching and get an informed and realistic view of what crews will be out regularly. We've high hopes that the level of interest shown in the GFAR will translate into new recruits and as a club it's our interest to support their integration into the club and their rowing development, so be prepared for calls for volunteers to for experienced guys to jump into novice crews and helping out with coxing duties, 

    That's all for now,

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  • Cygnet Update 14th September

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 14th September 2015

    G'day all,

    Tales from the riverbank...

    The Get Fit and Row course is well underway, great turn out of likely looking future Cygnets have now had their first four sessions, great to see so many new keen guys and gals at the club on Saturday morning. Thanks for those who are helping Sian with the sessions, I'll pass on requests from her when people are needed for specific sessions. But be prepared to jump in when we need to get experienced rowers in boats when they go on the water for their first outings.

    Pairs Head crews were out training at the weekend despite the odd sore head after the end of season dinner on Friday night. Well done to Charlie and Cris on their well earned awards.

    This week:

    No planned mid week outings but if you do, you must take lights!!!

    Weekend is Sculling Camp at our lovely bungalow. If you can make it, please sign up to the poll or let Nick Rae know directly, we could do with a few more seniors to help with the 3 GFAR guys who've signed up. Weather is looking very promising for sculling and socialising. Nick will let you know when boat loading will be taking place.

    So not many around to row on the Tideway, if you do plan to row at HQ on Saturday please put that on the availability spreadsheet so we can put crews together.

    Next Week:

    Tuesday 22nd 7:15 - Start of Circuit Training at Cavendish School with a new coach, Maxi (ex of BBL) new exercises, same opportunity to improve fitness and core strength for the head races. Please put it in your diary and come along and support this important component of Cygnet life and training.

    So squad erg night will move to Thursdays from next week.

    Beyond:

    3rd October - Rhine Marathon

    10th October Pairs Head - time to finalise combos and get entries in

    24th October - Henley Lunch, stripy blazer time again

    Finally

    We are getting the outboard of our launch repaired and serviced on Saturday, I need someone to ensure Joe can get access to the launch and that the boat shop is open. If you plan to be down at the club on Saturday and keep a look out for him can you let me know please.

    And that's all for this week

    Have a good one

    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News 7th September

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 11th September 2015

    Hi All, 
    Back on the air again after a week swanning around the Alps...
    One main topic for this week and that is the start of the Get Fit and Row course that is being run jointly with BBL. It was the first session last night and 27 would be rowers turned up, 11 guys and 16 gals. This is a great result and by far the best uptake we've had for a while. We've have to collectively make sure they get the best experience from the course and that a large proportion sign up as next generation Cygnets. Sian has been doing a fantastic job in advertising a recruiting and scheduling the sessions. With such big numbers it means she will need lots of helpers to run the sessions. We will be splitting them into 3 groups and running 3 sub sessions in parallel with a combination or fitness/circuit, erg, tank and tech talks. We need at a minimum of 4 helpers per session, but more would be better especially helping coaching on the ergs. Once we get them on the water in October we'll need coxes, and boat sitters aplenty. Right now Sian needs at least one more person for this Saturday morning (11- 12:30) and on for the Monday (14th) evening session. Can you get in touch with Sian if you can do either of these (Sian Kunertsian_kunert@hotmail.co.uk ). This will be a recurrent theme in the newsletter, but this is something we all need to get involved with as it is starting to build the base of the club which we all know we have to do. And I think we'll all need to buy Sian a drink or two every time we see her. 
    At the weekend there were a few of us out in singles and doubles enjoying late summer sun and rough water. It is good to see a new group of scullers getting together, improving their skills, getting to know the river better and developing their river craft. The more people we have who can steer, the more flexibility we have in putting crews together when we are short of coxes. So it would be good to have everyone who's been rowing for over a year to be signed off to steer our boats. We had an open day on Sunday which got a good response, most of those we saw have signed up for the GFAR.This weekend the emphasis is getting the crews who are racing in Pairs Head on the water. Ideally they should go out as a pod and do pieces against each other either side by side or one boat chasing another. It really focuses the mind and gets you used to race conditions, it certainly helped the Nov 4+ before Oxford to do side by side pieces with another crew. I'll put the crews out on Thursday. Laurent, Raph are you around to join the group? Whilst at the club at the weekend can we re-rig the boats that for various reasons and not rigged? 3 of our 4s are not currently rigged after various road trips, we need to get them rigged again to make sure we don't lose bits of boats or riggers get damaged. So bring a rigger gigger on Saturday morning.

    Further ahead, it's sculling camp on the 18/19/20. Nick has sent out the details so please sign up via the Doodle Poll. In the current squad there aren't that many who haven't sculled before, so it would be good to treat this as a mini training camp and organise some pieces, maybe a mini head race if the river conditions allow. And some of the GFAR guys are keen to come along so it's a good opportunity to meet them and make them feel part of the club. We'll need a number of volunteers to go down on Friday to rig the boats, get them across to the bungalow and generally set up camp before heading to the pub. Nick will be chasing for volunteers!

     
    Finally it's the end of season dinner at the Coach and Horses on Friday. Hope to see you all there, thanks to Cris for organising everything.
    That's (eventually) all,
    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News Monday 17th August

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 24th August 2015

    Hi All,Last weekend we at Royal Oxford City at what was probably the last regatta of the season with Anna, Nick R, Cris and Robin and me racing the ever competitive Nov 4+ and Sid and Sharon Elite Mx 2x. Sid and Sharon comfortably saw off their first round opponents before come across a couple of giants in the semis who were in the end just to big.
    Nov 4+ rowed through Wadham College (half our age, half our power) in the semi final to win by a couple of lengths before losing by 3 lengths to Merton College in the final (half our age, twice our size). Coming home with pots would have been great but the crew has shown steady improvement over the season making 3 finals and surely it's a matter of time (and hard work) to turn a final appearance into a win. Thanks to Sue for knocking us into shape and the Sen 4- for the side by side race experience on Thursday evening.
    On the tideway, assorted scullers were taking advantage of some great conditions and lovely weather to hone there skills and get a tan.This week:Outings on Tuesday and Thursday as per Sue's note. Remember put on lights if you are going to be out after 8pm,
    Food on Thursday by Jo Broadhurst, send her an email if you want to partake - broadhurst.jo@gmail.comThis Weekend:Saturday - Roll up for Club Day from 1 pm - We've been rather slow signing up, can all those available make the effort to get down to support this and jump into boats with the lovely girls of BBL and enjoy burger and beers before during and after. Please complete the online poll if you can so we can gauge numberAnother Special Note for LTR- can we all look to promote the Learn to Row starting on the 7th Sept through our contacts, work, etc. The more people we get into it the better chance we have of building the squads for the winter season. There are posters in the club house ready to be posted around the area as well. Pairs Head: Let's get as many crews as we can on the water. So far we have Charlie, Cris, Laurent, Raph, Gareth and myself definitely signed up. Let me know if you want to enter so we can arrange crews, boats, training, and side by side racing in the run up for 10th October.Availability: The spreadsheet has been extended to the end of the year, so get your availability for September at least up to date

    Coming up:

    22nd August: Club Day for blue on blue action and BBQ
    7th September: Start of Learn to Row,
    19/20th September: Sculling Camp, Learn to single scull/swim in in incomparable setting of the Cygnets Bungalow at Shepperton Lock
    3rd October: Rhine Marathon10th October: Pairs Head - start looking for your partner!
    7th November - Fours Head
    8th November - Vet Fours Head5th December - Scullers HeadThat's all for now, see you at Club Day.
    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News Monday 24th August

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 24th August 2015

    Hi All,
    Hope you all had a great weekend on and off the water. Thanks for Michelle and team for organising a really fun sociable Club Day and arranging such great weather. When it is as good as it was on Saturday it really makes you appreciate the asset we have in our garden when the sun is shining. We had some semi serious blue on blue double scull racing in lively conditions where everyone was a winner. Modestly prevents me from saying who the ultimate winners were other than it was a good day for Captains...

    Although we are in the middle of holiday season, 10 scullers made it to Sid's Sculling Session on Saturday morning. We paddled serenely up to Syon Crossing and then a Head style row back line astern. All agreed that that made us work much harder for longer than we would have done if we'd been on our own. It looks a good formula to get us all braver and stronger and better scullers for Scullers Head and other races.

    This Week

    As per Sue's note, note a lot of us around on Tuesday and Thursday but if you are going out you need lights at any boating time after 6:30pm.And it's time for the long ergs to start so this week its a 10k piece, record you time as a benchmark for the start of the winter training.

    Weekend

    No races, regattas or summer parties, get your availability on the sheet to let Sue put crews together, but the Tideway is quiet so it's a good opportunity to hone sculling skills.
    Only 2 weeks to the start of the Learn to Row on the 7th Sept so another plug for us all look to promote it through our contacts, work, etc.
    We will need volunteers to support the sessions, especially when we get boats first out on the water. Sian has put together a plan of the sessions which is attached. If can all do a couple of sessions that will go along way to covering the course. Look at the dates and get back to Sian with how you can help.
    Coming up:

    7th September: Start of Learn to Row,
    19/20th September: Sculling Camp, Learn to single scull/swim in in incomparable setting of the Cygnets Bungalow at Shepperton Lock
    3rd October: Rhine Marathon10th October: Pairs Head - start looking for your partner!
    7th November - Fours Head
    8th November - Vet Fours Head5th December - Scullers Head
    That's all for nowJez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News Monday 10th August

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 11th August 2015

    Evening Everybody,
    Hope you all had a great weekend on and off the water in the fab weather. It was relatively quiet on the Tideway although Sid got 7 scullers on the water by 7am to put them through their paces between Chiswick Eyot and UL. But 7 am isn't early enough to beat the gin palaces and 4 mins into our piece 6 of them steamed passed swamping our frail craft and rendering the river unrowable to all but Sid. Still what doesn't kill you makes you stronger if wetter. And we did get a written apology.

    Sue was coaching the Nov 4+ in preparation for Oxford City regatta next weekend, the crew definitely coming together and getting off the start faster, but we might find the flat water at Oxford rather disconcerting.

    This week:Outings on Tuesday and Thursday as per Sue's note. Sue has also offered a choice of ergs but if you're not sure which to do then why not do both.

    Thursday Food is already prepared and just getting better by the day as per Cris note.

    Next Weekend:Oxford City RegattaNov 4+ (Anna, Jez, Nick, Cris, Robin) racing at 16:30 in a semi finalSid and Sharon (MxEli 2x ) at 15:03 in round 1 of 3Trailer loading post outing on Thursday please.

    Special Note - can we all look to promote the Learn to Row starting on the 7th Sept through our contacts, work, etc. The more people we get into it the better chance we have of building the squads for the winter season. There are posters in the club house ready to be posted around the area as well.

    Coming up:

    22nd August: Club Day for blue on blue action and BBQ
    7th September: Start of Learn to Row,
    19/20th September: Sculling Camp, Learn to single scull/swim in in incomparable setting of the Cygnets Bungalow at Shepperton Lock
    3rd October: Rhine Marathon10th October: Pairs Head - start looking for your partner!
    7th November - Fours Head
    8th November - Vet Fours Head5th December - Scullers Head
    Finally, here's the apology from the Gin Palace skipper:

    Sir
    I am not sure if it was your club members who suffered from my excessive wash this morning, if so, my I extend my apologies for what was a lack of judgment. By way of explanation I was on my second only tideway trip, punching the tide and on checking my log achieving only 5.3 mph, but at the expense of creating a far bigger wash than I realised until, correctly, chastised by your rowing members.
    I hope I have now learnt by my mistake, again my regret at any inconvenience caused.
    Yours a now slower Tin Lizzie

    Ps if it was not your members involved, do you have any idea who might have been out on the Corney Reach at 0700 this morning?


    See we can have peace and love between different river users.
    That's all for now
    Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News Monday 27th July

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 4th August 2015

    Greetings to all Cygnets from the new captaincy, At the OGM last Tuedsay, the new team of Nick Rae (Deputy), Dave French (Vice) and myself (Capn) were unanimously voted in as your new captaincy to much cheering and general euphoria of the assembled great and good of Cygnet. To reiterate what I said then which is that it is a great honour to be captain and have the chance to serve the club that has 125 years of illustrious history and a great future to look forward to. Huge thanks to Dave for all he has done as captain on and off the water and for staying on as Vice Captain to mentor me in what happens behind the scenes keeping the club working smoothly. In the next couple of weeks I will canvas the whole membership on what you want from the club and their rowing. My first priority is to grow our base of rowers, starting with getting as many people enrolled in the learn to row course starting on the 7th September jointly with Barnes Bridge Ladies. I look for your help to spread the word and help publicise the LTR and the club in general. Anyway, more of that in the coming days,

    This weekend was our annual pilgrimage to St Neots. The event seems to get bigger each year and the tented village expanding along with it. For me there was the realisation that our gazebo and general camping gear is not quite state of the art as it could be next to the sound systems, disco lights, BBQs, fire pits, tents with sides on them that keep the wind and rain out. The other thing apparent is that some clubs are not following the unwritten rule that no mixed crew should have a training outings before the regatta.

    So the racing: we entered 4 events over 1000m on Saturday. Mas EFG 1x (me) MasB 4+ (Ian M, Stu, Tom B, Sarah T), MasC 4+ (Anna, Sid, Big Jim, Jez, Cris) , MasB 8+ Cygnet/BBL (Stu, Ian, Tom, Cris)
    The logistical challenge that was the MasC and MasB 4+ crews being in the same event, and sharing a boat and said bowman was resolved by the bowman getting bitten by an infectious horse and the MasB crew giving Leeds RC an unfeasibly long headstart. All good races, MasC 4+ enjoyed success in their semis and gave Leeds a hard race and narrow victory in the final.

    Sunday was raced over 500m in the pouring rain that proved again that win or lose rowers a made of stern stuff. We raced MasB 2x (Sid and Stu), MasB 1x (Cris), IM3 4x (Dave, Raph, Tom, Laurent), Mx IM3 Mx (Dave, Stu), MasC 4+ (Sid, Jez, Jim, Alfonso, Cris). No wins but all fun and close races and excellent race experience. Well done to Cris on taking the plunge metaphorically but not literally in his first single scull race. I can see more competition for boats come scullers head, and Cris, the Tideway is a lot wider that the River Greater Ouse.
    In the regatta marquee, top points go to the Broadhursts for the shapes they threw and sheer energy of their dancing. Honourable mention for Jim R for his high knees dancing, bodes well for the start of circuits.

    So this week:
    Outings:
    Tuesday: Unloading the trailer, boats back on their racks please.
    And please move the Rawkins from BBL side of the boathouse to the R Lambe slot (bottom rack right side of Cygnet side) so Neil P can get at it to fix the scratches on the hull.

    7:15 OTW, Sue coaching
    4+ Cox Claudia, Dave, Nick Rae, Matt B, John Stockdale,
    1x Cristobal
    Erg tbc
    Thursday: Rigging of boats for HT&V
    7:15 OTW
    2- Bart, Gav,
    2x Charlie Cris
    4+/- Dave, Jim, John S, Nick R, (cox tbc)
    1x Matt, Jez
    Saturday: Henley Town And Visitors Regatta
    IM1 2- Gav and Bart (9:38 SF , 12:10 final)
    MasB 2x Raph and Laurent (12:02 Final)
    Mas B 2x Charlie, Cris (12:02 Final)
    Sen 4- Dave, Nick B, Bart, Gav (17:38 Final)
    Outings at club to be confirmed
    available Jez, Sid, Matt, Stu
    Sunday
    tbc available Dave, Matt, Cris, Rashid,
    Upcoming events:
    15/16th August: City of Oxford Regatta, usually our last regatta of the season, so please update availability saying if you are available to race. Priority is for Saturday racing over the full course.
    22nd August: Club Day for blue on blue action and BBQ
    7th September: Start of Learn to Row,
    19/20th September: Sculling Camp, Learn to single scull/swim in in incomparable setting of the Cygnets Bungalow at Shepperton Lock
    3rd October: Rhine Marathon
    10th October: Pairs Head - start looking for your partner
    So that's it, end of first weekly bulletin, I promise the next will be shorter. Good rowing and keep updating your availability up to date on the spreadsheet. And hope Robin's bite gets better. Jez

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  • Cygnet Weekly News Monday 3rd August

    Author: Jeremy Pugh | Date: 4th August 2015

    Hi Cygnets,At the weekend the club was well represented at Henley Town and Visitors regatta with 4 combos on the water and a spot of blue on blue action in the Mas B 2x.Dave F was our rowing (should that be roving) reporter and reports that:

    2- were v competitive ay IM1 by all accounts. V close 2nd (less than 1/2 a length) in a 3 boat race. Pulling back on them, and would have clinched it if they'd had another 200m to race.

    2xs reported that they enjoyed themselves at Mas.B. Both well beaten by the RAF, bit Laurent & Raph easily won the inter-Cygnet tussle for 2nd. Charlie & Cris did well for their first race.

    4- had a good start, side-by-side with both other crews, until we got too side-by-side, clashed, stopped, race halted, Upper Thames disqualified (right outside their boathouse). Rerow, another good start, but Stratford-upon-Avon were too good for us and won by 2.5 lengths.

    So great experience for Charlie and Cris and as a bonus Charlie passed his Cygnet trailer towing practical, so he now has a job for life. Special mention for Bart who after racing at HT&V was up at 4am to compete Ride London and complete the 100 miles in 4 hours 48mins. So it was quiet on the Tideway apart from some light social sculling for Matt, Robin, Guy, Sid and myself.Oxford City regatta on the 15th is the last one of the summer season we are planning to get to. Nov 4+ has been entered in morning and afternoon races so a getting as many outings as poss beforehand will pay dividends in the races. So outings this week...Tuesday - Cris, Nick, Charlie and John S look like a 4+ with Claudia coxing to me (tbc be Sue) (Note if taking the Pickford which is our only available 4+, it needs to be taped over the hull damage by the fin box). If there are any boats left on the trailer can you get down early and unload them and re rig them please. Thursday - Jez, Robin, Cris, Nick, (Oxford 4+) and Dave, Matt (2x, 2- 2 x 1x ???) Sian is cooking, sign up with her if you are staying. (sian_kunert@hotmail.co.uk)

    No regattas this weekend so we should have a good turn out on the Tideway.
    Coming up:

    15/16th August: Mas Nov 4+ and Nov 4+ entered, any other takers???
    22nd August: Club Day for blue on blue action and BBQ
    7th September: Start of Learn to Row,
    19/20th September: Sculling Camp, Learn to single scull/swim in in incomparable setting of the Cygnets Bungalow at Shepperton Lock
    3rd October: Rhine Marathon10th October: Pairs Head - start looking for your partner!
    7th November - Fours Head
    8th November - Vet Fours Head
    5th December - Scullers Head
    We are 5 weeks away from the Learn to Row which is being run jointly with Barnes Bridge so an added bonus to would be Cygnets. We want to make a big push to recruit likely lads to swell the squad for the winter season and for the head races after Christmas. If you have any good ideas about how to spread the word, at work, online, in the local community, please let Nick R and me know. We will be updating the web site with a more hard sell approach to Cygnet and the LTR and using Twitter and Facebook to get the word out, we will keep you up to date with what's what.
    One final thing, bit of a nag but... there have been a couple of adverse comments about the state of the club house and the kitchen area in particular, so can we all do our bit and make sure we leave it tidier than we found it. If we want potential recruits to hang around we want to make a good first impression. Why dont those staying for supper on Thursday have a quick blitz clearing out bins, and generally tidying the place up,
    See ya'll soonSkip,

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 13th July 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 13th July 2015

    All,

    A relatively short and sweet one from me, as it's getting late.

    There were Cygnets racing on the Friday and Saturday just gone, at Henley Masters Regatta. Unfortunately both our Mas.B 2- and Mas.B 4+ came up against some tough opposition and were knocked out (turns out that "US Veterans RC" are veterans of US rowing, rather than the Vietnam Vets we'd hoped for). However, both races were hard-fought, with overlap for most of the course, and next year, with a few more training outings... This was Cygnet's first time at Henley Masters for many years, and it's right next to Old Blades, on a lovely stretch of river, with a really friendly atmosphere, so hopefully we can make it a fixture.

    Looking ahead, we have St Neots coming up on 25th and 26th of this month. We're in the process of finalising entries, with the focus on getting as many of us as many races as possible - including mixed boats with BBL. I'll send round our final entries when they're confirmed later this week. You've just about got time to make yourself available if you haven't already.

    Speaking of which, if you want to come to the House of Lords for our 125th reception on Friday evening - and who on earth wouldn't - and you haven't yet booked, you might just about be in with a shout if you email Paul Rawkins (copied in) absolutely asap.

    This week

    Tues evening - outings (no set outings)

    Squad Erg - 10k (2k @24, 2k @22, 2k @24, 2k @26, 2k @24).

    Thurs evening - outings, as per Sue's email.

    Thurs evening - there may be food after outings if anyone volunteers this week.

    Fri evening - Reception in the House of Lords.

    Sat & Sun morning outings - Sue's away on holiday, so a doubly strong plea from me to update your availability, as I'll be setting crews for the weekend and next week.

    Next week

    Please make a note of next Tuesday (21st) the Cygnet Ordinary General Meeting, 8.15pm, in the bar. Please try and come along if you can, as your incoming captaincy will welcome your support, and I can pretty much guarantee that the bar bell will be rung.

    Thanks

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Tuesday 7th July 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 7th July 2015

    Righto, 

    The weekend just gone was obviously focused on Henley Royal Regatta, and subsequent recovery. Club Day on Friday was, as ever, brilliant - and our heartfelt thanks to the Slys for hosting us at Old Blades - we are a lucky club indeed. Plus we had the honour of a rowpast in the afternoon tea interval involving a crew made up entirely of Cygnet Captains - we managed not to stuff it up, although it was probably just as we weren't felt worth launching the drone for. Only 25 more Henley Fridays until the next one... 

    Not a lot of activity on Saturday, understandably, but there were boats out on Sunday, and there are various crews going out this week. This Friday Henley Masters Regatta kicks off. We have two crews entered: 

    - Mas.B 2- of myself and Nick B. First race is the Quarter-Final at 11.36 on Fri, against City of Cambridge 

    - Mas.B 4+ of Sue, Bart, Gav, myself, and Nick B. We've got a bye to the Semi-Final at 12.52 on Saturday (against winner of US Veterans vs Maidstone Invicta) 

    This week 

    Weeknight outings - Sue's sent out crew lists. 

    Squad Erg - tbc, watch this space. 

    Wednesday evening - boat-loading for Henley Masters - if anyone is around to lend a hand after outings, would be much appreciated. 

    Thursday evening - post-outings dinner, IF someone responds positively to Cris's call for a volunteer cook.

    Friday morning- Ute and Trailer going to Henley Masters 

    Saturday morning - Ute going to Henley Masters 

    Sat & Sun mornings - set outings, crew lists to follow (but note that Coach Sue will be at Henley Masters on Saturday). 

    Further ahead 

    There are three important things you need to take heed of, ensure they're in your diary, and mentally prepare for: 

    Friday 17th (yes, next Friday!) is the House of Lords reception. This is probably your last reminder, as the Palace of Westminster needs a few days notice of the names. So don't risk missing out - if you haven't already, confirm your attendance on the website. 

    Tuesday 21st will be the Cygnet AGM, where the captaincy are elected. It will be good to see as many of you as possible there. If you're interested in any of the captaincy roles, please speak to myself, Ian M, or Nick B, who'd be happy to talk you through what's involved. 

    The weekend of 25th and 26th of July is St Neots Regatta. We have already entered a number of crews of various shapes and sizes, and will double-up bodies wherever possible (including in mixed boats with BBL) to make a good weekend of it for everyone. But this really is your last chance to confirm availability with Sue or I if you haven't already. Also, could you include your availability up to the following weekend, as we will be going to Henley Town & Visitors Regatta on Sat 1st Aug

    That's all for now. 

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 29th June 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 29th June 2015

    Evening All, 

    A lovely weekend to be on the water, particularly up at Richmond, and particularly when Cygnet (and BBL) are winning pots! Yes indeed, Bart & Gav won their straight final at IM2 2- at Richmond Regatta on Saturday. In fact, notwithstanding the odd steering wobble (and forgetting their blades), they dominated their opposition Walbrook RC to notch a comfortable win - which is what you get when you've put the effort in getting to multi-lane regattas at Peterborough and Dorney recently. Very well deserved. 

    Our Novice 4+ fared less well, but reported a strong start and strong finish - bearing in mind this was the first proper regatta race for a couple of them. But a very tidy Vesta crew did for them in the middle half of the race (and went on to win the final). 

    And well done to the victorious BBL Quad. 

    It all gets a bit busy for the next few weeks, so bear with. 

    The next regatta in our sights is of course Henley Royal Regatta - and our club day this Friday. Cygnet aren't competing this year, but we will be seeking to impress the crowds with a row-past to mark our 125th anniversary. Hope to see lots of you at Old Blades for the highlight of the summer. 

    The following weekend (Fri 10th and Sat 11th) is Henley Masters Regatta - down a shorter version of the same course. Our Mas.B 2- have their first round on the Friday lunchtime, whilst both our Mas.B 4+s have byes to the semi-finals on Saturday. Watch this space. 

    And the following Friday (17th) is of course our House of Lords reception. Please bagsy your tickets now (website and booking form) so that we have an idea of numbers and your names can go down on the door so the bouncers (policemen with machine guns) will let you in. 

    This week 

    Tuesday evening - outings, Sue's sent out crew lists. 

    Squad Erg: 2 x 6k. Each piece broken down as follows – 3k @ 24, 2k @ 26, 1k @ 28 with 4 minutes light pressure for the rest period (Second weekly Erg: 5 x 1k (max rate 28) with 1 minute at light pressure between each one) 

    Thursday evening - outings, Sue's sent out crew lists 

    Thursday evening - post-outings dinner, this week Sarah T is cooking, please let her know if you're staying - details in Cris's social update. 

    Friday morning - outings, followed by the Ute and trailer being loaded to take the 8 to Henley 

    Friday day - Old Blades, Henley Royal Regatta 

    Saturday morning - outings will be self-organised to allow some to recover from the above. 

    Sunday morning - outings - crew lists to follow. 

    Sunday lunchtime - monthly BBL/Cygnet pub lunch, Sun Inn from 12.30, as per Cris's social email. 

    Also on Sunday, the Barnes Bridge Ladies are starting their next Get-Fit-And-Row course (10am). Whilst we plan to have a big push for our next Learn-to-Row in September, if you know of anyone who can't wait that long, we have agreed that some potential Cygnets can join this BBL course. If so, you may be asked to lend a hand in terms of sitting a boat or demonstrating how to erg. 

    Further ahead 

    25th and 26th of July is the mighty St Neots Regatta. Entries are already open, and both clubs are hoping to send strength in numbers, including mixed boats. If you haven't already, please do a) keep that weekend free, b) confirm you're available, and c) come with a flexibility to jump into any exciting crew combination you're put in. It's always a lot of fun. 

    I think that's all for now. 

    See you in the week. 

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 22nd June 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 22nd June 2015

    Evening,

    Not exactly busy at the boathouse this weekend, but we did have Bart & Gav proudly flying the Cygnet colours down the 2k course at Dorney. Racing two statuses above themselves at Senior, they had a good row in the time trial in the morning, and whatever the results on the website say, they definitely did start and finish their race in the afternoon final! Well done to them, and should stand them in very good stead for this Saturday - see below..

    And this weekend we have crews to cheer on closer to home, with two of our (four) entries racing at Richmond Regatta on Saturday. Indeed, if you can make it to that rather lovely stretch of river for 2pm, you can cheer on two Cygnet crews in the space of 10mins:

    Our IM2 2- of Bart & Gav has a straight final against Walbrook RC at 14.05, and

    Our Nov 4+ of: Sue, Cris, Mike E, Alfonso, Jim R is racing Vesta at 14.15, with the final at 17.15.

    Barnes Bridge Ladies also have a IM3 8 racing at 12.45 (final at 16.45), and an IM3 4x straight final at 17.55.

    This week

    Tues evening - outings, Sue has sent out crew list.

    This week's erg: 10 minute warm up feet out; 2 x 1k @ 26; 2 x 500m @ 28; 3 x 250m @ 30.


    Thurs evening - outings, Sue has sent out crew list. We hope to have Nick Rowett down coaching for the first time this summer too.

    Thurs evening - post-outing food. Yours Truly is cooking - please let me know if you plan to stay.

    Also on Thurs evening - boat-loading for Richmond Regatta - please lend a hand.

    Sat morning - outings may well be disrupted owing to crew members racing at Richmond

    Sat afternoon - come along to Richmond at 2pm to cheer on Cygnet.

    Sun morning - outings at normal time - crew lists to follow.

    u - Training outing for Henley Rowpast Crew. We're at least a man short for this outing, so please mark on the spreadsheet if you're available to jump into a motley crew of captains past and present.

    Other Stuff

    You'll be sick of me reminding you about the House of Lords reception on Fri 17th July. But not as sick as you'll feel if you forget to sign-up for it and miss out. Do it now, here: (website and booking form).

    Finally, we will probably be running our next Learn-To-Row course in September, as usual. However, if you know of anyone interested now, who can't wait that long, please point them in the direction of me and/or Ian. Barnes Bridge are running one of their courses starting on 6th July, and there's an opportunity to join forces with them if there's interest.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 15th July 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 15th June 2015

    Evening All,

    First up, well done to all those that raced at Barnes & Mortlake Regatta on Saturday. The good news is that we won some pewter!...

    ...albeit only in the category where we were absolutely guaranteed to win some pewter. Yes, the Mixed 4+ Jam Roly Polies of J Mee (cox, BBLRC), Matt B, Orla (BBLRC), Karen (BBLRC), and Sid were victorious over the Knickerbocker Glories in the first round, and the Gooseberry Fools in the final, so well done to them. And to Coach Sue and Jo B for pulling those four crews together - it's proving a good laugh commandeering Tideway Regattas as informal Club Days.

    Honourable mentions also go to our IM3 4+, who were 2nd out of 3 in their heat losing out only to younger students. And to Guy, who despite being 'bumped up' from Mas.C to Nov 1x, won through a round. And of course, to the BBLRC Nov 8+ who have been through a roller-coaster of emotions as they won through to the final to de-novice, then got disqualified for an undeclared sub, then appear to have been undisqualified.

    The next regatta Cygnet are represented at is Marlow at Dorney Lake this Saturday. Rather less of the novelty-mixed-blue-on-blue-events, and rather more of the deadly-serious-2k-versus-overseas-crews. Bart & Gav go off in the morning in Senior 2- for the time trial, which will allocate them to their final in the afternoon. Best of luck.

    And the following week is Richmond Regatta on Sat 27th - please make sure you've made your availability clear on the spreadsheet that far ahead.

    This week

    Tues evening - outings, crew lists to follow.

    This week's erg: is the same as last week. Partly because I'm lazy, and partly because according to the spreadsheet, a grant total of two Cygnets completed the erg last week (well done to Charlie & Cris, currently Cygnet's Premier Pair). 2 x 6k no higher than r22 - focusing on technique.

    Thurs evening - outings, crew lists to follow.

    Thurs evening - post-outing food. Helena is cooking, so please let her know if you plan to stay.

    Sat & Sun mornings - set outings, crew lists to follow.

    Further Ahead

    Numbers are looking a bit thin on the ground at the moment, so please make sure you've got the following firmly ensconsed in your diaries (and do note the three events in July that are Not To Be Missed):

    - Sat 27th June - Richmond Regatta. We'd like to have as many crews as possible entered, with lots of doubling-up.

    - Fri 3rd July - Club Day at Henley Royal Regatta. Not To Be Missed #1

    - Fri 10th & Sat 11th July - Henley Masters Regatta - we currently have two Mas.C 4+s and a Mas.C 2- entered.

    - Fri 17th July - House of Lords reception. Not To Be Missed #2. Make sure you go tothe website and fill in thebooking form. And do remember to tell old friends of Cygnet and BBLRC that may no longer be on the distribution lists - all are welcome.

    - Sat 25th & Sun 26th July - St Neots Regatta. Not To Be Missed #3.

    - Sat 1st Aug - Henley Town & Visitors Regatta

    Finally - if you fancy the chance to give coastal rowing a go, some of BBLRC will likely be going back to Herne Bay Regatta on Sat 18th July. Please let me/ Claire BBLRC Captain know if you're interested.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Update to the update 9th June

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th June 2015

    Now with race times for BMI on Saturday Full Draw  Race Timetable

    Alas no oppo for Neil at Mas.C 1x (again!), nor for Bates & French at Mas.B 2-,
    but that's more than made up for by:

    Mixed IM2 4+:

    09.38: Cream Puffs vs Gooseberry Fools

    14.50: Knickerbocker Glories vs Jam Roly Polies

    18.26: FINAL

    Nov 4+: 

    11.01 Semi-final vs Parrs and RUMS, 

    13.15 FINAL.

    IM3 4+: 

    12.04 Semi-final vs Putney Town and Imperial Medics, 

    14.14 FINAL.

    Nov 1x (Guy, oh yes!): 

    10.34 Heat vs Putney Town, 

    15.28 Semi-final, 

    16.54 FINAL

    Mas.E 1x: 

    11.33 FINAL vs Quintin and Medway Towns.

    BBLRC have also got at least a Nov 8 and two Nov 1xs racing

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Sunday 7th Jun 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 7th June 2015

    Good evening,

    Focus this week is looking to Saturday's Barnes & Mortlake Regatta (13th). Draw not confirmed yet, but thanks all of you that confirmed availability and flexibility, as a result of which we've got over dozen Cygnets entered in 10 crews. So fingers crossed that as many as possible of the following crews get a race:

    Mixed 4+ (with BBLRC) [Cream Puffs]: cox Ania W, 4 Sharon L, 3 Cris, 2 Tom B, 1 Rachel H.

    Mixed 4+ (with BBLRC) [Gooseberry Fools]: cox Anna, 4 Sue, 3 Stu, 2 Jez, 1 Sian K.

    Mixed 4+ (with BBLRC) [Knickerbocker Glories]: cox Neil P, 4 Dave F, 3 Clare SA, 2 Jo B, 1 Robin H.

    Mixed 4+ (with BBLRC) [Jam Roly Polies]: cox J Mee, 4 Matt B, 3 Orla, 2, Karen G, 1 Sid.

    Nov 4+: cox Sue, Nick R, Robin, Cris, Mike E

    IM3 4+: cox Sue, Sid, Matt B, Nick R, Mike E.

    Mas.B 2-: Dave F, Nick B

    Mas.C 1x: Guy

    Mas.C 1x: Neil P

    Mas.E 1x: Jez

    Given that there should be lots of us around for bits of the day, we've decided to move Neil's boat-fixing Masterclass to Saturday 13th, when people are around the boathouse between races at BMI Regatta. Please make the effort to watch and learn if you possibly can. When Neil moves away, the loss of his boat-mending skills will leave a significant hole (if you'll pardon the pun.


    This week

    Tues evening - outings, crew lists to follow.

    This week's erg: 2 x 6k no higher than r22 - focusing on technique (Rock - opening and closing hip not bending back; Keep shoulders behind hips - when thinking of direction of travel during leg drive; Straight arm leg drive; Keep muscles in shoulders and neck relaxed).

    Thurs evening - outings, crew lists to follow.

    Thurs evening - post-outing food, tbc

    Sat morning - unlikely to be set outings, given BMI Regatta during the day.

    Sat - Neil's boat-fixing Masterclass - see above.

    Sun morning - outings.

    A few brief reminders

    Do please turn up on time for outings, and remember that 'on-time' means at least 15mins before the stated on-the-water time. With our current faffing-quotient getting up beyond 15minutes, it's important to turn up promptly so that everything is ready to head off on time, and it isn't all left to the few punctual ones.

    There's the Cygnets Bungalow working party starting on Monday 15th, for anyone that can. Please let me or Derek Bush know if you can help out.

    And finally, there's still time to put your names down for the House of Lords reception on Friday 17th July. All details are on the website as is a simple booking form. Do it now (although of course, if you miss out on this, you'll only have to wait a quarter of a century for the next one...).

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 1st June 2015

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th June 2015

    Righto,

    Apologies for the radio silence last week, consequently quite a lot to get through this week...

    First up, you may not have realised that there was some Cygnet racing at the weekend. Bart & Gav manfully lugged their IM1 2- up to Peterborough on the roof of the Ute. Unfortunately, their efforts weren't rewarded with a win - a long way to go to lose out by only 5 seconds, but they'll be all the faster for it in their next race.

    Closer to home we had boats out training over the weekend, on some lovely water (if a bit on the low side - Black Flag was out for a bit).

    Looking ahead to upcoming regattas, we've got:

    - Barnes & Mortlake on Sat 13th. We're finalising crews to enter for this one, including doubling-up options, so now's your last chance to confirm your availability on the spreadsheet.

    - Reading on Sat 13th and Sun 14th. It looks like we might have a pair heading to Reading instead of BMI, so if you're interested in some 2-abreast racing upriver, let us know.

    - Marlow (Dorney Lake) on Sat 20th June. Again, and as mentioned previously, we've got at least one pair entered.

    - Richmond on Sat 27th. One we'd like to hit 'en masse' particularly since we didn't get to race that stretch when Twickenham was cancelled.

    Further ahead we've also got Henley Masters (Fri 10th and Sat 11th July), where our entries of two Mas.B 4+s and a Mas.B 2- got in just before the deadline and have been accepted.

    And of course St Neots (Sat 25th and Sun 26th July, where we'd like to get as many Cygnets (and Barnes Bridge Ladies) racing as possible.

    So this means my now weekly plea for all active oarsmen to update the spreadsheet until the end of July. We can't race you if we don't know whether you're available to race (and train).

    This week

    Tues evening - outings, crew lists to follow (apologies from Coach Sue for her lack of coaching recently, as she balances it with coxing BBL for Women's Henley).

    This week's erg: 4 x 750m / 1 min light pressure between each. Then 6 minutes break and repeat.

    Thurs evening - outings, crew lists to follow.

    Thurs evening - post-outing food, this week courtesy of Nick Rae - please let him know if you're sticking around.

    Sat morning - outings.

    Sat morning - post-outing crash-course (excuse the pun) on boat-fixing - see below.

    Sun morning - outings.

    Sun lunch - 12 pm Sun Inn lunch, please let Vicky or Michelle (BBLRC) know (vickibowes[at]gmail.com/ mweiss[at]hotmail.co.uk /social[at]bblrc.co.uk )

    Other Stuff

    Boat-fixing - you may know that a) we rely on Neil's goodwill and boat-knowledge to a disgraceful extent, and b) he's buggering off to live in Kent shortly. In light of that, we thought it would be useful to have a session where he shows anybody who might interested about repairing boats. Conveniently, a couple of us have put a couple of dings in boats recently. So please try and stay for no more than an hour after outings on Saturday. Please let me know if you're intending to come.

    Since we're on the subject of lending a hand, it's less than two months until the captaincy re-election. So now is a good time to think about it, and if you're at all interested having a word with me, Nick B (Deputy), or Ian M (Vice (Captain)). All of whom would be happy to talk you through what's involved, and reassure you that none of the roles are as bad as we perhaps occasionally make out.

    Also on the subject, there is a Cygnets Bungalow working party starting on Monday 15th, for anyone that can. Please let me or Derek Bush know if you can help out, including if you would like to stay overnight at all. There will be many jobs to do so the more that come, the merrier!

    125th

    You've missed the boat if you didn't order cufflinks or tshirts. However, orders for blazers and ties remain open, why not do it now via the on-line order form only.

    But in terms of rare opportunities, the House of Lords reception on Friday 17th July takes some beating. There will be plenty of attendees from Cygnet, Barnes Bridge Ladies, and Benrath, and you'd be a fool to miss out. Friends and family are also welcome to join us as well as any ex-members who you know of that might not be on the email circulation lists. It would be great if you could make the organisers' lives a lot easier by going on the website and indicating that you'll be coming along. All the details are there, as is a booking form and a contact for Paul Rawkins if you have any questions or prefer to do things the old fashioned way. There is a maximum number for tickets, so don’t delay.

    I think that's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 18th May 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 18th May 2015

    Evening All,
    First up is the disappointing news that Saturday's Twickenham Regatta has been cancelled - apparently due to too few entries. A real shame, as we had four crews keen to race (and who would have utterly dominated, obviously), and it's been a regular for us in recent years.

    However, the time spent practicing for this weekend certainly won't be wasted, and good to see boats out in the week and over the weekend. And particularly good to see so many 'taking advantage' of the foul weather on Thursday evening to enjoy the Squad Erg, and then staying on to enjoy the Mountains' fine catering.

    With Twickenham out of our diaries, attention turns to other regattas coming up later this month and next, including:

    - Peterborough Spring, Sat 30th and/or Sun 31st May. It looks like we've got at least one Pair looking to race on the Saturday, and if there's enough wider interest and availability we can make it a trailer-load. Let me and Sue know if you're interested - including by filling in the spreadsheet.

    - Barnes & Mortlake, Sat 13th June. Our next 'priority regatta' that we'd like as many of our active squad as possible to be available to double-up into different crew combinations. Please put it in your diaries, and make sure you have updated the spreadsheet until at least this weekend.

    - Marlow (Dorney Lake), Sat 20th June. Again, it looks like we've got at least one Pair wanting to race, so if you're up for the experience of racing down the Olympic venue (twice, one in a head-style time trial, and then in the A,B, or C final), please let me and Sue know.

    This week

    Tues - evening - coached outings (crew already sent out).

    Cygnet Weekly Erg: 2x 15mins (5mins r19, r26, r19), 1x 10min (2mins r19, r28, etc.).

    Thems of us that are doing these regularly are definitely feeling the improvement. Good to see so many of last week's ergs being completed. According to the spreadsheet we had just enough to make up an 8 - but I know there were more than that, so do remember to record your time.

    Thurs - evening - no set outings. Either organise your own crew, or enjoy the Squad Erg, above.

    Thurs - evening - post-outing food, courtesy of Sue E, as per Cris's email please let her know if you intend to stay.

    Sat morning outings - if you cleared your hectic social weekend diary for Twickenham Regatta, don't fill it just yet. We are looking at plans to have a slightly longer coached water session, perhaps alongside another tideway club who were expecting to race that day. Watch this space.

    Saturday evening - is Eurovision, in the bar, from 7pm until late. Please contact Cris, our very own polyglot Social Secretary, who emailed about this, and on the night will be able to tell you what they're all singing about. Probably.

    Sun morning outings (crew lists to follow)

    Other stuff

    Kit - as promised, and with thanks to Mike E, a kit ordering window has been opened for us on the Godfrey site. Key details are:

    Kit page: http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc

    Collation information: http://godfrey.co.uk/collation-information

    Sizing guide:http://godfrey.co.uk/sizing-guide (although based on the recent experiences of a couple of us, you may want to go for a size smaller than you first though - unless I've shrunk, or unless hoodies are being worn particularly 'room-to-grow-into' this season)

    Closing date: 31st May

    Details are as per usual for orders - No money is taken until after the cut-off date has passed. When they have had a chance to collate the orders, they apply the discounts and then payments are taken. Worst case scenario will be the 2-11 price level, even if someone is the only person to order a particular item, if it is ordered within the club ordering window.

    And since we're on kit, another reminder about the 125th commemorative kit available - order via the online form on the website. So far only Cristobal has been man enough to order the full Cygnet Monty (blazer + tie + cufflinks + tshirt).

    That's all for now - and I'm afraid you'll go without an update next week, as I'll be down in the West Country for half-term week. I'm sure you'll manage.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 11th May 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 11th May 2015

    Evening All,

    A very busy Saturday for some of us at Borne Regatta on Saturday, where Cygnet were represented from the very first to very last races.

    - First up was a cracking row from our Novice 4+, beating Putney Town and Quintin crews, to meet Canford School in the final. Unfortunately in the final youth triumphed by a few lengths, but a very positive performance to build on as we start the season.

    - Also in the morning was Guy in his 1x -, entered at Mas.C.Nov but bumped up to Nov. Losing by only a length to a Tradesman sculler who made it to the final.

    - In the afternoon Cygnet and Barnes Bridge Ladies stacked the Mixed 4+ category with four pudding-themed entries to guarantee a) some pots and b) lots of fun, and were successful on both counts Coach Sue further stacked her crew selection so that her Eton Messes beat Spotted Dicks in the final. So congratulations to Sue, Matt B, Stu, Katie M (BBLRC), and Charlie (BBLRC) for their (ahem) well-deserved pots.

    - Finally, a straight final in the IM3 8+ against St Paul's School, where again youth prevailed, but a good close to a day that gave a few Cygnets their first taste of regatta racing.

    Worth noting that the namesakes of all three boats we raced in - the Ronnie Lambe, Neil Pickford, and Marjorie Israel - were officiating (superbly) at the regatta.

    Then we all decamped to the boathouse bar where beer was drunk, pasta was consumed, and regatta-related anecdotes were recounted.

    Next up for us is Twickenham Regatta on Saturday 23rd. If you want to race, this is your last call to update the availability spreadsheet. We already have enough for various boats, including doubling-up - although it will depend on what other entries the regatta gets to some extent. The BB Ladies will also be going, there's a possibility of Mixed racing again, and it's usually a good day on a lovely bit of the river out so do try and make it.

    Twickenham regatta will also require trailering, but not very far. So an ideal opportunity for any of you who might be encouraged to become a Really Useful Cygnet and learn the simple arts of hitching the trailer, towing, and parking. Please let me or Sue know if you can help out on that front, so that it's not always the usual suspects.

    This week

    Tues - evening - coached outings (crew list sent out).

    Cygnet Weekly Erg: 3x 8mins (each with 6mins r28, 2mins r30)

    Thurs - evening - outings (crew list to follow).

    Thurs - evening - post-outing food, courtesy of Ian & Katie, please let them know if you intend to stay.

    Sat & Sun - mornings - outings (crew lists to follow)

    Whilst we want racing combinations to go out on the water as much as possible, we will endeavour to get everyone out training if we can. So do keep your availability up-to-date, and bear with us.

    Other stuff

    Kit - Another reminder about the 125th commemorative kit available - order via the online form on the website. Also, Mike E will be coordinating a kit window with Godfrey shortly.

    Further ahead - dates for summer diaries should include:

    - Fri 3rd July - Henley Royal Regatta Club Day

    - Fri 17th July - House of Lords Reception

    - Sat 25th - Sun 26th July - St Neots Regatta

    - Sat 22nd Aug - Boathouse Club Day

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Tuesday 5th May

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th May 2015

    Evening All,

    This week's is slightly later and shorter than usual, for which I offer no excuse except the bank holiday yesterday.

    A bank holiday Monday, incidentally, that saw Cygnet crews training on the water. And very encouraging to see so many at the club tonight and that a) all crews wisely stayed off the water on account of the conditions, and b) everyone decamped to the shed to do an erg instead.

    All good prep for Borne Regatta this Saturday, where all but one of our crews have got races over the whole day:

    Nov 4+ heat at 0830, final at 1040

    Guy's Nov 1x heat at 1025, semi at 1230, final at 1335

    Guy's Mas.C 1x straight final at 1600

    And then all hell breaks loose:

    Our four Cyg/BBL Mixed 4+s make up the entire field (first pots of the season!). Semi finals at 1554 and 1630, final at 1724.

    And finally, the IM3 8+ is in a straight final at 1748.

    By which time, we'll all be in need of a beer. At lest two of which will be served in pewter.

    This week's focus is on racing crews getting on the water (conditions permitting). Crews lists being sorted separately.

    Don't forget Cris is cooking after training on Thursday evening, let him know if you want some grub.

    Looking further ahead, or next priority regatta is Twickenham Regatta on Sat 23rd. That's the bank holiday weekend (and the Queen's birthday Privilege Day for the Civil Servants amongst us). Please update the spreadsheet with availability for the rest of the month.

    Other stuff

    Kit

    A reminder about the 125th commemorative kit at the smarter end of the scale (Blazers, ties, cuff links etc.) Details on the website along with links to the online order form (Doodle poll). Bagsy early to avoid disappointment.

    In terms of kit more suitable for being in a boat, be assured that there will also be a kit ordering window opening soon.

    House of Lords

    Not a sub-heading that appears too often... Put Friday 17th July in your diaries for a reception in the House of Lords as part of Cygnet's 125th birthday celebrations. An evening reception (although earlier for those who may want a tour of Parliament), hosted by Lord Moynihan, and will involve varying quantities of canapes, wine, speeches, Cygnet blazers etc. More details here. All welcome.

    And finally, a message from the Slys:

    GRATEFUL THANKS

    Pat, Prudence and Oscar Sly would like to thank all the very many friends who were in touch following Peter’s death on 9 March. We received over 200 cards, letters and emails as well as phone calls - many containing personal recollections starting from those early days in the 1960s and 70s when Peter and I were so very involved in the two clubs as well as more recent times, especially Henley Fridays. Thank you also to all those who were able to actually get inside St Nicholas Church, Remenham,for Peter’s funeral and to those who listenedto the service from outside over the loudspeakers. We are sorry not to have been able to speak to everyone on the day – and we understand that there were over 300 people at the church! – but your presence to celebrate Peter’s life and to say “Goodbye” to him was so very much appreciated.

    Henley Friday at Old Blades will continue to be available to the members and friends of both Cygnet and Barnes Bridge Ladies, the 2015 date being 3 July. We look forward to seeing some of you then. The Sly Family x

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 27th Apr 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 27th April 2015

    Evening All,

    Good to see various boats out over the weekend, even if it didn't feel particularly summery and was rather choppy. But all good on-the-water time now that Regatta season is upon us. (And under-the-water time for those that chose to do an impromptu capsize drill...)

    As discussed at the Squad Meeting last week, we will be looking to enter several boats at Borne Regatta on Saturday 9th May. So far we have about a dozen Cygnets down as available to race, which is encouraging at what will be our first regatta of many this season. Entries close at the weekend, so if you haven't updated the spreadsheet, do so asap. And not forgetting to include availability through the week, so that we can get crew combinations out training.

    At Borne we're also looking to enter some Mixed 4+s with Barnes Bridge. These will be largely scratch crews, and should be fun, so we're assuming everyone that is available to race is also up for doubling-up on the day.

    We will have a couple of potential new members around the club over the next couple of weeks. It doesn't look like we've got the numbers for a formal Learn-to-Row course, so if you see a new face on the ergs, do introduce yourself, and perhaps share some of your rowing wisdom.

    This week

    Cygnet Erg of the Week: 3x 8mins (1st r24, 2nd r26, 3rd r28)

    (Now that British 'Summer' Time is upon us, we don't have a set Squad Erg Night - although Tuesdays are still our priority night in the shed. But you should endeavour to fit in at least this erg at some point in the week)

    Tues evening 7pm - coached outings. If you're not in a boat, Erg of the Week in the shed.

    Wed morning 7am - sculling pod (with BBLRC). Note that this is an informal and uncoached session, so for those who can already scull.

    Wed evening - 7.30pm Cygnet Committee

    Thurs evening 7pm - outings.

    Thurs evening - post-outing food if a volunteer can be found to cook. Last week was an enjoyable St George's Day pint in the pub, next week Social Sec Cris is cooking, so if anyone can fill the gap this week, let him know.

    Sat & Sun mornings - outings.

    Other stuff

    There is some spiffing kit and 'merchandise' being released to mark our 125th anniversary this year. Neil's been designing/ coordinating, and the details are already on the website along with links to the online order form (Doodle poll) and a pdf of a paper order form for those who prefer the old ways. There are also a couple of copies up in the changing room.

    Finally, if anyone has seen any Royal Chester RC kit around, let me know - was left after the Vets Head.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 20th April 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 20th April 2015

    Evening All,

    So, with Sculling Camp done and dusted, the Spring sunshine upon us, and the culmination of the Head season seemingly but a distant memory, it's time for regatta season.

    We've got a Squad Meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), 8pm in the bar. Please come along if you can - it will be short and informal, but very useful to get an idea of what you want to get out of the summer season, what you'll be able to put in, and what the club can offer to help you get there. If you can't come along tomorrow evening, please drop me and Sue a line with your intentions/ ambitions for racing this season.

    I've appended, below, a list of all the regattas that we have been to in the past or might consider. We very likely won't be represented at all of them, but have a look. We'll aim to identify the key ones we want to go to at the Squad Meeting.

    Of course, we can't enter regattas unless people have told us they're available for the race and for the necessary training outings. So go onto the google sheet now, and update your availability, pleeeeease.

    This week

    Tues pm - Squad Erg: 2k test. This will hurt, but only for 7 minutes or so (ideally less - but remember that ANY TIME IS BETTER THAN NO TIME AT ALL!)

    Tues 8pm - Squad Meeting. Whereat you may have a beer if you've completed the 2k test, above.

    Wed am - ad hoc outings. Note, please don't use the Benrath at the moment as it's damaged.

    Thurs pm - outings tbc.

    Thurs pm - post-outing food. You'll have seen Cristobal's email on this - the Thursday evening post-training-session-sessions were a very welcome feature of the Head training season, so it would be great to keep this going. If you can volunteer for a catering effort, please let him know.

    Sat and Sun am - outings tbc.

    Further ahead/ 2015 Regattas:

    Sat 25th Apr - Hammersmith (entries now closed)

    Sat 2nd May - Chiswick (Bank Hol weekend)

    Sat 9th May - Borne

    Sat 16th May - Putney Town

    Sat 23rd May - Twickenham (Bank Hol weekend)

    Sat 30th May - Sun 31st - Met at Dorney

    Sat 30th May - Sun 31st - Peterborough Spring

    Sat 6th June - Walton & Weybridge

    Sat 13th June - Barnes & Mortlake International

    Sat 13th June - Sun 14th - Reading

    (Fri 19th June - Sun 21st - Women's Henley)

    Sat 20th June - Marlow at Dorney

    Fri 26th June - HRR Qualifying Races

    Sat 27th June - Richmond

    Wed 1st July - Thu 2nd - HRR first rounds

    Fri 3rd July - HRR Club Day

    Fri 10th July - Sat 11th - Henley Masters

    Sat 11th July - Sun 12th - Kingston

    Sat 25th July - Sun 26th - St Neots

    Sat 1st Aug - Henley Town & Visitors

    Sat 8th Aug - Sun 9th - Peterborough Summer

    Sat 15th Aug - Sun 16th - Oxford City

    Sat 29th Aug - Sun 30th Aug - Gloucester (Bank Hol Weekend)

    Sun 30th Aug - Mon 31st - Ross (Vets on Sat)

    I think that's all for now - see you in the week.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update - 6th April

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th April 2015

    Afternoon Everybody,

    A quieter week after last weekends head racing and I am sure a lot of us have been away from the club enjoying the long Easter weekend so things have probably been fairly quiet. I only know what the weather has been like in Billingham but if it has been anything like as nice down in London then if you did make it onto the river over the last few days you may well have started developing some tan lines… To summarise, not a lot to update you on but a couple of things that are worth mentioning:

    Sculling Camp:

    You should already know that this is next weekend. If you intend to be there but haven’t filled in the doodle poll yet please do so here:

    With a lot of people being out at the Bungalow it is likely to be another quiet weekend for us on the Tideway but things should get back to normal the following week.

    Race Fees:

    I won’t name names... but in no particular order Nick Bates, Patrick Boundy, Alfonso Daniels, Noel Davison, Bart de Groot, Mike England, David French, Gareth Furby, Robin Harries, Gavin Hunter, Neil Jackson, Stavros Kyris, Ian Mountain(?!), Jeremy Pugh, Nick Rae, Paul Rawkins, Jim Reekie and Nick Wylie - you know who you are.

    Between us we owe Matt £451.00 - it would be very good (especially for Matt) if we could settle this debt now, before we transition from head to regatta season. You can all see the tab on the google sheet showing who owes what. Please let myself or Matt know if you cannot see the spreadsheet or don’t have the bank details - don’t make us send the boys round!

    Tuesday Squad Ergo:

    I don’t have anything official to give you so I am going to take a flyer and say you can choose - nice and simple, pick a session you have done over the last four or five weeks ideally, then whichever one you choose, do it again and make sure you beat the distance/average split you got last time round. As ever, try and do it with a few others (if you can agree on what to do).

    Thursday Night Post Training Social:

    These are still happening and I think Cris is looking for a volunteer cook for this week - let him know direct if you want to put you name down.

    Think that is all, normal service should resume next week.

    Ian.

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Tuesday 31st March

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 31st March 2015

    Evening All,

    This should just about make it as a Monday night update… First things first, although it was a bit touch and go towards the end of last week, after a couple of disappointing years both the Veterans’ Head of the River Race and the Head of the River Race happened at the weekend, and Cygnet were represented on both days.

    On Saturday morning, sickness initially left the Masters B crew a man down but we were able to drag Gareth out of his bed to fill the empty seat and enjoyed a decent race, finishing 7th out of 11 in a very competitive field in a time of 20:18. Our Masters F crew also had a good row and finished just under 90 seconds further back, coming in 8th out of 19 in 21:47. On Sunday our novice crew also enjoyed a good row and finished 10th out of 14 in a time of 21:55 - there were quite a few HoRR first timers in the crew, who all did an excellent job coping with some pretty trying conditions while marshalling, racing, and then probably the worst bit - rowing back to the boathouse from Putney (into a wall of wind by all accounts).

    From all three crews, a big thank you to everybody who has contributed towards getting them to the start line - coxes, coaches and subs etc. And as ever we need to say a big thank you to the people from both clubs who helped out over the two days doing all the hard work around the clubhouse to make sure everything happened as planned.

    It is also worth mentioning that these occasions are just as much social events as they are competitive, and the bar was definitely put to good use once everybody was showered. Our friends from RG Beneath had brought a barrel of alt bier with them, our esteemed Chairman and Mucha enjoyed it so much that they belted out their version of ‘Simply the Best’ a little later in the evening. On a more serious note we also raised a toast to Peter Sly on the Saturday afternoon - I think I would be correct saying he would have been very happy to see the club buzzing with activity as it was for most of the weekend.

    What Next?

    Dave has gone away for a couple of weeks to put the results into a big spreadsheet and figure out how we have done once you take account of the overall winner’s time, category winner’s time, number of Olympians competing etc etc. Once he is back we will (I think) be arranging a squad meeting to see what people would like to get out of the regatta season, which starts at Hammersmith in a little less than four weeks, in the meantime:

    This Week

    Tuesday is still squad erg night - 8 x 100m with 2min rowing light between each one. Rate capped at 30.

    Thursday night - no food planned in the bar this week, but those who are around may well be heading to the pub so let Cris know if you are going to be there.

    For the weekend, please put your availability into the spreadsheet (complete it for the whole of April ideally) so Sue can plan outings where possible.

    Race Fees - I am told by the treasurer that a lot of us owe money. I have checked and he is right (myself included), if you don’t have the bank details let me know, otherwise we should all be settling up as soon as possible. Maybe even overpay a little bit to cover the first few regattas…

    Further ahead, it is Sculling Camp the weekend after Easter - let Nick know if you are planning to attend.

    I think that is all, just slipped into Tuesday morning.

    Ian.

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 23rd Mar 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 23rd March 2015

    Good Evening,

    The coming weekend is one of the busiest of the year in terms of activity around the club. Cygnet have one and a half crews racing in the Vets' Head on Saturday, and a crew in the Head of the River on Sunday. Plus Benrath are over for the weekend, and we've got an open morning on Sunday.

    But first things first:

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 30min r20, feet out. This will be 40% less horrible than last week (but I for one am definitely feeling the benefit of all these feet-out ergs when I'm in the boat). Hope to see lots of ergs in use tomorrow night.

    Wed am - small boat outing.

    Thurs - circuits - 7.15pm at the school. This will be the last circuits session of the season, as we look to move to mid-week evening outings.

    Thurs - post-training food - Coach Sue is cooking this week. Please let her know if you're staying on for food (and thus avoid a FHB panic when e.g. 50% more people stay for food than had said so)

    Sat & Sun outings won't be happening as usual, given that the river will be either closed or heaving for much of the weekend. Please use the energy you've saved to a) race harder, b) help out with organisation, c) socialising.

    Saturday

    The Vets' Head kicks off at 11am, with 50-odd crews boating from our club. If you are helping on the hard, or in a launch, or round the club, then many thanks in advance. As for the race itself, there are several crews for the loyal Cygnet to cheer on:

    #16 Cygnet RC Mas.B

    #81 RG Benrath Mas.E

    #129 Barnes Bridge Ladies Mas.B

    #155 Cygnet/Tideway Scullers Mas.F

    #183 Barnes Bridge Ladies Mas.D

    #198 Barnes Bridge Ladies Mas.B.Nov

    There are also Barnes Bridge Ladies in composites at #122 and #138

    After all of that the bar will almost certainly be open, our friends from Benrath will be down, and there will of course be ample opportunity to raise a toast to our sadly departed President.

    Sunday

    The race starts at 12noon, so if anything, there will be even more boats around the club than the previous morning. But only one that counts: our Novices are off at #286.

    You should also be aware that we're holding an open morning - alongside BBLRC - for new and experiences rowers on the Sunday, from 10.30am to 12noon. The idea is that a few of us can show newcomers around, introduce them to what's involved if they're new to it, and culminate by letting them enjoy the top quality racing on the Tideway. If you can help out, even if only for half an hour or so, please let me or Ian know. Otherwise, if you're around doing other jobs, please make any newcomers feel welcome.

    And I think that's about it for now. I'm disappearing for a couple of weeks straight after the HORR, so you'll be in Ian & Nicks capable hands.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 16th Mar 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 16th March 2015

    Evening All,

    First up, well done to the Barnes Bridge crews who raced in the Women's Head on Saturday. And many thanks to those of you that helped with the boating, numbering, eating, as required. In amongst that activity, we also had crews training at ungodly hours - the Tideway's lovely and quiet at 6am...

    In other news, our kit order has arrived. It's in a box in the caboose, conveniently sorted into named bags. If you missed out on this order, we'll likely open another ordering window in the summer (although you can of course order at any time at slightly more expensive prices on the Godfrey website).

    This week

    Both the Masters and Novice 8s are squeezing in outings wherever availability allows, but do try to fit in the erg and circuits if at all possible.

    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 50min r20, feet out. Only a couple more Tuesday night Squad Ergs until the clocks change and we have more evening outings - do keep at them, they're all part of Coach Sue's masterplan.

    Wed am - small boat outing - largely self-organising (but let me or Ian know if you're interested in jumping in a boat).

    Thurs - circuits - meet at 7.00 at the club or 7.15pm at the school.

    Thurs - post-training food - I'm cooking this week. If you're staying on for food, please let me know (and probably brace yourselves for an anticlimax following Cris's bigging up email and Sarah T's magnificent Mexican feast last week).

    Sat & Sun outings - currently both 8s are sorting out their own availability (much to Sue's visible relief) - please help out by jumping in if asked. If you are not in a racing boat but available to row, please keep the spreadsheet up to date, and we will try and get a smaller boat or two out.

    Other stuff

    - there's still a call-out for helpers at the HORR weekend - let Nick B know if you can help. Also, the race organisers are still looking for launch drivers - let me know.

    - you'll have seen Nick B's message about Sculling Camp, which kicks off on Fri 10th April. One potential issue this year is drivers - we have a small list of able and willing ute & trailers drivers for this and all the other occasions when we venture away from the Tideway. If you passed your test before 1997 and would be willing to lend a hand, let me know, and one of us can show you what's what.

    Finally, the Head season finishes on Sun 29th with the HORR, just in time for the Regatta season starting (Hammersmith Regatta is 25th April). Both 8s (including supersubs) are improving all the time, and so we should be able to get strong racing combinations out of both for the summer races. And/or some sculling crews. We will try and have an informal squad meeting after the Heads, so worth thinking now about what you want to achieve in the Summer, and how to build on the solid base we've developed so far.

    I think that's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 9th Mar 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 9th March 2015

    Evening All,

    And sad news to report. Our Cygnet President Peter Sly died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by his family. A long time friend, supporter, and stalwart of the club - many happy memories (one of my favourite Cygnet moments is passing Old Blades in the Henley Qualifiers, hearing Peter's vocal support from the bank, and spying him under his wide-brimmed hat). A great loss, and we send our love to the Slys.

    On the Tideway, we are ramping up to the last hurrahs of the Head season, with Women's Head this Saturday, and the Vets and Mens' Heads two weeks after that. The boathouse will be very busy this Saturday, as 60-odd crews boat, including three Barnes Bridge Ladies crews. A couple of important things to remember:

    - the race starts at 9.30am, Chiswick Bridge to Putney.

    - Barnes Bridge Ladies are racing at #40 (IM3), #69 (Mas.C), #70 (Mas.F composite), and #294 (Nov). Come down to give them a cheer.

    - if you can lend a hand with any of Nick B's boating jobs, there's still time to put yourself forward and you will be put to very good use.

    - there will be catering and the bar will be open.

    - BBL will be using the men's changing rooms (gawd help them), so don't barge in.

    That then leaves only two weeks until the Vets Head on Sat 28th, and the HORR itself on Sun 29th. Both our crews are trying to squeeze extra training outings in between now and then (so please lend a hand if you're asked to sub in).

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 30min r20, feet out.

    Thurs - circuits - 7.15pm at the school. Don't forget a towel and a bottle of water.

    Sarah T is cooking dinner post-training - let her know if you'd like to stay.

    Sat outings will either be very early, very late, or not happen at all, as the river is closed from 0830 to 1230 for the Women's race.

    Sun morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Reminders

    - Don't forget to read, inwardly digest, and observe the safety notices that get posted from time to time. They're on email, facebook, and on the website. Currently there's one regarding Chiswick Bridge centre arch closures and the temporary circulation pattern (until Fri 13th, and then from Tues 17th to Fri 27th). There's always one crew that doesn't pay attention (and nearly smashed into BBL's shiny new boat) - don't let it be Cygnet.

    - Don't forget to keep you race fees up to date. It's on the spreadsheet, so you (and the rest of us) can see if you're in the red. I should also point out that we're well into the third month of the year, so there shouldn't be any outstanding subs to pay... but there are. You know what to do.

    Thanks

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 2nd Mar 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 2nd March 2015

    Evening All,

    And first up, well done to our two crews racing in Hammersmith Head yesterday. Both reported strong rows:

    - Cygnet Mas.B came 53rd overall, in 11:20

    - Cygnet Novices came 127th, in 12:12

    Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience, except perhaps for seeing just how inept schoolboy crews can be at marshalling, and possibly also the moment the Master crew had to easy briefly during an 'altercation' with a Molesey boat.

    Both crews significantly improved their performances compared to how we did at Quintin Head. For example, although the Masters crew were again overtaken by London, we fought hard and made them work for their 22 second lead (down from over a minute). And the Novices took revenge on both Team Keane and Putney Town, and indeed, halved the gap between the Cygnet boats...

    We need to continue this upward trajectory in the remaining four weeks until the Head of the River Races. Which - as ever - means training hard and doing exactly as Coach Sue tells you.

    After the race, there was some disappointing rugby watching, and the last two 300 club draws of the year. The lucky winners were:

    £25 Paul Rawkins, Stavros Kyris

    £40 Jeremy Pugh, Solomon Peters

    £60 Ian Mountain, Mrs Houldershaw

    £100 Stavros Kyris, Sue Cole

    Actually, of course, the lucky winners were current and future Cygnets who get to enjoy a fleet supported by people buying 300 club tickets. If you haven't got any, contact Nick B or Guy to get some. If you have got tickets, contact Nick B or Guy to get some more.

    Also, well done to everyone that took part in the capsize drill on Saturday afternoon. And thanks to Neil P for leading it.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 2x 4500m (90s rest in between), r19/20, drag 120. Both to include 4x 10 stroke bursts r30/32k.

    If you haven't done the 5k test, please prioritise that.

    Thurs - circuits - meet at the club at 7.00pm or at the school at 7.15pm. Last four sessions before the HORR, so am expecting a big turnout

    Also on Thurs, post-training food. Cara & Clemmy are cooking this week, please let them know if you'd like to stay, as per Social Sec. Cris's email.

    Sat & Sun morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Further Ahead

    Sat 14th is Women's Head is on Saturday, 9.30am, which will a) disrupt morning outings, and b) be a good opportunity to lend a hand around the boathouse for boating, marshalling etc. Watch this space.

    Weekend of Fri 10th Apr to Sun 12th is Sculling Camp. Definitely save the date if you can.

    Sat 26th April is Hammersmith Regatta. Yes indeed, a mere four weeks after the HORR weekend, the summer regatta season kicks off. So stick at it up to the HORR and beyond, I can almost taste the pewter already...

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 23rd Feb 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 24th February 2015

    Evening,

    Busy again at the boathouse over the weekend. Various outings, a learn-to-cox session that it was gratifying to see a couple of Cygnets at, and all culminating in the climax that is the Cygnet AGM on Sunday lunchtime.

    Thanks to those that put themselves forward for various roles on the committee - everyone was duly elected in, and the bar bell was rung by our (alas, outgoing) Treasurer. There is still one committee place up for grabs, plus the Boathouse Exec will be convening shortly and looking for people from both clubs to take on roles, so do please consider it if you haven't already.

    After the sunshine of the AGM, it seemed to rain hard for a long time, with the result that... the Tideway is currently Yellow Flagged. So exercise even more caution than usual, no inexperienced crews out on the ebb tide, no night outings without agreement of the captaincy.

    This coming weekend sees two important events:

    - Saturday we have a capsize drill. 4pm, St Paul's School. The response hasn't been overwhelming, and it really should be - it is immeasurably preferable that your first/ only capsize experience is in a safe environment. And it's a condition of your membership. And it'll be fun. And there's bound to be some sort of socialising afterwards.

    - Sunday sees the Hammersmith Head . We've got our Mas.B and Nov crews racing, both using this as our last stepping stone to the HORR weekend at the end of March. And whilst we're on the subject, note that crews are not finalised for the HORR races weekend, so keep focusing on training and availability. That includes this week's 5k test - I've confirmed with Sue that it is very unlikely that any seats will be decided on 5k results alone - but it is rather more likely that if you don't do the test at all, you won't be in any seat!

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 5k test for all, rate-capped at 28.

    If you've already completed it, then second erg of this week is: 40min r20, feet out.

    Also on Tues we have a planned outing of the Mas.B crew.

    Thurs - circuits - 7.15 at the school.

    Also on Thurs, post-training food. Anna C is cooking this week, please let her know if you'd like to stay.

    Sat morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Saturday afternoon - capsize drill, 4pm, St Pauls School. Please let Neil P know that you'll be there.

    Sun morning outings are likely to be affected by those racing in Hammersmith Head.

    Hammersmith Head

    Race starts at 12.30pm, so if you're not racing, do come along and cheer on our boats.

    - Our Mas.B crew are #175

    - Our Novices are #192

    - BBLRC are also racing at #151 and #210

    After the race many of us will decant to the bar to recount our efforts over a beer. And also to conduct the latest 300 Club draws. For those of our newer members who don't know about the 300 Club and its essential role in maintaining our fine fleet, come down and Guy or Nick B can fill you in. All your future/ nostalgic Cygnet racing exploits will have been in boats part paid for by the 300 Club.

    Finally, another reminder that our Learn To Row course starts on Sun 29th March, to coincide with the Head of the River Race. I.e. just over 4 weeks away (i.e. we've only got 4 weeks until the HORR!).

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 16th Feb 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 16th February 2015

    Good Evening,

    A week that involved boozy social celebrations, rowing training and racing - which is appropriate for our 125th birthday.

    A strong turnout on Thursday night in the Duke's Head (no availability issues there!) - including some nostalgic faces. Many, many toasts made to the club, and a fun time had by all.

    On Saturday, we headed to Henley 4s & 8s Head. We had three crews racing over two divisions, in what was an enjoyable, well-organised, and muddy event. Results:

    - in the mixed 4xs, our Love Boat #1 (Mountain Gibbons) came in 3rd out of 5.

    - Love Boat #2 (Captains' Invitational) came in 4th, some 25 seconds later. (Thus proving that pre-race training outings are a waste of time...)

    - In the afternoon, our IM2 8+ - drawn from across the Seniors and Novices - came 33rd, and got more valuable race experience.

    All in all, a nice spot for a friendly head race. Thanks in particular to Sue for trailering and coxing, and Matt for supporting and photographing - both of whom also hung around for unloading the trailer back at the club. Unfortunately we didn't have enough bodies back at the boathouse to re-rig... see below.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg Night (for those not outing). 50min "staircases" (5x 4min r20, 3min r22, 2min r24, 1min r26)

    For all those down to either erg or go out on the water, please lend a hand for 15mins at 7.00pm to help re-rig the 8+.

    Wed am - a regular weekday morning outing for those who are keen is establishing itself. This is informal and self-organising, in singles and small boats, but if you are interested let me know.

    Thurs - circuits: meet at 7.00 at the club or 7.15 at the school. There are now just half a dozen sessions between now and the HORR weekend, and if you get to all of them it will make all the difference.

    Thurs - after circuits, Jo Broadhurst is cooking, please let her know if you're staying on.

    Sat & Sun - morning outings, crew lists to follow.

    Further Ahead

    Learn to cox (please). The Ladies are holding a coxing course this Sunday, 22nd Feb, 9.30am, and it would be great to have as many Cygnets as possible able to take a turn in the coxes seat. As you know, we sometimes struggle to get outings due to lack of coxes - and as you probably also know, you are never too heavy to sit in the cox's seat at Cygnet! The course will be a useful introduction/ refresher on water safety, navigating the tideway, and how to steer boats.

    Capsize drill - planned for Sat 28th Feb, 4pm, St Paul's School. I don't need to emphasise the importance of this for everyone. It's only a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon that may one day make all the difference. Plus we'll try and co-ordinate some sort of food afterwards. tbc.

    Hammersmith Head - Sun 1st March. Our last stepping stone to the HORR weekend - if you want to be considered for a crew for HORR please do everything you can to be available for this one. And of course update your availability and see you at ergs and circuits...

    Women's Head of the River Race - Sat 14th March - you'll have seen Nick B's call for boating volunteers, do please spare an hour or so if you can.

    Vets Head of the River Race - Sat 28th March

    Head of the River Race - Sun 29th March

    Crews are by no means decided for these races. We will also consider wider options to get as many of us a race as possible, e.g. in a composite crew.so keep making yourself as available as you can.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 9th Feb 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 9th February 2015

    Good Evening,

    First up, to mention tragic business of Mike Hill, the Thames & Latymer coach who has been missing since last week. Our thoughts remain with his family and those that row with him. I will forward on any update as and when I get it, and it's not particularly helpful to speculate until we know more - in the meantime we will continue to focus on the safety of everyone on the Tideway.

    The rest of the update is reasonably short this week, you'll be happy to hear.

    I'm pleased to say that we've got an Eight and two Quads racing this Saturday at Henley 4s & 8s Head. The Eight has even had some training (including counting Quintin Head), plus an outing on Tuesday night. The two Quads, on the other hand, are in the 'Valentine's Special' mixed event alongside Barnes Bridge Ladies, and the row down to the start may be their only practice. BBL also have two Eights racing, so it's a satisfyingly full trailer heading down.

    If you happen to be in Henley (e.g. for a romantic weekend break), the Quads are in the lunchtime division at 12noon, crews #50 and #53. The Eight is in the afternoon division at 2.30pm, #116. BBLRC are #162 and #167. Will let you know how we all get on.

    If you happen to be racing, please can to check out the race fees page on the availability spreadsheet, and make sure you're in the black.Top ups to Sort Code 07-01-16, Account 15401264.

    This week

    - Tues evening, Squad Erg Night. 2x 20mins, rating 24/26, changing every 5mins. (Racing 8 will be having an outing instead)

    - grateful if people could stick around for 20mins afterwards to help with derigging and trailer-loading.

    - Thurs evening, Circuits. 6.15pm in the Shed. NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME AND LOCATION. This is a special arrangement to allow for...

    - Thurs evening, Cygnet's 125th Birthday drinks, Duke's Head, Putney. You'll have seen Stu's reminder about this - there will be Cygnets at the bar from 7pm until late.

    - Sat morning - no coached outings, owing to Henley Head race.

    - Sun morning - crew lists to follow.

    Further ahead

    Launch drivers for Head races - any volunteers to drive the launch at the Women's Head (14th March)?

    Finally, our Spring Learn-to-Row course will kick off with an introductory session on Sunday 29th March. Tell everyone you know. You may have spotted that this is also Head of the River Race day, but there is method in this. There will be lots of activity around the boathouse, and lots of Cygnet Seniors, full of their exploits from the Vets Head the day before, to share their wisdom. We will show the newbies the facilities, perhaps a first session on the ergs, then retire to the hard to watch the racing and partake of the BBLRC catering facilities. So if you know of anyone who might be interested in giving rowing at Cygnet a try, do let them know - you can't forget the date.

    Thanks.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 2nd Feb 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 2nd February 2015

    Evenin',

    First up, well done to those that raced or otherwise contributed to a successful Quintin Head on Saturday. It was a brutal day to be sat marshaling, but the sun just about came out for the race, and our two crews flew the flag proudly.

    The Masters B crew had a solid row and clocked 13:35, coming in in 94th overall. Crucially this meant that du Parc Braham Senior beat du Parc Braham Junior(16) - but only just. However, we did do the chivalrous thing and let the Oxford University Women's crew go past us.

    The Novice crew had various marshaling 'experiences', and - in what was for some their first ever race - came in in 15:13, 175th overall.

    The BB Ladies, unfortunately DNS due to their own marshaling 'experiences'.

    A good effort from all involved, particularly those who spent all of that time sitting still in the freezing cold: cox Marj; cox Sue (who'd also coxed an outing beforehand!); and not forgetting Josh, who was driving a marshal in the Cygnet launch - the sort of job without which these Heads couldn't run. Thank you.

    Subs

    A reminder that these are now well and truly overdue. As Quintin was the first race of the year, we didn't stick to our usual rule of 'no subs: no race' - which is just as well, as that would have left us with one boat racing somewhere around Masters H. So please make the Treasurer a happy man and transfer your subs to Sort Code 09-01-55, Account 71834000. £260 for CSSC, £320 for non-CSSC.

    This week

    - Tues evening, Squad Erg Night. It's another 40mins feet out, rating 20. (You should all now have a pb at this event to aim for).

    - Thurs evening, Circuits. 7.15pm at the school, bring a towel and some water.

    - Thurs evening, food after training - Mark and Chris (aka The Twins) are cooking, so let at least one of them know if you're staying.

    - Sat & Sun mornings - crew-lists and outing times to be confirmed later in the week.

    More reminders

    Kit - our Godfrey ordering window closes on Mon 9th Feb, so this is your last reminder. Following Saturday's baltic conditions, your captain has just added a Cygnet beanie to his order...

    (And I've still got a sample new Gilet going cheap - reduced to £50, let me know).

    Scumbags have been around the boathouse recently. Greg had his car window smashed in during the week, and there's been a bit of fly-tipping near the trailer. Please take care, and please report anything dodgy to the police (101 number, or online), as the sooner they see a hotspot in their figures, the sooner they'll do something about it.

    Launch drivers for Head races - if you're able and willing to drive the launch at the Women's Head (14th March) let me know. It helps us do our bit for Tideway races, and also brings in a bit of cash.

    Further ahead

    Thur 12th Feb - 125th anniversary - Duke's Head, Putney, from 7pm onwards.

    Sat 14th Feb - Henley 4s & 8s Head - if you haven't seen Sue's email on this, let us know. If you have, do respond. We should be able to take enough oarsmen to double-up across categories (including the Valentine's Special Mixed "Love Quads" event!)

    Sun 1st Mar - Hammersmith Head

    Looking ahead to these races, we want to be seeing all contenders for seats completing the weekly erg and ideally circuits too. Both are invaluable, and both are tailored to get the best out of us by HORR weekend. We also need to pay for entries for these events, so please check on the spreadsheet that you're in the black for race fees, and if not, top ups to Sort Code 07-01-16, Account 15401264.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 26th Jan 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 26th January 2015

    Evenin' All,

    Great to have 8s training side by side on the water over the weekend. And not a moment too soon, as the first race is upon us, with Quintin Head on Saturday.

    We've got two crews racing, and the draw's up: our Masters B crew are off at number 60, and our Novice crew are off at number 175. BBLRC are off at 186. Race starts at 1.45pm, from Chiswick Bridge to Harrods.

    It's great to have two 8s racing on Saturday, as that's our aim for the Head of the River Race weekend at the end of March - and we'll enter more crews if we've got the numbers. We've got more opportunities to race and try different combinations in the timetable, including Henley 4s & 8s Head (14th Feb), and Hammersmith Head (1st Mar), and we will get as many Cygnets racing as possible. But that does mean having 16+ oarsmen available for regular on-the-water training as much as possible for the next couple of months. And turnout at ergs and circuits has been well short of that recently. So please update the spreadsheet for all of February and March, and do as much training as you can, alongside crewmates if at all possible.

    This week

    - Tues evening, Squad Erg Night. 40mins feet out, rating 20.

    - Thurs evening, Circuits. 7.00pm at the club, or 7.15pm at the school. Hopefully Greg will be back to chivvy us, as some of us have barely recovered from Neil's regime last time, but I'm not going to be too rude about that session, because...

    - Thurs evening, food after training - Neil P is cooking, let him know if you're staying. Essentially, on a Thursday night you can get an intense training session, a beer, and a hearty dinner, for about £5. You'd be crazy not to.

    - Sat & Sun mornings - crew-lists and outing times to be confirmed later in the week. The early morning outings (7.15am) have been effective in securing some quieter water. Outings on Saturday will be changed on account of Quintin Head.

    Further Ahead

    - Don't forget Thursday 12th Feb, drinks in the Duke's Head, Putney, for our 125th anniversary drinks.

    - Sculling Camp is now pencilled in for Fri 10th to Sun 12th April. Not to be missed. We'll also try and incorporate Sculling Camp into the next Learn-To-Row course. More details to follow from Nick Bates.

    And finally:

    - another gentle reminder that subs are due. £260 for CSSC, £320 for the rest. Next week's reminder may be slightly less gentle given that it's payday later this week...

    - no-one put in a bid for the bargain Godfrey sample kit I've got, so it's now reduced to £45 for the all-in-one, and £60 for the Gilet, both Large - let me know. (This may process may continue until the price drops far enough for me to buy it or for Bates to pounce on it as 'unclaimed kit').

    That is all.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 19th Jan 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 19th January 2015

    Evenin' All,

    A cold but busy weekend. Albeit with much heat emanating from the shed on Saturday morning as a good number of us completed our 5k tests. It was a beautiful thing, and it did everyone good to see crewmates giving it their all. Thanks all who clocked a time (and as ever, any time is infinitely better than no time at all), and thanks to Sue for sticking around to encourage each of us in our ordeal.

    This week

    - Tues evening, Squad Erg Night. 50mins feet out, rating 20-22. Blimey.

    - Thurs evening, Circuits. Usual time (7.15pm), usual place (Cavendish School). Numbers had dropped off a bit from an encouraging start, so do please try and make it - the more the merrier.

    - Thurs evening, food after training - Matt B will be cooking up a feast, let him know if you're staying.

    - Sat & Sun mornings - crew-lists and outing times to be confirmed later in the week.

    Other stuff

    - We're entering at least one crew, and hopefully two, for the Quintin Head on 31st Jan - so please make sure you're available if called. Various combinations have been going afloat over the past couple of weeks, but a key aim is to get as many of us our first Head race experience for a long while (or ever, in some cases).

    - Sincerely hope that Thursday 12th Feb is firmly in your diaries, for our 125th anniversary drinks. 7pm, Duke's Head, Putney. With perhaps some associated revelry.

    - We will be running our next Learn-To-Row course in April, which means planning and marketing now. In particular, if you know of any friends/ colleagues/ acquaintances who might fancy having a go, do let them know and encourage them. A very high proportion of Cygnets learned to row at this club, which is great.

    Kit reminders:

    - the ordering window closes on 9th Feb. http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc

    - if you order that time the most you'll pay for an item is the '2-11 items' price (even if you're the only one), e.g. £54 for an all-in-one, £70 for a 'Mazu' gilet.

    - if you're minded to get something to mark Cygnet's 125th year, a number of us will be investing in the Cygnet 'Zephyr' - which is fetchingly retro, and indeed is probably the only bit of kit that any of the original 1890 members would recognise...

    - finally I have a couple of bits of brand new kit that Godfrey gave us as samples, yours for a reduced price (to go to into the Cygnet coffers): Cygnet 'Custom Finesse All-in-one' (L) £50 ono, and a Cygnet 'Custom Mazu Gilet' (L) £65 ono. Let me know.

    Other reminders:

    As we approach the first competitive race of the year, now is a particularly important time to make sure that you're up to date with your British Rowing membership - as we literally can't enter you into a race without it. Also, if you're a CSSC member, worth ensuring that that's still valid.

    And finally:

    There will shortly be a number of 'opportunities' coming up on the Cygnet Committee, and indeed on the Boathouse Exec. None too onerous, all good for the soul, and all playing a crucial role in the well-being of the rowing club and boathouse that we know so well. Nomination forms will be issuing shortly, but do have a think now whether you could lend a hand on one of the committees - the club and boathouse really do depend entirely on volunteers to keep things working so that we can all enjoy ourselves.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 5th Jan 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 12th January 2015

    Evenin' All,

    Welcome back from wherever you've been over the break. And welcome to 2015, the year in which Cygnet reaches the ripe old age of 125!

    There were a few smaller boats seen out in the water over the Christmas break, as well as a few (smaller) ergs witnessed in the shed. Otherwise hope you were treating your bodies like temples throughout the festivities. If the shock of the return to the domestic and work routines has hit you half as hard as me, then you're in need of returning to the rowing and socialising routine around our favourite boathouse.

    And we're straight back into it, with a clean and fresh training plan from Coach Sue, ergs and circuits this week, and only just over three weeks until the first race of the season. And less than three months until the Head of the River Race weekend. Three months is time enough to substantially improve your fitness, technique, and boat speed - but only if you work on it from now, it simply won't do to get to March and wish you had several weeks' more training backing you up.

    This week

    Tues evening - Squad Erg Night. 2x 20min, rating 24/26 (changing after 10mins). The more of us that can do this together, the better - and will start getting us into the right frame of mind for the Head distance, and indeed next weekend's 5k test.

    Thur evening - Circuits, 7.15pm at Cavendish Primary School, or meet at 7.00pm at the club to jog over together. Turnout waned slightly towards the end of last term. Circuits is really invaluable, is rowing-specific, and makes a tangible difference to speed and fitness. And furthermore, it's paid for directly out of the coaching budget, so you've no reason at all to miss out. If you want to be in a Cygnet boat for HORR weekend, you ought to be putting in three months' worth of Thursday night 'fun'.

    Also on Thur evening is the welcome return of post-training food. Nick R is stepping up to the plates this week, so please let him know if you want to stick around. See you there.

    Sat and Sun mornings - 7.45am and 9.45am outings (for 8am and 10am sharp on the water). Crew lists to follow.

    Note that we may have one or two boats going out earlier if that means we can do some side-by-side pieces with the BB Ladies.

    Further Ahead

    Quintin Head is on Sat 31st Jan, 1.45pm start. We ought to be able to muster two crews for this, so please update your availability, which we use as confirmation that you're up for racing.

    If you're interested in attending the British Indoor Rowing Champs on the 8th Feb (Olympic Park Velodrome) let me know. You can enter directly, or they are also hosting relay events this year - ideal for any four Cygnets who fancy their chances over 500m each.

    An important Feb date for diaries is Thursday 12th Feb, Cygnet's 125th anniversary. Something will be happening that evening, even if it is in combination with circuit training...

    Finally, a little moan to start the year - my Sunday evening riverside run was interrupted by spotting that the shed lights were on, and in fixing that, discovering that the shed garage door was unlocked - you know what to do.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 12th Jan 2015

    Author: David French | Date: 12th January 2015

    Evenin',

    A relatively full update this week, but covers such exciting and important topics as racing, kit, and subs, so do bear with.

    Time on the water was scuppered somewhat this weekend by the weather and a couple of no-shows (see below). But it was particularly heartening to see a strong turn-out for land training in the week. Witnessing all the ergs full of Cygnets knocking out 2x 20mins was a beautiful thing, as was having nearly 20 oarsmen and women from both clubs showing for circuits. Let's see if we can't beat those numbers this week.

    This week

    - Tues evening, Squad Erg Night. 2x 20mins r26/28 (changing every 10mins). A slightly more exciting/ painful variation of last week's.

    - Thurs evening, Circuits. 7.15pm sharp at the school, don't forget to bring a towel and a water-bottle.

    - Thurs evening, food after training - Cristobal is doing the honours this week, let him know if you're staying.

    - Sat & Sun mornings - crew-lists and outing times to be confirmed. Please turn up 15mins before the time stated, so that we can boat on time.

    Further Ahead

    In terms of racing, these are the likely events we'll be building on over the Head season:

    - Sat 31st Jan, Quintin Head - crew(s) to be confirmed shortly.

    - Sat 14th Feb, Henley 4s & 8s Head - we haven't done this for a couple of years, but it's in a lovely location and divisions run at separate times (so we can double-up e.g. two 4s into an 8). Please indicate on the spreadsheet if you're available.

    - Sun 1st Mar, Hammersmith Head

    - Sat 28th Mar, Vets HORR

    - Sun 29th Mar, HORR

    Please update your availability as far as you can. And whilst we're on the subject of availability, a couple of things:

    - Over the weekend we had a couple of issues with Cygnets not turning up - now that we're prepping for the Head races, please pay close attention to the weekly crew lists, and if you're in a boat definitely definitely don't unilaterally decide to not turn up. (As it was there was no real harm done, as we took the decision to cancel outings on Saturday due to the conditions, and on Sunday we had a vaguely competent sub (moi) who jumped in).

    - We'll also be looking to do some midweek evening outings in the run-up to the races, so please indicate availability for those too.

    Kit

    If you want to race in the above, you will require as a minimum a Cygnet racing all-in-one (as well as raw power, technique, co-ordination etc.) Having been disappointed by DiBi's service with our last order, we've decided to go back to Godfrey. Their new fabrics got the general thumbs-up in the bar (and they also have the advantage of being able to produce some of our 'retro' items, for those so inclined).

    All the available items are now on our club-page on the Godfrey site here:

    http://godfrey.co.uk/club/cygnetrc,

    and they have set up an ordering window with a cut off date for ordering ofMonday 9th February, to deliver kit around the beginning of March. You can order kit from their website anytime, but if you order in this window you will save money by only being charged the 2-11 price level, and only paying a fraction of the postage.

    Apparently, almost all questions can be answered by info on the website, in particular:

    - http://godfrey.co.uk/collation-information

    - http://godfrey.co.uk/sizing-guide

    - no money is taken until after the cut off date has passed, when they have had a chance to collate the orders, apply the discounts and then they can take the payments.

    - the worst case scenario will be the 2-11 price level, even if someone is the only person to order a particular item, if it is ordered within the club ordering window.

    Remember, you need at least a Cygnet all-in-one ("Custom Finesse AIO") to race , and the ordering window closes Monday 9th Feb.

    Subs...

    ...are due I'm afraid. £260 for CSSC members or linked members, £320 for others. Best value club on the Tideway, cheap at twice the price, etc. etc.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 22nd Dec 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 22nd December 2014

    Evenin' All,

    Final one of the year from me, and a short one as we all wind down for some mostly well-earned rest.

    Several boats out over the weekend, and one unfortunate crew of 7 who were treated to an erg-relay instead of an outing on Saturday morning. And as well as outings on Sunday morning, we also had the Plum Puds. A crew was carefully selected(!) from across the range of our active squad, and was ably coxed by Marj - which was just as well, as the conditions at the start were pretty parlous. However, a surprisingly solid row and we finished fourth, allowing us to retire to the bar without the chore of having to trek to MAA to collect any prizes...

    We also took the opportunity on Sunday to present Coach Sue with a small token of our appreciation for all the extra hours/ encouragement she provides Cygnet crews with. Unfortunately, no sooner had we done that, than she emails us all with a training timetable for the Christmas break. There is talk of a 5k test early after we all return, so I'd suggest you do what you can.

    This week

    Tues evening Squad Erg Night. Oh yes - just because it's Christmas Eve Eve, doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy: 5x 10min (each 4min r22, 3min r24, 2min r26, 1min r28) 4min light pressure in between.

    (Next Tues evening, 30th Dec, it's 40min r20 feet-out).

    Thurs evening no circuits, on account of it being Christmas Day. But there's nothing stopping you doing 200 burpees (well done to all those that completed last week's circuits in one piece...)

    Circuits will start again after Christmas, once we've confirmed arrangements with the school. Do please include it in your regular weekly training timetable - it is invaluable, and is easier/ more fun the more turn up.

    Sat & Sun morning - no set outings this weekend (27th/28th), but nothing stopping you arranging something amongst yourselves.

    Sat 3rd Jan & Sun 4th Jan mornings - there may be set outings, depending on availability (so update your availability).

    And that's all for this week, and indeed for 2014 - have a smashing break, and look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks for the ramp up to Head of the River Race weekend.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 15th Dec 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 15th December 2014

    venin' All,

    Lots of speculation and excitement this weekend around the Sports Personality of the Year award, or as we colloquially refer to it, "Barnes Bridge Ladies' Cygnet of the Year" - so congratulations to Stu, who had a bit more of a spring in his disco steps after that point on Saturday night.

    Yes, it was the BBLRC Xmas Bash on Saturday night, and a grand time was had by all. Indeed, by the end, some of the partygoers had be on the go for nearly 12 hours straight, from the ruthlessly efficient Waddle (professionally administered by new Apprentice Whipman Mark W-R), to the venue for good food, good company, and energetic dancing, and afterwards onto the 'Waddle Into Darkness' back to the boathouse. Which was locked up at 4am I understand. Thank you to the BB Ladies for hosting, and for the Cygnets for managing to look halfways respectable.

    There was also some rowing going on over the weekend, including some side-by-side pieces with BBLRC, and several scullers out. We hope to have one or two boats out for the Plum Puds on Sunday - see below.

    This week

    Tues evening Squad Erg Night. 30min r20 feet out. A classic to (almost) end the year on.

    Thurs evening Circuits. Meet at 7.00pm at the club, or 7.15pm at the school. This is our last circuits of the year, and it would be good to have a good crowd to finish after a slightly disappointing turnout last week. (If you're looking for clear evidence of of the benefits of regular attendance at circuit training, may I refer you to Tom B's performance on the dancefloor on Saturday night).

    Thurs evening post-circuits food. No-one on the rota this week - but the plan is to head to a local eatery within staggering distance of the boathouse afterwards.

    Saturday morning outings. Remember, turn up at least 15 minutes before the boating time. Crew lists to follow

    Sunday morning outings and Plum Puddings. For those who haven't done it before, the Plum Puds are a fun(ish) 'training piece' alongside other clubs. This year it's from Chiswick Pier to MAA boatclub, and kicks off at 11.15am. So can you please update your availability for this weekend - and if you put "Y" for Sunday, we'll assume you're up for the Plum Puds, unless you state otherwise. We ought to have enough for an 8+ and a mixed crew with BBLRC.

    Other Stuff

    Thanks to those that attended the 'Special General Meeting' on Sunday. Only agenda item was subscriptions rates, and those present approved the changes. From 1st Jan subs will be £260 for members with a CSSC membership, and £320 for non-CSSC members. It is impossible to mention our subs without also saying that we're still the cheapest club on the tideway etc. etc. Also, if you're not a Civil Servant or similar, you can become a 'linked' member by linking to a Civil Servant member, and thereby benefit from the cheaper subs - let me or Marj know if you need get linked.

    Looking ahead to the new year, our first Head Race will be Quintin Head on Saturday 31st Jan. The organisers are also looking for anyone who can drive the launch to help out - let me know.

    Finally, some sad news from Benrath. Many of us know and remember Fred Blasberg - indeed, several of us will have rowed the Rhine in the boat named after him. He was involved at the very beginning of the great partnership between Cygnet and Benrath, and would have very much enjoyed celebrating the half century of that relationship next year. Unfortunately that was not to be. He died aged 81 after a long illness. We will raise a glass of something suitable to him at the next opportunity.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 8th Dec 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 8th December 2014

    Evenin' All,

    Lots of activity around the boathouse over the weekend, and it's on course to increase over the next couple of weeks as Christmas careers upon us.

    Saturday saw two Cygnet/ BBLRC mixed 8s train alongside each other for a change. The side-by-side power strokes on the way back more than made up for the M25-like conditions on the way up. Particular thanks due to Robin and Ania for coxing safely through crazy traffic. We will look to do some more of the same, which gives us a bit more flexibility in terms of boats, but paradoxically also means that you'll need to keep availability up-to-date as early in the week as possible (by 6pm Wed please).

    This weekend also saw some of our newer novices going out in Cygnet crews for the first (of hopefully many) times. And thanks to all of those from across the squads who helped out with jobs around the boathouse on Saturday after outings.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg - 20mins followed by 16mins. (4x 5mins r16,18,20,18, then 4x 4mins r18,20,22,20). Perfect prep for a session on the dancefloor on Saturday night.

    Thurs - 7.15pm - Circuits at the school. Following last week's brutality, Greg asked me to pass on this message "thank everyone for their mega effort tonight. Boom!", which certainly makes it all seem worth it. Do come along for more of the same.

    I'm not sure if we've got anyone catering after circuits - failing that we may have to resort to pizza/ fish and chips, we'll let you know.

    Sat morning outings - 7.45 for 8.00 on the water. Note that timings may change if we do mixed outings. Crew lists to follow.

    Sun morning outings - uncoached outings tbc, as we focus on recovery from the BBLRC Christmas Party the night before.

    Sun 12noon - Cygnet Special General Meeting - bar, see below. Do come along if you can, it's important, as it involves how much you pay in subs. It will also involve a 300 Club draw, which means it's odds on that someone present will win an early Christmas present and may well immediately invest some if it behind the bar...

    Other Stuff

    This Saturday evening is the pre-BBLRC Party Waddle. Starting at the club, finishing at the Party venue, it's an essential part of the social calendar (and doesn't even require you to be attending the Party at the end). Details to follow from our Social Sec.

    Also on Saturday evening, is the post-Waddle BBLRC Party. Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

    On Sunday 12noon, the Cygnet Special General (oxymoron, surely?) Meeting, the perfect way to recover from the above excesses is to ensconse yourself in our warm bar at 12noon for a brief but important meeting. It's important, as it involves how much you pay in subs. It will also involve a 300 Club draw, which means it's odds on that someone present will win an early Christmas present, and may well immediately invest some if it behind the bar...

    Agenda:

    1. Apologies for Absence

    2. Proposal from the Cygnet Management Committee

    Introduced by the Treasurer: subscriptions 2015. It is proposed that the subscription fees for 2015 be changed to £260.00 for members with a CSSC membership, and £320 for non-CSSC members.

    3. Any Other Business - (Although not strictly AOB, we will also hold the Christmas draws of the 300 Club immediately after the meeting).

    Looking further ahead, the first Head race for 8s will be Quintin Head on Saturday 31st Jan - so put that in your diaries, and update your availability from now until then.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Tuesday 2nd Dec 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 2nd December 2014

    Evening All,

    A little later than usual this week, apologies for the inevitable angst and uncertainty this no doubt has caused you all. As you were.

    But lots to report on. First up, hearty congratulations to all our successful scullers on Saturday. And remember that merely getting to the start and the finish of the Scullers Head is a success in itself - particularly with the high flow at the weekend, and the organisers giving any doubtful entrants valid excuses (i.e. their money back) to withdraw.

    22:17 79th Sid (TSS)
    23:26 192nd Bart
    24:14 302nd Neil P
    24:33 343rd Guy
    24:55 370th Katy B (BBLRC)
    25:04 379th Jez

    Particular congratulations to Bart, fresh from his strong performance in the Pairs Head, who has taken the crown of Fastest Cygnet Sculler. Thanks also to those that came down to help with boating etc. All in all a good showing for Cygnet.

    Speaking of which, yesterday saw us hosting the awards ceremony for the PLA Safest Rowing Club On Tideway Gong. Cash, a nice plaque, and free beer, which is nice. It doesn't happen by accident though, so please do keen focusing on sensible safety steps to avoid damage and injury (and incidentally maybe some more cash, another plaque, and more free beer).

    This Week

    I'm too late to remind you of Squad Ergs tonight (but if you missed it, you're allowed to do it another day and update the spreadsheet. Encouraged to in fact. Required to). It's 10x 1min on, 1min off, r24, power strokes. Twice.

    Thurs - Circuits. Meet at 7.00pm at the club, or 7.15pm at the school.

    Thurs - post training food - I think there's a willing volunteer chef on the rota - watch this space.

    Sat - morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Sat after outings - the Boathouse Exec (thems that keep the roof over our heads) are looking for anyone to hang around for an hour or so after outings to help with oddjobs round the boathouse. There's bacon butties in it.

    Sun morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Two pleas(e) for the active squad

    1) Availability availability availability - we can't get boats out if people are either a) unavailable or - much more frustratingly - b) available but haven't told us via the oh-so-convenient google spreadsheet.

    2) Race fees. There's no such thing as a free race, and the club pays all race fees up-front to make life easier for you all. All the saints and sinners are also conveniently set out on the spreadsheet, so do take a look to confirm whether you owe Cygnet some £ (hint: there's a 50/50 chance that you do).

    Other stuff

    It's less than two weeks until the Barnes Bridge Christmas Bash. And minus one day to the deadline for paying for tickets. I daresay they'll still accept your payment if you haven't yet confirmed - you'd be a fool not to.

    I think that's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 24th Nov 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 24th November 2014

    Evenin' All,

    A hive of activity at the boathouse. Off the water, Neil P and a small band of volunteers have brought a degree of order to chaos in terms of the changing room and our collection of blades. Thanks very much to all that gave up some of their Saturday - it makes a big difference.

    You should have also noticed that the Boathouse Exec have been hard at work, with a new curtain heater, they keys sorted out, and - excitingly - the latest reincarnation of The Ute (rather like Dr Who, it may look rather different, but it's still very much The Ute). The Ute's primarily for the two clubs, but it is available to book for private hire, via the Boathouse Exec.

    Meanwhile on the water, we could barely move on the Tideway for scullers polishing their technique ahead of Saturday's Scullers Head. That kicks off at 9.30am this Saturday 29th, and the numbers to look out for include:

    96 Neil P

    100 Nick B

    114 Katy B (BBLRC)

    160 Bart

    166 Sid (TSS)

    307 Guy

    342 Jez

    396 Jo B (BBLRC)

    (That's the start order, there will be a small prize for anyone correctly predicting the order they finish in - I think there are over 40,000 combinations).

    Do come down to cheer on clubmates if you can - note also that the river will be closed from 8.30am to 12noon.

    This week

    Tue - Squad Erg. 30min r20, feet-out. There was a good turn-out last week, which made a big difference, let's see if we can achieve the dream of 8 oarsmen erging together...

    Thur - Circuits. 7.15pm at the school, don't forget a towel and some water.

    Thurs food. Sue's cooking this week, let her know if you're sticking around for food (recommended).

    Saturday outings will be disrupted by the Scullers Head, above.

    Sunday outings should be going ahead as normal - watch this space (and update the availability sheet).

    Further ahead

    The BBLRC Christmas Ball is on Saturday 13th, but before then you do need to remember to get a ticket, and indeed pay for it. See emails from Stu.

    We're still on the lookout for coxes (many thanks to Jo B for jumping in on Saturday morning and weaving us through the scullers). Do please be as willing as possible to jump into the coxes seat to help out (you never know, you may enjoy it), and do bear in mind If you know anyone that might be interested.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 17th Nov 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 17th November 2014

    Evenin' All,

    Last couple of weeks for some, ramping up for the Scullers Head, more below. And for the rest of us, working on and off the water as we look towards Head racing in 8s. Plus some social activities planned, as we're not a million miles from Christmas.

    On that subject, those of you that are active will have seen Coach Sue's urging: as soon as Scullers Head is out of the way, i.e. from December, if you wish to race in the Head races from January onwards then you will need to amend your availability to show that you're okay to be included in squad outings. We will hopefully have a number of outings where we will have enough rowers and coxes to have side by side outings - these are likely to be mixed ability initially in order to bring on the less experienced rowers.

    A couple of you have mentioned kit - now that it's raining almost constantly and getting a bit colder. We're on it, and are in discussion with a couple of potential suppliers (after our current suppliers messed us around rather too much with our last order). Watch this space.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg. 2x 4500m, r19/20. 90s rest inbetween the two pieces. Each piece to include 4x 10stroke bursts r30-32.

    Thurs - Circuits. Meet at 7.00pm at the club, or 7.15pm at the school. A reasonably healthy turnout last week (in terms of numbers), but we can do better: it's pre-paid for, sort-of fun and very good for you.

    Thurs is also post-training food, with Matt B donning the chef's hat this week. See you there.

    Sat and Sun morning outings: 7.45am, 9.45am - crew lists to follow. (And well done to all that were prompt this weekend - it made a difference: on Saturday morning Sue was nearly speechless that her crew had got everything ready and done a warm-up run. Nearly speechless).

    Also on Saturday morning after outings, Neil P is going to lead a bit of a party to sort out, rig, and paint blades on. Would be great to get a few helpers if possible. Jobs are likely to take most of the rest of the day(light) but the more the merrier and perhaps a few beers afterwards?

    Further Ahead

    The entries are confirmed for Scullers Head on Sat 29th Nov.  Neil Pickford, Nick Bates, Bart de Groot, Guy du Parc Braham, and Jeremy Pugh will be in Cygnet colours.  Plus Sid Suthers in (ahem) red & yellow.  Plus Katy Baldwin for BBLRC.  That's a big enough field for someone to set up a book..

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 10th Nov 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 10th November 2014

    Evenin' All,

    A brief one this week. Good to have a couple of 8s out over the weekend. Would be better to have a couple of 8s out at the same time - so do confirm availability on the spreadsheet.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg. 40min, r20, feet-out. Almost zen-like in its simplicity, and similarly good for the soul.

    Thurs - Circuits. Usual time (7.15pm), usual place (Cavendish School). Don't forget a towel and some water.

    Thurs is also post-training food, this week brought to you by Team Broadhurst. You'd be crazy to miss out.

    Sat and Sun morning outings: 7.45am, 9.45am- crew lists to follow.

    (Note the times: the radical idea is to be actually on the water by 8am/10am. Having completed changing, faffing, getting blades and launch out, and warming up - do that for only a few mornings and before you know it we've added the equivalent of a whole additional outing!).

    Further Ahead

    I've already mentioned Scullers Head on Sat 29th Nov. The Monday after that is also a date that ought to go into diaries...

    ...FREE BEER in the bar. Yes, really! For one night only though. Mon 1st Dec to be precise, as Cygnet are hosting the PLA Safety Awards (spoiler alert: we won). You may know that we won a cash prize as part of the award - and as we are also hosting, the PLA will be putting a similarly large sum behind the bar that it is our privilege/ duty to deplete. (More info: http://www.cygnet-rc.org.uk/post-safe_as___039_ouses.html)

    BBLRC Christmas 'do' on Sat 13th, which is the perfect prep for...

    ...The 'Plum Puds' annual inter-club training piece on Sun 14th Dec (please have your availability up to date at least until then).

    And looking even further ahead, to 12th Feb 2015 it's Happy Birthday To Us, with 125 candles. There'll be various events to commemorate this milestone, including a reception in the House of Lords on 17th July - all of which will be detailed on the website (http://www.cygnet-rc.org.uk/sspage-news__amp__events-social_events-cxxv.html)

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weely Update: Monday 3rd Nov 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 4th November 2014

    Well, well, well...

    ...is how our three 4s Heads crews did at the weekend. Actually, more like well, very well, and very very well.

    First up, our IM1 4- in the Saturday race. Despite only managing to coordinate four training outings (three of them in the dark), we had an enjoyable race and kept it together. 18th out of 31 in our category, gratifyingly beating both Putney Town's boats. And much more importantly (for Stu) we went faster than the Parrs Priory crew racing in a completely different category.

    Next up, our Mas.B 4x, who were the 11th fastest crew out of nearly 200 boats on Sunday! A brilliant result, they also came 2nd in their category, behind a composite crew (ringers), and nearly a minute ahead of the next placed crew.

    And finally, a fantastic result from our Mas.Nov 4+, who came 2nd in their category. Stav, Nick R, Jez, Cris, and Anna were a mere 7s away from claiming the pennant, and beat a Molesey crew in the process. Big thanks to Coach Sue and Cox Anna in particular for jumping in and getting the best out of the boat.

    Meanwhile on dry land, it was good to hear support from the Boathouse, and to see Cygnets lending an invaluable hand with boating, marshalling, administrating, and of course frequenting the Barnes Bridge catering corps.

    In other news - we're going into 8s now, so this is yet another reminder to update your availability. At least until the end of the year, i.e. the Plum Puds race. We definitely have enough active oarsmen for two 8s, and ideally we'll have some mixed ability boats going out for some power stroke 'battles' - but only if we know who's available.

    This week

    Tues evening - Squad Erg Night. This week it's 20min (5@16, 5@18, 5@20, 5@18) + 16min (4@18, 4@20, 4@22, 4@30).

    Thurs evening - Circuits at the school. Hopefully Neil will be taking this one, as Greg's not available.

    Thurs evening - post-training food in the bar - Katy B is cooking, let her know if you're sticking around.

    Sat morning - 8am and 10am outings, crew lists to follow.

    Sun morning - crew lists to follow. Coach Sue's not around on Sunday, so if any seniors could help with coxing, or even sharing their wisdom from the coaching launch, that would be wonderful. Let me/Sue know.

    Further ahead

    Scullers Head is on Saturday 29th Nov. It looks like we'll have five or six entries for the club, which is great. We may well have a social gathering in the bar afterwards to cheer their efforts. You should have seen Nick's call for volunteers for boating - do help out if you can.

    In terms of dates for diaries - or at least dates to not arrange to go skiing - it's worth making a note of the following races. We're not sure that we'll make all of them, but we will definitely be looking to use some as milestones up to the HORR weekend at the end of March, where we should get at least two boats out over the two races

    Sat 31st Jan - Quintin Head

    Sat 14th Feb - Henley 4s & 8s Head

    Sun 1st Mar - Hammersmith Head

    (Sat 14th Mar - Womens Head of the River Race)

    Sat 28th Mar (11:00) - Vets Head

    Sun 29th Mar (12:00) - Head of the River Race

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 27th October

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th October 2014

    Right,

    First up, good to see a fair few of our dedicated oarsmen doing a 3 mile training hike on Sunday. Albeit a walk preceded with a few ales and a three course meal, and concluded with a few more ales. Yes, it was the Cygnet Henley lunch at Leander on a beautiful day. Those who weren't there missed out on fine food, good company, and a spiffing autumnal riverside stroll (as well as perhaps rather too much time spent getting into position for the group photo, and having to listen to the Captain's speech).

    In other news, we also had some crews out training, which was just as well, as it's the Fours Head races this weekend.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg. 2x 4k, r19-20, with 90s recovery between them. Each 4k to include 4x 10-stroke bursts r30-32.

    I did mine this lunchtime, and can report that it's a humdinger.

    Thurs - Circuits. 7.00 meet at the club, or 7.15pm at the school.

    Thurs - post-session-food. Stu's emailed separately, do let Bart know if you want to stay for food.

    Weekend outings. Will be severely affected by the Fours Head races - more info below - as both involve river closures. Watch this space.

    If it ends up that we can't make outing timings work (and we will try for the Novices in particular), fear not, there will be ample opportunity to a) do an erg, b) cheer on crews in the races, or ideally c) do an erg AND cheer on crews in the races.

    Fours Heads this weekend

    We've got one crew in the Saturday race, our IM1 4-, going off at #169. Race starts at 9.45, so do give us a cheer.

    We've got two crews on the Sunday Masters/ Novice race, which starts at 11am. Our 'Quad Squad' Mas.B.4x is going off almost immediately at boat number#6.

    Our Mas.Nov.4+ is number #208. (Unfortunately, we had to scratch the other Nov boat due to injuries- but we hope to get everyone racing this head season before too long).

    Barnes Bridge Ladies are at #144.

    So if you're about do come down the club for one or both days. To cheer on clubmates, to lend a hand with boating/ parking/ organising, and to contribute to our sister club's accounts by eating cake and drinking tea.

    We're still on the lookout for launch-drivers for either of the races - please let me know if you think you can help.

    Further ahead

    If you're wanting to do the Scullers Head (Saturday 29th Nov), you need to let us know asap, as entries are apparently filling up. So far we've got three brave fools confirmed, but it's always good to see as many Cygnets racing as possible.

    And good news! We have been cordially invited to the Barnes Bridge Ladies' Christmas Party. Saturday 13th Dec, at Duke's Meadow Golf & Tennis Club. More details to follow, most importantly regarding the pre-Party Waddle, but also regarding dress code (SO important to have the right shoes for both the Waddle and the party - they don't necessarily need to be the same shoes).

    I'm also pleased to announce that Cygnet have (again) won the overall prize in the annual PLA Rowing Safety Awards. Well done all, and particular Neil for keeping us on the proverbial straight and narrow as our Water Safety Adviser. We do have a strong safety culture at the club, which exists because we all keep working at it - keep it up. (As well as the warm feeling, and the lack of serious injuries or deaths that that comes with winning the award, there is also a not-inconsiderable cash prize!). Awards ceremony at the club on Monday 1st Dec.

    Also to note that after the recent demise of our much-maligned Ute, our Boathouse Exec have swiftly and successfully sourced a new one. It looks great (all-leather interior! (wipe-clean?)), and is a Volvo XC90, so whether the nickname 'Ute' will still apply remains to be seen.

    And finally...

    A bit of a proper moan I'm afraid. On Saturday evening the boathouse was not only left unlocked, the outer door was pinned back, the lights were on in the Shed, and a massive neon sign had been erected saying 'Help Yourselves'. Okay, not the last bit, but we were fortunate (again) that an eagle-eyed member was walking past in the evening, and was able to put it all right. If you're the last to leave the club, you MUST make sure it's all switched off and locked up. Not sure if you're the last to leave? My cunning method is to shout "IS ANYONE ELSE HERE?" before checking the sign-out board.

    That's all for now.

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 20th Oct 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 20th October 2014

    Evenin' All,

    A a short and painless one from me tonight.

    Several of our Fours Heads crews have been out on the water, fitting in outings when they can.  With thanks to Sue and Matt B for doing turns in the cox's seats.  We also had a reasonably healthy (pun intended) turn out for circuits and ergs last week.  Keep it up.
    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg.  40min r20, feet out. 

    If you enjoyed last week's, you'll enjoy this one 33% more.  I may be to blame, as on the water at the weekend I told Coach Sue how beneficial the last feet-out erg had been for on-the-water technique.  (It's almost as if she's planned it that way).

    Thurs - Circuits. 7.00 meet at the club, or 7.15pm at the school. Greg will be back this week (many thanks to Bart for running last week's session).

    Thurs - post-session-food.  Stu's emailed separately.

    There may be some boats going out in the week, as we build up to Fours Head.  Obviously only in well-lit boats, steered by someone signed-off for night-time steering, and with a coaching launch alongside if at all possible.

    Sat - 8am and 10am outings - crew lists to follow

    Sun - 8am and 10am outings - crew lists to follow

    This Saturday is the Cygnet Leander Lunch (which seems to involve being out for a large majority of the day, for one meal). Don't forget to let Stu know if you want to join-in the taxi-sharing. 

    Further ahead

    Fours Head  (1st Nov) and Vet Fours Head (2nd Nov).  The latter are still on the lookout for a launch driver - do let me know if you can help (or if you fancy getting 'trained-up' on launch driving).

    Safety

    You cannot have missed Neil's reminders about the changes to the use of the arches of Chiswick bridge.  This will affect just about everyone who goes afloat, so it's essential that you familiarise yourself with it - even if you're not a steersman.

    There has been a break-in at our upstream neighbours Thames Tradesmen.  A slightly strange one, in that the intruder was well turned out, had a good look round, and even took a shower.  However, he did try and steal some launches, and broke into the men's locker room.  A reminder to challenge anyone you don't recognise - no-one minds being asked "Hi, can I help you?" if they're around for the right reasons.  We do have a few new faces around, recruited from the open morning - but they'll all know who I am and Stu is if you ask them who they're here to see.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 13th Oct 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 14th October 2014

    Right,

    Firstly and foremostly, heartfelt congratulations to Ian Mountain and Katie Coyle, who got married on Saturday in the Lake District. It/ they looked fantastic, and are the latest in a proud tradition of Cygnet & Barnes Bridge nuptials.

    That did justifiably seem to distract many of our active squad this weekend - but we still had a handful of single scullers out on both days, plus nine 5k erg tests completed according to the spreadsheet (that's the Ist VIII selected for Head of the River then!).

    If you haven't done it yet, please do. Coach Sue has given us until Wednesday to post a time I think. Now that the weather has turned dark and grim, the ONLY WAY to get through the week is by erging next to your crew mates on a Tuesday, and celebrating the nearly-end-of-the-week with Circuits + food on a Thursdayl

    It's only a few weeks until the Fours Head races on the first weekend of November, and we've got one crew entered for the Saturday (Seniors) race, and two for the Sunday (Masters & Novices) race. They are:

    (Sat) IM1 4-, Bart, Gav, Dave F, Stu

    (Sun) Nov.Mas.A 4+, Stav, Cris, Nick R, Jez

    (Sun) Nov.Mas.A 4+, Charlie, Jim R, Mike E, Patrick

    There's also a faint possibility of a 4x crew, if we can organise something in the next 24 hours or so before entries close.

    The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that this amounts to two coxed crews, when we don't currently have a regular cox. Whilst we may be able to call on Coach Sue and a volunteer from BBLRC for the race itself, we will be in dire need of coxes for the next couple of weekends of outings - plus some mid-week evenings. If you can help, please let me know - we're keen to get as many of the squad confident in the cox's seat as possible, and will aim to have a coaching launch out alongside.

    Also on the subject of helping out at the Fours Head, you should have seen Nick B's plea for boating volunteers. With 60+ crews boating from our hard for each race, we really rely on lots of people to give only an hour or two of time to help it all run smoothly.

    The Vet Fours Head (Sunday) organisers are also after someone to drive our launch with a race marshall - again, let me know if you can help.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg. If you haven't done your 5k, this is your last chance. If you have, it's 30mins r20 feet out. (If you're like me, it'll be welcome opportunity to get your technique back after thrashing away agriculturally through the 5k test).

    Thurs - Circuits. 7.00 meet at the club, or 7.15pm at the school. A more encouraging turn-out last week - from both clubs; it definitely makes it easier to get through with more people.

    Thurs - post-session-food. I think there's a volunteer on the sheet - watch this space for further details from Stu.

    Sat - 8am and 10am outings - crew lists to follow

    Sun - 8am and 10am outings - crew lists to follow

    Futher ahead

    If you're coming to the Cygnet Leander Lunch on Saturday 25th Oct, now's the time to make sure you've paid for your ticket (which is excellent value, by the way)

    Rather further ahead, I understand that the Barnes Bridge Ladies Christmas party is set for Saturday 13th Dec. It's so far ahead that I haven't established whether we've been invited yet, but let's behave ourselves and hope so.

    Safety

    A quick reminder to all to always use the white-board in the boatshop to log you and your boat out and back. And for everyone to check it. Logging out is an invaluable safety measure - but only if you sign yourself out, and only if others read and act on it. So next time you're passing the white-board, and every time you're shutting up the boatshop have a check that all the boats are ticked back in, and no-one's been out for longer than expected.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 6th Oct 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 13th October 2014

    Evenin' All,

    It's not every club that can boast boats in two big races on two of the continent's most significant rivers on the same day - 15 Cygnets spent their Saturday racing down the Thames and the Rhine.

    First up, the Pairs Head, where Bart & Gav were our only pairs entry, racing at IM2.  Their time of 15:21 (over the slightly longer course this year) meant that they came in a very creditable 6th out of 22 in their category.

    In the Mixed double, Sid and Bec (BBLRC) were in Mas.B/C, and clocked a very swift 15:01, the fastest in their category!  (Unfortunately, a slower older crew had a bigger handicap, so robbed them of the pennant).

    And in the Masters double, Neil J and partner (AK) came in at 17:11 in Mas.G/H.

    Well done to all crews - and to those that helped out marshalling on the water and on the bank.

    Over in Germany, Cygnet and Barnes Bridge hit the Rhine Marathon hard.  Six crews between the two clubs might be a record, and sure enough, we secured a podium finish.  Congratulations to Rob H, Stu, Ian, and Matt B, coxed by Jutta L (Benrath), who won a well-deserved bronze medal in the Seegig category.

    With 25 of us flying out, this was a significant logistical exercise - and our Benrath friends' remarkable hospitality and good humour continues to astonish.  For example, 24 oarsmen & women racing = 6 (massive) boats to ferry to the start and from the finish = 6 experienced coxes required (plus the 7 for the Benrath boats), plus taking over the club gym, and basement, booking dinner, tickets to the beer tent etc. etc.

    Highlights too numerous to mention, but included:

    - the happy throng arriving in Dusseldorf Altstadt on a sunny Friday afternoon on German Reunification Day

    - Stu's face when he realised he'd medalled

    - your Chairman and Mucha dancing to Tina Turner (the earth literally moved under our feet)

    Lowlights were few, limited only to:

    - the hire-company failing to produce the minibus we'd booked (but suddenly fleets of Benrath cars appeared to drive us back and forth).

    - Stu's face when he realised that despite medalling, he'd still been beaten by a 75-year-old from Parrs Priory

    - your Captain's hungover response to a local journalist's query about what we liked most about the parade ("the tractors").

    On our side, particular thanks are due to chief cat-herders Marj & Neil.  Amongst other things, Marj coordinated the record entry - and still managed to do the bakery-run on both mornings (and make the coffee machine work).  Whilst as whipman, Neil had the best part of two and a half grand passing through the london-bus-purse over the weekend.

    After all that excitement, it's back to work...

    This week
    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 3x 8ms (6min r28, 2min r30).

    Thurs - Circuits.  7.00pm at the club, or 7.15pm (sharp) at the school. Bring a towel and a water bottle.

    Thurs - there should also be post-circuits food - not sure who, but watch this space.

    This weekend

    Sat am - 5k erg test.  Oh yes.  If you can't do it with others this weekend, deadline is Tues 14th to post a time (and remember, any time is faster than no time).

    Sun morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Sun 10am - coached erg in the shed.  Aimed mainly at the newest guys, but anyone is welcome.  We'll go through the stroke, and for those that are ready/ able, finish with a timed 5k piece.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 29th Sept 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 29th September 2014

    Evenin' All,

    A busy weekend at the boathouse.  Boats of various sizes going out on the water, enjoying the late summer sun.

    Sunday also saw a successful Open Morning, in conjunction with Barnes Bridge Ladies.  Aimed primarily at recent graduates joining the civil service, there were 20+ fresh-faced new-comers being shown around.  Some had rowed before, some hadn't, but all were keen, helped by the sunshine and by the evident effort that had gone into the day.  Many thanks to those that were around to welcome them - in particular to Sue for a couple of coaching stints in the tank, and Stu for making the whole thing run like clockwork.  We will be endeavouring to capture that enthusiasm, so please say hello as and when you see new faces around the club.

    This week is the final ramping-up/ tapering-off/ dawning realisation of what's in store this weekend.  Closest to home is the best race of the winter season: the Pairs Head.  Despite the clash with the Rhine, this year we've got the Cygnet flag flying proudly in three boats:

    Crew 219: IM2.2- Bart & Gav
    Crew 267: Mx.Mas.B/C.2x Sid & Bec (composite with Barnes Bridge Ladies)
    Crew 515: Mas.G/H.2x Neil J (composite with AK)

    BBL crews are racing at numbers 400, 434, 470, and 495.

    Race starts at 1pm, so if you're around, do come down to the club to cheer them on.  There will also almost certainly be some catering set up by Barnes Bridge Ladies, and no doubt some opportunities to 'volunteer' to help out, particularly around boating time.

    This Saturday is also the Rhine Marathon, where we have a fantastic 25 oarsmen and women from both clubs hitting Dusseldorf hard, sweeping, sculling, seegigging, beer-carrying.  You will be hearing all about it shortly.

    This week
    Tues - Squad Erg Night - 20mins, followed by 16mins.  5'5'5'5' r16/18/20/18. Then 4'4'4'4' r18/20/22/20.

    Thurs - Circuits.  7.00pm at the club, or 7.15pm (sharp) at the school.  Bring a towel and a water bottle.

    Thurs - is also post-circuits food.  Sarah T is cooking, so please let her know if you're sticking around, as per Stu's email

    It would be fair to say that numbers showing up to last week's Squad Erg and Circuits were not fantastic.  And most of those that did, did both.  And as a consequence those few are well on their way to becoming massively fit and powerful, beautifully balanced, coordinated Adonises.  And the rest of you will wither and fade and lose races.  Unless you do this week's erg and circuits, in which case you should be okay.

    This weekend

    We will try and work out outings, but given the Pairs Head on Saturday, and the fact that all the club captaincy, the coach, chairman, secretary, water safety advisor, and social secretary are in Germany, that may not happen.  Watch this space.

    Given the above, if anything urgent arises this weekend, please let Bart know (except for the hour or so he's on the water for the Pairs Head, during which time you'll have to sort it out yourself).

    Further Ahead

    Sat 25th Oct is the Henley Leander lunch - be there if you can.

    Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Nov are the Fours Head Races - we're finalising crews and will be confirming this week, as we need to get entries in.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 22nd Sept 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 22nd September 2014

    Evenin' All,

    Well done to everyone that took part in Sculling Camp at the weekend - from loading, unloading, shopping, trailering, coaching, sculling, swimming, loading, and finally unloading again - great to see the clubs making the most of our beloved bungalow.

    There were also outings on the Tideway, which included some of our very newest arrivals from the current Learn-To-Row course. Thanks to Sue and Ian for coordinating, and to those more experienced oarsmen who jumped into boats (including the cox's seat) to ensure new bodies could get on the water.

    With Sculling Camp out of the way, winter training is now upon us.  With only the weekend mornings to get our on-the-water training done (we'll do some evening outings nearer to the big head races), it's even more important that you update your availability.  Please do so for at least the rest of this month and October, up to the Fours Head races on the first weekend in November.  Judging by the current state of the spreadsheet, we have all of five oarsmen available to race at Fours Head, and we know more of you than that are up for it.

    Also, whilst I'm on a bit of a moan, the turn-out for last week's Squad Erg wasn't completely edifying - and even fewer distances were entered on the spreadsheet.  However, for those that did, it was good to see some classic erg-techniques on show, including the Shaky-Start (stop after 10mins in a fit of pique, then restart and finish); and the Shaky-Finish (Go off a bit too hard, stop with heart palpitations with 10mins to go, recover then get back on and finish).  Naming no names. But in that context, always remember the truth that: Dead last always beats Did Not Finish, which always trumps Did Not Start.

    This week

    Tues - Squad Erg night.  This week it's 30mins, r20, feet out.  And post your distance on the spreadsheet.

    Thurs - Circuits.  First circuits of the season.  7.00pm at the club, or 7.15 at the school (late-comers risk moderate humiliation from Greg).  We had 20+ from both clubs at its peak last season, and would be great to have that again.  Please try and make this first session in particular if you can, as Greg will be going over the format and techniques.

    Thurs - post-Circuits food.  A well-established club tradition this, and organiser-Stu will be showing us how it's done on the catering front - please let him know if you're staying around for food.

    Sat - morning outings.  Crew lists to follow (if you've put your availability on the spreadsheet).

    Sun - morning outings.  Ditto

    Also on Sunday morning both clubs are hosting an Open Morning, 10.30am.  Primarily aimed at Civil Service graduates (but anyone is welcome), we've pushed this out through government departments, and there has been a fair bit of interest.  If you're around after outings to present a welcoming face to some potential new members, please do. 

    Further Ahead

    Sat 4th is Pairs Head - run by BBLRC, who are still after two camera tripods for the day.  If you are able to help, let me/ Sarah P know - they're still after volunteers for the timing team too.

    Sat 4th is also the Rhine Marathon - we've just had it confirmed that no fewer than six crews have been successfully entered from across the two clubs (two Cygnet boats, two BBLRC, and two mixed - with particular thanks to Marj for coordinating).  Surely there's got to be a fair few medals out of that lot?

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 15th Sept 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 15th September 2014

    Evening,

    Lots of boats out over the weekend, which is always pleasing to see.  Fours, Quads, a couple of new faces, and even a 4+ doing some cheeky training (cheating' for the Rhine Marathon. 

    All only slightly marred by the hard being so freakishly slippery that we dinged a boat, and the launch trailer collapsing onto the floor very much in the style of an exhausted Cygnet.  Nothing that can't be fixed however.

    Thanks to all those that contributed to the discussion at last week's Squad Meeting - and to those that posted furher feedback by email.  What Coach Sue and I took from the meeting were:

    - There's an encouraging level of enthusiasm, spread across our various abilities and experience.

    - We've got Pairs and Doubles entered for the Pairs Head, and Scullers interested in the Scullers Head.  Which we'll support.

    - We'll continue to focus on enjoying rowing, and building our abilities over the Head season.

    - There's also appetite to race competitively at both of the Fours Head races in early November, and the HORR races in late March.  Including at Novice and Masters categories.

    - Racing isn't the be-all and end-all of Head season, but the Fours and Eights races in particular are good milestones to aim for.

    - The Learn-to-Row recent graduates and current crop mean we should be looking at some Novice boats, including potentially a Nov 8+.

    - We may consider entering our more experienced oarsmen in Masters categories, for a change.

    - That said, we will aim to have Cygnet represented at both the Fours Head and HORR proper.

    - Depending on availability, we'll also look to some of the off-Tideway Heads, including Kingston, Weybridge Silver Sculls, and Henley Head.

    Integral to all of the above - both enjoying rowing and being competitive - is the beautiful training plan that Coach Sue has crafted for us.  All those that the meeting have a copy, and we'll make a copy available online - a lot of work has gone into it, and it will yield results.  Can I remind you of the half-dozen 5k pbs set by those who were most closely following the plan last season.  Not a coincidence. 

    Active squad members should be looking to make at least two mid-week sessions, which should be the Squad Erg, and circuit training:

    - Squad Ergs will hopefully be Tuesday evenings (still to confirm shed-sharing with BBL), and doing them together is the way forward

    - Circuits should start on Thursday 25th Sept (just need to confirm that the school hall's available), and you have to do circuits to earn yourself the continuing Thursday night food in the bar afterwards.

    This week

    Squad Erg: 40min pyramid.  4x (4min r20, 3min r22, 2min r24, 1min r26).  Then put your distance on the spreadsheet.

    Thurs: Boat-loading for Sculling Camp, and food in the bar.  With no planned outings, and circuits not starting yet, there is still plenty of opportunity to engage.  2nd Erg of the Week (oh yes, it's on the training plan), or weights, or a run.  Plus helping load the fleet onto the trailer for Sculling Camp.  Followed by food in the bar cooked by Aoife (let her know if you're coming - drudyah@gmail.com)

    Sat & Sun: is Sculling Camp, so there won't be fixed outings at the club.  But if you can spare even half a day, popping down to the bungalow on Hamhaugh Island is heartily recommended.

    (Note - there will be a working party from the Bungalow Committee down there this Thursday - if you fancied the prospect of an extra day on the river, in exchange for helping wash up crockery etc., that got flooded in the shed).

    Further Ahead

    Sat 4th Oct - BBLRC are looking for volunteers to help with timing at the Pairs Head - hours required from 11am to 2.30pm.  Please let Zoe know if you can help (zoeguiniven@gmail.com)

    Sat 11th Oct - first 5k test of the season.  If you start sticking to the training plan from today, you'll be okay.  Just sayin'.

    I think that's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 8th Sept 2014

    Author: David French | Date: 8th September 2014

    Right,

    Well, I hope you enjoyed the 'lull' between seasons.  Because it's definitely over.  We've got a number of important things kicking-off this week: Squad Meeting, new website, Learn-to-Row recruits around, and Coach Sue's back in the country with ergs and set outings.  So do pay attention.

    First up, we can proudly announce that the refreshed, revamped, redecorated Cygnet website is back on the scene!

    cygnet-rc.org.uk

    Everything you could possibly want to know about Cygnet is there - including joining, boating, a blog, social calendar, these updates, photos of past glories, tides, weather, flag status.  Enormous thanks to Neil P who has been labouring long and hard on this - take a look now and I think you'll agree that it's been well worth it.  Three quick things:

    - direct your friends and colleagues to it, particularly if they've shown the faintest whiff of thinking about rowing;

    - some bits of the site will be for members only - info & login details will follow;

    - if you've got photos for the site, do please send them to Matt B for approval, editing (photoshopping), and uploading.

    Second up, please come along to the Squad Meeting on Thursday evening, 8pm if you can. It won't be long and formal.  But it will be a chance to discuss what we want to get out of the months ahead: competitively, social rowing, and off-the-water.  We won't be nailing down commitment there and then, but the Captaincy and Coach Sue will find it helpful to get an idea of where people are. 

    That said, it would be helpful if you could have idea of whether you are looking to row in the Fours Heads (Sat 1st Nov and Sun 2nd Nov), and the Head of the River Race (Sun 29th Mar).  Including availability to train (and not e.g. planning on taking a week off skiing immediately before the biggest race of the year).  Please put availability on the spreadsheet if you can.

    I'll also be cooking some food - which may or may not be an incentive.

    T

    his week

    We don't have any more set outings mid-week, now that there's less light.  Scullers and individual crews can still go out, but be back by sunset unless you're signed off for night-steering, and have lights.

    But you can use the time to do this week's Squad Erg!: 30mins, rate-capped at 20spm, blind (i.e. no looking at splits). 

    - Use a peice of card and a rubber band to block out the split time, and focus on a) your technique, and b) working as hard and as consistently as you can.

    - Enter your distance on the spreadsheet afterwards (I know more of you did 30mins last week than the three times on the speadsheet).

    - And whilst you're on the spreadsheet, why not put in your availability for the next month or so?

    Thurs - Squad Meeting in the bar, 8pm.  Timed so that you can do you Squad Erg first.  If you'd like some food, please give me a shout so I know how many turnips to peel.

    Thurs - is also the next session for the current Learn-to-Row course.  We've got a small but promising looking intake this time around, so do say hello to Jonathan, Mike, Henry, and Valeska when you're down.  We may look to get them into boats on the water sooner rather than later.

    Sat am - Outings for Senior and Novice squads - crew lists to follow.

    Sun am - Outings for Senior and Novice squads - crew lists to follow.

    Further Ahead

    You'll have seen Nick B's email about Sculling Camp (Fri 19th to Sun 21st).  You can help him by indicating when you'll likely be down, here: http://doodle.com/mnmpd5k42mm9nqat.

    Pairs Head is Sat 4th Oct.  Entries are now open (and will fill up), so speak now if you haven't already done so if you want to race.

    Stu's sent out details about the Cygnet Leander Lunch, on 25th Oct.

    Thanks

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 1st Sept 2014

    Author: Cyg125 | Date: 1st September 2014

    Evenin' All,

    A busy weekend around the club - even without set outings at the moment.

    Friday evening was the End-of-Season dinner, in the now traditional surroundings of the backroom of the Coach & Horses. A healthy cross-section from across the club, and a good time was had by all - particular thanks to Stu for organising.  And it was a salutory reminder that it is ALWAYS better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

    That event also saw the awarding of our two annual awards:

    - The G.P. Jeffries Cup for Cygnet Rower of the Year.  This goes to the oarsman who has improved most over the past 12 months - and there were several to choose from, with at least three of our scullers de-novicing for example, and our Novice 4+ continuing to work hard.  It was difficult to single out an individual, but given how quickly he has picked up the rhythm, and his admirable attendance at training, congratulations to Nick Rae.

    - The Wally Whedal Cup for Cygnet Sportsmanship & Endeavour, also known as 'Clubman of the year, was another category where we had more than one worthy candidate.  This award is about showing willing, jumping into new boats, crews, and races, and putting up with what crewmates/ coaches/ other river users throw at you.  For doing all of this, and staying smiling, congratulations to Louise Johnson.

    There were a few boats out over the weekend, and then on Sunday we had the BBLRC & Cygnet Club Day. The sun shone, the bar was open, the barbecue was fired up, and there was even some rowing done - congratulations to the winners of the Mixed 4x and Mixed 2x side-by-side-training-pieces-events.  And thanks to Orla and Sharon of BBLRC for arranging.

    This week

    -Tues and Thurs evening outings by crew arrangement.  Remember to check sunset times and take (and switch on) lights.

    - For those not on the water, this Thursday is Squad Erg night this week.  With Coach Sue still overseas, I'm setting this one, and drunk on the power, it's an old favourite:

    30mins, rate-capped at 20spm.  Do it alongside others if possible, and don't forget to post your time on the google spreadsheet.  We'll also have a couple of the new Learn-to-Row chaps down on Thursday, so do say hello.

    - That erg will mean you can enjoy Thursday's post-session-session with a clear concience.  Sarah T from BBL is cooking, you'll have seen Stu's email, please let Sarah know if you're staying for food.

    - Sat & Sun 8am outings, and 10am for newer novices.  We will have a look at availability on the spreadsheet and allocate crews if there are enough...

    ... which leads me to the first (of many) pleas of the Head season - please put your availability onto the spreadsheet.  It's remarkably quick easy and painless, and makes the captains' and coach's life soooo much easier.  Thank you.

    Next week

    We're holding an informal Squad Meeting next Thurs (11th) in the bar.  Please put it in your diary and come along.  If you're intending to race in the Head season, and/or prepare for next summer, and/or want to focus on social rowing/ fitness/ the social side, we want to hear from you.  I'll even provide some food!

    Looking ahead to the bigger Head races - the two Fours Head races and the HORR in particular - a lot will depend on numbers and commitment, as ever.  We'd also like to take the squad's view on whether we might take a slightly different approach to some of them.  For example, we could consider:

    - focusing on 4x's for the Fours Head Saturday (4 point minimum in the boat, 10 point minimum for sweep boats).

    - getting two or three Nov 4+'s for Fours Head Sunday - including one made up graduates from the most recent Learn-to-Row course.

    - in 8's, putting our more experienced oarsmen into a Masters boat to in the Vets HORR, to go for a result there,

    - and for the HORR itself, focusing on getting a Nov 8+ out and training regularly (with the more experienced guys subbing in where necessary).

    All just thoughts at this stage - but hopefully food for thought - come along next Thursday and tell us what you think.

    Further ahead

    I've already banged on about Sculling Camp (weekend of 20/21 Sept) up at the Bungalow - not to be missed.  And following that, the Pairs Head/ Rhine Marathon weekend on 4 Oct (if you're not doing one, you should be seriously considering doing the other).

    I should also start flagging the Cygnet Leander Lunch, which is on Saturday 25th October.  Fine dining, fine company, a mediocre speech from your captain (recycling much of the material from Friday night), followed by a fine post-prandial stroll to a local hostelry. Stu and  Phil Beckett will be in touch with more details - but for now do save the date.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Mon 25th August 2014

    Author: Cyg125 | Date: 25th August 2014

    Right,

    Am back in civilisation after a couple of weeks in Cornwall - so this will be short and sweet.

    The regatta season has now ended for Cygnet, and we've now entered a slightly quieter period on the rowing front.  But the first head races are around the corner (see below).  Please, please, use this time to maintain your core fitness, erg, run, cycle.  I.e. whatever you do, do not end up on the finish line of an Autumn or Winter head race thinking "if only I'd kept a bit more of my summer fitness in the bank..."

    For the next couple of weeks outings will continue, but will be in boats either organised by the crew, or show-and-row.  8am Saturdays and Sundays.  Mid-week outings to be organised by crews, but note that earlier starts will be needed and/or lights on boats.

    We will have a Squad Meeting shortly - date tbc.  It will be a chance to discuss the season ahead, ambitions, and how to get there, with clubmates, captaincy, and coaches.

    The end of the season does bring with it two welcome social events this weekend however:

    - Friday evening is the End of Season dinner at the Coach & Horses, Barnes.  You should have given your details over to Stu already if you're up for dinner - if you're not up for dinner but up for a beer or two, do drop in - we'll be in the room at the back, all are welcome.

    - Sunday noon is the Cygnet/ BBLRC Club Day.  Messing around in boats.  All welcome including newer novices  (and families) to come along to what is always fun and informal and involves members of all abilities from both clubs jumping into mixed scratch boats.  (Essentially what St Neots was like, before other bigger clubs starting spoiling our fun).

    Further ahead

    - Sculling Camp is on 20/21 September.  More to follow from Nick on this, but all are welcome to learn to scull/ hone sculling skills/ watch from the bank whilst discussing past sculling exploits.

    - Pairs Head is on Saturday 4th Oct.  So far we have two crews up for it: Bart & Gav's 2-, and an intergenerational 2x of Guy & Guy Jr.  So there are boats available if you're interested, and we'd like to have as many entries as possible.  I'd encourage anyone to consider it - it requires some reasonably competent steering, full pressure rowing for 15minutes, and (ideally) some training.  There are also mixed categories available.  Let me/ Sue know, or if you want to discuss.

    Finally, on safety, I was going to draw everyone's attention to the current BLACK flag status on the tideway, due to low fluvial flows.  However, given the biblical amounts of Bank Holiday rain we've been enjoying, it may end up jumping straight to RED...  which is why doing a sensible risk assessment every time you go out is the only way to go.

    Goodnight all.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: 4th August 2014

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th August 2014

    Right,

    This weekend was Henley Town & Visitors Regatta, a beautiful stretch of water, with a great atmosphere, and crucially less than half the race distance of Henley Royal.

    The sunshine was broken by a couple of cataclysmic downpours, one of which whilst the BBLRC 8+ was racing - who got off the water almost as wet at Gav & Bart (who earlier had found pushing off in a 2- so strenuous that they decided to take a dip in the Thames to cool off).

    As well as under the water, it was also however a frustrating day on the water, with our three crews producing strong rows that weren't quite enough. First up was the IM3 4+, who were in a tussle with Putney Town in a three-boat heat, a really encouraging row responding well to cox Sue's calls throughout meant that we didn't let Putney get away, and overlapped with them down the course. Next up was the IM1 2-, who had a great start against a tidy-looking Upper Thames boat, but couldn't quite stay with them for the second half. Finally, the Sen 4- had a straight final against Nonesuch (alumni of Bristol Uni - very recent alumni by the look of them), threw everything at it, and were bitterly disappointed to lose by only a canvas.

    This week

    Tues outings at 7pm, coached by Nick Rowett. Sue's sent out crew lists.

    Erg of the Week: 3 x 2k with 90 seconds light pressure between each one. There is no rate cap to the pieces however I am keen for the split to be consistent as possible so ideally don’t go above r30

    2nd Erg: 6 x 1k with 2 minutes light pressure rowing between each piece. This is the same distance as the one above but should be at a higher intensity due to the shorter distance and longer breaks.

    3rd Erg (Base fitness) 10k with rate change every 2k (22-26-22-26-22)

    Thurs outings at 7pm. Sue's sent out crew lists.

    Sue will also be coaching an erg session, so please let her know if you'll be coming along.

    There's also a post-session-session in the bar, I know there's a volunteer cook, but don't know who it is - details to follow no doubt.

    Sat & Sun, 8am outings. Crew lists to follow.

    Oxford City Regatta

    is on 16th/17th. This will be our last regatta of the season, and a couple of crews have expressed an interest (a Nov 4+ and a 4x of some description). The BB Ladies are unlikely to be going, and with only two boats going we may try and cadge a lift with a neighbouring club. Entries close on Wednesday, so speak now if you want to race, or miss out.

    Further Ahead

    You'll have seen Stu's hectic social calendar email - put them all in your actual calendars now, you'd be crazy to miss out.

    Our next Learn to Row course is in the planning stages. Please chip in as an when you can in terms of sitting in/ sitting boats, and generally welcoming newbies to the club.

    Finally, I thought I'd mention the Pairs Head (Sat 4th Oct): this may seem a bit previous, but now is the perfect time to be thinking about it , as regatta season winds down and you've got two full months to prepare. If you've never raced it, it's recommended: mercifully short (Chiswick Br to Hammersmith Br), only one other person in the boat to get on your nerves, and it's run by Barnes Bridge Ladies. Most categories (except Novice), including Masters, and Mixed. it would be great to get as many boats as possible racing. This year some of our usual suspects will be away on the Rhine, so there will be more boats available. So please have a think about whether you and A.N.Other fancy it, and let me or Sue know. (If you fancy it, and want to be match-made, also let us know).

    That is all.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Mon 28th July 2014

    Author: cyg125 | Date: 4th August 2014

    Right,

    First things first, I'm pleased to say that both clubs hit St Neots Regatta hard this weekend, and a cracking time was had by all.  It's been a couple of years since we've trekked up the A1 for that particular slightly chaotic mini-festival of rowing , but it was well worth it, with over 20 oarspeople from both clubs enjoying themselves in the sun. 

    Alas no pewter for Cygnet, but highlights included:

       - a brilliant and hard-fought win for the BBL IM3 8+, screamed on for every stroke by campmates on the bank;

       - Rowett's sleeping arrangements of a double airbed, sheets, duvet, pillow, under the gazebo - essentially an al fresco four-poster bed;

       - the Mixed IM3 4x winning through a round, and seeing off London RC;

       - Coach Sue & Coyle's reaction to Fleetwood Mac's The Chain in the marquee - those who saw it will never forget;

       - Disco Stu having a bit of a disco-huff when he finally realised that the disco tent didn't have a disco, and was actually more of a cover-band-tent.

    Lowlights were few, limited only to:

       - your Captain's 'steering' of the Nov 2x: on approaching the notorious St Neots bend he called harder on the wrong side, with predictable results;

       - our collective chagrin when it emerged that Cygnet weren't included on the St Neots Regatta 2014 t-shirt; and

       - boating and de-boating almost completely melting down on Sunday afternoon after several hours of a race every 2 minutes (a situation that was in dire need of a Marj and a loud-hailer).

    Thanks to all involved, great to see everyone sticking around to the end to cheer on crews and ensure the trailer was fully loaded.  Thanks in particular to Neil for uteage.

    In other news, you may have spotted your 'new' captaincy was elected last Tuesday.  Ian and I are staying on for another year, joined by Nick Bates as Deputy Captain.  Which means that Matt Byrne has stepped down after several years as Deputy Captain.  Most of the things that run smoothly around the club, finances, race entries, sculling camp, have been down to Matt's prodigious efforts.  An absolute stalwart, whose efforts are key to the club being what it is (this gives him more time to focus on his continuing role as Cygnet treasurer - so why not take this opportinuty to check your race fees are up to date).

    This week

    Tues outings at 7pm, coached by Nick Rowett.  Sue's sent out crew lists.

    Also on Tues can you check whether any more boats/ kit need unloading from the trailer after St Neots

    Erg of the Week: 3 x 10minutes r 22/24/26/28 as 4min/3/2/1

    2nd Erg: 2 x 25 min r20 within each 25 minute piece you should do 4 x 1 min bursts at rate 24/26/28/30.

    3rd Erg (base fitness): 40 min Rate 20 - feet out

    Thurs outings at 7pm, coached by Nick Rowett.  Sue's sent out crew lists.

    Sue will also be coaching an erg session, so please let her know if you'll be coming along.

    There should also be a post-session-session in the bar, Stu will no doubt let us know who's cooking

    Also on Thurs, boat-loading for Henley Town & Visitors, below.

    Sat & Sun, 8am outings for those not racing.  Crew lists to follow.

    Henley Town & Visitors Regatta

    is on Saturday, and we've got three crews racing:

    - an IM3 4+, in amongst a big field.  Heat at 10:28 vs Reading and winner of Putney/ Henley. Final at 11:36

    - Bart & Gav's IM1 2-, who have a straight final at 12:16 vs Twickenham and Upper Thames,

    - and a Sen 4-, who have  straight final at 17:32 vs Nonesuch.

    The BB Ladies are also taking an 4+ (08:44, Semi-final at 10:08, Final at 10:48), IM3 1x (09:48, Final at 11:24), IM3 8+ (14:04, Repecharge(!) at 17:10, Final at 18:52), and a Mas.BC 4x (straight final at 18:00.

    So a long day with plenty to cheer on in pleasant surroundings - and don't forget there are plans to have a bit of a social back at the boathouse afterwards.

    Further Ahead

    Oxford City Regatta is on 16th August.  If there's sufficient interest we'll send a Nov 4+ and a Mas. 4x - please let Nick Bates know if there are other boats that want to go.  Our attendence may depend on whether the Ladies are going, as we don't currently have a ute driver available (requirements: their own fully comp car insurance, and a driving test passed before 1st Jan 1997).

    And finally

    I've been asked to send round the link to the CSSC regional survey –http://www.cssc.co.uk/RegionalSites/LondonSite/LondonNews/Londonregionalsurvey2014.aspx

    - apparently everyone who completes the survey will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an iPad Mini.

    'Night All.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Mon 21st July 2014

    Author: Cyg125 | Date: 21st July 2014

    Right,

    A busy week this one, as we undergo final preparations for the festival of fun that is St Neots regatta this weekend.  It all kicks off with Jez in his single at 1pm on Saturday, the first of 12 (twelve) categories that the two clubs are racing in, hopefully culminating in a Mixed 8+ winning their final on Sunday evening.  The draw and timetable are up on the St Neots website.

    But there's some housekeeping to go through before all that.  Not least because all those boats don't magic themselves up to St Neots - so grateful for as many hand as possible on Thursday after outings and before dinner, to load up the trailer.

    Before that, on Tuesday 8pm, is the Cygnet Ordinary General Meeting (OGM).  All are invited, and the principal aims are to a) vote in your captaincy for 2014-15, and b) have a drink with clubmates.  See you all there.

    So this week looks like:

    Tuesday - 7.00pm outings.  St Neots crews are to sort out amongst themselves.

    After outings, it may be that we decide to derig the 8+, so please bring your rigger-jiggers and chip in.

    Tuesday - 8.00pm.  Cygnet OGM.  Be there.

    Thursday - 7.00pm outings.  Please keep them short, because afterwards we'll be loading the boats onto the trailer.

    After outings and loading, it's the post-session-session in the bar - please let sarahthompson70[at]gmail[dot]com if you're staing for food.

    Saturday - the ute and trailer will be heading off to St Neots on Saturday morning.  Currently three spare seats, please let me or Neil know if you want to bagsy one of them.

    Saturday & Sunday - 8am/ 10am outings for those not racing.  Crew lists to follow.

    Further ahead

    We've currently got a 2-, a Sen 4-, and an IM3 4+ entered for Henley Town & Visitors Regatta on Sat 2nd Aug.  Entries close this Saturday, so shout if you want to race and have let us know.

    That may be our last regatta of the season, but if there's enough interest, we'll also head up to  Oxford City Regatta (16th/17th Aug).  So if you're interested in that, please update your availability until then.

    Finally

    In case you haven't seen the latest from our Water Safety Advisor, please note that the PLA's flag warning system has turned black.  Which means there's not a lot of water out there, and so could have an effect on the tidal predictions.  Be extra careful around the Inshore Zone at low tide too.

    Cheers

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Mon 14th July 2014

    Author: Cyg125 | Date: 17th July 2014

    Cygnet Weekly Update: Mon 14th July 2014 blog post

    Hello hello,

    Some new combinations of crews and boats out over the weekend - but if you think any of those were adventurous, wait until you see what we're entering for St Neots!

    This week

    Tues 7.15pm outings, coached by Nick R, followed by...

    Thur 7.15pm outings, coached by Nick R, followed by...

    Thur after outings, post-session-session with Bart working his culinary magic this week I think.

    Crew lists to follow, from Sue. Plus of course, this week's ergs. Do please continue to do at least the first one of these, and ideally both - none of us are doing so much work on the water that we can't do the ergs as well. At the end of the summer we'll go back to doing these together on a set night, but for the time being they're still important, and Sue has carefully arranged them to ensure we're as prepared as possible for the last regattas of the season.

    Sat & Sun, 8am outings - crew lists to follow. Plus the new Novices later in the mornings.

    OGM & Elections

    Next Tuesday (22nd) will be the Cygnet Ordinary General Meeting after outings. Nomination forms will be going up in the changing room for you to stand for or propose the club's Captaincy for the year ahead. Then on 22nd will be a briefish General Meeting and elections. It'll also be a chance to collar the current Captain, Vice Captain, and Deputy Captain and pointing out where they've gone wrong/ right in the past year, and how they or their successors might do better in the year ahead. It doesn't happen by magic. Plus, I can practically guarantee that the bell will be rung by someone who got lucky in the most recent 300 Club draw...

    Regattas & Social

    St Neots is the weekend of 26th & 27th. The entries for this extravaganza requires the computing power of Deep Blue - but Matt's all over it, involving as it does rowing, sculling, Novices, Senior, Masters, Mixed, and doubling-up (and even tripling-up). So please don't be too precious about who you're racing with in which category - the way it's looking is that everyone will get into at least one reasonably serious boat and one reasonably scratch 'experimental' boat. And often St Neots is where we find out that the scratch experimental crews go quicker than the reasonably serious crews...

    St Neots also requires all hands to the pumps in terms of derigging, loading boats, loading camping kit, driving etc., so please pitch in, if you'll pardon the pun.

    The following weekend is Henley Town & Visitors Regatta (Sat 2nd Aug). Since it'll be one of the last regattas of the season and both clubs are going, we'll be using the excuse to have a bit of a social and barbecue back at the club after the racing's over. And it would be great to get as many of the newly graduated Learnt-to-Rowers along from both clubs. So put Saturday 2nd evening into diaries.

    Other stuff

    1 Bedroom flat to rent in a quiet street in central Putney.

    Less than 5 minutes walk from the mainline station (where trains only take 6 minutes to the club!)

    £1,200 p.c.m. Available furnished.

    Call Rachael on 07956177510 or email Rachael.beaumont@russell-cooke.co.uk if you are interested.

    That is all.

    D

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  • Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 7th July 2014

    Author: Cyg125 | Date: 7th July 2014

    Cygnet Weekly Update: Monday 7th July 2014 blog post

    Evening All,

    A mercifully short one this week, as we recover from Henley Royal Regatta.  And a Henley where the Cygnet colours were seen on the water as well as on the riverbank.  Nick & I were very pleased to get through qualifiers to earn ourselves a race on Thursday.  We did our best, but we weren't a match for the University of Western Ontario boys (and I mean 'boys' - one was 18 years old).  But we had a great day - the sun was shining, we didn't row like complete donkeys, and we had supporters cheering us on on the bank and (silently) from the umpire's launch.  Many thanks to those that made it down to support.

    All of which was the precursor to Henley Friday, and therefore club-day at Old Blades as guests of the Slys.  A smashing day, and evening, with a number from both clubs getting completely smashed, and some of us taking most of the weekend to recover.  Heartfelt thanks again to the Slys for putting us up/ putting up with us.

    This week

    - Tues evening outings, as per Coach Sue's email.

    - Squad Erg is 2 x 2000m rate increase / 4 min easy.  Row two 2000m pieces. In each piece, row the first 1000m @26, then 500m @28, 250m @30, and 250m @32. Row for four minutes at light pressure during the rest period.

    - 2nd erg is 40 minutes feet out - max r22 holding a consistent split
    - Erg for the New Novices is 2x 15mins r20 or lower.- Thurs evening outings, as per Coach Sue's email

    - Thurs evening post-session-session, and Nick Bates is catering afterwards.

    - Sat and Sun morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    Other stuff

    St Neots is only a fortnight on Saturday, so dig your tent out of the shed.  Henley Town & Visitors is the weekend after.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd July 2014

    Evening,

    We had two Cygnet pairs racing at Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake on Saturday - our only 2k racing this season. It was some of the best conditions we've seen, skylarks singing above the fields, damselflies dancing on the stern as we paddled up the practice lake etc etc. Which was a welcome distraction for those parts of the day where we weren't being brutalised down the course. Because whilst the format has changed from previous years, unfortunately 2,000m hasn't got any shorter, and the propensity for very good oarsmen to rock up at Marlow hasn't changed.

    The pairs put in some solid rows against big opposition, with Nick & I managing 3rd in the B Final of Sen 2-, only a few seconds ahead of Bart & Novice Gav, who were racing at least one status up. (Nick & I also doubled-up into the Elite 2- race, which proved to be a race & status too far).Still, the change of format was much better in our view, and we should definitely make an effort to fly the Cygnet colours there next season: the time trial in the morning required the self-discipline of a head-race, with the excitement of finding out the results afterwards. And then the finals being split into A, B, C etc. in the afternoon, made for some close and adrenalin-fueled racing.

    This week

    Tues - 7.00pm outings (Nick R coaching).

    Boat unloading at TSS for the boats that raced at Marlow.

    Wed evening - Greg E has offered to extend Jez's 1-to-1 session to a sculling pod for any Cygnets who wants to join. Let Greg/ Jez know.

    Thurs - 7.00pm outings (Nick R coaching)

    Followed by post-session-session in the bar. I think there's a name down to cook - no doubt more info to follow.

    Fri - 4pm a Cygnet Pair will be first off down the Henley course in the Qualifying Races. (It's 2 to qualify from 4 boats, and we're being chased by a a pair from the Oxford boatrace 8, a pair that's flying in from Canada, and a pair that's flying in from the USA - I'm just managing your expectations here).

    Sat and Sun - 8am outings - plus recent graduates of the Learn-to-row course later in the morning.

    Further ahead

    This weekend there's no regatta (following the cancellation of Richmond). If you're interested in Kingston Rgatta on Sat 12th June, please put your availability on the spreadsheet. Some of the BBLs may be going to that, so we can make a trailer of it.

    The next regattas that we want to prioritise are St Neots on 26/27 July and Henley Town and Visitors on 2 August. Please put them in diaries, as they're two of the best of the season. St Neots for local painted-bottles-for-lane-buoys authenticity, and Henley T&V for all the setting and splendour of Henley Royal, but without the massive Oxbridge, Candian and American oarsmen.

    So update training availability for July now please.

    Scumbags - unfortunately in the space of a week or so three sets of scumbags (or one set of diversifying scumbags) have visited the environs of the clubhouse . A bag was stolen out of a car parked behind the boathouse - please do be careful and avoid leaving just about anything remotely valuable visible in cars - even bags with nothing in, or loose change is sufficient temptation for some to smash a window. A car was torched next to the Emanuel trailer rendering both the trailer and a new Flippi 4 unusable. And for good measure a truckload of rubble was fly-tipped between the trees. So another reminder that if you see anyone acting suspiciously round the boathouse, please do call the Chiswick police (their number is on the notice board), or the non-emergency 101 number.

    Henley Royal Regatta - you'll have seen Marj's emails on this - there'll be lots of us at Old Blades on Henley Friday on 4 July - thanks as ever to the Slys for their hospitality.

    Bungalow -The bungalow is unbooked between June 29th evening and Sunday July 13th midday. Anyone can stay free-of-charge providing they help with maintenance. Just advise Derek Bush (via the captaincy) what days you can manage. Derek will be there Mon - Fri both weeks (the middle weekend can be booked as normal if wished)

    'Night All.

    D

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  • Weekly Update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd July 2014

    Evening All,

    A rather nice weekend, which saw various training outings, a committee meeting, plus our newest single, 'Port2Port' named and beautifully sculled past by Neil P.

    Also, the big news on Friday, was that Nick Bates' superstitious attachment to his old Cygnet all-in-one was finally broken. We had a solid training outing on the course in the morning, which seemed to be the last straw for the gusset. So it was in smartish newish Cygnet kit that we qualified for the Silver Goblets! Thanks to all for the support - both from the riverbank and from cyberspace. I'll spare you the stroke-by-stroke analysis of our qualifying piece - rest assured you'll get that on Friday at Old Blades.

    (The other qualifying crew, from Western Ontario University, started two boats behind us, and finished one boat behind us. And we've drawn them in the first round on Thursday).

    This means, incidentally, that since 2004 Cygnet have raced at Henley Royal Regatta more years than not.

    This week

    - Tues evening outings, as per Coach Sue's email.

    - Squad Erg is 5x 6min, r28 or higher, 1min light pressure inbetween. Or 30min, r20, feet out.

    - Erg for the New Novices is 2x 15mins r20 or lower.

    - Thurs Bates & French 2- racing at Henley Royal Regatta (time to be confirmed on Wednesday evening)

    - Thurs evening outings, as per Coach Sue's email

    - Thurs evening post-session-session, I understand that Claire S-A of BBL is cooking.

    - Fri Club Day at Henley Royal Regatta. You'll have seen Marj's emails on this: read and obey.

    - Sat morning outings traditionally suffer somewhat after Friday's exertions...

    - Sun morning outings - crew lists to follow.

    - Sunday 6th is also "open house" at the Cygnets Bungalow. Anyone who wishes may visit - there will at least be a pot of tea (to detox from Friday?). A day or an afternoon by the river? Why not?

    Other stuff
    Entries for Kingston Regatta (12th June) need to go in this week, so let me know if you've got a crew that wants to go.

    For St Neots at the end of the month (26th/27th July), the Coach and captaincy will be putting crews together based on availability + optimal boat speed + fun, from both clubs. So if you want to be involved - and believe me you do want to be involved - please update the spreadsheet now to show that you're available for St Neots regatta, and for training outings between now and then.

    After that we approach the end of the regatta season, with Henley Town & Visitors on 2nd. We've already got crews up for that, so again, please put it in your diaries.

    Small Ads

    - If you're after a Concept II MOdel D, and/or a Turbo trainer - I've been contacted by someone converting his home gym into a nursery. £600 for both for a quick sale.

    That is all

    D

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  • Weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 19th June 2014

    Evenin' All,

    A very busy Saturday at the boathouse, with training outings, two learn-to-row crews out, racing at Barnes & Mortlake Regatta, plus six boat-loads of Germans stopping over on their trip down the Thames.

    We had three crews racing at BMI Regatta - alas all met stiff/ young opposition in their first rounds. Indeed, by my estimation, our IM3 8+ was between one and one and a half centuries older than the Tideway Scullers crew they were racing. But they had a good race, with overlap with the second-placed crew (Radley) all down the course.

    The learn-to-row outing on Sunday was the last of the series - doesn't time fly when you're having fun? However, this is hopefully only the end of the beginning for the particpants as we will be working to bring them into squad boats. Judging by the solid LTR outing I was in on Saturday, that won't be long at all. Copious thanks to Ian and Sue for bringing them up to speed, plus all the other helpers that have jumped in to sit boats, cox, and coach.

    This week

    - Tues 7.00pm outings. Nick R coaching.

    - Thurs 7.00pm outings. Nick R coaching. Followed by the Post-Session-Session. I think there's a volunteer cook this week - watch this space. (Also boat-loading for Marlow)

    - Sat 8.00am outings.

    - Sun 8.00am outings.

    Crew lists to follow.


    Saturday is also Marlow Regatta at Dorney, and we've got two Pairs entered. A new format for us, as each category has to do a time trial in the morning, which dictates whether the boat makes the A Final, B Final etc. Both our pairs have got races at Senior, so we have potential for some blue-on-blue action. (Time Trials: Senior 2- 8.45am, Elite 2- 10.51am. Finals: Senior 2- 2.15pm, Elite 2- 5.05pm)

    After that it's Henley Qualifying Races on Fri 27th, and then Club Day at Henley on Fri 4th July.

    Before we start ramping up to St Neots at the end of next month, we'll think about entering Kingston Regatta on Sat 12th July - so please update your availability at least that far ahead.


    Other Stuff
    Double room to let in East Putney, good location 10 mins from tube & 15 mins from Putney high street/station. It's in a 3 bed flat sharing with two girls. £530 exc bills. Email kowen991[at]gmail.com if you/anyone you know is interested/wants to take a look.

    That's all for now.

    D

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  • Weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 18th June 2014

    Evening Everybody,

    Our Captain is holidaying in Turkey at the moment so a quick update from myself in his absence, and it will be an even quicker update than you are used to I’m afraid because no racing over the weekend means that there are no Cygnet victories to report on this week, so no easy first paragraph to kick things off with…

    With no regattas happening, the Captain on holiday, and the coach also on holiday (a sort of Spartan warrior holiday - cycling from Glasgow to Fort William then running up and down Ben Nevis) things were a little bit quieter than usual at our favourite boathouse on Saturday and Sunday but there was still an impressive selection of singles, doubles, pairs, fours and quads out on the water enjoying the weather, and Nick Bates and Neil Pickford stepped in to run the Learn to Row course while Sue was away. Alternatively, if you planned to do some land training but happened to pick up a hangover then away from the water and out of the sunshine the BBC were also showing the European Championships from Belgrade all Sunday morning. That no doubt counts as homework on a training plan…

    Looking ahead, the Captaincy would like to get a good number of crews (including mixed crews with BBLRC) entered for Barnes & Mortlake International Regatta on Saturday 14th June (a lot like the European Championships but without the travel) so a(nother) request from us to get your availability into the spreadsheet, including weeknight availability. And if you have already filled in your availability make sure it is still accurate

    This week there will be coached outings at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday (with an eye on BMI) as usual, and food in the bar after the outing on Thursday. I don’t know what the land training is yet for this week but if no detail is forthcoming then get yourself to The Shed, warm up for 5-10 minutes, work hard on the ergo (or run) for 30 minutes, stretch plenty, warm down for 5-10 minutes then eat something. And drink plenty of water. We will also be rowing on Saturday and Sunday so keep an eye on your inboxes for further detail…

    Time to hit the hay.

    Enjoy the week, and keep your availability up to date!

    Ian.

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  • Weekly update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th June 2014

    Hello hello,

    A couple of weekends without regattas = a chance to steel ourselves for this Saturday's BMI Regatta. We've got a veritable flotilla entered - including this summer's first airing of a Cygnet 8+ - so fingers crossed that we all get races. Watch this space for timings etc. It's the last tideway regatta of the season, and a good chance to cheer the clubs on.

    Depending on timings of any races, we may also have a boat-naming of our newest 1x (albeit now not so new) on Saturday whilst people are around preparing to race/ warming up/ rigging/ undertaking visualisation exercises etc.

    Meanwhile, the Learn-to-row course continues apace, with our fledgling Cygnets now on the water. We still need able oarsmen to help sit boats and encourage - please try and spare one or two sessions, and mark them on the Doodle Poll here.

    A couple of minor moans:

    - There is no such thing as a free snack: the Boathouse Exec are happy to supply drinks and snacks and understand that you may not always have the money tucked into your lycra as you grab a drink before an outing but please remember to settle up as soon as possible. Over the last couple of months the jar has not balanced with the drinks and snacks sold.

    - If you're the last to leave the shed, please make sure all the lights are off (and windows closed etc.). Twice recently others have had to get the keys and unlock, just to switch the lights off. And whilst we're on the shed - if anyone can account for the carving knife that's currently on the shed roof, I'd be curious/ reassured to know whether there's an innocent explanation!

    This week

    - Tues 7.00pm outings. Nick R coaching

    - Thurs 7.00pm outings. Nick R coaching. Followed by the Post-Session-Session - apparently Lou is cooking this week, so please let her know if you're staying for food.

    - Sat 8.00am outings, for those not racing at BMI. 10.00am and 11.30am - Learn-to-row sessions on the water.

    - Sun 8.00am outings. 10.00am and 11.30am - Learn-to-row sessions on the water.

    Further Ahead

    You'll have spotted that it's now June, which means we're allowed to start talking about Henley.

    After BMI is out of the way, the following Sat 21st is Marlow Regatta - we'll be sending at least a couple of pairs to what will be the only 2k regatta we're attending this season.

    The following Fri 27th is Henley Qualifying Races, and then the Regatta proper runs from Wed 2nd July through to Sun 6th.

    Of course the most important date of all is Friday 4th July, our Club Day at Henley, where we take grateful advantage of the hospitality of the Slys - more details to follow nearer the time. The main thing to do at this stage is remember to book the day off work.

    And finally

    If you're able to make it into Westminster on Thursday afternoon, there's an opportunity to cheer on BBLRC as they race past the Houses of Parliament! They've managed to secure a place in the All Party Parliamentary Rowing Group Race, racing from just downstream of Vauxhall Bridge to just upstream of Westminster Bridge. The theme of this year's race is the Olympic legacy, and all the BBLs in the race have learned to row at the club since the 2012 Games. The race will be at about 3.50pm, though there will be races prior to that (including a row past by Lightermen in a shallop(?)).

    And on that bombshell.

    D

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