4th July 2017
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,
Outings for Kingston crews (self organised)
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...
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!!!!
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,