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Cygnet Weekly Update

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,


Author: Neil Pickford


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