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Cygnet Rowing Club
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CSSC Sports and Leisure

The new Captain's log - September 2023

20th September 2023

Dear all

Welcome back from a rather disappointing summer to an even damper Autumn. Firstly, it is a huge honour to be asked to be asked to be your captain for the next year. I am sure you will all join me in resoundingly thanking Rupert for being a great captain over the last two years.

Secondly, some business. As you know it is our End of Season Dinner this Friday, can I encourage as many people as possible to wear club colours please. For those of you joining the Waddle we are starting at the club at 5.30pm. For those of you that don't know what a waddle is, come and find out! It promises to be a great evening- with some (very short) speeches!

For those of you that have had sight of the sign-up sheet for the Learn-to-row, can I encourage as many people to sign-up to help as possible. A huge thank you to Mustafa, Laurant and Charlotte for organising. Last night there were 6 guys in the tank at Barn Elms and all looked promising. If you are free this Saturday at 1.30pm, please sign up or contact Mustafa. We would ideally like to get an VIII out but need some boat sitters.

This Sunday is our first head race of the season. Again, please sign up on the volunteer sheets sent around. Scullers head is however, not too onerous, and tends to police itself so if you want a gentle introduction to volunteering for a head race this is it.

Now onto training. The training starts next week after the EOS Dinner. Our new weights sessions will be on Monday nights. We will be initially following last years schedule, until we find a new S&C coach. Ergs will be on Thursdays. We have full use of the shed on these nights. Sharon (BBL Captain) will review these arrangements at Christmas. At weekends, the shed is open access to both clubs but if we get a run of red flags, then one day will be priority Cygnet and vice versa (captains to decide).

Our first squad meeting will be on Thursday 28th Sept at 8.00pm, after our erg. Please come along with an idea of races you want to enter.

Finally, some social news. Our first joint social with BBL will be on Thursday 5th October so please put in diaries and make sure we have a good attendance.

See you all this Friday

Author: Neil Pickford


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