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  • Captain's Log: Issue 9

    Author: Neil Pickford |

    14th November 2021

    Good Evening Cygnets, this is your Captain speaking,

    Great to see so many faces at the club this weekend racking, cheering and volunteering (more on that below), excellent to see the boathouse be alive with excitement of a busy Head Race again and to have our own crews racing hard in the fairway. Hope you're now all resting up and taking it easy.

    I will be away for the next week, travelling with work, Martin will be acting in my stead - I'll be back on the 22nd. Training resumes as normal, tomorrow with Charlie in the shed at the usual times.

    FOURS HEAD / VETS FOURS HEAD
    It's been a busy weekend of racing and hosting at the boathouse this weekend. Firstly a huge thank you to every single one of you who helped out during the weekend - it was great to see so many of you giving a very warm welcome to visiting crews, cheering on our racing boats and helping out throughout the weekend: thank you to everyone who put a shift in. We can't host visiting clubs on race days without volunteers and races can't run without clubs hosting, so thanks to all of you who did your bit. Most importantly we had lots visiting clubs who went home happy and were very appreciative of all your efforts. We'll next be hosting for Quintin Head on 29th January.

    RACING CREWS
    Congratulations to our racing crews competing in Fours Head and Vets Fours - in the end we had three crews racing across the weekend, well done - our first major head race in quite some time and great efforts all round. Chapeau to the 4- crew of Cris, Dom, Pete and Simon for the club fastest time down the course in 21:24.7.

    Fours Head
    #87, 4x-
    Mustafa Ozyurt, Tom Broadhurst, Chris Jageurs, Rupert Bailey (23:07.2)
    #184, 4-
    Cristobal Cabrera, Dom Marshall, Pete Goldsworthy, Simon Suthers (21:24.7)

    Vet Fours Head
    #163, Masters H 4x-
    Nick Wylie, Paul Rawkins, Rhodri Walters, Steve Reeves (23:54.7)

    A good platform for us to build from in the squad and as we look towards the rest of the season we want to build from this and work towards even more competitive entries in the forthcoming Head Races. So please do keep up the commitment to training on land and on the water as we look to move forwards as a squad - we're making good progress here let's keep it up.

    (It's never too early to talk about) Christmas with a couple of events to mark in the diary for Christmas this year

    Sat 11th December: BBL Christmas Party and Cygnet Waddle
    More details to follow, but will follow the traditional pattern of a Christmas meal with Barnes Bridge in Chiswick, preceded by the Cygnet Waddle.

    Friday 17th December: Cygnet Veterans Christmas Lunch
    The time is drawing near for the annual Cygnet Veterans Christmas Lunch which will be held at the RAF Club on Piccadilly. It is hoped that some of our younger members will join us this year. The cost will be approx. £65, including some drinks. If you'd like to come along or if there are any questions you'd like to ask, Lawrence McVeigh is the mat to ask. The captaincy will be able to provide his contact details.

    OTHER QUICK REMINDERS:

    Boat Log: Please ensure all outings are logged in the boat log - good to see it in good use, please keep it updated with club boat usage.

    Lights: In poor light / dark mornings, please make sure you're using the correct lights and high-vis clothing.

    Wintery (Tideway) conditions: The weather and water is getting colder and wetter, and it's a particularly risky time of year for hypothermia: make sure you are well layered up and have spare clothing after outings. Stay dry, stay warm.

    Outing cancellations: On occasion the weather or river conditions may mean we can't go afloat or a land session is required: If the forecast is poor, come prepared for both but wait for the call from Coach or Captain before assuming the outing is not going ahead.

    Land training: Great to see the shed in good use and the approval of the new equipment means this will soon be getting a makeover. Please make sure you're signed up to sessions and if you're signed up, show up.

    Boat care & maintenance : Please make sure boats are properly washed, left in good condition and any defects or damage appropriately reported. Our fleet is precious and must be looked after properly. More to follow on this one.

    Dates for your diary:

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  • Captain's Log: Issue 8

    Author: Neil Pickford |

    8th November 2021

    Good Evening Cygnets, this is your Captain speaking,

    I hope this finds you all well and still finding plenty of time to enjoy the river despite longer, darker nights and shorter days. The first Captain's Log for a while but training has been in full swing on the water and on land in the squad. 

    Thank you to everyone who has been working hard and working together as a squad and as crews, for helping out and getting us on the water on time - we've really been maximizing the time and benefit on the water. It's been great to see the progress in recent weeks - let's keep that up. 

    My thanks to Beth and Laurent for the coaching on the water in recent weeks and challenging ergs to keep us warm on land and to Charlie for the strength and weights programme for the powerful, painful legs! 

    Thanks to Social Secretary Megan and the merry band of chefs who have been keeping us well fed at Thursday Supper Club - it's been great to have a sociable crowd each week this term so far and the food has been exceptional!

    FOURS HEAD / VETS FOURS HEAD: RACING CREWS
    With the big fours racing events next weekend, crews will be putting the finishing touches on race plans and training over the next week, with huge anticipation for more exciting racing on the tideway - promises to be a great weekend and Cygnet will be racing two crews in each event. Provisional starting orders for both events have now been published and race numbers allocated. Best of luck to all crews - please do come down to support the racing crews and cheer on Cygnet. All offerings to the rowing and weather gods gratefully received!

    Fours Head

    Vets Fours Head

    CYG 4X: 87

    Mustafa Ozyurt

    Tom Broadhurst

    Chris Jageurs

    Rupert Bailey

    CYG 4- Masters D: 81

    Iain Golder

    Brad Bryant

    Mike Collier

    Martin Drage

    CYG 4- : 184

    Cristobal Cabrera

    Dom Marshall

    Pete Goldsworthy

    Simon Suthers

    CYG 4X Masters H: 163

    Nick Wylie

    Paul Rawkins

    Rhodri Walters

    Steve Reeves


    VISITING CREWS AND BOATING HELP 
    With one of the biggest races in Tideway calendar, we are expecting a large number of visiting crews for both races boating from Cygnet / BBL. Please do sign up to volunteer to help with traffic / boating and follow the link below to fill out your time slot. Racing on the Tideway can't happen without hosting clubs, hosting visiting crews can't happen without volunteers-- so whether you are racing or not it will be great to have a full contingent out in force organising the day and giving a friendly Cygnet welcome to the Tideway. Any questions or problems please contact our boating gurus Henrik and Martin.
    Sign-up here

    My thanks too to Josh and Beth for the marshalling help and driving the Cygnet launch on race days next weekend.

    OTHER QUICK REMINDERS:

    • LIGHTS: In poor light / dark mornings, please make sure you're using the correct lights and high-vis clothing.
    • WINTERY (TIDEWAY) CONDITIONS: The weather and water is getting colder and wetter, and it's a particularly risky time of year for hypothermia: make sure you are well layered up and have spare clothing after outings. Stay dry, stay warm.
    • OUTING CANCELLATIONS: On occasion the weather or river conditions may mean we can't go afloat or a land session is required: If the forecast is poor, come prepared for both but wait for the call from Coach or Captain before assuming the outing is not going ahead.
    • LAND TRAINING: Great to see the shed in good use and the approval of the new equipment means this will soon be getting a makeover. Please make sure you're signed up to sessions and if you're signed up, show up.
    • BOAT CARE & MAINTENANCE: Please make sure boats are properly washed, left in good condition and any defects or damage appropriately reported. Our fleet is precious and must be looked after properly. See the new boat logging procedures


    Dates for your diary:

    • 13th November (10:45) - Fours Head
    • 14th November (12:30) - Vet Fours Head
    • 28th November (12:00) - Cygnet SGM
    • 11th December - Christmas Party
    • 6-10th April 2021 - Training Camp: (If you've not expressed an interest but would like to, contact the Captain.)

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  • Sign-out procedure for club boats

    Author: Neil Pickford |

    8th November 2021

    I am writing to update you on a new procedure for the signing out and usage of Cygnet boats being introduced from today, 7th November 2021. Please read below in full which explains the new Boat Log and the responsibility of crews, steers and coxes.

    NEW BOATING SIGN OUT PROCEDURE: CYGNET BOAT LOG

    You will now find a Cygnet Boat Log book in the Cygnet Changing Rooms (to be kept on the set of drawers by the door) which will be used for the signing out of all club boats during organised and independent outings from today.

    The Boat Log applies to every class of club boat: 1x, 2-/x, 4 - / x / +, 8 + and will be used in addition to the Boatshop Whiteboard that will continue in the usual way.

    It will be the responsibility of the Boat Steer / Cox to ensure the boat is signed out in the Boat Log before going afloat, and for signing back in once the boat has been cleaned, checked and returned to the rack.

    The purpose of the new system is to allow the Captaincy and Committee to monitor club boat usage and for logging any issues, problems and damage to any boats for the awareness of other users. It will help us to keep track of when boats are in use to assist the maintenance of the fleet and keeping equipment in good working order. Any usage of club boats that is not logged in this way will be considered to be unauthorised usage.

    The Log is self- explanatory and records all the information you would expect. It includes a section for recording any issues, incidents or damage to boats that have occurred or been noticed during the outing to flag to other crews of potential issues and problems.

    Any damage or safety incidents that occur must also be brought to the attention of the Captain and recorded in the appropriate way:

    It is the responsibility of all boat users to ensure that equipment is well looked after and left in an appropriate clean and usable condition and for any issues to be reported. The Steer/Cox as the named individual takes ultimate responsibility for this, in the same vein as responsibility for the safety and conduct of the boat whilst afloat.

    Whilst the requirement to sign out using the Boat Log is mandatory for the usage of all club boats, this requirement does not apply to Privately Owned singles, but voluntary usage of the Boat Log is welcomed and encouraged, particularly for flagging any issues that happen on the river for the benefit of others.

    As a timely reminder, there is a helpful section of the Cygnet website which provides an aide memoire for checks of boats that should be conducted pre- / post- outing.

    I am grateful for the assistance from all club members in following this new procedure - I hope this will help us in keeping track and maintaining the standard and condition of our fleet for the benefit of us all. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please do ask.

    A copy of these instructions will be placed in the changing rooms for reference and included on the Club Website.

    Best wishes,

    The Captain



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