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  • Noel Davison

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd July 2018

    It is with great sadness that Cygnet RC reports the death of Noel Davison, who died peacefully at home on 1st July following a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

    Noel joined Cygnet in the early 1970s, having recently moved to London as an Inland Revenue recruit. Having gone through the motions of winning his novices, Noel's first real encounter with competitive rowing came in 1977-78, when he signed up as a dedicated member of the crew coached by George Plumtree. However, for many of that generation, Noel will be best remembered as 'Squad Coordinator', a role that he stepped up to in 1984, subsequently laying the foundations for some of the most successful years in Cygnet's history afloat.

    In later years, Noel was often to be seen rowing in veteran crews at Cygnet and Tideway Scullers. He also retained official roles as Honorary Secretary, Fours Head and Honorary Examiner at Cygnet. Indeed, for many members their last memory of Noel will have been of him sagely presenting his report at the February AGM. For others, a happier memory of Noel will have been of him sitting in the Cygnet bar reflecting on a lifetime afloat on the occasion of the 40th reunion of the Plumtree Vlll in March 2017.
    He will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts are with his wife Eleanor and his son and daughter Paul and Julia at this very distressing time. 

    Noel's funeral will be held at 4pm on Thursday 12th July at Mortlake Crematorium (adjacent to Chiswick Bridge), followed by a reception at the Wetlands Centre in Barnes (near the Red Lion)


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  • Work at the Bungalow

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th June 2018

    Between now and 7th July is a working period for general maintenance at the bungalow

    Any member and friend/s may visit, staying overnight if you wish, for free, providing you help with some work! Jobs include: cutting the hedge; cleaning the landing stage; trimming the bank; cleaning windows; brushing cobwebs off woodwork; cleaning out the BBQ, bagging the waste and leaves and taking to tip;  tidying the garden; cutting back overhanging trees at the gate; tidying the verandah; etc

    The following dates are also available to book

    • 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)
    • from Oct 1st onwards @ £270 p.w.

    Phone or text Derek Bush, Hon. Bung. Secretary on 07880 548804 or via the contact form

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  • Glory, Glory

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 11th June 2018

    Not content with messing about in fine boats, tub boats or Rhine boats, our LTR guru, sometime coxswain and vice-president Alan Cox has upped the game by having a go in a 'proper' sized rowing boat. Why they put the short bloke at stroke is anybody's guess!


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  • Bedtime reading

    Bedtime reading

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 31st May 2018

    Not to be outdone by Paul Rawkins' excellent "History of Cygnet RC", former captain Nick Bates has been hard at it editing "More Power – the story of Jurgen Grobler".
    The book is written by Hugh Matheson & Christopher Dodd and is published on 5th July.

    It will be available from Amazon (inevitably) and Waterstones but we recommend keeping it in the rowing family and pre-ordering it from our friends at Rock-the-Boat. (and you can buy the Cygnet History there while you're at it)

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  • Henley Friday

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th May 2018

    Mrs Pat Sly, welcomes all Cygnet and BBLRC members and Friends to join her at Old Blades on Friday of Henley Royal Regatta, which falls on 6th July this year. Further details can be found here

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  • Dare we mention GDPR?

    Dare we mention GDPR?

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd May 2018

    Well we have to I'm afraid. You should, by now, have received yet another GDPR email, this time from the Secretary, regarding your personal data and how it's used at Cygnet. Please do make the effort to reply.

    And in case you feel the need to double-check, it can all be found in the little Privacy link at the bottom left of this page.

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  • Blazerarti


    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th April 2018


    In the time we are waiting for Spring, and looking ahead of Summer....Who wants one of our glory blue Blazers? 

    Please drop me a line, if you are interested in purchasing one. I will contact you in a separate email. Also there still are some club ties and cuff links available. 

    Kind Regards,

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  • Postmen Afloat

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 15th February 2018

    Thursday 15th February, 8.00pm

    Our very own Paul Rawkins will be giving a Presentation entitled "Postmen Afloat –The Story of Cygnet Rowing Club" at St Mary’s Church, Barnes.  

    BMHS poster

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  • Captain' Overture 18/12

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 18th December 2017

    Racing News

    The autumn racing season was finished off the the annual Quintin Plum Pudding race on Sunday; 2 crews from Cygnet were entered:

    The Chairman's invitational VIII was entered as Masters F, but due to the Chairman himself being taken down by manflu, a younger substitute was called upon in the shape of Edward Broadhurst, technically dropping the crew well into Masters D territory. The crew were timed over the line in 6th place at 9:48, but won first prize of a case of wine after the arcane Quintin handicapping system helped them make up over 2 minutes on the fast finishing Quintin senior 8.

    The Cygnet Masters B Novices also suffered a last-minute drop-out, with the club's other Nick (Rae) failing to make it down. Thanks to BBL captain Sian for subbing in to the bow seat at the last minute. The captains' boat finished 11th overall in a time of 10:26 making Sian the fastest BB Lady of the day by a few seconds. The applied handicap dropped the crew to 14th and last place; leaving Cygnet to bookend the adjusted results table.

    Special mention to BBL supersub Sam(antha) Gourevitch for helping out when they also suffered a last-minute numbers crisis. A closely fought race with BBL A edging out BBL B by 1 second in a time of 10:33 (although the B crew won on handicap, so everyone's a winner there!)

    Full results here

    This week

    Training as per the plan:

    Tim will be down tomorrow (Tuesday) again to teach the new weights programme. Please make an effort to come along if you want to be doing the weights training sessions.

    Currently looking a bit thin on the ground for a full suite of outings at the weekend at the moment, so just a clubs 1x time trial on the cards at the moment; provisionally meet at 9am on Saturday to head up to the pink house and race back.

    If anyone else does fancy an outing, get the fitclub filled in and I'll review on Thursday.

    Further Ahead

    Keep the training in mind over the festive break, else we'll have to move from fitclub to fatclub in January. Main squad outings will resume on 6th Jan.

    The first 8s race will be Quintin Head on Saturday 27th Jan; race starts at 11.30am. Hoping to get a couple of crews out for this, with some training outings in the racing combination beforehand. If you want to race well, please get the fitclub filled in for the whole of the month so that the captaincy can plan crews around people's availability. (I know that I haven't yet set up any sessions for January on there; that will be done by the end of the week)


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