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Captain's Log: Issue 14

6th March 2022

Good evening Cygnets, this is your Captain speaking

I am very pleased to report a cracking day of racing at Hammersmith Head on Sunday 27thFebruary, great to see two Cygnet boats out on form and performing well in the tideway, more on this below. Whilst spring hasn’t yet sprung it is a relief that the days are now rapidly getting longer meaning lighter evenings and most importantly early outings no longer quite pre-dawn!

We are in the final weeks of Heads season now, building towards the bumper weekend of Head of the River and Veterans Head of the River 26th – 27th March. Training is continuing in earnest and we’re seeing the results pay off – a few more weeks of hard graft (keep up that commitment to your land training crews) to see us through to the sprinty summer season – I know for many of us Regatta season can’t come soon enough.

HAMMERSMITH HEAD – 27 February 2022 – Race Report

I am pleased to report another successful outing at Hammersmith Head, this time with both a Veterans and a Seniors Open 8+ entry, both crews doing us proud and competing well in respective categories. Despite some challenging (and cold) winds during marshalling, both crews got off without a hitch from Middlesex and performed well in the Fairway. Full results here.

The Coach was particularly pleased with the gains made by the senior crew, making some real improvements on the last race at Quintin and finishing in a strong position in the division ahead of a good number of tideway clubs and a competitive time in the category. The crew were tidy, rowing well and kept a good, strong pace down the course to Hammersmith Bridge, serving as good preparation for the main event in a few weeks’ time. The Vets crew also had a good run out, with a little help from some friends at Guildford, in a competitive Master D/E category and was great to see both VIIIs racing again. Well done to both crews and a big thank you to our Coxes Megan and Laurent for keeping us sharp and motivated.

The next few weeks we will be stepping up the training and rating so we’re ready to take it up a couple of pips for the long run down to Putney. Crews for Head of the River and Vets Head will be announced shortly.

Noel Davidson #268. VIII+ Open: 12.56.9
Megan Eldred (cox), Dominic Marshall, Pete Goldsworthy, Martin Drage,Whit Mason, Matt Byrne, Mustafa Ozyurt, Rupert Bailey, Andy Stromberg.

Marj Israël #250. VIII+ Masters E, CYG/GUI Composite: 13.30.3
Laurent Couacaud (cox), Paul Rawkins, Steve Reeves, Paul Woowat, Richard Warne, Rhodri Walters, Nick Wylie, Iain Golder, Brad Bryant


A big thank you to everyone who has helped with Boating this Heads season and to those who have driven launches or found other ways to pitch in.With Hammersmith behind us, we now have the two biggest racing weekends ahead of us in the form of WeHORR and HoRR/VHoRR.

We are expecting a full complement of visiting crews which means we will need all hands on deck across both weekends, to make sure the event runs smoothly and all crews arrive, boat and depart safely. It is a big part of racing and the rowing community and without our services, the Head Races just couldn’t run (and nor would we be able to raise the substantial funds that we do for the club from boating fees).

Please sign up for slots here to assist on Saturday 12th March for WeHORR. Any questions to Henrik. 

Save the Date: 24 September 2022 – Centenary Ball
Social Secretary Megan will be in touch with very exciting news about the big celebration in September, please save the date in your diaries and find out more here: cygnet-rc.org.uk/100ball

Dates for your diary:

Author: Neil Pickford


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