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Cygnet update 5th October

5th October 2015

Hi One and All,

Back from Benrath and the Rhine Marathon in one piece! It was my first RM and would recommend it as something all Cygnets have to do at least once in their rowing career. Our hosts at Ruder Gesselschaft Benrath made us all so welcome laying on a dinner to celebrate 50 years of friendship between the clubs and annual visits to the Rhine Marathon and Head of the River. It's a great Cygnet/BBL tradition and one that enhances the clubs. The race itself is fantastic once it's over. There were 5 Cygnet/BBL crews participating. Best time went to Chairman Wylie's invitation quad, narrowly ahead of Bates/French/Mountain/Gibbons 4+. Happy Mondays BBL crew awfully close behind those two. The mixed quads took a little longer, honours in that duel go to Cris/Tom/Sian/Katie over Helena/Marj/Cap/Klaus/Uli. Perfect weather helped offset the sore hands and sore backsides. Post race alt beer made all the pain go away completely.

This week:

Club Circuits with Maxi, 7:15 at Cavendish School or leaving the club at 7. Great way to improve fitness and enjoy good music... Be there.ThursdayPairs Head final outing at 7:15 with Sue. It would be good to get all 3 crews out on the water to push each other and get race ready.Squad Erg for those not on the water TBC


Pairs Head at 3:30Please come down to the club to eat a hot dog, slice of cake and a couple of beers and cheer on:Cris and Charlie (245)Alfonso and Jez (257)Nick and Dave (297)and a whole lot of BBL crews. Pairs Head is run by BBL so its our home race, come and support, bring the family, watch Wales vs Wallabies in the bar after the race....

Saturday 11 am

Get Fit and Row venture onto the Tideway for the first time. I'll let you know if we need more volunteers for boat sitting/coxing.

Sunday am

GFAR on the river for the second time!!! Anyone who wants to get out on the water in crew boats in the morning before Pairs Head or on Sunday, please put your availability on the the spreadsheet to we can put crews together..

Further Ahead

7th November 12:45 Fours Head

8th November 13:45 Vets Fours Head We should have 3 if not 4 crews entering over the two days. Please let me and Sue know if you want to be part of it so we can fix up the crews and get training going.

5th December 11am, Scullers Head

Coaching update:
As many of you already know, Sue is stepping back from coaching after Pairs Head. We are searching for a new coach, we have ads out for the position but it seems a lot of other clubs are also after coaches and right now they are in short supply. Our most immediate need is to get a structure in place for when the Get Fit and Row course ends and the 13 men on the course graduate to full Cyngets. If we don't get a paid coach in the short term then we'll have to look to the members to fill that gap. We have a lot of experience to draw on so I've no doubt we will be able to continue their development and integrate them into the club. Plan B is to draw up a schedule for coaching and supporting their outings. I've said in previous updates how well the GFAR has been going, we really have a very keen and promising intake so I'm sure we will all do our bit to help out when the time comes. In the meantime we will carry on looking for a permanent coach through advertisements and our rowing network.

That's all,
See you at Pairs Head
Author: Neil Pickford


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