Cygnet Weekly News
29th March 2016
I hope everyone had a enjoyable and relaxing Easter and those who went afloat stayed afloat in the windy conditions. Lovely morning on Friday for the sculling pod who went up to the Pink House and beyond. Well done to the Oxford women and grudging not a bad effort to the Cambridge Men.
So the Head Season is over, Easter off and we are quickly into the regatta season. Let's keep the momentum we have going and get good club representation at the local regattas in April, May, June and some pewterware, points and de novicing. The good news is that regatta races down require hours of marshalling and are over and done in 4-6 minutes. Racing starts and side by side racing is a great adrenalin rush. But to win pots you going to have to race a heat, semi final and final. So on land we'll be focus on shorter sharper erg sessions, on the water we'll be working on racing starts and short high rate pieces to get up to sprint speed.
To plan which regattas we want to enter and find out who wants to race we will have a squad meeting after the erg session on Thursday 7th April.
Here's a list of some of the local regattas and some more distant ones that we generally compete in:
Sun 24th April Hammersmith Regatta
Sat 30th April Chiswick Regatta
Sat 14th May Putney Town Regatta
Sat 28th May Twickenham Regatta
Sat/Sun 4/5th June Met @ Dorney
Sat 11th June Barnes & Mortlake International
Sat 18th Marlow @ Dorney
Sat 25th Richmond Regatta
Thursday 29th June - Saturday 2nd July Henley Royals
Fri/Sat 8/9th July Henley Masters
Sat/Sun 23/24th July St Neots
Sat 30th July Henley Town and Visitors
Sat/Sun 20/21 August City of Oxford
We will prioritise our regatta entry at the squad meeting.
Tuesday Erg: 30 mins feet out R20
Thursday Squad Erg 4 x 1 k @ r 26, 28, 30, 32, 4 mins rest
Weekend: Please get your availability up to date please, it looks pretty sparse at the moment.
Sculling Camp 15-17th April. First chance to master the dark arts of single sculling. Also we want to get people out of 8s and into smaller boats - 2-, 2x and getting experience of steering. It is important to increase the pool of signed off steers to maximise the outings we get on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Sculling camp gives people an opportunity to bow steer in quieter conditions.
And everybody should read up on the Tideway Code in preparation for taking the steering test!!!
Have a good week, I'm not around this weekend but will catch up with everyone at the Squad Meeting