Cygnet Weekly Update
31st May 2016
Hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. It was a lovely day for Twickenham Regatta, it really is the most picture perfect setting for a regatta with the sun shining, band playing and the Pims flowing in the regatta enclosure...
On the water our Novice 4+ of Claudia, Patrick, Scott, Rob A and Charlie performed well beating HSBC easily in their heat and pushing Kingston all the way in the semis to loose be a couple of lengths. Keep working on the fitness and sharpen the catches and a win isn't far away.
Charlie doubled up in his first ever single scull race in a Masters C straight final. Charlie had question his captain's judgement entering him Mas C rather than novice. His opponent turned up in a vintage american gas guzzler with his single on top and answered to the name of "Dude". Before we sat him on the water he said he had "rowed a bit at school" and just taken it up again in the last year or so. It turns out that "rowed a bit at school" meant he was a GB junior. And in the last year he's had some time on his hands so has been able to train 2 hours a day. Ouch. Sorry Charlie. Anyway, Charlie put in a good debut performance his technique looking great as he crossed the finish line a few seconds or so behind Mr GB Junior. As it happens Charlie would not have been any better in Nov 1x as the Dude was in and won that event too.
Matt and Jez came up against a couple of hard men from Ardingly in their 2x race who clearly had been practicing together more than Matt and Jez and Jez trailed behind a Putney Town sculler. complaining that the water was much much rougher on MIddlesex than Surrey...
So next up is Barnes and Mortlake "International". Entries have to be in by noon on Saturday 4th. So far we have BDF, Jez, Matt, Robin, Cris, Nick R, Charlie, Scott and Guy (Mas D 1x) keen to enter. I will pick crews as best I can from this combination of ages and points. If anyone wants to double up in another event please let me know.
Following week is Marlow at Dorney where Bart and Gav will be racing.
So this week...
Tuesday 7:15 otw (weather doesnt look great, check conditions before going out, set ergo is Erg: 3x8mins [1set@r24 1@26 1@28] if not)
4- Nick R, Vasil, Patrick, Matt
2x Scott, Charlie
Thursday 7:15 otw
4- Nick R, Scott, Cris, Jez
4- Patrick, Vasil, Tom Robbins, Matt
2x (or two 1x if conditions ok) Charlie, Rob A
Saturday 8am Squad Outings OTW
Sunday 8 30 am Squad outings
10:30 Sculling pod. Please let me know if you can make this so we have the necessary cover for the newer scullers.
So as ever keep your availability up to date to help me plan the outings, have a good week and see you at the club soon.