Cygnet Weekly Update
24th May 2016
Busy weekend on the river and on land. The latest learn to row course moved into the tank, they will be on the river next weekend. Challenging conditions for steers on Saturday morning with a narrow, shallow river, strong wind and M25 like traffic. On Sunday we took three guys out in single sculls on the Tideway for this first time. I know how scary it was for me first time, it's a big step up from the tranquillity of the river at Shepperton. Will, Rob and Vasil all did really well, staying upright (comfortably) developing their sculling skills and learning more Tideway navigation. Charlie was praciticing his 1x racing starts, as were Matt and Jez in a 2x, Guy and Gareth exhausted each other racing the Richmond Lock and back, and the Chairman's 4- soaked up the rays and paddle with panache. Thanks to Dr J, Sue and Sian for taking them for providing instruction and caperone services. Good to see so many boats on the water. We will make sculling pods part of the summer schedule when the tide times are right (ie every other Sunday at 10am).
So this week, it's Twickenham Regatta on Saturday and we are entered in 4 events - Nov 4+ (Claudia, Patrick, Scott, Rob, Charlie) , Mas C 2x (Matt, Jez), Mas C 1x (Charlie), Mas E 1x (Jez). Priority for Tuesday and Thursday is race training for these crews.
Matt (cox), Nick R, Scott, Patrick, Piers
Thursday 7 am - Boat loading for Twickenham after the outings
2x Matt, Jez
4+ Claudia (cx0), Patrick, Scott, Rob, Vasil
Ergo (sorry no more steers available)
Nick R, Piers
Twickenham Regatta - I'll let people know the race times once the draw is out. If you've not been, it's a great setting and a good one to watch with a beer and burger from the facilities on the finish line in Buccleuch
Gardens. I will need someone with me in the ute to trailer the boats to Twickenham and help me reverse the trailer down River Lane. So who wants a lift at early o'clock on Saturday?
There will be no squad outings on Saturday back at the club, but feel free to self organise if you want an outing.
Learn to Row - 9:30 First water outing. Boat sitters required!!! Contact Jenny (Jenhawtin@googlemail.com) if you can help out.
Squad outings at 8am, please get your availability up to date on the spreadsheet.
There are some people interested in going to Peterborough Regatta on the 4th June. Your captain will not be there, but if you are keen get your crew organised, let me know what you want to enter in good time. Someone will have to drive the trailer if you are going.
Even Further Ahead
Barnes and Mortlake International 11th June is the last regatta on our home surf. 8 yesses so far, any more for any more? Let's talk about who wants to enter what event at the weekend.
Have a good week, more info on Twickers when I have it.