Cygnet Weekly Update 30th November
30th November 2015
Well the seasons certainly have turned and those Indian summer days of September and October are a rather distant memory. Wild and windy at the weekend, but it's a tough sport and we rowers man up and get on with it. The Sculling Six rowed the Scullers Head course in 40mph winds on Sunday as a dress rehearsal for Saturday when the conditions could be just as challenging. And there were another couple of outings in the 8+ for our GFAR graduates getting more rowing miles under their belts and showing real promise. No reason why we can get a mixed Senior/Novice crew on the water for the Plums Puddings and get first experience of rowing at race pace. The most likely date for it is the 20th December, if you are interested in taking part can you put "PP" on the availability spreadsheet for that day.
Tuesday 7:15pm Circuits with Maxi at Cavendish School, Edensor Road
Great turnout last week, lets see the same again tomorrow.
Thursday: 7pm Squad Erg in the Shed. For those entering Scullers Head a short but sweet. Erg: 1x7', 1x5' @ target 5k pace, 2' @ over rate/pace, drag 125. If others feel short changed by this then the alternative is 2 x 20 mins r24/26 (change after 10 mins) 5 mins rest. Claudia is cooking afterwards, stay for food and chat after the erg.
It's Scullers Head at 11am with Bart (150), Guy (288), Neil (299), Jez (321), Robin (380) and Cris (383) entered. This is one mentally and physically tough event rowed in the depths of winter over the Boat Race course. We would all very much appreciate a cheer as we go past the club or anywhere else on the course.
The river will be closed from 10am for Scullers Head so any outing has to be early and so far only 4 people have signed up as available and our two regular coxes are racing SH so I think this is likely to be a land based session,
Sunday - we have more people available so will have an 8+ out (10am to avoid the flood tide), but there are lots of gaps on the December spreadsheet right now. Now we've moved on to December can you fill in your availability for the month please.
Saturday 12th December is BBL/Cygnet party time. Cris is doing a grand job as usual publicising this. If you are not coming to the party you still should come along to the Cygnet Waddle that takes place before hand which will take in a selection of Mortlake and Barnes pubs before ending up at the Bulls Head. Cris will send the itinerary nearer the time.
Sunday 20th - probable date for Plum Puds
A thought for 2016
It's been great to welcome a bunch of new recruits to the club and seeing their development and enthusiasm. It would be good to grow the squad further, so can we all look to "find a friend" to introduce to the club and give them the gift of rowing (that just keeps giving) .
Have a good week, see you Thursday/weekend