4th May 2016
Sorry this is slightly later than normal, I've been lazing on the Cornish coast... But back to reality now. Firstly our Nov 4+ with 3 regatta debutants raced at Chiswick Regatta and drew the eventual winners Furnival in their heat. By all accounts their start was less than perfect losing a length on Furnival but then losing no further water for the rest of the race. Losing to the winners is no disgrace and shows that the crew is competitive. Keep practising those starts, get ahead and stay ahead. Thanks to Gareth for coxing.
On land William took and passed his steering test. After a few more chaperoned outings he will be set free on the Tideway!!! Thanks to Will to taking the leading in developing his steering skills, let's see if this triggers a flood of requests from other non steers to take their test and gain the freedom of the river.
The main event this week is Borne@Chiswick Regatta. We have 5 crews entered, a Nov 4+ and four BBL/Cygnet mixed Nov 4+. so Cygnet pots are guaranteed.
The crews are: Nov4+ Claudia, Jez, Nick R, Cris Robin
Crumpets Varsha Amelie Patrick Charlie
Doughnuts Sonja Shannon Tom [Nick] - replacement required
Muffins: Carly Hannah Rob Jez
Tiramisu Miranda Jo M Cristobal Scott Race times are as follows:
10:45 Race 28 MxNov4+Crumpets v Tiramisu
11:45 Race 40 MxNov4+Muffines v Doughnuts
15:10 Race 70 MxNov4+Final
13:35 Race 51 Nov4+ v Eastbourne College
14:50 Race 66 Nov4+ Final
(Mixed Final may need to be delayed if the we beat Eastbourne)
Nick can not row both Nov4 and Mix4 so we are one novice short for the Doughnuts. Please can someone volunteer for this race - Rob W? Raph?, Robin? Big Jim?
For the rest of this week:
Thursday outing at the club by 7, otw by 7:15 8 rowers plus Claudia, plan is for a 4+ and 4- doing side by side starts.
Saturday - Borne Regatta no squad outings
Sunday - outings at 8:30am
Saturday Learn To Row course starts at 9:30am led by Jenny Hawtins.
So do pop in and say hello, and help show what a friendly club they've had the good fortune to find themselves amongst.
And crucially, please spare a small bit of your time, experience, and expertise, to help Jenny with the sessions, which are 9.30am Saturdays, and 7.15pm Tuesdays. This will become particularly important towards the end of the 5-week course, when we will be getting our newbies afloat, and will need established oarsmen to sit boats.
I think that's all for now, have a good weekend, see you at the weekend Jez