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  • LXXIX Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th May 2020

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well and starting to enjoy carefully the good weather.

    1st Regatta of the season
    Last weekend We took part in the Lockdown regatta (Thanks Rupert for organizing). This virtual competition has been organised by students from De Montfort University and Bath Spa University rowing clubs that want to help raise money for the NHS in these challenging times. They were asking people to run 2km rather than row, but the format was that of national rowing events. We entered an 8+ and a Masters 4+ . Well done everyone Rupert, Charles, Jo, Jim, Jamie, Mustafa, Beth, Martin, Tom, Vasil, Sam, Chris J it was a lot of fun! You can check some pics in our instagram account.

    Also please join us in Strava for possible future events (Thanks Rupert for setting up the account).

    Renovations
    Since we are now in low operation modus , it is a good time to review the equipment and do some renovations in the boathouse. An email and excel will be circulated asking for volunteers. More details will follow separately.

    Rowing & Training
    Outing in singles are taking place since Monday the 18th May. As we move into the next steps of the relaxation we will be updating Training and Activities accordingly. More Information will follow. If you want to take your steering test now is a good moment to do it. Please let me know.

    If you are going out, please do make sure you follow the guidelines
    If you are not there already there is a WhatsApp group administered by Cara, the safety advisers from both clubs and myself. If you are planning to go sculling and you are not in the group yet please send me your phone number.

    The protocols around this group are to:
    1) inform any uses of river conditions that may need to be taken into account
    2) general information

    This is The Google sheet for signing in and out after outings. Along with reporting any damage to boats.

    Please be serious in this matter, stick to your slots, the 20 min is the time allowed for getting your boat off the water, back onto the rack and leaving the club. If there is any overlap please wait until the hard is free. Also a reminder that access to the Boathouse and changing rooms where possible should only be in case of emergency.

    Have a nice weekend and keep safe

    Cris  

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  • Cygnet RC COVID-19 members update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th May 2020

    Dear all, 

    Last night, your committee discussed the next phase in the lockdown, following the plans from HM Government outlined earlier this week. We are working on a risk assessment ready for the opening of the boathouse, but that is, as we found out about an hour before the meeting, for the next step. In short, the reality is as follows: 

    • British Rowing guidance: private single owners ONLY to boat from public slipways or with permission from private slipways.
    • All boathouses have to stay closed until 4th July 2020 at the earliest. Single scullers to adhere to the 2m distancing at all times, unless they share a household
    • PLA restriction on use of the river for recreational use has so far not been lifted intend to publish a decision by the end of the week. 
    For now, therefore, nobody is allowed to go out on the river, until the PLA have published their decision. This will also give the Boathouse Executive time to discuss how we can facilitate access to to the private sculls, so that when the time comes, they can be used. 
    I am sorry that I cannot bring you an 'All Systems GO" message at this moment in time, but we will send out another message once we know more. 

    Stay well - stay home - stay kind 

    Marjorie
    Secretary, Cygnet RC

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  • LXXVIII Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 6th May 2020

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope you are all keeping well and safe and making progress with the training plan or any other option of fitness. ;)

    Just for your information Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club has organised a 24 hour sportathon in half hour slots to raise money for Solace Women's Aid which provides support to women and children affected by domestic abuse. https://www.justgiving.com/team/BBL24 I am sure any support would be appreciated.

    Rowing:

    As most of you may have seen over the last few days, there's been new comms from TRRC/British Rowing about the plans they're putting in place to be able to respond to whatever changes to Government restrictions may be announced this week. With this in mind, along with the anticipated Government announcement itself, I just wanted to send a quick update on what that means for us.

    Following the upcoming release of updated government guidelines, and importantly BR and PLA guidelines, the committee will meet in turn, to agree on an updated protocol for all Cygnet members re. use of the club facilities and equipment.

    Until we send out any further updates, please continue to follow the current guidelines, in short, everything is still a no go!

    We can all appreciate how frustrating it is not being able to get out, especially given the weather and how glorious the river is looking, so your understanding and patience is much appreciated.

    Hoping to be soon on the water.

    Cris  

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