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  • LXXXI Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 23rd July 2020

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well.

    Greetings everyone and thank you to all of you who made it to the virtual OGM last week, a first in Cygnet's history, and voted for the captaincy for the next year: Sam Sears (Deputy Captain), Martin Drage (Vice Captain) and myself (Captain). Thank you very much, it is a great great Honour. Many thanks to Tom B for the fantastic hard work as Vice Captain during the last two years.

    So little by little we start moving things, first coached sessions on the water. As mentioned in the previous email, Training sessions for the next weeks are now in https://www.fitclub.me/user/calendar/year Please update your availability to plan best There are limited spaces we will try to be as fair as possible and get the most of you on the water as we can. Main Objective at this stage is to have fun and get little by little into the rhythm.

    I would also encourage everyone to do the steering test, it is a good time to do so. If you are interested, please let Charlie and myself know. You need to read the Tideway Code first.

    This Week ( Technical sessions for Senior):

    Boat allocation for this evening 19:00 and this Saturday 8:00 have been circulated by email.

    Sunday 14:0015:00 /15:006:00 Novice sculling on a tether / 16:0017:30 Sculling confidence sessions

    The Shed remains closed. Should you wish to use an erg, please read carefully the below for the required procedure (Thanks Beth):

    • Ergs are available for booking in 2 hr slots. This is to provide plenty of time for warm-up, erg, cool down and cleaning.
    • Please put your name on the erg sheet even if you turn up and use one ad hoc. This is to enable the clubs to identify anyone who may have been exposed if another club member is identified as COVID positive.
    • Each club has priority booking one evening per week (Tues: Cyg, Wed: BBL). These slots are indicated on the booking sheet.
    • Please observe current social distancing rules when taking ergs in/out of the shed.

    Ergs must NOT be used in the shed

    • Ergs should be used outside on the concrete path or on the grass. Please do not obstruct access to boats on the racks or the boathouse.
    • Use mats under the front and back of the erg when on the grass.
    • Ergs should be placed minimum 2m apart either side by side or in a line (do not face each other).
    • Ergs must be cleaned by before being put back in the shed. Particular attention should be given to handle, display and resistance adjuster.
    • Return mats to the shed. Please rinse mats using the outside tap on the top hard if muddy or covered with grass.
    • If the cleaning supplies are running low please let Beth know. Don't wait until it runs out!
    • Please inform club captains and safety advisor immediately if you are required to self-isolate within 7 days of using an erg.


    More will follow in due course.

    Have a nice afternoon /evening.


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  • Back to training the next few weeks

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 15th July 2020

    Good evening gentlemen,

    Hope everyone is doing well and Thank you all for your patience.

    The Training sessions for the next weeks are now in https://www.fitclub.me/user/calendar/year starting tomorrow. (Thank you Beth)

    Please update your availability to plan best- There are limited spaces- we will try to be as fair as possible and get the most of you on the water as possible.

    This week: ( Novices/Inexperienced Scullers)
    Wed. 18:0020:00 Sculling confidence sessions (Suitable for inexperienced scullers and/or steers not yet signed off)
    Thurs. 18:3019:30/19:3020:30 - Novice sculling on a tether (Getting in and out of the boat, confidence drills, someone on the bank with a rope)
    Fri, 18:0020:00 Sculling confidence sessions
    Sat. 8:009:00 / 9:00 10:00 Novice sculling on a tether
    Sun. 9:0010:00 Novice sculling on a tether. 10:0011:30 Sculling confidence sessions

    Next Week: (Technical sessions for Senior Squad)

    Please let Beth or myself know if you have any questions

    Have a nice evening

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  • LXXX Deneb Captain's Log / Return to the river / Squad Meeting

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 29th June 2020

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well and had a good weekend.

    To those who have not been able to get on the water thank you for your patience. We are currently working on a plan to get back on the river in line with the government and British rowing guidelines.

    Please find below the invitation for the squad meeting on Tuesday , where more information will be provided.

    Squad Meeting: To join this Zoom Meeting please contact the captain for login details
    Topic: Return to the river, Time: June 30th, 2020 07:00 PM London

    Ahead of the meeting, please fill in the following questionnaire: https://forms.gle/HLxuYgPx7ot56zs27

    Have a nice start to the week


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