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  • From the kit man

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 15th January 2021

    I hope this finds you all well and surviving the latest lockdown with all the land-based exercise that you need.

    We’ve been working with our Kit Supplier Crewroom on a functional bit of kit to help with COVID requirements and keep you warm on land and eventually on the water with the offer of these Snoods / face coverings / neck warmers – personalised with CYG décor.

    These can be used as a COVID face covering when out and about (and on the hard when restrictions ease) and as protection against those cruel north-easterlies this time of year. For those of you who only row for the kit, something else to add to the collection.

    Cygnet branding will be available on either the high-viz or navy blue designs – if we place an order of 8+ they will run at just under £20. More details about them are here. The Cygnet-specific designs are in the attached mock up.

    If you are interested, please contact me by email or via the Social Secretary Contact Form by Monday 18th January and then I will contact you direct about placing the order and confirm the final cost. This isn’t a full kit window, just the chance to order one of these handy bits of kit.

    Any questions, please drop me a line. In the meantime, wishing you all well and hope the spring tides are upon us soon to be back afloat making the best of it on the fairway.

    Warmest wishes


    PS: For those of you on Strava: Crewroom are running a kit promotion this month, search for their club on the App for more info and the chance to get yourself some extra free kit.

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  • XCIII Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 5th January 2021

    Dear Cygnets,

    Happy New Year. I hope everyone is doing well and had a good Christmas.

    Unfortunately the year couldn't start any worse with Tier 5 / Lockdown 3.0 now in place.

    See the updated British Rowing Advice here. Effectively no rowing or use of the facilities until further notice.

    We will try to update the training to the new situation to be ready for when we can go back on the water. (for the time being, please continue with the lockdown training programme)

    Have a nice evening, keep positive :) and keep safe


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  • XCI Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st December 2020

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe, or recovering if you have been sick.

    Good training sessions these last weeks, with weights, ergs and on the water. Now that we have moved to Tier 4: There will be no group training indoors and crew outings until further notice. We are back to the same status quo as in May, singles or crew boats made up of a single household or Support bubble, only 2 people on the hard with social distance, 20 min slots, minimum use of the facilities. (Last BR- guidelines). “Homework for Christmas” is Charlie’s excel spreadsheet lockdown program.


    • Water outings, please be extra careful since Covid numbers are increasing, follow the procedures.(Book your slot, fill in the post-outing log, wash hands & equipment, cover face, space)
    • Keep in mind it is cold and can be very foggy in the morning. Please use lights if required and do not go afloat if the fog means that you can't clearly see the other side of the river (p.17 of the Rowing Code)

    2020 Awards

    Looking back, it has been an unusual and challenging year for all of us. We had to cancel many events including our Henley Lunch and our End Season Dinner, where usually we take the chance to reflect on the highs and lows of the season, including the coveted Wally Wheldal (Club member of the year) and G.P. Jeffries (Rower of the year)award ceremony.

    I wish we could have done this in better conditions (pub or at the club) but we cannot and it would be unfair to miss this year’s awards due Covid-19.

    First of all a Big Thank You and Congratulations to all of those involved in putting together the Club and Executive Guidelines (you know who you are), adapting them when it was required I know there was a lot of work behind the scenes.

    Also Big Thank You to Beth and Charlie for coaching and training us on the water, on the ergs and the Strength & Conditions sessions, and being flexible adapting themselves to the situation.

    Wally Wheldal Cup for Club Member of the year 

    This award is to reward the sportsmanship and ceaseless club spirit during the year, it goes to the person who helps others, and promotes what the club stands for. There were a number of people who this easily could have gone to, but this year the Wally Wheldal Cup goes to … Chris Jageurs for his incredible enormous effort and hard work in the refurbishment of the changing rooms. (claps, claps, claps standing ovations) Well done!

    G.P. Jeffries Cup for Rower of the year 

    This award goes to the best rower or most improved novice of the year. Unfortunately we haven’t raced too much at all in 2020 but if we take into consideration the whole 2019–20 season, there is someone who was in the fastest Cygnet crew in Pairs Head and was the fastest sculler of the club in scullers head so the G.P. Jeffries Cup goes to … Sam Sears- (claps, claps, claps standing ovations) Well done!

    Lockdown Special Award

    This award is to recognise the enthusiasm and optimistic spirit in such complicated year, here again there were a number of people who this easily could have gone to but this recognition goes to Rupert Bailey, for being actively involved in the Lockdown regatta, the Virtual 4s Run, special BBL/CYG quiz night, Club day. (claps, claps, claps standing ovations ) Thank you very much and Well done!!

    Finally Thanks to all of you for being part of the Cygnet Family , helping to move us forward, , in one way or another, working in the different committees or working for the club behind the scenes, coxing, training, suggesting initiatives e.g. (Tom and Marj and whole Exec, Neil with the Webpage, Iain G keeping the “ young generation” rolling, James D with the security camera, … ) I could extend this list forever. Thank you all.

    Don’t forget that hope is also contagious, keep safe and positive, I wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and looking towards a better and successful 2021.

    Dates for your Diary: Will follow. Enjoy the holidays 😉

    Merry Christmas / Feliz Navidad / Joyeux Noel / Frohe Weihnachten/ God Jul !


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