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  • XCV Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 26th March 2021

    Happy Friday Cygnets,

    Hope everyone is doing well. So little by little light at the end of the tunnel. 3 Days to go.

    It has been a long time so please take it easy on the return to the water, be kind with yourself (please see this document). Don’t forget safety first. Here you can see the last update from British Rowing regarding return to rowing protocols.

    Facilities will be open to allow COVID-Secure boating – it means quick In-Out, leave valuables, ideally no changing, no faffing (no bikes in the changing room), no activities in the shed.

    On water Activity: All crew boats are allowed subject to COVID Secure protocols. For us it means Squad Outings as usual following the guidelines, taking into account limitation of space on the hard and no social gathering of people afterwards in the club vicinity. Please try to cover your face inside the boat shop and indoors since it is an area where it is difficult to maintain social distance.

    Self-Organised outings:

    As previously book your slots in this excel file

    Squad Training/Outings:

    Objective is to get everyone little by little on the water, first to have fun and then building up towards the summer. Starting Easter Weekend – Sessions are provisionally in fitclub – Please update your availability so we can start to plan best.

    S&C Condition with Charlie will be starting Wednesday 7th April. Circuits and mobility plan can be found on the google sheets.

    And I think that is all for the moment. More will follow in due course. If you have any questions please check with the captaincy.

    Have a nice weekend and a safe return to the water

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  • XCIV Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 24th February 2021

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well and safe. Looks like that little by little we see light at the end of the tunnel.

    Days are starting to get longer and if everything goes well we should be on the water end of March. Here you can see the British Rowing Roadmap

    We are trying to adapt the training accordingly, a squad meeting will follow early next week (more details will follow).

    In the meantime Charlie’s updated circuits and mobility plan can be found on the google sheets. Also he is continuing with the 1:1 sessions on Saturday (£35 per session) - if you are keen, please book your slot it in fitclub – Sessions are 40 mins

    Times Slots: 9:30 -10-30 / 10:30 -11:30 / 11:30-12:30 /13:00-14:00 / 14:00-15:00

    Important reminder: This Sunday Annual General Meeting via Zoom , where Club officers and committee members will be elected to the Management Committee:

    • Chairman
    • Hon Treasurer
    • Hon Secretary
    • Assistant Treasurer
    • Assistant Secretary
    • Social Secretary
    • Committee Members (5)

    Please feel free to check the Virtual Noticeboard and contact the secretary if you would like to add your name to the list of nominations.

    Joining details for the ZOOM meeting have been circulated by email. Please contact the secretary if you have not received these and would like to join us for the AGM

    Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there 😉.

    Keep positive and keep safe


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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.

    CYG Snood.png

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