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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.


    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.


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  • LXXVII Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st April 2020

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe.

    First of all Big Thank You to all during this time, from the people who are on the front line (claps, claps,claps) to the ones who are staying at home, trying to make the best of the situation. Letís embrace these next weeks with optimism fingers crossed we will be out for Summer.

    Now that we have enjoyed the first weeks of the lockdown for free let's upgrade it to premium ;).

    ďLockdown Premium PackageĒ:

    We have a revamped website  https://www.cygnet-rc.org.uk/ , have a look if you haven't already. Thank you very much Neil and Simon.

    Boathouse safety has also been upgraded: The Bar exit door is repaired, bars for the windows will follow and CCTV is in operation and signs are all done. Big Thank you to the Exec Team and friends: Jamie, Ali, Ben, Tom, Chris J (sorry if I am forgetting someone.)

    Training: (good time to improve core and flexibility)

    Please find some homework attached, (you know you always can have the Callisthenic pyramid 😉 ). Please feel free to provide photographic evidence to motivate the rest of us. I will set a virtual squad meeting for next week Tuesday 7.00 pm.

    Thursday Social Zoom 8.30 pm:
    Please let me know it you want to attend and I will forward the details.

    Other links that may be of interest in this quarantine:

    Please donít hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
    Have a nice sunny Tuesday and a better rest of the week.


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  • LXXVI Deneb Captain's Log

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th March 2020

    Dear Cygnets ,

    I hope everyone is doing well.

    First of all thank you all for your patience in this time. It has been a few months with fantastic good work unfortunately we need to stop all squad activities.

    As you all are aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation and health and safety is first priority. The upcoming months are going to be challenging for all of us, I know it is going to be hard for some people but we shall have to adapt, we need the collaboration of all of you to flatten the curve so we can get back to normality as soon as possible.

    The view of the club is that the sensible thing to do to mitigate all risk and to do our part in keeping our members and the community safe is by restricting access completely. That being said we understand we cannot force people to stay away. Please think carefully about what you are going to gain and if it is worth taking the risk.

    Following discussions, please see below the agreed terms of use:

    • Boathouse will be close until further notice to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.
    • Individuals wanting to go out for outings in a single scull are advised to consider NOT using the boathouse facilities unless in an emergency.
    • Individualsí use of an ergo in the Shed will likewise be at a memberís own risk. A shed key will be available in the outside key safe so you can access the Shed without entering the Boathouse.

    This Week and going forward: Social isolation

    We are working on a plan to keep us fit during the coming months (Callisthenic pyramid ;) and others). Letís support each track alternative exercise (maybe via Strava) to keep moral high and keep as fit as possible.

    More will follow.

    Have a nice Friday and please keep safe.


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