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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


    Dates for your Diary:

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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).

    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


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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 

    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.


    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. Let’s 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 ;).

    “Lockdown Premium Package”:

    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 don’t 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.
    • Individuals’ use of an ergo in the Shed will likewise be at a member’s 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). Let’s 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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