Captain’s Update – 1st December

Well Ladies we’ve survived Abigail, Barney and Clodagh – next it’ll be Desmond trying to keep us off the water.  No chance!

 In spite of Clodagh’s best efforts last Sunday 29th the first (monthly) BBL Time Trial went ahead as planned, and thanks to Sarah’s technical wizardry, and Jess and Katie Lean’s stoicism on the shore, here are the results  Over sausages and tea Dave Gledhill delivered the first (land based) part of a coxing/steering course.  We desperately need more coxes to get all these keen rowers – especially our 24 strong Novice squad – out on the water.  Let me know if you could take a turn…
Sarah P and Mark have been working all through November upgrading the Club boat fleet, fitting new slides, gates, and seats where needed, and checking the rigging and adjusting pitches on our Club 8’s, 4’s and 2’s.  JD is away having a new fin box fitted, and Rocky is off next week to have a hull refurb.  One set of wooden handled blades have been refurbished, and another to follow, as well as a set of smoothies.  Club and private singles have also been given the once over to be ready for Saturday.
Not all of them….due to an exciting Captain’s Capsize amongst the piers of Kew Rail Bridge (the capsize was exciting not the captain) Spring Fever has finally been put out to grass.  As we have also lost Digger (I know, I know, one is an accident, two is just careless) we are now looking for 2 servicable club singles.  Please let me know if you hear of anyone offering a good bogof deal.
This Saturday 5th is Vesta Scullers Head at 11:00.  We have 4 BBL Racers: Sarah P #397, Bec #402, Sian #525 and Katy #533, with 5 from next door: Bart #150, Guy #288, Neil P #299, Captain Jez #321 and Robin #380.
Please come along and cheer from the hard, bring cake and help with boating or serving tea.  You know the drill!
Next Saturday 12th is the Christmas Party – see you there!
Sunday January 3rd will be the next BBL Time Trial, and First Sunday Boathouse Work Day.
And another date for your diary Saturday 16th January Weybridge Winter Head, where last year our WMasC 4x were pennant winners.  Let’s do it again, but better!
In the meantime – if you’re doing any Christmas shopping please use this easyfundraising link  and raise some money for the club.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday,