Captains Report September 2015

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Captain’s report September 2015

This has been my first full month as Captain and there have already many things worthy of mention:

Summer BBQ, cocktails and paella night – was well attended and a profit of £237 was made for the rower’s boathouse fund. No costs were incurred, all contributors provided at no cost to the club.

Grenoble Club junior rowers 2 junior rowers from the French rowing club visited the club in August and had a couple of outings. Gavid Dods has approached Grenoble with a view to an exchange ‘camp’ next Easter. The visitors made a contribution of £20 to the rowers’ boathouse fund

Club membership has been increasing by the week and the clubhouse is looking very busy, particularly on Thursday evenings and at the weekend. Last Saturday morning, we put out 11 crews (6 men’s crews and 5 women’s).

Lynda has just finished another Workplace Challenge Group introduction to rowing, resulting in yet more new members. It is proposed that a final ‘Explore Rowing’ course  will start on 26th September, after which there will be a break until next year as there is little coaching capacity to absorb any more beginner members.

The Explore+ group is now t currently the largest group in the club, standing at 30 members. This coming weekend the Explore + group have been invited to take part in Milton Keynes Rowing Club’s invitational regatta to race for the first (and last time before moving up) competitive stint of their racing/rowing career as complete beginners. The entry from Bedford is huge, with 3 x 8s, 4 quads as well as 2 doubles and singles racing. Every member is racing in at least 3 events.

 Following assessment, the development squad coaches will start to absorb a large number of the Explore+ rowers, leaving just the very newest members and those requiring a bit more water time under their belts.

Following discussion with Benn Klewplatinond (captain at MK) it is hoped that next year MK will extend an open invitation to the whole club to attend. This did not happen this year owing to the very poor entry last year (only the then current Explore group went) which is a great shame, as it’s welcoming, local and no points for wins are awarded.

Events – Denver to Ely marathon last weekend. Record number of Bedford entries – 12 in all. Fantastic achievements all round but special mention to Sara Reay in her composite Bedford/Sheffield WMast4x- who set the fastest record time for any women’s boat ever at 1:34:08

The WJ18 4x- also had a fantastic win, just 6 seconds behind the fastest ever women’s crew finishing in just 1:40:20

Nutritionist -  a local nutritionist is gathering data and needs case studies and has offered her knowledge to help work with select members of the men’s senior squad to offer advice on nutrition and training. This is at no cost to the club or the members involved.

Circuits – resumes at the Bedford Girls School tonight at 7.30pm Cost per session is to rise to £2 in line with the increased hall hire costs.

Rugby – the club bar is to host the televised World Cup rugby matches and John has agreed to provide chips at half time. Many members will be attending this social event and bar sales should escalate accordingly.

Autumn Head – all Bedford rowers wishing to compete at the head will be told that they must also be prepared to marshall at least 2 divisions.

Boat house clean up is scheduled for Saturday 26th September from 10am and all members are expected to attend. Also on 26th, John and Gabi are also planning to host another Macmillan coffee & cake morning following the success of the funds raised last year.

Posted By Ian on 16 Sep 2015

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