Captains report for February

Hello Everyone
With the end of our winter fast approaching and with it the last few events of the head season upon us, its certainly about time for another rowing bulletin.
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone that helped look out for the club when the Avon was in spate – luckily the river didn’t quite come up onto the lawn but we were well prepared in any case, with shells lashed down and ergos reclining in the inverted position. 
Training wise, we only had a week where the river was really not rowable. Overall it feels like all sections of the club have managed to make the most of what has been quite a mild season so far with some really nice training conditions, albeit with little racing to speak of until the last few weeks. 
On the racing front, the club was gearing up for a bash at the Bristol head but unfortunately the organisers made the decision to call off the event the evening before, leaving a becalmed Mike Smith raging with indignation the next day while rigging the Moonraker in obviously calm conditions.
The club wasn’t to have any such impediments for Avon Spring however, with the Manson and Short eights duking it out on the Saltford reach, only seven second separating them – the Manson Mas G crew narrowly missing out on the fastest masters handicap time by 2 seconds to a Minerva Bath Mas D crew. 
Luckily we wont have long to wait for a rematch, with both crews and the MBRC boat (in slightly different formats and lineups) racing in the Vets Head on the tideway, coming up on the 20th
Whether they have the form to beat the mixed mas B LRC/ Bradford composite is another matter entirely…
With this head being the last gasp of the long distance winter season, its time to look forward to the warm summery regattas – the women’s squad is already lining up for some local regatta racing and it would be great if we could get the whole club out to one event – suggestions to me and ill get us organized. 
Before we get around to racing in skins and keeping well hydrated however, there is the small matter of the boatrace. Louise T has very nicely had a word with the canal tavern and they have agreed to show the race on the 27th – perfect for post training hydration of a slightly different nature. 
The times are Women’s Boat Race – 3.10 pm, Osiris v Blondie – 3.25 pm, Isis v. Goldie – 3.40 pm, The Boat Race – 4.10 pm.

so come down whenever. 

On the subject of social events, again our womens squad are trailblazing with their beach activities – feel free to join in the regular breakfasts at the lock inn after a weekend sesh. VC Ching should be able to let you know when they are happening. 
That’s all for now apart from good luck to all those racing and don’t forget that we have the Bradford enclosure at HRR again (just downstream of the Bucks corporate hostility enclosures) so don’t forget there are camping opportunities coming up. Put the dates in your diaries. 

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