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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Window for kit supplies

Scott has opened a group buying window with a supplier of the new style Weybridge RC All-in-ones. To order you simply need to go to five57sportsgear.com/weybridge with the password: WRC1880

The window closes on 30th May for deliveries at the end of July. You will find a handy size chart here.

Let's be careful out there

A reminder to members that many motor boat drivers, particularly those in charge of hire boats, are inexperienced and have little or no knowledge of the rules of navigation. Some also think they own the river so whilst 'power should give way to unpowered craft' you can't rely on it. For your own safety keep a good look out and if in doubt communicate with the boat driver if you can to establish their intentions.

Also don't forget that the steers-person in a narrow boat has a lot of boat in front of them and has a significant blind spot immediately in front of their boat and that a cox cannot see through the crew in front of them.

Leif Mills, Past President

Past President Leif Mills was a proud member of Weybridge Rowing Club for years. He passed away last year and expressed a wish that his ashes be sprinkled in the river he so loved. On Tuesday 1st June his daughter and family will be carrying out this wish. After a service in West Byfleet they will repair to the club at 13:30 and invite anyone who knew Leif to join them. We will have the bar open as Leif would appreciate. 

We hope we can have the after party outside and Weyfarers have kindly made their lawn available for the afternoon. The family are bringing a picnic, and invite anyone attending to similarly bring their own food; we can supply tables and chairs from the small shed and the clubroom.

A working party to get the gazebos, tables and chairs ready would be appreciated, sharp at 13:00 please. If you are intending to come to the Club could you please just let me know so I have some idea how many chairs, etc. to organise: clive@wrcjnr.com

The magic blade fairy

Has left so please remember to put your blades back in the correct rack. The blades are numbered, the racks are numbered, so it's not really very difficult. Blade set 51 doesn't go in the rack marked 20-24!

The Desborough Dashes Regatta, May 22nd

The results are available at desboroughdashes.co.uk/results-2021/. Sincere congratulations to the winners who received a specially commissioned Desborough Dashes medal (brilliantly designed by Claudine):

  • J14.4x+ - Archie, Ben, Barnaby, Tommy, (cox) Hayden
  • W.MasG.4x- - Anne, Rachel, Jacqui, Jane
  • WJ16.4x- - Keziah, Niamh, Lydia, Eva
  • J16.2x - Nick, Cullen

But for many it was their first ever race and they will have learned a lot about themselves and the whole racing 'thing'. We hope you all enjoyed it...

And special thanks, of course, to all those who volunteered (or were volunteered) during the day, whether to marshal along the river bank, in support or administrative roles, or as umpires, or setting up / clearing away.  It's what brings the club together and it was all done with great good humour even when technology hiccupped. The racing ran, for the most part, smoothly and on time. There was one capsize quickly attended-to by the safety boat, and the first aid people had a pretty boring day.

But I would specifically like to specially mention Weybridge organising committee members Caroline (Chief Umpire), Claudine (designer and background IT), Spike (IT wizard), Geoff (brilliant entries secretary), Anne (Safety Officer), Chris Edgley (Covid Officer) and Rachel (writer of risk assessments, instructions and general prodder) who, together with colleagues from Walton Rowing Club pulled the whole thing together in about 5 weeks with great diligence, care and enthusiasm. We were always aware of the challenges posed by covid regulations and this was 'front and centre' of our thinking and planning - no catering this time, masks required, social distancing, covid marshals at key points, clear and detailed instructions, health declarations, special briefings and so on.

Update on Henry

Henry is, I am pleased to advise, making good progress. He has one of the top professors in his field on his case and is receiving excellent care. Your cards and emails are helping to keep up his spirits and to remind him that there is life outside the hospital. 

He has been moved to the specialist burns unit and now has his own room with a window from which he can watch the rain falling on Birmingham. His medication is being eased and tubes removed. He is now able to eat reasonably normally and has started rehab, astounding the physio team at his fitness and determination.

His new address for cards and email is: Henry Hall, Burns Centre, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH. The email address has changed to hardeep.sohal@nhs.net

Henry is following events at the Club and is eager for news and communication. At some stage very soon it is expected that he will be moved to a London hospital for further treatment. 

Thank you.

Kay is still online on a Wednesday evening

Kay does her Pilates session on Wednesday online at bit.ly/WEY-Do-Pilates. Sometimes it works better as meet.google.com/XFM-EMRB-PXI - all welcome.

Update on the fish pass works

As members will have seen (you can hardly miss it) Mackley have started to play with their diggers and there's a big hole where there used to be a bank. If we need to get boats out we've made arrangements to run them down to Weybridge Ladies' step and load the trailer from there.

The EA's new plaything

Some of you will already be aware (some painfully) that there is another huge great EA barge blocking the river, this time at the Skiff Club. The EA are replacing the flow meters at that point. I think the barge will be there for at least another couple of weeks and at some times, if there are divers down, the river may need to be closed, so please proceed with super-extra special care.

Stay safe

Continuing - Hands, Face, Space, disinfect blades and boats. Things have opened up with hopes that new covid variants don't derail the process.

I would ask that masks are worn by all members if distancing of 2m is not achievable, at least until we have further relaxation which we hope will be in June.

Clive
Clive Capel
captain@weybridgerowing.org.uk 
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