Dear All


I very much hope you all had a great summer: it was a special one with the Olympics and the marvellous results for Team GB – we marked the occasion with our BBQ and thank you to all who assisted and made it such a great success.


Before I turn to the return to Autumn/Winter training I would like to let the membership know that our much valued member Ken Williams has decided to step down as Club Rowing Safety Advisor from 30thSeptember 2016.  September marks 60 years since Ken starting rowing at Horseferry Rowing Club.  He has literally been a champion volunteer for both MAABC and additionally had a spell of 7 years as Chief Marshall for the WEHoRR.  We will marking Ken’s contribution nearer the end of the month.  However, this does leave an open position for the role of CRSA which is a key role for the Club – should any of you  wish to know more about this function (there will be a detailed handover and support) please can you let anyone from the Committee know.  This role does not have to be a full committee member role.


Talking of safety please can all members remember to sign out – this is mandatory thanks very much indeed.


As all members know that we wish to begin building on the success of the club last year.  We want to be as inclusive as possible so we have spent time investing in the gym which looks splendid.  Again thanks to all involved.  So we have a lovely gym, club and a river.  These three vital ingredients which when mixed together a la The Great British Bake Off means that we have a training programme.  The training programme will ensure that we do not have any soggy bottoms.  To kick this off we would like to invite you to a meeting at the Club at 8 am on Saturday September 3rd.  The programme will be distributed ahead but in essence we are going to have the following timetable to ensure we get the best conditions.  We appreciate that the programme will have several sessions and invite you all to participate as your schedule dictates, the coaches are very keen to discuss with you your individual circumstances.


Saturdays     7 am meet Water session single sculls / 9 am meet singles and doubles (coaches to organise)


Sundays       As above


Mondays       7 pm meet 6 km timed run, followed by 30 minute erg rate 24


Tuesday       6.30 am water sessions in singles, SUBJECT TO DAYLIGHT,  evening session 6.30 pm Water session in singles SUBJECT TO DAYLIGHT, or endurance ergo session


Wednesday   7 pm weights session


Thursday      30 minute erg rate 24


October to January early morning sessions to be agreed, Saturday and Sunday sessions will be adjusted to suit daylight hours.


At the meeting we will let you know of which winter heads we are targeting.


I would personally like to wish you all a great season, fun and success.