Burway Head was cancelled, and the Cockleshell Endeavour team row postponed again. The GB Junior trials were replaced by ergo tests at the club yesterday, with some great performances by our triallists Amelia, Danny, Izzy, Jacob, and Max; well done to you all. Two of our alumni members, Edoardo and Sean, were in the Reading University BC 4x that took silver in the BUCS Head on the Tyne today; congratulations to them.

Next week we say farewell to Layla, and wish her well as she relocates to Vancouver. I’d like to thank her for her hard work in running the function-hire on behalf of the club; this has been, and continues to be, a valuable source of funding for us.

Thanks to Dawn for running her informative and practical coxing and steering course; 10 people will have completed by next week, who found it very useful and are looking forward to putting it into practice on the water (eventually…).

Another milestone was achieved with the clubhouse refurbishment project, as the new bar furniture was delivered and assembled this week. Thanks to Keith and Ken for their flat-pack assembly skills. The old bar furniture will continue to be used in the community at All Saints church. Paul Lion kindly made a donation to the club for this; thank you Paul. Further painting is underway on the stairwell leading to the cardio suite, and more pictures are being hung, as we prepare for our re-opening event on 28 March at 1400.

The tow-truck now has a removable frame to enable it to carry up to 3 small boats to events. This will not only ease boat transport, but expand our boat-transporting contingent, due to less stringent DVLC conditions for a lighter load. Please contact Dylan if you would like to arrange coaching for truck and/or trailer towing, as it will ease logistics if more members are able to transport boats.

Our regatta dates have been confirmed by British Rowing, so please add them to your diaries: Junior regatta 17 May; Open regatta 8 August.

In addition to club news, I would like to share rowing technique tips and guides. These are intended as discussion points for our members, as there are often (always?) varying opinions. Please email me your topical/favourite tips for inclusion. Thanks to John S for the following piece on breathing. It sounds obvious, but Rowing is named as one of the hardest endurance sports and proper breathing is very important to be able to sustain the amount of work; https://www.rowperfect.co.uk/proper-breathing-in-rowing/

Nick