Reading Head cancelled; more land training. Frustrating though this may be for us all, it helps build the foundation for the summer’s race/tour performances. WEHoRR scheduled for 7 March; if that goes ahead – good luck to our SW 8+.

We are planning to launch the Sport Relief ergo challenge (for us collectively to row the 1,175 km distance from Lands’ End to Shetland) next week, once formalities are completed. The final day will remain Sunday 15 March, but bringing the start date forward enables us to positively benefit from Red River ergos. Further details to follow.

Please follow the NHS guidelines on the Corona Virus. If you are feeling unwell and think that it could be the Corona Virus please self-isolate and do not come down to the club until you have been cleared. As an additional precaution please clean all weights, rowing machine handles with antibacterial spray both before and after exercise. Our Safety Advisors, Chris and Diane, have shared some advice, so please read and heed their email.

A reminder that club policy is for new Maidenhead racing kit to be purchased exclusively from our nominated supplier, Regatta Sport. Please refer to Club Kit Manager, Mark Stockdale’s recent email for the rationale, which includes our desire to present a unified club identity.

The club’s rich history is being vividly portrayed, as the reframed photographs are being hung around the clubhouse. Thanks to Roger and Caroline for the considerable time they are putting into doing such a professional job. One of the benefits of our refurbished clubhouse is an increase in the demand to host external functions. This is an important source of revenue, and I’d like to thank Carlotta for picking up the Party-hire role from Layla, and Chris and Peter for continuing to run corporate hires. Thanks also to Paul and Laura for running the bar on Sunday afternoons, for those who are not sleeping off yet another weekend of long ergo pieces.

Another reminder that our clubhouse reopening event is on Saturday 28 March starting at 14:00. Flyers will soon be displayed at the club.

Some useful reminders on ergo technique from British Rowing’s Go Row Indoors programme https://www.britishrowing.org/indoor-rowing/go-row-indoor/how-to-indoor-row/british-rowing-technique/.  The sequence is key: Legs, body, arms, arms, body, legs. Focus on your legs – 60% of the power is from the legs, 30% body, 10% arms. Maintain good core stability. And breathe. Adaptive rowing techniques are included in workouts with some of the current Invictus team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SJ9RIqN_5Y.

Nick