I’m pleased that we have had up to 48 members per day safely returning to the water last week, with representatives from every senior squad, including former MRC Junior, Jack Beaumont, and the majority of the W/J16-18 squad.

We are delighted to be able to progress to Wave 3, effective from 0700 Monday 22nd June, which will enable many of our younger juniors to return to sculling. We have also added a specific early morning slot for our ‘shielders’.

Please read the attached Wave 3 procedures carefully, as there are updates for everybody. They will also be on the club website. As a reminder of some of the key principles: this is a cautious, safety-led, risk-based approach, in line with UK Government and British Rowing guidance, which is “only to facilitate personal exercise, not a return to normal club activity and/or training”.

Coaches of Juniors younger than W/J16-18 will kindly organize their sessions, so will relevant parents please liaise with them, once you and Junior members have read the procedures, watched the covid19 safety video, and completed the consent process.

We are currently investigating training options for less competent scullers (of all ages), as we wish to enable all members to return to the water as soon as safely possible.

Please remember to respect our neighbours; particularly being mindful of noise and road traffic movements. I regret to advise that I am currently dealing with a complaint.

On the racing front, albeit on ergos, British Rowing are running an inaugural BR Virtual Championships on 27-28th June. Good luck to all members competing, including Marcus who has been training hard to smash his 500m PB.

We have reluctantly cancelled our 8th August regatta, but Al and team are investigating alternative possibilities, in line with British Rowing guidance.

Row safe, and care for your fellow rowers.