Storm Dennis caused events and outings to be cancelled this weekend. Instead of urlando contra il cielo, have a look at Vicky Thornley’s suggestions for cross-training activities, for racing and recreational crews alike:

Next weekend’s planned events are the Burway Head (22 Feb) - good luck to our 6 WJ14/15 crews entered; and GB Junior trials at Boston (22-23 Feb) with a fabulous 5 of our juniors being invited - good luck to Amelia, Danny, Izzy, Jacob, and Max.

At the club (22 Feb, 1000 – 1700), we are planning to host a team of Royal Marines training to row on the Pacific Ocean ( They are doing this to raise awareness and funds for members of the service community struggling with mental health or physical disability issues.

This week there will be some framed pictures going up around the club; please be extra careful as we have just had them newly framed.  If you are at the club on Monday from 1000, please use the back stairs and try and avoid the corridor by the Kitchen door and Bar if possible. 

A team of Half-term escapees from the VetMen will be doing some more clubhouse redecorating, gardening, and new bar furniture assembling. The truck will have a small-boat carrying frame fitted on Monday.

Looking further ahead, two events for your diaries: an indoor rowing challenge to support Sport Relief and the club (13-15 March); and the formal clubhouse reopening (28 March from 1400).

Sports Relief will be on 13 March.  As some members will be racing in the Kingston Head on 14 March and/or in the Head of the River the following weekend, we will be holding the challenge over 3 days from Friday 13 March to Sunday 15 March, so squads can fit it into, or around, their training schedules.

The challenge will be for us collectively to row from the distance from Lands’ End to Shetland (via Tim’s house on Anglesey), 1,175 km in total.

As we have 25 ergos, that makes a target of 47 km per machine. We would like as many club members as possible from all squads to be involved.  If, say, 120 members participate, the average distance per member would be less than 10km. We will send out more information, including how you can get involved in raising sponsorship, over the next few weeks.