Men of Vesta – your upper lip needs you!

movember your club needs you - 2013

Men of Vesta…

It’s Movember very soon and the call is going out to members to grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. It’s going to be a hairy journey and we need safety in numbers!

If you want to be a part of Vesta’s fundraising effort, please enlist for Movember and JOIN Vesta Mowing Club or go and donate in support of those that are taking part!

A moustache is the mark of a man…so try and clear it with work, partners or whoever you need to convince about how worthy this cause is and Grow a Mo!

Find out more about why you should join or support Vesta Mowing Club by taking a look at THE CAUSES WE ARE FIGHTING FOR.

Thanks in advance to those who are going to cultivate a tache on their top lip.

As the HP advert says…’all efforts to grow facial hair shall be applauded’

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Dates for the diary

Now that the season is upon us, it’s time to get those all important racing and social events firmly planted in everyone’s diaries.


  • Reading Small Boats Head – 5th October
  • Pairs Head – 13th October, 11:15 – The bar will be open all day and there will be food. So come down and support our crews!
  • Upper Thames Fours & Small Boats Head – 27th October
  • Vesta Scullers Head – 16th November, 14:15 – One of the biggest days in the club calendar. Please come down and support and help if you can by donating some sandwiches or cakes, or helping out behind the bar.
  • Fours Head – 30th November, 13:00 – The bar will be open all day and there will be hot food. So come down and support our crews!
  • Remenham Challenge Head – 14th December, 13:15 – We are defending champions in the men’s intermediate and novice categories!
  • Quintin Head – 25th January
  • Henley 4s & 8s Head – 15th February
  • Reading University Head – 1st March
  • Hammersmith Women’s Head – 9th March
  • Women’s Eights Head – 15th March, 15:30 – Defending club champions!!!
  • Hammersmith Head – 16th March
  • Kingston Head – 22nd March
  • Head of the River race – 29th March, 14:15
  • Vesta Veterans Head – 30th March, 10:30

Social Events

  • Fours Head party – 30th November
  • Annual Dinner – 31st January
  • Women’s Dinner – 22nd March

Welcome new members!

Hello all newbies! The new rowing season is an exciting time to join or rejoin the madness. So here are a few tips to make sure you find integrating into Vesta life easy peasy.

1. Do the V.R.C.! New-members-thumb

2. Sign up for the all-vesta mailing list.

3. Drink (and eat) in the bar. It’s totally chilled out and friendly, plus drinking beer buys new boats.

4. Learn about the club and get involved – here is a good place to start.

Good luck for 2013-14 everyone! Any questions, email me on Bye for now, Cheryl


Senior Women’s Kick Off Meeting – Thursday 12/9, 7:30pm

Vesta womenThe Vesta Senior Women’s squad will be kicking off the 2013/2014 season with a meeting at the Vesta Bar, this Thursday, 12 September at 7:30pm.  All are welcome. If you are interested, but cannot attend, please email Aga at Training will begin on Saturday morning.

This year’s women’s squad will be led by Ray Sullivan, and supported by Matt Gilliver, Dave Clinton and Peter Williams.

Vesta Senior Women Win at Met Regatta 2013. (Photo thanks to Rachel Dixon)

New Director of Women’s Rowing for 2013-14

Vesta Rowing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Sullivan as Director of Women’s Rowing for the upcoming new season 2013/14.

Ray will lead a group of volunteer coaches to ensure the continued success of the Vesta Women’s squad.

Ray has achieved notable wins and successes at Lea Rowing club and Furnivall Sculling Club, winning the ARA Coach of the Year in 2005/6. He has coached crews to wins at Henley Women’s Regatta, National Championships and the Commonwealth Games. His crews have won Pennants at Pairs, Fours and Womens’ Eights heads, and he has also seen crews through several rounds of the Remenham Challenge at Henley Royal Regatta.

A new season kick off meeting will be held on 12 September at 7:30pm in Vesta’s front room – if you have over a year’s competitive rowing under your belt and are interested in joining the club, please come along!

On behalf of the current squad and committee, we would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to the outgoing coaches.

Three crews pre-qualified for Henley Royal Regatta

The only Vesta crew named in the list of Crews Required To Qualify published on Sunday was the development men’s crew. For the first time in the nine years since Vesta women first entered the Remenham Challenge at HRR, they have not been asked to qualify. Major achievement ladies! SWEET!

Similarly the Wyfold Challenge Cup and Thames Challenge Cup Vesta (A) crews have both pre-qualified after being consistently competitive at a club level in the major summer regattas.

The development boys were allowed to enter the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley after they had cracked the 6:30 marker in the IM3.8 event on the Sunday at Met. So now they can experience for the first time the tension and excitement of visiting the Henley Royal boat tents and pushing off for that gritty, long, unforgiving time trial.  This is also a major achievement for the crew and their coaches who were all novices last summer. Well done!

There are 35 crews from which 12 will qualify. For those who can support, Vesta Rowing Club (B) will be the 2nd last crew in the group starting at 5:21pm on Friday. Good luck!

The list of crews asked to qualify and schedule are available here.

Henley Women’s Regatta starts tomorrow!

HWR Medal

Henley Women’s Regatta Medal

It’s that time of year again! The Vesta women are all set for this weekend’s racing and we urge all club members and supporters to make a visit to the course to cheer on our crews.

Racing this year we have an Intermediate Club 8, Senior 8, Senior 1x and an Elite 2-. To make things a bit easier, here are the timings for confirmed and potential Vesta races each day:


15:03  – Race 11 –  Club 8s – Vesta vs Thames B


11:04 – Race 132 – Club 8s
12:04 – Race 147 – Senior 1x – Vesta vs Isle of Ely
16:48 – Race 218 – Senior 1x
17:04 – Race 222 – Senior 8s – Vesta vs Trinity College, Hartford, USA
17:12 – Race 224 – Elite 2- – Vesta vs Molesey

10:46 – Race 320 – Elite 2-
11:42 – Race 334 – Club 8s
12:10 – Race 341 – Senior 1x
13:52 – Race 334 – Senior 8s

14:24 – Race 368 – Elite 2-
15:35 – Race 377 – Club 8s
15:50 – Race 380 – Senior 1x
16:25 – Race 387 – Senior 8s

The forecast at the moment is looking a bit iffy, so make sure to bring your brollies along with your picnics and loudest Vesta cheers. It definitely helps to find the extra gear when the Vesta roar is the loudest!

For those of you who can’t make it, you can watch the racing live online by clicking the following link:  We’ll also work hard to make sure we keep the Vesta webpage and twitter feed are up to date.

Best of luck to all the girls and coaches! Have fun and race hard!

Battersea Rail Bridge Closed


A message from Peter, Vesta’s Water Safety Adviser:

Refurbishment works have started on Battersea Railway Bridge and that the bridge will be closed for three months with immediate effect.  Only boats with a VHF radio who first ask the PLA can go through the bridge for the duration of the work.

This means that no rowing boats may proceed through Battersea Bridge. If you go downstream of Putney Bridge you must spin before the heliport.

A reminder of what Battersea Bridge looks like... it's the one down from Putney Rail.

A reminder of what Battersea Bridge looks like… it’s the one down from Putney Rail.

I would also like to remind crews that you should take great care if you go downstream of Putney Bridge. The club has had three incidents this season below the bridge which have been caused by a lack of familarity with the hazards and not keeping a proper look out.

Only go below Putney Bridge in good conditions, not within two hours of high tide and never at night. Do not stop or marshall near the recycling centre where there is commercial traffic. Keep a look out over both sides of the boat for bridges, moored craft and other river traffic. Remember there is no speed limit below Wandsworth Bridge so other boats can travel quickly and cause significant wash.

Thank you.

Beware of the Thames Clippers at Putney Pier

thames-clipper-putneyIt’s been noticed that the Thames Clippers arriving and departing from Putney Pier have not been using the appropriate sound signals. If you see this happening, please report the instance to the PLA.

Remember (these in my words):

One short blast means “I am altering my course to starboard”

Two short blasts means “I am altering my course to port”

Three short blasts means “I am operating astern propulsion” AKA going in reverse

Four short blasts mean “I am turning around in the fairway”  one more short blast “to starboard” or two more short blasts “to port”

Five short blasts means “I am about to crash into you if you don’t do something” – generally move out of the way of the big boat NOW

One long blast means “I am coming around a corner or blind spot. Beware I am here.”

I hope this helps. The Rowing Code gives you the full details.