Interested in joining Vesta?

The 2014/2014 season kick-off dates for each squad is as follows:

Senior women intro meeting: Wednesday 3 September, 7pm

Senior men intro: Thursday 4 September, 7pm

Senior squads start: Saturday 6 September, 7am

Novice men and women intro meeting: Thursday 11 September, 7pm

If you are curious about any of our squads and what they involve, all are invited to come along to to the club to meet the coaches at the intro meetings. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: vesta@vestarowing.co.uk

Vesta win Horton Cup for Senior 4- at Met Regatta

Met Regatta came to a barnstorming conclusion for Vesta yesterday as the coxless four of Harry Bond, Richard Lear, Si Woodfine and Richard Stebbings bagged the historic Horton Cup for Senior Coxless Fours.

Horton Cup 2.1

Vesta had a large number of crews competing over the weekend at the Metropolitan Regatta at Eton Dorney, one of the big events of the summer season. The Club had a good weekend all round with both men’s and women’s crews racing in multiple finals, including IM1 8+, IM2 8+, IM2 4- W.ELI 2x, W.SEN 2x, W.ELI 2- and W.ELI 4-.

The weekend was topped by a win in the Senior Mens Coxless Four of Harry Bond, Richard Lear, Si Woodfine and Richard Stebbings who won the Horton Cup on Sunday evening. The same four joined by cox Jo Street competed in Elite and Senior Coxed Fours on the Saturday, coming a close 3rd in Elite against fast crews from Oxford Brookes and Sport Imperial, and 3rd in Senior against strong combinations from IC and Molesey (who the guys beat later in the elite final). Three of this crew reached the semi-finals of the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2013, and they look set for a strong challenge again this year in either the Wyfolds or Britannia Challenge Cup.

The Horton Cup is an exact replica of the Australian Open lawn tennis champs trophy and the prestigious regatta trophy is housed at Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke of Devonshire. Vesta have won the trophy twice in its history- first by Harry Blackstaffe in 1909 and most recently in 1955 by Harry Prior and Tommy Thompson.

A huge well done to all the racing crews and best of luck in the coming few weeks!

Annual Dinner this Friday

We hope you bought your Annual Dinner tickets on time as the booking window is now closed. You can still snap up raffle tickets on the night and be in with the chance of winning a week’s holiday in Cyprus. (And who wouldn’t want to swap this incessant rain for a few rays of Paphos sunshine?)

Make sure you don’t miss any important details, check the Frequently Asked Questions for info about table plans, transportation or the after-party, and, most of all, have a good time!

4s Head party will be a MO PARTY

It’s the news that you have all been waiting for…

Mo-Brothas and Mo-Sistas,

As Movember draws to a close and in celebration of this and the 4’s head weekend, it’s time to wring out your soggy all-in-ones, chuck Modesty out of the window and Model your Most ingenious and Most glaMorous costume to commeMorate the …

MO PARTY!

What is a ‘Mo’ party? Simple really – anything to do with ‘Mo’.

Eg. Mona Lisa, BackgamMon, ChroMosome, Moulin Rouge, HoMosexual, Moron – you get the idea…

… all the usual Mohem (sorry) that goes with a Vesta Party!

7pm till late

Please get in touch with Thea to volunteer for a bar shift: thea.vrc@gmail.com

Mo party poster

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’

Any questions to Deckchair: vicecaptain@vestarowing.co.uk

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.

Races

  • 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 comms@vestarowing.co.uk. 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 captain@vestarowing.co.uk. 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.