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.
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!