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Join Vesta for 2016-17

The 2016/17 season starts in September 2016 and runs until July 2017. We always start the season with a squad kick-off meeting in early September. The date for the kick-off meeting will be announced at least two weeks in advance.

The season is now well underway but we are still accepting experienced rowers, coxes and coaches. Register your interest here if you think you’d like to join Vesta. Our novice programme is now full; the next intake for beginners will be our summer learn to row course.

What we’re all about

We have three aims at Vesta Rowing Club: to develop our members and athletes to enable them to achieve their highest possible level of performance in the sport, to make a significant contribution to rowing, and to continue to grow what is a wonderfully friendly club.

We have had some great results over the past couple of seasons, and continue to aim for excellence at every level.  We take great pride in being able to offer a structure that provides the opportunity for progression and success at every level, from novice to senior to masters.

Our club is run by its members for their mutual benefit, and we hope that all our members are able to contribute to the club and the sport in any number of ways.

You will find further information on our squads: senior, development and masters (aka veteran) below.  Information regarding membership and all sorts of helpful information about the club can be found here.

The club includes members with a wide range of rowing and non-rowing experience, from those who have recently joined Vesta from school or university to those who have competed at Henley Royal Regatta as club members in the 1950s. We presently have over 300 Members, evenly split between active and honorary (non-rowing) members.

The rowing at Vesta is organised into three main squads:

Men’s Senior Squad
Women’s Senior Squad
Men’s and Women’s Novice Squads

We also have a very active masters group who are mainly self-directed, supported by a fortnightly coaching session and club-wide training resources such as an adaptable training plan and monthly time trial sessions to benchmark performance. If you’re an experienced rower and want to train and compete at the masters level then please do register your interest.

How Do I Become a Member?

First, get in touch with the relevant squad to find out more, meet the coaches and come visit to get a feel for the club or simply register your interest here and we’ll get back to you. The club offers six levels of annual membership. You can choose to pay by monthly direct debit and spread out the cost over the whole year, or pay in one or two larger instalments. Subscription levels for 2016/17 are as follows:

  • Active Member:
£495 Payable by all rowing members, whether they are part of a squad or not (Active Membership does not of itself entitle a member to coaching)
  • Student Member:
£250 Students must be in a full time course for the duration of the season
  • Legacy Member:
£250 For members who only wish to race one head and one regatta race per year
  • Cadet Member:
£250 For those under the age of 17 on 1st October
  • Honorary Member:
£60 Available to all ‘social’ members, coxes and coaches who do not actively row
  • Rack (single scull):
£160 Holders of a rack must also pay the full Active Member subscription

 

Once you’ve decided you want to join and have met your squad coach you’ll need to fill in a membership form before boating from the club. This covers the club for a number of issues including insurance. Within the first four weeks of rowing with Vesta you will be expected to submit an application form and set up a Direct Debit.

If you are looking for more information on Vesta and how it operates, please click here!