Vesta Women’s Masters at the Women’s Head

Masters A – overall position: 77th, time: 20:22.4

Crew:Julia Hedley, Emily Trant, Holly de Gay, Martha Walsh, Kat Hedges, Vics Mcleod-More, Aga Siemiginowska, Kitty Lowings, Sybille Schorm


With a fresh crop of retirees in the 2013 season, the “Great-ish 8” was ably coordinated by Kat H and a strict entrance criteria was applied to those wishing to race: were you available for some gentle training the weekend before WeHorr? The self-selecting (fortunately seat racing was not required) 9 retirees were thus entered into the Masters A category, going off at 71, just enough time in marshalling to get to know the international crews, spot some local wildlife, and cheer the senior squad crews on their way to (River) Thames dominance.  In terms of the race plan, this was followed to a tee: crank the rate up as far as we can comfortably get to, accept a solid rate 29 spm, and row with the poise and dignity you’d expect of ladies of our experience. All in all, a solid paddle (in a solid boat – thank you senior men for the loan!), and a finish at 77th ahead of 226 crews, some of whom you might hope had actually sat on an erg in the preceding six months!


Vesta Vets Head Draw now online

Less than two weeks until we race!

The 2013 provisional draw is now available.

Plus all the race instructions are available on our Vets Head event page.

Visiting the Vesta Veterans’ Head from Europe?

We have navigation guides in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Please see the information for visiting overseas crews on the right hand side of the draw page. This is available courtesy of British Rowing Thames Regional Rowing Council.


New! Race Instructions for Vesta International Veterans’ Head

The following documents are now available. See the main information page for the full race details.


  1. Tideway Navigation Chart
  2. General Instructions
  3. Marshalling diagrams
  4. Key Info – if you only have a minute – READ THIS ONE!

Entries are open until 10th March so don’t miss out!

Race T-Shirt!

rtb-vetshead-tshirtAlso the Official Race T-shirt is now available from Rock The Boat. To purchase please click here.












Women’s Head Run Up

The Vesta women and their coaches have been working hard through the gruelling months of January and February, with a few obstacles to contend and overcome!

Firstly, they didn’t allow the nasty icy conditions at the Docks stop their seat racing. The squad succeeded in completing their racing matrix in small boats in the snow. The Rememham Challenge and Quintin Head have been good opportunities to test racing speed and our top crew was 2nd fastest women in both events.

Henley Eights and Fours was cancelled on weekend of 15th Febraury, but instead Vesta welcomed Oxford University Women’s Lightweights (OUWLRC) to the club to train alongside our senior women’s squad. The girls had some fun and achieved some solid results side by side there. Thanks OUWLRC! You’re welcome back anytime!


This weekend Hammersmith Women’s and Juniors was totally oversubscribed because every other race in the calendar has been called off so we couldn’t get any entries. Still Vesta can be perked up in the knowledge that they have an exceptional Women’s Eight Head of the River draw. Thanks to the brilliant performances last year, for the first time ever Vesta has three crews in the top 20, at 3, 13 and 19, racing Senior, IM1 and IM2 respectively. Plus an IM3 crew at 53 and for the first time a Masters A crew at 71, the latter who I’ve heard on the grapevine are eyeing a pennant.

Thames being our nemesis again this year is starting Head of the River, and we know they have had the measure of us so far this winter, but the gaunlet is down! Once again there’s a significant overseas contigent too, who, apart from the returning 2nd place crew from Belvoir RC Zurich, are the unknown. Elite Imperial and GB Junior crews look like they might be pretty hot and we’ll have to see who else shows up on the day. Some of the overseas crews are racing Masters, which will keep our old girls on their toes.  Osiris and Cambridge Uni don’t seem to be racing this year (Tethys – Oxford Lightweights I believe – are) and neither are any other GB composite crews.

For Vesta no doubt this will be a race to remember! We encourage all supporters to get to the river to cheer on our crews in two weeks to give our girls an extra push. Good luck Vesta!

NB if you want to correct me at all on any of this, please do! Cheryl

Summer Cycling – Tour de Force

A message from Dave “DC” Clinton (not generally known for shirking pain, sobriety or indeed sanity…)

Well since I left the river and took up the bicycle I have managed a few big rides.
However, this year is the 100th Tour de France and I thought it would be nice to do some Tour riding.
I happened across this: Check out Tour Taster 2. Southern Discomfort.
All this madness is in aid of charity.  So … if you think it’s mad enough you could show your appreciation by sponsoring me. The charity is the William Wates Memorial Trust, which helps the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence, and fulfill their potential.

It’s a great charity raising money to help disadvantaged children. Please sponsor me or just donate anyway here:


Lynne Anderson

It is with deepest shock and sadness that I have to report the news that our president Don Anderson’s wife, Lynne, died last night after being knocked down by a car. Lynne has supported the club generously over the years and is well known to a number of us. We send our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to Don and his family at this difficult time.

Results update

Vesta Elite women dig deep!

Vesta Elite Women dig deep!

A slightly belated post to let you know that the results from Quintin and Remenham Heads are on the website Results page. The club has been doing well lately. At Quintin our ladies were the 2nd fastest women’s crew and the men came 2nd in IM1, 10th overall.

Next weekend is Henley Fours and Eights Head so more racing action is on the horizon!

I am looking for roving reporters to post more about how our crews are faring, so if you’d like to pen a few lines (and it really doesn’t have to be much) please do! Just drop me (Cheryl) a line at Thanks!

Putney Pier Planning Application

You may be aware of a planning application for Putney Pier. The proposal is to add more berths by lengthening it towards Putney_PierPutney Bridge and to have an inner pontoon for new berths that would prevent rowing under the pier footbridge.

The executive committee has discussed the matter and will be making an objection to the application on grounds of navigational saftey. Should a crew get into trouble when turning in front of the boats to proceed back along the shore of Putney Embankment on an ebb tide, there would be no escape route under the pier, making the turn more hazardous (similar to Dove Pier).

If you wish to make your own independent objection to the application please use the link below and respond by 6th February.

Sambrook’s Wandle on tap this weekend

This weekend sees the first firkin of real ale in 2013, it’s Sambrook’s Wandle (3.8%) on tap this weekend, so if anyone is feeling thirsty after their exertions in the Head race on Saturday they can be refreshed at the Vesta bar!