Vesta 50 Club welcomes new members

vesta 50 club

“We like buying boats and winning prizes!”

Incredibly Vesta 50 Club has been running for more than 40 years and this year Harry Prior, its outstanding faithful steward has handed over the reigns to Dick Welch. The club is very grateful to both gentleman for running the club. It has been amazingly fruitful when it comes to buying Vesta boats, something we all love!

So it is a ripe time to begin a recruitment drive for new members. If you’re new to Vesta and don’t know much about Vesta 50 Club, please read the introduction here. If you’ve been a member for a long time and have never got around to setting up a standing order, do it now! Email Dick to sign up on to subscribe for just £7 a month. (It’s nothin’ peoples!)

We will be posting the monthly draw winners on the 50 Club page, tweeting as well as chalking them up on the old-fashioned bar blackboard!

Vesta International Veterans’ Head

thames-viewVesta International Veterans Head of the River Race will be held on Sunday 24th March 2013, starting at 13:30 GMT and racing from Mortlake to Putney.

Entries will open in early February.

See this website and BROE for more details.


Burns’ Night Supper at Vesta on Friday 25th Jan

robert-burnsYippeee! It’s time to warm yourselves up from your January blues! Dick has announced that we will be holding a traditional Burns’ Night Supper at Vesta on Friday 25th January, 7.30-8.00pm. Not to be missed I assure you.

On offer will be:

  • A welcoming glass or two of Fizz.
  • Haggis, neaps and tatties.
  • A hearty Scottish pudding.
  • A selection of Scottish cheeses.
  • A tasting of Whiskies.

All inclusive £25 per person, which is such good value it’s a thrifty Scotsman’s treat. All lads and lasses are welcome.

Numbers are limited, so please let Dick know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

The wearing of kilts is encouraged! Otherwise smart casual.

NEW Classified listings section!

New Vesta club classifiedsExciting news! We have just put live a new Club Classifieds section here. Perfect for selling / looking for boats / sculling blades /training equipment, or for finding a flat / flatmate… but not for finding your mate a girlfriend…

The great news is that any Vesta member (or friend) can post a listing. All listings are moderated by a site administrator, i.e. me (and Laurence). All replies to ads have to go via the website to protect the poster’s contact details. There is also spam protection on it. Each listing has a default lifetime of 30 days and there is a reminder to tell the poster when their ad expires.

Once we have genuine listings posted I will push these onto the home page in a feed to ensure that they are seen by members. Plus, I promise to mention them in the all-vesta newsletters too. Let me know if you have any other questions. Email

Subscribe to Vesta’s news using RSS Feed

rss-icon-772x250I’ve been asked if you can get the latest posts from this beautiful Vesta Rowing Club website in a feed that you can subscribe to. The answer is YES OF COURSE!

This means that you don’t have to keep checking the website to see if it’s changed. You can simply get the news headlines sent to your computer screen as and when updates happen.

All you have to do is go to and then you can subscribe to the feed either using a Feed Reader that you may have already or can install, e.g. through Google Reader, Yahoo or whatever.

I’ve also added the icon on the right side bar for you to use in the future.

I hope this helps you, kids.


Vesta member heading for Antarctica

If you think rowing on the Tideway can be chilly, fancy heading to Antarctica for the winter? Not a chance, thank you, but one of our members is on their way over right now on quite a high-profile expedition…Eric Reynolds writes:

I hope that you are warm and comfortable and that you will have a peaceful and prosperous 2013.

I am probably not going to be quite so warm as I am aboard the good ship SA Agulhas on route to Antarctica to deliver Ran Fiennes and his team onto the ice at the start of their attempt at the first ever crossing of the continent during the Polar winter.

The SA Agulhas

There are a bunch of good scientific and educational reasons for undertaking the Coldest Journey, plus of course the ‘boys own adventure’ side of things.

Very importantly we have a target of raising $10,000,000 for a charity called Seeing is Believing.

The expedition is a private enterprise (not government  sponsored) so we are scraping all the barrels in order to get there and with any luck back again.

So far we have raised sufficient to charter the ship and to pay for enough fuel to get started, but we might get stuck in the Southern Ocean unless we can raise some more while we are away.

If you would like to help get us back – every £1 donated puts a litre in the tank. is the easy way to contribute.

Any surplus raised over cost will be matched by Standard Chartered bank and will be used to help those who cannot see in Africa and India.  More information on the adventure and the aims at

I can’t promise to bring you back a piece of ice but if you click to donate and email me that you have I will arrange for a Ran signed thank you to be sent to you.

Very best wishes


The Coldest Journey logo

Order Vesta kit now

kit2The start of January means colder weather and head races on the horizon…time to stock up with even more kit then!
Crewroom/JL Kit Ordering Window
The Crewroom ordering window is open now! If you missed out last time on getting racing kit then now is your chance. Please note the JL lycra is the club’s official kit and is what those racing should wear as, it uses the correct shade of Vesta crimson.
Window opens: 03/01/13
Window closes: 13/01/13
Delivery: Before Henley Fours & Eights Head (16th Feb)
Login: vestarc
Password: blackstaff
This is the last opportunity to order kit before women’s/men’s HORR and training camps. The next window will open soon after we all get back in prep for the summer regatta season.

For more kit information see our kit page

Next Vesta Bar Quiz 30th January

Vesta bar quiz - all welcome

Vesta bar quiz – all welcome

Dear Class of Vesta 2013, you are all invited to our bar quiz on a SCHOOL NIGHT!  It’s Wednesday 30th January 2013 (how weird does that sound?) and you have a special pass from our honorary quiz master, Gordon Barnes, to stay out late. Don’t miss this chance to socialise in the bleakest of months – you should have been paid by then!

Start time is 8:30, food should be provided, and the bar will of course be open.

Get a team together or just turn up, the more the merrier.


Ms Communications,

P.S. Watch out for tweets if you want to swot up on questions in advance. (In my day this was cheating! Sniff.)

New Year’s Eve

This year there will not be a party, but the bar will be open for a gathering of members. We hope this will be a lovely, low-key celebration to bring in the new year with friends. The bar will closed at 1am to prevent any further damage to the club as was seen after the annual dinner.

Vesta men win in the Remenham Challenge

Two Vesta men’s crews won their divisions in the Remenham Challenge Head held on Sunday 16th December. It was a tremendous start for the novice men, who won their first ever race, beating London and Thames novice crews. Hopefully the taste of victory gives them confidence to continue as racers!

Vesta novice men's crew

The senior squad also had very well-earned success winning the Intermediate category and coming 5th overall. Well done!

Vesta intermediate men's crew

Vesta intermediate men's crew

Vesta also gained a close 2nd place in the Women’s Elite category, being pipped by a Thames crew. The women’s competition is bound to hot up as Vesta raced with a couple of subs on the day, so there’s extra speed to be found.

Overall we had seven crews racing on a beautiful, not too cold, wintry day. The Remenham Challenge, being the forerunner of all the eights heads, is always a mixed field in terms of racing quality, as crews find their racing legs, or not. There were 38 crews racing altogether, so Vesta’s was the 2nd biggest entry for a club next to Thames, who entered an impressive 14 crews.

The full results are here and the Vesta crews’ results will be on our Results page shortly.

Thanks to Stewart Button for the photographs.