Preview of the Vesta Scullers Head Prizes

The fastest male and fastest female will take home one of the wonderful small scull trophies pictured. Also the fastest male and female novices in the 2012 Vesta Scullers Head will be fortunate enough to be awarded new perpetual trophies donated by Tideway Scullers School in memory of esteemed coach, Alec Hodges.

The beautiful Blackstaffe Trophy is perpetual as is awarded to the fastest finisher.

Scullers Head Trophies

Full details of the race are here.

The draw will take place on 26th November, so watch this space!

Christmas Party Saturday 15th Dec Afternoon

Vesta Mulled Wine Christmas Party 2012Vesta’s Christmas Party will be held after outings on Saturday 15th December. This is a change to the original plan so rowers will not be afflicted with heavy hangovers when racing the Remenham Challenge Head on Sunday 16th.

The full details of the day haven’t been finalised yet, but I’d put a bet on mulled wine, mulled cider (if Thea has anything to do with it!), mince pies and there’s talk of a whole stilton cheese and biscuits!

The club will have its Christmas decorations up soon to get you in the mood after the Annual Dinner. All are welcome, young and old, just bring your festive spirit and santa hats.

Next Vesta Bar Quiz -21st November

Gordon has confirmed the next bar quiz will be held on Wednesday 21st November. Follow @vestarowing on Twitter for hints and tips… or in other words get to see the question paper before the exam.  Get your teams together for a prompt start at 8:30pm and a finish as close to 10pm as possible!

Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships 20-21 October 2012 Eton Dorney

Paul Fitzwilliam reports

The first Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships was designed as part GB Trials part National Championships.

With Dorney Lake slowly being returned to its pre-Olympic state, Vesta’s sole representative at this event was Rowan McKellar who was racing in a composite WU19 2x and a composite W 4x with Glasgow RC as a first step in her quest to seek GB U23 selection.

On Saturday, with the Hwt, Lwt, U23 and U19 doubles all racing together as per GB Trials format, the Time Trial didn’t go quite to plan but by the end of the knock out stages Rowan and her lightweight colleague from Glasgow had won the E Final and finished 3rd in the U19 category.

On Sunday Rowan and her three Glasgow crewmates raced the quad and won the C final, finishing 4th in W4x behind Leander and two crews from IC, and 14th overall out of 24 quads.

The next step will be the Open Trials in November in the ergo and in singles.

(My apologies to Rowan for omitting to report on this earlier. Well done and good luck this month! – Cheryl)

Movember – update week 2

’30 Days have September, April, June & MOVEMBER…’

which means on Thursday, we will have reached the halfway mark for those participating in this month’s feat of top lip topiary! Mockery and itchiness are now a daily occurrence…sadly though donations are not.
Please back the guys taking part for this worthwhile cause to from now until the Annual Dinner when the culmination of a month’s worth of growing will be on display.

Make a donation here.

Monies go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research. You can learn more about Movember here.

In the meantime, here’s the Week 2 progress photo from Steve:
Movember Week 2 Report
I’m conscious that the full detail of growth isn’t completely perceptible at this resolution, so I have taken the trouble to show you a close up of the ‘lengths’ the boys are going to in their cultivation:
Movember Close Up

The curliness is quite impressive!

Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s installment!

Fours Heads

Vesta had 16 crews competing over two days of racing on 10th and 11th November in the Head of the River Fours and Veteran Fours Head. (That included a whopping nine women’s crews so boats were borrowed to meet demand.) It was the first major head race for most of our senior squads to lay a marker for the season and  for some to get some experience racing and steering the championship course.

The weather and water were pretty friendly on both days, not too cold or windy at all, but you definitely wanted to get your line right because the stream was pulling boats along tidily in the best of it.

The results from Saturday are posted on our results page. Notably the men’s IM1 4- and the women’s IM1 4x performed very well.

Inside the club house  our members and volunteers had really come up trumps. We had a fantastic amount of food to sell and consume over both days and plenty of people around to help serve at the food table and bar.

On Saturday night and the ‘Four of a kind’  party the club was filled with foursome’s in fancy dress including, the wizard of Oz, teenage mutant ninja turtles and Kiss… It could have been scary for unsuspecting passers by!

On Sunday there were three men’s boats representing Vesta. We didn’t get our fourth in due to the event being heavily oversubscribed. All did respectably with the Mas D 4x achieving our best time.

Voracious Dick Welch!

Our two new women’s boats were named in proper Vesta fashion on Sunday 4th November. It was great to see the club full of members, old and new, enjoying the occasion. The four is named Voracious and the eight is “Dick Welch” after our long-time member, coach of Dick’s Ducks Summer Sculling School, dedicated Bar Steward and committee member, amongst other things!

Voracious & Dick Welch namedVoracious had its first race on Saturday and Dick’s keeping an eye on how his eight performs too.

“I’m very pleased to have a boat named for me and I hope that it is a fast one! That will happen with the dedicated training of our athletes, so I’m sure it will fly! I hope to see this craft cross the line first at many regattas including HWR and maybe even HRR! I’ll be watching….”

Bar specials for the weekend

Aspall Cyder SpecialThis Four’s head weekend will feature Sambrooks Wandle on draught, it’s so popular that our Dick can barely keep up with the demand.

A new addition to the Vesta bar this weekend will be Aspall’s Draught Suffolk Cyder, selected for you by those Cider aficionados, Alex and Thea.

Race report: Vesta visits Head of the Charles

Rohanne reports –

In mid October, a representation of Vesta athletes arrived in Boston alongside British and International rowing royalty. They all gathered on the Charles River for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Luckily this year, the weather gods were kind, with stunning sunshine and temperatures in the high teens for the racing. First to race for Vesta was Jamie Wooller, who competed in Men’s Club Singles on Saturday and finished 30th out of 67, beating many younger and heavier competitors. Next up was Nell Pascall, who raced under her Dartmouth University alumni banner, the Evergreen Boat Club, in Alumni 8s. Nell’s exquisite Vesta technique helped her set the crew up for a 3rd place finish in their category, and a medal!

The head wind picked up on Sunday, just in time for the Women’s Championship 8s race, which the Vesta Senior Women, under the tutelage of Matt Gilliver entered. The field was packed with heavy weights, including national crews from the USA, Netherlands, Canada and GB, as well as American top tier university crews. However, Vesta put in a solid showing, overtaking Villanova in front of our home away from home, Riverside Boat Club, finishing 31st out of 40. Vesta was the fasted Club boat in the division and beat the Thames crew which had coincidentally also trekked  over for the race, by a good 50s.

 

Head of the Charles

 

There was an awesome afterparty hosted by Riverside BC at Ned Devine’s in fanuial hall (a very un-Irish looking Irish bar), the booze was flowing (gin?), with olympian spotting taking place and some good dancing as well. We would definitely do it again.

 

One of the new senior boys, Rob Staruch, also rowed the race, but with Army. I’m sure the men would love the race if they decide to go next year. There’s already talk of tackling it again in singles no less!