Race Review – Pairs Head

Tight racing under Hammersmith Bridge

Pairs Head marks the first race of the new season, with Vesta looking to give strong performances across the board on our home water. The tideway is known for its often brutal conditions, but the day of the race saw perfect weather to put in a good time.

The Women’s Squad had four entries. Ruth McKellar and Louisa Emkes (2- Champ) built on their summer racing in a pair putting in a strong performance finishing as 6th fastest women’s pair overall in a tight field. So tight in fact that they rowed three abreast over the finish line.

Another familiar combination of Kirsty McGregor-Ritchie and Robyn McGregor-Ritchie (2x Lwt) and the newer 2- Inter of Catherine Long and Jamie Larkin both rowed strong races to finish 3rd in their categories.

A pennant win came in the 2x Fresher category rowed by Clare Wood and Chloe Symmonds. “Being at the lower end of the crew list, we began our 2 hour wait giving a cheer to the Vesta crews of the first division as we marshalled by the start line. It was great to eventually get going, and with a large gap to make up between us and the crew infront as we wound up under Chiswick bridge, the holler’s for Vesta from the bank spurred us on as we stormed down the course.”

Women’s Fresher Doubles Winners Chloe and Claire

The Men also had four crews entered (and half a composite). Harry Bond and Si Woodfine finished 10th overall in their double, less than 20 seconds off the lead time. In the pairs Ols Lumley and Chris Clements, competing in and steering their first races in a pair respectively, finished 7th of 16 in their category. Our Masters were also represented in the Open Masters D/E 2x, facing some tough opposition finishing 10th out of 14 in their category.

 

Chris and Ols approach the start line

It was a great start to the season, and accompanied by our annual Vesta pub crawl, was a fun day for all.

Captain’s Race Preview – Fours Head

Captain Harry Bond previews the first major race of the season, Fours Head:

In only four days time we will see the first of the major events of the racing calendar. On the 11th and 12th of November we have both the Veteran Fours and Fours Heads. I’m delighted to say that Vesta will be represented by a number of crews racing across the whole of the weekend and to celebrate this I have asked for all members, especially the racing athletes to make the club dinner on Thursday the 9th a priority.

When a Vesta member puts on our ‘jersey’ and goes out to race they do so representing, in order of importance; themselves, their crew, their squad and their Club. They are part of a vitally important whole that stretches back many generations. A whole that includes everyone from Olympic and European Champions, through Henley winners, to people have have won their novice pot. No matter how great or humble their previous success, all of our members share one thing in common; the sense of pride and community associated with putting on the Vesta all-in-one.

Thursday the 9th will be the first opportunity for the club as a whole to meet the athletes representing Vesta in a major event this season. After training has been completed and whilst dinner is being served, I have asked that a member of each boat stands and gives a brief introduction to their crew members, previous racing experience and aims for the current race, along with the category they are competing in and their crew number. It will also be announced which two crews will be “Pulling on the White;” and representing the top end of both the Senior Men’s and Women’s Squads. The differentiation between the two top crews, marked by white short/long sleeves, and the rest of the club serves to highlight the aspiration all racing crews should have; to be in the top boat.

The Masters Squad will be ably represented on Saturday at 10:00 by:

Masters E 4x

(No. 47)

Peter Simpson
Bryan Williams
Michael Maynard
Tom Moisley

Both Senior Squads have crews racing on the Sunday at 12:20

From the Senior Men, we have a record five crews:

4+ Band 2

(No. 338)

4+ Band 1

(No. 309)

4+ Band 2

(No. 345)

4- Band 2

(No. 238)

4- Band 2

(No. 257)

Rob Donald Ed Roe Seb Wachholz Joe Casey Rob Alexander
Adrian Turner Rory Baggot Garrett Speers Henry Primaolo Oliver Chapman
Chris Clements Gianni Galavotti Chris Goodfellow Nicholas Roll Alex Küng
Oliver Lumley Will Pearson Alan Huton Matt Webb Mike Benson
Julia Franckh Rob Hamilton Lauren Hardcastle

From the Senior Women, we also have a record of five crews

W4- Band 1

(No. 278)

W4+ Band 2

(No. 426)

W4x Band 1

(No.134)

W4+ Band 3

(No. 453)

W4x Band 1

(No. 140)

Robyn McGregor-Ritchie Cathy Long Kirsty McGregor-Ritchie Hannah Futter Isella Rigoulet
Ruth McKellar Sarah Thompson Megan Halsted Alice Hoskins Jenni Pearson
Louisa Emkes Cameo Choquer Clare Wood Cherry Fermor Claudia Afeltra
Chloe Symonds Paula Rozenlauka Charlotte Lennox Shelley Rowlett Emily Robinson
Lauren Owens Kate Keough

I hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday, and over the weekend cheering on our crews.

Masters take on America

The masters crew of Mew,  Maynard, Williams and Furgueson

A Vesta Masters 4x recently competed in the Head of the Schuykill Regatta, Philadelphia, one of the U.S major regattas alongside the Head of the Charles.

Michael Maynard, Paul Mew and Bryan Williams flew into Newark the Thursday before to meet Mike Furgueson who recently returned to his native US. Two hours after landing they were on the water at the Nereid Boat Club, Rutherford N.J doing a solid 10k on the Passaic River. Friday morning saw more practice time with a 12k workout.

On Saturday, the group drove two hours to Philadelphia and were hosted by University Barge Club.

Thankfully, the dire weather predictions proved to be wrong and the quad had good conditions for their mid afternoon race. UBC loaned a new Fillippi to the crew for the 2.5 mile long course. The boat was stroked by Mew, powered by Maynard in 3 & Williams in 2 and steered by Furgueson.

They rowed at a strong and controlled pace throughout the race and crossed the line finishing a respectable third in their category.