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.

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