New at the bar this week!

Dick and Robin at Sambrooks

Dick and Robin doing their duty

On Saturday Dick and Robin undertook some serious research on behalf of Vesta at the Sambrooks Brewery open day. (I am happy confirm that they can organise a p*ss up in a brewery!)

Consequently we will have a couple firkins of Mr Sambrook’s Wandle on the real ale pump this week – an extra reason to attend the quiz night and the Big Breakfast. See you there!

Big Breakfast 2013 on Sat 29th Sept

Cooked breakfast

Vesta Big Breakfast - yummy yum

Every year Vesta hosts a big cooked breakfast in the Club Room to raise funds for our weekend morning tea and toast. All rowers are encouraged to come, contribute a few quid and eat heartily so that we don’t have to charge each week for food the rest of the year.  Nothing tastes as wonderful as steaming hot tea and buttery toast when you’re cold and achy from an early outing so having bacon and eggs now to pay for that really is an easy decision to make!

Plus the bar will be open until 5pm in the afternoon on Saturday 29th. See you there!

Thursday night dinners return!

Please feed the animals

Warning! Hungry rowers!

Our lovely volunteers will once again start cooking hot meals on Thursday nights starting this week on 20th September. Food usually is ready about 8pm and costs around £4 for a ‘normal’ size portion. Watch out for the weekly reminder emails of what’s on the menu

and we ask that you let our chefs know if you’re intending to eat so they can cook about the right amount. All profits go to the boat fund. Any questions, please contact our Assistant Bar Steward, Thea.

Important info for new members

Please complete a new membership application form for our membership secretary, Janet, ASAP so that you can race in the upcoming heads.

Don’t forget to order your new Vesta racing kit before 5pm on Monday 24th September.

In order to race you must also fund the club race fees account. There is a strict no-dough-no-row policy. Your coach or our entries secretary, Nicky, can give instructions on how to do this.

And, last but surely not least, make sure you visit the Vesta bar and join in our upcoming socials. The bar is the heart of Vesta and its profits go to fund our fleet. Beer buys boats!

Next Vesta Quiz 8pm on Weds 26th Sept

Come down to Vesta Bar for Gordon’s legendary quiz. No particular theme, but you can count on a few Olympics related questions. Get ahead of the game by following @vestarowing on Twitter where Gordon will be posting a few nuggets to tease you! All are welcome, especially new members, so bring your friends and enjoy prizes, hot food, drink and banter.

VPs Host Athletes’ Reception

A fantastic Vesta tradition continued this year with the Vice Presidents of the club hosting a drinks reception for the Henley Royal Regatta and the Henley Women’s Regatta athletes.

On Wednesday the 4th of July, the members of Vesta turned their dry cleaning post Henley of club blazers around quickly to ensure they were looking sharp for the annul VP drinks. There was a great turn out of both athletes and VP’s, all there to enjoy an evening of bubbles, canapés, mingling, speeches and of course all that Vesta Bar can provide.

The evening, which has continued since 2009 was created to give the VP’s a chance to mingle with the current athletes in the squad and ensure that Vesta Club spirit is passed on through the generations of Vesta. We were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful dry evening which meant utilising the balcony and also giving the opportunity for our in house photographer Richard Bryan a chance to capture some great club images.

It was also an excellent occasion for the coaches to give a celebratory reflection of their seasons and the athlete to thank them for all their hard work. Nick Ireland represented the men’s coaching group with a recap of all things related male rowing during the 2011/12 season and thanked all that has helped to create it. Matt Gilliver, the Women’s head coach also gave an entertaining recap of the season that was, thanking his team of coaches and took the opportunity to “officially” retire from coaching. Matt has been involved in the Women’s squad since 2008 and has lead the group to it’s most successful years of Women’s rowing at Vesta. He has helped the squad obtain a Senior Henley Women’s 8+ medal in 2010, the same year the squad represented Vesta on the Saturday at Henley Royal Regatta in the Remenham Challenge. These fantastic results were followed by victories in the Club 8+ category in both 2011 and 2012. Along with very successful years at both Royal Henley Regatta and Women’s Henley, the squad under Matt has had it’s most successful years at The Head of River and have brought home swags of medals every time they loaded up the trailer and ventured to another race. Matt- Thank you for all your hard work! We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

A very large thank you must go out to the VP’s for being so generous and hosting the evening. The VP’s bring a huge amount of spirit and knowledge to the Club and it is always great being able to get all the members of the club together to celebrate and raise a glass to our fantastic club.

– Ailsa

Blackstaffe Day!

Annual Blackstaffe Day, in honor of Harry Blackstaffe, one of the most successful members of of Vesta, will be held on August 18th this year. All participants must wear a mustache! Racing will be followed by a Disney themed party hosted by the Dev Girls. More info to follow, so stay posted!

News from Henley Royal

Quick news update:

Race 6 – 9.00 Thames Cup  Upper Thames R.C. vs Vesta R.C.

Upper Thames beat Vesta RC VERDICT 5 lengths.

Race 34 – 11.45 Wyfold  Vesta R.C. vs London R.C. ‘A’.

London RC ‘A’ BEAT Vesta RC VERDICT 5 lengths.

Tough day for Vesta’s men, at least there’s Remenham…

Two Wins for Italy!

Preceding England’s loss on penalties to the Azzurri, English rowers had to first face a loss to Italy as one of Vesta’s several Italians, Stefano, crushed some rowing dream by winning IM3 1X at Richmond Regatta.
With a burgeoning reputation, Vesta’s Sardinian sculler took to the water for his heat and despite the rain and being drawn on the outside of the bend paddled down the course at a leisurely rate 28 winning easily. The final was run on a turned tide but made little difference to the result. A quick start meant Stefano was ahead comfortably by the bend….making a point he moved further inside to take the shortest line round the bend but then continued on a straight course towards the bank and tree. A quick re-adjustment in direction and he crossed the line to secure another pot and 2 points. Next stop Kinsgton!

Vesta Prepares for Henley Royal

With Henley week finally upon us, most of us are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather, while the rowers undertake their final preparations. The Vesta men pre-qualified two boats, one for the Thames Cup (8+) and one for the Wyfold (4-), thereby not having to endure Friday’s qualifiers which were held in conditions not dissimilar to last week’s HWR. Jamie Halliday joined forces with Harry Bond (of Thames!!!) to row the appropriately named Vodka in an attempt to qualify for the Double Sculls. Unfortunately, the not so lightweight lightweights were at a disadvantage in the strong gusty winds and heavy stream and were the fastest non-qualifying boat. The senior women joined the ranks of the 10 other qualifying boats for 3 available places, in what looks like the toughest Remenham Cup in a long time. The girls had a stonking race battling tough conditions and resulting in some amazing ‘pain face’ photos, but narrowly missing out on a qualifying spot.

The timetable for Wednesday’s racing has been released and is available by clicking here. The Vesta Thames 8+ will race Upper Thames in race 6 at 9:00. The Wyfold 4 will race London in race 34 at 11:45. Hope to see a good Vesta contingency providing the Remenham Roar for the boys!!