The senior men had a storming start to the season with an IM2 2- win by Richard Lear and Simon Woodfine. The winning time was 12:53.05, setting a strong benchmark for the year ahead. Congrats and keep up the good work!
With clement weather conditions to no doubt appease the assortment of GB rowing gods taking part, the 2011 pairs head saw the Vesta Senior Women squad represented by six fine crews across a range of categories. All crews enjoyed relatively incident free races, returning home dry and safe – unlike some of the other boats on the river.
With big competition in the senior and elite categories from competitors that (sometimes literally) eclipsed the Vesta crews, all three boats finished with respectable times, even if they were placed (let’s be honest!) last in their categories. The elite pair of Kat Hedges and Martha Kelly finished 6th out of all the women’s pairs, in a close race (at one point four boats abreast) that was won by crew members of the GB under 23 women’s VIII. The senior pair of Sarah Wood and Alex Johnson were beaten by a strong City of Oxford crew, while the senior double of Kitty Lowings and Emma Dyson were beaten by the rather curious Leander combination of Debbie Flood (of GB fame) and a cox (sculling as opposed to coxing) – who themselves were beaten by a speedy London RC crew. As Kitty and Emma had only very recently come together as a crew, and were impeded during the race by a men’s double (chivalry, much?), their time was commendable.
The IM3 doubles event was, as usual, the largest women’s category and had two Vesta crews – sibling duo Lara / Vicky Brock and Athene McGregor-Macdonald / Natalie Demblon. The Brockmobile cranked out the fastest squad time of the day, finishing in an excellent fifth place in the category. Meanwhile another new combination, Hayley Beer and Anna Ven Den Berg in the IM2 pair, enjoyed their first race in a pair despite seasonal sniffles.
In Matt’s words this was a “voluntary, fun” head race, and at a mere 4k was a good afternoon out. The (presumably mandatory, not fun?) Fours’ Head is the next race for the squad, on the 5th November.
– Martha Kelly
Ladies and Gentleman,
On Wednesday 19th October, the honorable quizmaster Gordon Barnes will be hosting the first Vesta Quiz of the season. 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. Who knows, we may even see a return of the ‘Will Tilbury’ question?!?!?!
Rowing on the Tideway can be an adventure, especially in the winter. As such, there will be a club safety briefing on Tuesday 11 October in the front room at 1930. This briefing will last about 30 minutes and is compulsory for all new club members. It is also heartily recommended for all coxes and steersmen.
Vesta Rowing Club returned to Geneva on Saturday 24th September to compete in the longest inland rowing race in the world. Emily Trant, Kitty Lowings, Alex Johnson, Freya Johnstone and Cheryl Gilliver sculled 160km in a coxed quad around the circumference of Lac Léman, finishing in a heroic time of 17 hours and 42 minutes at 2:42am on Sunday morning.
The girls will be writing a full race report next week, so look forward to tales of bravery, extremes and utter mentalness.
Vesta is recruiting coxswains for the forthcoming 2011-12 season. Would you like to cox? Or do you know someone who wants to?
We have a very healthy number of rowers in our women’s senior squad and are in need of one or two more coxes to take them through to success at major head races, Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta and the National Championships in 2012. This is a great opportunity to train and race at the highest club level, make lots of new friends and enjoy the social side of the friendliest club on the Tideway.
You will be fully supported by an experienced coaching team of Matt, Paul, Jeremy, Henry and Jamie; you’ll train in top quality boats and have every chance to take your crew to trophies.
Please email Matt Gilliver if you are interested.
Time to order some new kit kids! No one wants to be the stinky one in the gym, so order up! The Crewroom is ONLY open from Wednesday 14 September – Thursday 22 September. The next kit order won’t be until 2012, so don’t miss this one, which will ensure we have new kit for 4s Head. Check out the Kit Page for details.
The Vesta annual Big Breakfast will be held at the Vesta Bar after training on Saturday 24th September (probably around 11ish). This is the traditional Vesta way of kicking off the new season while helping raise money for the tea and toast which will sustain us during the long, cold, and hard winter. So please come, bring family and friends, and eat loads of yummy porridge, sausages and breakfast goodies.
The breakfast and training session will be followed by the annual 4’s Head Recce Bar Crawl. More details to follow, but suffice it to say that it will start around 2ish, and hit all the bars along the 4s Head course (i.e. Mortlake to Putney). Make sure to eat a big breakfast to line your stomaches for an afternoon of drinking which will bring us all back to the Vesta Bar…where beers buy boats!
Vesta is proud to announce that one of its own will be competing at the Rowing World Championships, held on Lake Bled, Slovenia this year. Helen Arbuthnot will be coxing the Irish Paralympic 4 in an attempt at a podium finish. With 16 entries and the top 8 qualifying for 2012 it’s not a walk in the park.
The competition will run from 28th Aug –4th Sept. Further details on specific heat times and dates to follow. For more information please visit: http://www.bled2011.org/
Best of luck Helen…we know you’ll do Vesta proud!
The regatta season is looming and as usual, at this time of year, the Vesta girls set out on training camp. The destination of choice: Mulhouse, an industrial town in Eastern France, which is home to a 32km stretch of canal – perfect for lengthy steady state paddles and very little distraction, unless you are a budding train spotter or Peugeot fanatic.
After a long day of driving we checked into the sports centre, which was to be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Our gruelling programme for the week consisted of three training sessions a day, a lot of food (including copious amounts of Princes biscuits) and some much needed sleep. After the first couple of days, it seemed we had fallen into some kind of groundhog day, as each day replicated the last, with just a slight deviation in terms of the length of the pieces we had to do each day, which were determined on the number of beers amount of sleep our coaches had had the night before.
Of course, no training camp would be complete without a ‘bad kit’ day and the Vesta girls certainly didn’t hold back! Congratulations to Martha and Kim who won the prestigious award for the worst ‘bad kit’, it must have been a proud moment!
Congratulations should also go to Stine, who won the ‘pick me coach’ award for the most improved rower of the week and also to Caroline who won the ‘oarswoman of the week’ award for the most effective boat mover.
The girls would all like to say a huge thank you to our three coaches, James, Matt and Paul for giving up their time to coach us – we really appreciate it and hope to do you proud this summer!
– Tammy Bernard