Vesta Scullers Head 2009 Results

Updated Results are now up.
Bigblade photos are now up.
Dodsworld photos are now up.
Birdman photos are now up.

A message from the organising committee: Apologies for the delay in producing the results, we normally try to publish within 2 hours of the last boat crossing the line, but several blanket finishes needed extra attention and close review of video evidence, which took its time for us to work through. We appreciate that we’ve raised people’s expectations with our normal prompt publication and we hope interested parties appreciate the causes for today’s delay.

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Vesta Scullers Head – IMPORTANT UPDATE

Vesta Scullers Head
IMPORTANT UPDATE

As at 14:00 today (27 November) the race is STILL ON. We are closely monitoring the weather forecast but owing to the predicted wind direction we will not be in a position to make a final decision on the race until tomorrow morning.

The organisers appreciate your understanding in this.

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Mike Staal

On Wednesday 9th of September a dinner was held in the front room at Vesta to honour Mike Staal, on that day Mike had been an active member of Vesta Rowing Club for 60 years.

Mike joined Vesta as a school boy, then during his National Service, went on to cox for the RAF and to win the Thames Cup at Henley with them before returning to Vesta in peacetime.

Mike’s contributions to Vesta both on and off the water since then have been invaluable, and he continues to help the club every year at both the Scullers’ and Veterans’ Heads.

The dinner was attended by the Vice Presidents and other guests, and was hosted by Don Anderson who presented Mike with a engraved tankard to mark the occasion.

Speeches were made, the highlight being Mike’s which ended in a mass sing-a-long.

Thanks must go to Don for organizing and to Mike for being a marvelous guest of honour.

Mike's Dinner at Vesta RC (1)aMike's Dinner at Vesta RC (2)a

Please click on the thumbnails for full size images.

Ross Moodie

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Very sad news regarding Ross, he was a part of the Men’s Senior Squad for some of the year last season, before he returned to university. A big guy and a bigger character, he will be missed.
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Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Blackstaffe Day 2009

There was a particularly competitive scent in the air this Blackstaffe Day, with last year’s winners of the mixed doubles event being granted special permission to defend their title. A number of love boats fancied their chances against the reigning champions and by popular demand the rule preventing previous winning crews from entering in subsequent years was lifted. Harry and Charlie showed no signs of giving in (did they even break a sweat?) and cruised to victory in the final against Kitty and Nick Ireland.

Mixed doubles winners Mixed eights winners

The mixed eights event saw a controversial win for the crew of six men and two women over three evenly matched crews. But as Caster Semenya has proved, gender is just something that’s written on your birth certificate. The focus then turned to boat-naming, where Trevor finally named four of the fleet of launches he has kindly purchased for the club over the years. Formerly affectionately known as 199, 299 and so on, they were baptised with a splash of champagne and dedicated to longstanding deceased Vesta members.

The cups Trevor dedicates the launches

And so the fleet was named:

The boats are named - no going back

The celebration continued well into the night with the senior women’s long-awaited 90s party, featuring guest appearances from Ab Fab, Where’s Wally, Baywatch, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix… all fuelled by copious amounts of Archers, blue WKDs and Bacardi Breezers. But it was all too much for some.

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Welcome to the new Vesta website

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Welcome to the new, improved Vesta website.

If you would like anything added to the website or have any ideas for news or content, please email Laurence. Also if you have any photos from events Vesta has been present at, do send them in and we will post them for all to enjoy.

There are now new mailing lists,  so we would ask all members to visit http://vestarowing.co.uk/mailman/listinfo to ensure you are subscribed to the relevant club and squad lists.

Pre-season Squad Meetings

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Just a reminder that the pre-09/10 season meetings will be held in the front room at Vesta on the following dates:

Men’s Senior Squad: Thursday 3rd Sept @ 7.30pm

Women’s Senior Squad: Thursday 10th Sept @ 7pm

If you’re interested in rowing at Vesta this year, do come along. You’ll get to meet the coaches, become (re)acquainted with the Vesta bar and we’ll outline our goals for the year. For any other queries, please see the respective squad pages and get in touch with the coaches listed there.