2015 Vets Head

The 2015 Vets Head, unusually taking place the day before the Men’s HoRR due to tide and sunset times, will be raced in the traditional direction from Chiswick to Putney on Saturday 28 March, starting at 1100 GMT.

More information, when available, will be on the Vets Head page.

Scullers Head to offer para-rowing categories

The Scullers Head, the largest single scull processional race in the world, is for the very first time offering para-rowing events. The 61st edition of the race, which is organised by Vesta Rowing Club, will be held on 29th November on the Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney.

Entries have now opened on BROE and organisers are hoping to attract enough LTA and TA entries to run these events, for both men and women.

“We’re not the first Tideway head race to offer para-rowing categories, but we hope to be the first to actually hold them – getting enough entries is critical to making this happen. Para-rowing is on the increase in the UK and while we have fantastic success at the GB level, we’d love to see more events available for club scullers,” said Vesta Rowing Club Chairman, Chris Harrison.

Previous winners of the event include Sir Steve Redgrave, Mahe Drysdale, Alan CampbellBeth Rodford and Imogen Walsh. The GB Rowing Team’s Walsh, 2011 Scullers Head winner and 2013 Wingfield Sculls winner, said, “It’s such an iconic race, 500 odd boats giving it all they’ve got down the tideway. There aren’t many head races where you get to line up and test yourself against so many other scullers, and it’s part of what puts it on the bucket list of races for many rowers. It’s about line and position, about pacing yourself and knowing when to push, as well as how technically well you scull – it’s a true test of sculling the river. I only wish I got to race it more often!”

Race categories this year include all open and Masters categories, as well as events for Lightweights, J18s and Masters Novices along with LTA and TA. The race attracts over 500 entries, making it one of the largest single division sculling races in the world. Where exactly the para-rowing categories will be included in the much-heralded draw will be established depending on the entries received, and those interested should contact the organisers on scullers.head@vestarowing.co.uk to discuss logistics. Final details will be included in the instructions to competitors, to be published in early November. Entries close on 15th November or when 550 paid entries have been received.

Follow this year’s Scullers Head:
Twitter: @scullershead
Facebook: facebook.com/scullershead
Instagram: instagram.com/scullershead

By Martha Walsh 

This article originally appeared on the British Rowing website.

Rusty Williams confirmed as Vesta’s new Director of Rowing

Former GB coach Rusty Williams has confirmed that he will be Vesta’s new Director of Rowing for the 2014/15 season, overseeing coach and athlete development and training.

Rusty’s appointment follows a markedly successful year for the Vesta senior men’s squad which saw three boats pre-qualify for Henley Royal Regatta, with the coxed four competing until the Saturday and wins at Wallingford, Metropolitan and Reading Regattas. He has also previously assisted the Vesta senior women’s squad, which between 2010-12 won successive events at Henley Women’s Regatta.

Rusty will be overseeing a strong coaching team for 2014/15 with thirteen coaches already confirmed. These include: Nick Ireland, Tony Reynolds, Helen Grey, and Andy MacMillan coaching the senior men’s squad; Nic Neveling, Ray Sullivan and Chris Clements coaching the senior women’s squad; Martin Graham, Wendy Armstrong and Alex Foreman looking after the novice men and Judith Howell, Stewart Button and Harriet Caldwell-Nichols the novice women – with a few more names to be confirmed.

Vesta’s 2014/15 season starts early September with the senior women’s introductory meeting taking place on Wednesday 3rd September (at 7pm at Vesta), senior men the following day on the 4th with rowing starting on Saturday 6th September for both squads. The novice squads have their introductory meeting on Thursday 11th September (at 7pm at Vesta) with the novice men starting on Saturday 13th September and the novice women a week later on Saturday 20th September. Please keep looking at our website and twitter account for further updates and contact details or any questions you may have. It already looks to be an exciting year ahead!