Preview of the Vesta Scullers Head Prizes

The fastest male and fastest female will take home one of the wonderful small scull trophies pictured. Also the fastest male and female novices in the 2012 Vesta Scullers Head will be fortunate enough to be awarded new perpetual trophies donated by Tideway Scullers School in memory of esteemed coach, Alec Hodges.

The beautiful Blackstaffe Trophy is perpetual as is awarded to the fastest finisher.

Scullers Head Trophies

Full details of the race are here.

The draw will take place on 26th November, so watch this space!

Fours Head ‘Four of a Kind’ Party

Fours Head Party Poster

Three's a crowd... but Four's a party!

Three’s a crowd, four’s a party!
With the Fours head taking place this weekend, it falls to the club to celebrate the crews entered and their (hopeful) success in the race.  To that end the club will be open ALL DAY, serving food and drinks to supply all those willing supporters down to cheer the final stretch along the Putney Embankment, and then for the tired crews to rehydrate with a well-earned pint.

The evening shenanigans will begin at 1930 with a fancy dress party themed around “Four of a Kind”, so come along with friends as teams, groups, comrades – or come alone representing 4 things yourself!

The club will dance until the small hours, so come prepared to rock out the dancing shoes, and party like there’s no training on Sunday*!!
*there is training on Sunday, man up.

 

On tap at the bar this weekend

This coming weekend, by popular demand (Robin!), we will have Sambrook’s ‘Pump House’ Pale Ale (4.2%) on draught at the Vesta bar. Time to stop by for a pint after (or instead of) training surely?!

New boat naming 4th November

ChampagneSave the date. There will be a ceremony at 12:30pm on Sunday 4th November at the club to name the new boats. The IV is to be called ‘Voracious’ and the VIII to be called ‘Dick Welch’ – hurrah for that!

Fireworks from Vesta balcony

FireworksBonfire night news! Hammersmith & Fulham are putting on fireworks in Bishops Park again this year on Friday 2nd November, which makes the Vesta Balcony the perfect viewpoint. And really, when Dick is putting on “Fireworks food” and the Vesta bar is serving its usual glorious array of beverages, why would you want to stand anywhere else? The bar will be open from 7pm and the fireworks are expected to start around 8pm. By the looks of the H&F website there may be James Bond theme, but how they do that with fireworks we can only guess…

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!

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!

Wind and wins so far at Henley Women’s

Henley Women's Regatta in the sunshine

Surprising sunshine at HWR

The weather this weekend seems to be the dominant force at Henley Women’s Regatta. High winds and predicted heavy rain have prompted the organisers to rearrange some racing. Notably the number of crews to qualify through time trials was cut and some junior racing has been moved to Sunday time trials. Fortunately the sun has stayed more or less out today!

Vesta’s Dev Squad coxed four crew has not been hindered, thankfully. They defeated Thames convincingly this afternoon and move through to the semi-finals on Sunday. The verdict was Easily in a time of 7:50. Well done crew and coaches!

The timetable for Saturday’s racing has been reworked – I’m slightly confused by the document on the website, but I think it’s telling me this:

10:48 – Elite 8 v Bucknell Uni USA

13:42 – Club 8 v TBC

14:12 – Senior 8 v Holy Cross USA

15:46 – Elite 2- v Molesey

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