Vesta women take on Henley this weekend

HWR Medal

Henley Women's Regatta Medal

Henley Women’s Regatta June 15 – 17, Henley.

Vesta will head to Henley in force for the most prestigious event in their summer racing calendar. Both the development and senior women’s squads will attempt to qualify an Intermediate 4+ each on Friday.  Saturday will see the first round of side-by-side racing, with Vesta competing in an Intermediate 8+, Senior 8+, Elite 8+ and Elite 2-. Sunday will also feature the first round of racing for an Elite 4- and Elite LW 4- and, we hope, some semi-finals and finals for our club crews.

There are more than the usual number of overseas crews visiting this year, meaning competition will be tight especially in the Senior 8s and Elite 8s, with 15 and seven crews entered respectively.

The full draw and timetable can be found by clicking here. (There will also be twitter updates throughout the weekend. I think it’s #henley_women’s).

Vets Open Summer Racing Season with Gold

Paul and Roy celebrate with an obligatory pint

Congratulations to Paul Mew and new member Roy Brook on winning Mas F 2x at Borne at Chiswick Regatta to claim the club’s first win of the summer. In Roy’s first ever regatta they defeated the home Mortlake  crew after a re-row. Rowing in heavy rain Vesta were behind on the start but came back and the crews were neck and neck when the race was stopped with 200m to go due to a huge wash from the rescue boat. The second race was very close but in the end Paul and Roy’s superior fitness showed and they won by a length.

It’s a double celebration for Roy who also won his category at the British and European Indoor Rowing Championship held at the NEC on 25th March. Roy finished first out of 19 to claim the 60 to 64 year old Hwt Mens category in a time of 6.50.0 which has put down a solid marker for the rest of the Masters squad.

To see the splits of the race, please click here (thanks Concept2!).

Vets Head Entries Closed

The entries for Vets Head of the River have no closed! Please check out the updated site for further details relating to boating, Tideway navigation, and general instructions, by clicking HERE

Safety on the Tideway

With the cold weather and lots of training and racing on the Tideway, we thought it prudent to provide a little safety reminder. Our very own Captain has helped developed this handy video on the key points of navigating the Tideway (although it does make me very seasick watching it!). Very useful for newbies and veterans alike! Please take a few minutes to view it and make sure you’re up to speed on the Tideway Code. The video can be found by clicking on this link: and is called ‘Safely Navigating the Upper Tidal Thames’. Happy viewing!

Additionally, please download the documents below which highlight the key danger areas for those of us located on the Embankment…turning by Putney
and rowing under Hammersmith Bridge on the flood tide.

Vesta and Downton Abbey

A Swedish rowing blogger living in Connecticut, Goran R Buckhorn, recently posted about a link he found between Vesta and a recent episode of Downton Abbey. ‘During the War, Vesta RC’s R.J. Calcutt (club president 1905-1919) had taken the initiative to offer ‘war-blinded men’ at St Dunstan’s, rowing at Vesta. The ex-Service men were taught rowing by the club’s members.’ St. Dunstan’s is the hospital featured in the series. Click here to read the full blog post. Thanks for finding the link and blogging about it Goran!

Boating from Vesta for the Tideway Head Races

Vesta welcomes visiting crews from the UK and overseas for the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race on 3rd March 2012 and the Men’s Eights Head of the River Race on 17th March 2012.  Please request boating permission from the club deputy captain e:  We politely request a nominal fee of £5 per rower to cover the club’s maintenance costs. On receipt of boating permission, please send a cheque made out to Vesta Rowing Club.

Vesta Annual Dinner Tickets Now on Sale

Ladies and gentlemen, tickets for this year’s annual dinner, to be held on Friday the 9th of December 2011, are now on sale.

Tickets cost just £50 and include:

– mini-bus transportation between VRC and the Roehampton Club
– welcome drink when you arrive at the Roehampton club
– 4 course dinner (starter, main, dessert, cheese course)
– coffee, tea and petit fours
– delightful and entertaining speeches including your captain and a specially selected keynote speaker
– entry to the after party at VRC and all the usual shenanigans that follow

How to buy your tickets:

Tickets are £50 each. Vesta members can purchase tickets for themselves and one non-member. One week before the event, any remaining tickets will be able to be sold to additional non-members.

For the first time ever we are attempting to modernise the ticket selling process and will be making tickets available for purchase online via PayPal. Here’s how to get yours:

Buy online: You will be receive an email on 16/11/2011  with a link to purchase tickets online. If you do not recieve an email or have any questions, please contact Aga

Pay by cheque: If paying by cheque you can purchase tickets in person from Emily Trant. She will be at the club on Thursday the 17th of November from 6:30pm until 10pm, and on Sunday the 20th of November from 11:30am until 1:30pm. Further times and dates will be announced as needed. You may also post your cheque to Vesta Rowing Club for the attention of Emily Trant.

Please note that no paper tickets will be issued this year. Instead, a guest list at the door will be administered by Ailsa and Emily.

If you have any problems, questions, concerns, please email Aga and she’ll try to get things sorted asap.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!