Arch to Arc Challenge & Fundraiser at Vesta

Click here to read the party flyer

Click here to read the party flyer

A team of five, including three Vesta members, have organised a unique challenge to run, row and bicycle from London’s Marble Arch to the Arc du Triomphe, Paris – ‘Arch to Arc’ with the aim being to rediscover this historic route and raise a significant amount for charity at the same time. The start date is scheduled for Saturday 24th August and the challenge should take six days, covering a total of approximately 300 miles.

Should you wish to find out more about the challenge, sponsor the team, or keep up to date with how preparations are going via the blog please visit our website,

There will also be a fund raising party at the Vesta on Wednesday 21st August – so please come if you can!

Fred’s surprise leaving do

The masters squad held a surprise reception for Fred Beaud of Tuesday 25th June and presented him with a club blazer to thank him for his extraordinary contribution to club life over the past three years. Fred joined Vesta when he relocated from Lyons to London and unfortunately he now has to return to France with his employer.

In his time with the club Fred was always keen to row any crew and leaves with three regatta wins and good placings in the Scullers’ Head and other events. He has helped organize the masters group and has give much good advice on and off the water. We wish him, Soline and their children good luck in Lyons and look forward to welcoming them back at club events in the future.

The Mixed Vets squad honour their club-mate

The Mixed Vets squad honour their club-mate

Bryan writes:

Fred Beaud, the dapper little Frenchman, will be leaving us in a couple of weeks to return to France with his family. To show our appreciation our squad threw him a surprise leaving party last Tuesday 25th June.

Fred and I have trained, competed and, above all, supported each other during the past three years and I cannot think of a more highly regarded person within our squad – he is kind, dedicated yet always finds time to help others with their training.

Fred and I formed the mixed vet squad just under a year ago. Well, it sort of happened organically, one Saturday morning when we were a body short for an outing and Peter suggested we ask Sophie who was in the gym. From there Sophie mentioned it to Lisette and so the mixed vet squad grew in size and in strength.

We are a dedicated, happy squad who enjoy our rowing, are keen to improve, take our training seriously on the water, debrief  but don’t get het up beyond that! Our availability is noted on a Thursday, crews are organized on a Friday and outings are planned for the Saturday and Sunday and we organize our own weekday land training and outings at the club.

We are a bit short on bow steers  at the moment, especially now that Fred is leaving us, but we are confident that this will change for next season. (Actually, we don’t have a season as we are planning to train through the summer to take part in the late summer regattas!)
We welcome members from within the club (ex seniors) unless there are special circumstances – i.e. someone from outside who wants to come down and coach us.

If you have an interest in joining the squad, please drop me a line:

Anyway, back to the surprise party…

Fred and I did a gym and erg session whilst everyone had been informed to go up the outside staircase so as not to be noticed. During our session Fred had to go upstairs to get some water and later on to go to the loo and like a lovesick puppy I followed him everywhere! I then made up some cock and bull story that an outside coach was visiting us and wanted to see us in the bar at 7.30pm.

When I was given the all clear that everyone had arrived for the party I told Fred that the coach was here and we were to go up to see him now. I also said that Alex had insisted we could not go into the bar area in our kit.
“But why?”, protested the confused Frenchman, “When we are going out for ze outing straight afterwards?”

“Ah, it’s Henley fortnight”, I countered, “And it’s traditional to be in proper civvies at all times in the bar during this time. We can put our kit back on after the meeting”.

He was even more perplexed when he saw David splashing on some aftershave.
“What are you doing, Davide? Why are you putting on perfume for ze coach??”

I then led the dressed but confused Frenchman into the bar where, to his surprise, his friends and wife launched into ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’ before Jock gave a marvellous send off speech. We then presented Fred with a Vesta blazer which we all chipped in for. Drinks flowed and lovely food (supplied by Fred’s wife, Soline) was enjoyed. We did the leave the club very late. I won’t say what time exactly except that a few people did turn into pumpkins!

Wear your Vesta blazer with pride, Fred and remember us petit ros beoufs here in the drizzle. We hope we have done our bit in strengthening Anglo – French relationships!
We shall miss you but hopefully this is just a bientot and not au revoir.

Bryan Williams

Vesta Bar news for Putney Town Regatta tomorrow

Vesta Bar will be open from 11am to 7pm tomorrow (Saturday 18th May). Thank you to all bar staff volunteers and Thea for organising!

And to tempt you into the bar for a beverage…

brewers-bragg On tap at the Vesta bar from tomorrow! Something a bit different, only available in May!

Viking men and women drank ale, but it was the ‘Bragg’ women who then foretold the future under the influence of the ale they had brewed. Brewed to 3.9% abv, Brewers Bragg is a wonderful deep copper ale with hints of blackcurrant. This is balanced by the smooth caramel flavours to deliver a wonderfully satisfying ale.


Remenham Club Annual Dinner Friday 26th April

remenham-club-dinner-smallMembers the Remenham Club are invited to the annual dinner on Friday 26th April 2013. The venue is Twickenham RC and the guest speaker is Greg Searle. You can book now, simply click on the poster to open the PDF of the booking form.


What is on this weekend instead…

keep_calm_and_party_onI am very sorry to say that both HORR and Vets’ Head have now been cancelled.  Your coaches will determine whether any training outings will take place. (Or if not, land training, you lucky kidz!)

The Vesta bar will be open from 11:30am as usual and will stay open all afternoon if there’s a lively demand!

There’s plenty of stock and two firkins of Sambrooks Wandle at £3 a pint that must be drunk!!!

At 18:00 the bar will reopen (if it shut at all) and we will be serving chilli con carne and jacket potatoes for supper. The VRC music and party starts at 20:00 and we’ve a licence until 1:00.

On Sunday normal service resumes. If you’re at a loss as to what to do, there are the Henley Boat Races to watch, which have been relocated to Dorney Lake. Also there is international rowing to watch on the telly: BBC2 at 16:00.

Burns’ Night Supper at Vesta on Friday 25th Jan

robert-burnsYippeee! It’s time to warm yourselves up from your January blues! Dick has announced that we will be holding a traditional Burns’ Night Supper at Vesta on Friday 25th January, 7.30-8.00pm. Not to be missed I assure you.

On offer will be:

  • A welcoming glass or two of Fizz.
  • Haggis, neaps and tatties.
  • A hearty Scottish pudding.
  • A selection of Scottish cheeses.
  • A tasting of Whiskies.

All inclusive £25 per person, which is such good value it’s a thrifty Scotsman’s treat. All lads and lasses are welcome.

Numbers are limited, so please let Dick know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

The wearing of kilts is encouraged! Otherwise smart casual.

Next Vesta Bar Quiz 30th January

Vesta bar quiz - all welcome

Vesta bar quiz – all welcome

Dear Class of Vesta 2013, you are all invited to our bar quiz on a SCHOOL NIGHT!  It’s Wednesday 30th January 2013 (how weird does that sound?) and you have a special pass from our honorary quiz master, Gordon Barnes, to stay out late. Don’t miss this chance to socialise in the bleakest of months – you should have been paid by then!

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.


Ms Communications,

P.S. Watch out for tweets if you want to swot up on questions in advance. (In my day this was cheating! Sniff.)

New Year’s Eve

This year there will not be a party, but the bar will be open for a gathering of members. We hope this will be a lovely, low-key celebration to bring in the new year with friends. The bar will closed at 1am to prevent any further damage to the club as was seen after the annual dinner.