Senior Women’s Kick Off Meeting – Thursday 12/9, 7:30pm

Vesta womenThe Vesta Senior Women’s squad will be kicking off the 2013/2014 season with a meeting at the Vesta Bar, this Thursday, 12 September at 7:30pm.  All are welcome. If you are interested, but cannot attend, please email Aga at captain@vestarowing.co.uk. Training will begin on Saturday morning.

This year’s women’s squad will be led by Ray Sullivan, and supported by Matt Gilliver, Dave Clinton and Peter Williams.

Vesta Senior Women Win at Met Regatta 2013. (Photo thanks to Rachel Dixon)

Blackstaffe Day on Saturday!

 

Blackstaffe Day PosterBlackstaffe Day is on this Saturday 31st August from Midday.

Come down to the club to celebrate all things VRC – there will be scratch racing, shiny pots to win, BBQ and party in the evening – guaranteed fun and merriment to be had by all!

The Regatta

Races will start at 1 o’clock with 2 events: Mixed ‘Love’ Doubles & Scratch Eights.
To take part, please put your name down on the signing up sheets in the bar.
Blackstaffe Day tankards for the winners
Practice is frowned upon and not becoming of ladies & gentlemen – ‘Love’ Doubles seen doing so before the event to gain an advantage will be dealt with appropriately at the party…you have been warned!

BBQ

Dick will be running a BBQ throughout the afternoon from about 1 o’clock
Standard fare of meat, bread and a gesture of salad.

The Party

If you’re not able to an all-dayer then the party will kick-off at 19:30 and we have a late licence until 2 AM.
Most importantly, the evening is being sorted by the Dev men’s squad and is a…

RUBIK’S CUBE PARTY

The rules: Everyone wears solid-coloured items of clothing in the Rubik’s Cube colours: White, red, blue, orange, yellow and green.
Each person should wear atleast one item in each colour.
During the party, people swap items of clothing with others
The aim is to be dressed from head to toe in a single colour by the end of the night.

Volunteers

To run the day we will need people to help out.
For the regatta + BBQ, email Deckchair: vicecaptain@vestarowing.co.uk
For a bar shift, email Thea: thea.vrc@gmail.com
The bar is going to be open quite a while – so please lend a hand whenever you see it short-staffed.

See you all there!

50 Club special – join by Sunday to take advantage

The lucky winner of the August 50 club draw was Andy Burke!

Don’t forget, Vesta members can sign up for a free river trip and lunch! Sign up with Dick by 1st September to become a member of 50 Club and get a space on the next outing FREE!

On 15th September 2013 we have hired PS. Elizabethan, embarkation is at 12.15 from Putney Pier, depart sharp at 12.30, there will be a welcoming glass of fizz or soft drink on board and a seated four course lunch will be served to include some wine and plenty of mineral water. Apart from that a cash bar will be available for the duration of our trip.

We will travel downstream as far as Greenwich and return to Putney Pier for 16.30 latest. On Board there is a lower enclosed deck for dining and an upper deck for sight-seeing.

Sign up by 1st September and you can come on the trip/lunch detailed below, if you wish to bring a partner it will cost just £40.00! Pay by Standing Order, monthly (£7.00), quarterly (£21.00) or annually (£84.00). S/O forms are available from me or find them in the folder in the office.

This is free to members of the 50 club, partners are very welcome but there will be a charge of £40.

Peterborough pot!

Weekend of 10/11th September, five of the senior women travelled north to Peterborough regatta for a bit of ‘fun’ summer racing.

Nicola Pocock, Lotti Trigle, Charlotte Lennox and Kerry Evans planned to enter the women’s IM3 quads event, however once the draw came out we discovered Kerry was unable to stay late enough to race the final due to prior evening commitments. Luckily Gemma Etherington was willing to fill the seat.

The first Vesta race on Saturday was Athene McGregor-Macdonald competing in W.IM3.1x, but didn’t make the final. She then took to the water again to race in the W.MasB.1x, finishing 2nd.

Peterborough W.IM3.4x pot for Vesta ladies

Peterborough W.IM3.4x pot for Vesta ladies

The W.IM3.4x boated ready to warm up only to realise a 1km course doesn’t have a lot of space to warm up. After an interesting start we came 2nd in the heat making it through to the final.

On the start line of the final we realised we were probably the only crew over the age of 18 so keen to put some juniors in their place! Having had a much better start than the heat we led the whole way down the course. In the last 250m we had a close call with a buoy vs. blade situation but held our lead to cross the line first. For Lotti and Charlotte this was their first win in Vesta kit.

Sunday proved to be more successful for Athene, making it through to the repercharge in the W IM3 1x event.

Maidenhead Regatta

Kat Hedges raced for Vesta at Maidenhead regatta with her old club, EERC, at the weekend, and they won WMasters A/B/C quads and WMasters C 4+ over the 500m course on Saturday.

The winning crew afterwards having celebration beers!

The winning crew afterwards having celebration beers!

Both winning verdicts were over 2 lengths, which given the short course is a fair distance for a previously untried combo. To quote Kat,  “I love Masters racing.”

Vesta also raced in a Mixed 4x and a Mixed 2x racing on Saturday at Maidenhead. Paul Mew and Zena were entered in IM2 mixed doubles, in Paul’s words, “rather ambitiously”. In fact, they had a decent race with good steering but didn’t have the power to beat Eton Excelsior.

The masters mixed quad (Anna, Deb, Bryan and Bijan) had a problem on the way to the start. The steering shoe came away from the footplate so Bijan had to complete the race rather cautiously with no steering. The trailed way behind as a result.

Vesta’s crews were cheered up by tea and the best cakes ever at the regatta enclosure where they watched Kat win.

Thanks to Kat and Paul for sending in new their contributions.

Vesta ride out at Prudential Ride London

Current and former Vesta rowers were out in force at last Sunday’s inaugural Prudential Ride London – a 100 mile closed road sportive starting at the Olympic park in Stratford, taking in a few choice Surrey Hills and finishing in style on the Mall before Buckingham Palace.

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Team Vesta at Buckingham Palace

With a start time that required us to get up so early that late night revelers were very much still in evidence, riders started arriving at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 5am ready for the first wave of departures from 6am. Vesta CC had one “team” entry and much crimson and black kit throughout! The pace was punchy from the start as enthusiasm and adrenalin swept us along. As we wound through traffic free London streets and out to Richmond Park, trains of riders formed and the effect was higher than anticipated speeds. At one point super domestiques Matt and Chris looked back over their shoulder to see over 30 riders hiding in their slipstream.

Out to Surrey through the familiar and oft ridden roads of Richmond Park, Hampton Court and Weybridge, crowds began to gather along the course and the cheers were much in evidence (and very helpful) as we rode the 3 main hills of the route Newlands Corner, the mighty Leith Hill (from the south) and the eponymous Surrey landmark and home to British hill climbing, Box Hill.

Despite some dubious pre-event communication (what do you mean teams want to start together…?), the day itself was incredibly well organised and we gladly partook of frequent opportunities to grab free food and fill up water bottles along the course. The main feature and what set this cycling event apart from any of the others most of us have done was the closed roads – the feeling of coming through Putney and beyond to the Mall, along our regular commuting route, at around 40kmph can’t be fully replicated.

We finished the ride as we had done all day, as a team and the smiles beamed. Testament to what a great day it was is the fact that we (and more almost everybody we know) have entered into the ballot for next year. (Get your entry in now before it’s too late!)

Fastest rider home representing Vesta CC was Jon Tait, in a time of 5:08, behind Dave Clinton (in treacherous blue!) in 4:21. The Vesta team of Matt Gilliver, Chris Harrison, Rahma Barclay and Martha Walsh, plus Charlie Dempster, came home in a time of 5:17. Full results below.

Current and ex Vesta riders (some representing other clubs)

  • Rahma Barclay  5:17
  • Hayley Beer        6:47
  • Fraser Brown     5:18
  • Alister Campbell 4:32
  • Dave Clinton      4:21
  • Matt Collings      4:35
  • Charlie Dempster 5:17
  • Matt Gilliver       5:17
  • Helen Gray          6:23
  • Chris Harrison   5:17
  • Alex Johnson     5:58
  • Shona Love         6:06
  • Jeremy Rose      5:50
  • Jon Tait                5:08
  • Martha Walsh    5:17

 

Upcoming racing news

This weekend we have a few ladies representing Vesta at Peterborough. Racing in her single is Athene McGregor-MacDonald and in an WIM3 4x are Nicola Pocock, Kerry Evans, Charlotte Lennox, Charlotte Trigle. Good luck and have a fab time!

 

Also very best of luck to Vesta’s Rowan McKellar who’s entered U23 (she’s only 19!) Women’s Elite 1x in the GB Rowing Team Sculling Festival to be held at NWSC, Nottingham next weekend. It’s a new event for those who want to reach national level… worth a look!

 

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, www.runrowbike.co.uk.

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

New Director of Women’s Rowing for 2013-14

Vesta Rowing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Sullivan as Director of Women’s Rowing for the upcoming new season 2013/14.

Ray will lead a group of volunteer coaches to ensure the continued success of the Vesta Women’s squad.

Ray has achieved notable wins and successes at Lea Rowing club and Furnivall Sculling Club, winning the ARA Coach of the Year in 2005/6. He has coached crews to wins at Henley Women’s Regatta, National Championships and the Commonwealth Games. His crews have won Pennants at Pairs, Fours and Womens’ Eights heads, and he has also seen crews through several rounds of the Remenham Challenge at Henley Royal Regatta.

A new season kick off meeting will be held on 12 September at 7:30pm in Vesta’s front room – if you have over a year’s competitive rowing under your belt and are interested in joining the club, please come along!

On behalf of the current squad and committee, we would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to the outgoing coaches.