Vesta women taking on GB at the British Rowing Championships

We are very proud that some of our women’s squad, as well as ex-Vesta members, are entered into the W8+ category at the British Championships in Nottingham tomorrow. We wish the best of luck to Christina Duffy, Gemma Etherington, Kirstine Keyes, Rohanne Thompson and Kat Astley!

The crew is a Cantabrigian/Vesta/Cambridge City/Trent/Sport Imperial composite. Full crew as follows:

Sarah Stafford Airey

Kat Astley – former Vesta member

Ulrike Bauer

Christina Duffy – Vesta

Gemma Etherington – Vesta

Catherine Hurst

Kirstine Keyes – Vesta

Mathilde Pauls

Rohanne Thompson – former Vesta cox / member

It looks set to be an exciting (and tough) competition with 2 GB crews, UL composite, Molesey BC, Thames RC and a Mortlake, Lea, Debden, Reading, Marlow, Wycliffe composite.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates on their progress: @vestarowing

We will also hopefully be able to bring you a race report next week.

Good luck girls!

Vesta Men win Senior 2- at Pairs Head

This year’s Pairs Head brought a rainy, windy, and pretty grim start to the Tideway Head Season. However, the Vesta rowers were eager to race, delivering a strong performance and a solid start to the season.

Harry Bond and Si Woodfine racing Senior 2- to a pennant win at Pairs Head 2013

Harry Bond and Si Woodfine racing Senior 2- to a pennant win at Pairs Head 2013

The crew to watch was the senior men’s pair, stroked by Si Woodfine and steered by Harry Bond, who raced aggressively and won the Senior 2- Pennant.  Their finishing time of 12:31.46 also placed them as the overall fourth fastest pair in the Head.  Richard Lear and Robbie Hynes raced in IM2 2-, and narrowly lost out on the pennant win by 0.2s to Cardiff City, in a time of 13:18.71.  Vesta newcomers, Louis Marengo and Tom Hayward comprised another IM2 2-, finishing the race in 13:52.35.  The only senior men brave enough to race in the double were Rob Shaw and Richard Stebbings, who raced IM3 2x in a time of 13:12.34. The senior men are coached by Nick Ireland, Matt Pierpoint, Andrew MacMillan and Morgan Bailey.

The Vets had three crews entered in the Masters categories. Michael Maynard and Peter Dudley raced MasC2x in a time of 14:46.45, narrowly beating the other Vesta MasC2x crew of Bryan Williams and Jonathan Davies who finished in 14:48.63. The ladies W.MasC2x of Paula Cardwell and Zena Howard finished in 15:40.46.

The senior women had one crew stroked by Jess Smith and steered by Lizzie Ingram, who raced W.Sen2- for time only due to last minute changes. The crew of Anna Brown and Kat Hedges had to scratch due to a broken finger.

The full results can be found by clicking here. A very big congrats to the winners and all the racing crews. Here’s to some hard training ahead of Scullers Head and Fours Head next month!

Dates for the diary

Now that the season is upon us, it’s time to get those all important racing and social events firmly planted in everyone’s diaries.

Races

  • Reading Small Boats Head – 5th October
  • Pairs Head – 13th October, 11:15 – The bar will be open all day and there will be food. So come down and support our crews!
  • Upper Thames Fours & Small Boats Head – 27th October
  • Vesta Scullers Head – 16th November, 14:15 – One of the biggest days in the club calendar. Please come down and support and help if you can by donating some sandwiches or cakes, or helping out behind the bar.
  • Fours Head – 30th November, 13:00 – The bar will be open all day and there will be hot food. So come down and support our crews!
  • Remenham Challenge Head – 14th December, 13:15 – We are defending champions in the men’s intermediate and novice categories!
  • Quintin Head – 25th January
  • Henley 4s & 8s Head – 15th February
  • Reading University Head – 1st March
  • Hammersmith Women’s Head – 9th March
  • Women’s Eights Head – 15th March, 15:30 – Defending club champions!!!
  • Hammersmith Head – 16th March
  • Kingston Head – 22nd March
  • Head of the River race – 29th March, 14:15
  • Vesta Veterans Head – 30th March, 10:30

Social Events

  • Fours Head party – 30th November
  • Annual Dinner – 31st January
  • Women’s Dinner – 22nd March

Welcome new members!

Hello all newbies! The new rowing season is an exciting time to join or rejoin the madness. So here are a few tips to make sure you find integrating into Vesta life easy peasy.

1. Do the V.R.C.! New-members-thumb

2. Sign up for the all-vesta mailing list.

3. Drink (and eat) in the bar. It’s totally chilled out and friendly, plus drinking beer buys new boats.

4. Learn about the club and get involved – here is a good place to start.

Good luck for 2013-14 everyone! Any questions, email me on comms@vestarowing.co.uk. Bye for now, Cheryl

 

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.