Results update

Vesta Elite women dig deep!

Vesta Elite Women dig deep!

A slightly belated post to let you know that the results from Quintin and Remenham Heads are on the website Results page. The club has been doing well lately. At Quintin our ladies were the 2nd fastest women’s crew and the men came 2nd in IM1, 10th overall.

Next weekend is Henley Fours and Eights Head so more racing action is on the horizon!

I am looking for roving reporters to post more about how our crews are faring, so if you’d like to pen a few lines (and it really doesn’t have to be much) please do! Just drop me (Cheryl) a line at Thanks!

Putney Pier Planning Application

You may be aware of a planning application for Putney Pier. The proposal is to add more berths by lengthening it towards Putney_PierPutney Bridge and to have an inner pontoon for new berths that would prevent rowing under the pier footbridge.

The executive committee has discussed the matter and will be making an objection to the application on grounds of navigational saftey. Should a crew get into trouble when turning in front of the boats to proceed back along the shore of Putney Embankment on an ebb tide, there would be no escape route under the pier, making the turn more hazardous (similar to Dove Pier).

If you wish to make your own independent objection to the application please use the link below and respond by 6th February.

Sambrook’s Wandle on tap this weekend

This weekend sees the first firkin of real ale in 2013, it’s Sambrook’s Wandle (3.8%) on tap this weekend, so if anyone is feeling thirsty after their exertions in the Head race on Saturday they can be refreshed at the Vesta bar!

Vesta 50 Club welcomes new members

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“We like buying boats and winning prizes!”

Incredibly Vesta 50 Club has been running for more than 40 years and this year Harry Prior, its outstanding faithful steward has handed over the reigns to Dick Welch. The club is very grateful to both gentleman for running the club. It has been amazingly fruitful when it comes to buying Vesta boats, something we all love!

So it is a ripe time to begin a recruitment drive for new members. If you’re new to Vesta and don’t know much about Vesta 50 Club, please read the introduction here. If you’ve been a member for a long time and have never got around to setting up a standing order, do it now! Email Dick to sign up on to subscribe for just £7 a month. (It’s nothin’ peoples!)

We will be posting the monthly draw winners on the 50 Club page, tweeting as well as chalking them up on the old-fashioned bar blackboard!

Vesta International Veterans’ Head

thames-viewVesta International Veterans Head of the River Race will be held on Sunday 24th March 2013, starting at 13:30 GMT and racing from Mortlake to Putney.

Entries will open in early February.

See this website and BROE for more details.


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.

NEW Classified listings section!

New Vesta club classifiedsExciting news! We have just put live a new Club Classifieds section here. Perfect for selling / looking for boats / sculling blades /training equipment, or for finding a flat / flatmate… but not for finding your mate a girlfriend…

The great news is that any Vesta member (or friend) can post a listing. All listings are moderated by a site administrator, i.e. me (and Laurence). All replies to ads have to go via the website to protect the poster’s contact details. There is also spam protection on it. Each listing has a default lifetime of 30 days and there is a reminder to tell the poster when their ad expires.

Once we have genuine listings posted I will push these onto the home page in a feed to ensure that they are seen by members. Plus, I promise to mention them in the all-vesta newsletters too. Let me know if you have any other questions. Email

Subscribe to Vesta’s news using RSS Feed

rss-icon-772x250I’ve been asked if you can get the latest posts from this beautiful Vesta Rowing Club website in a feed that you can subscribe to. The answer is YES OF COURSE!

This means that you don’t have to keep checking the website to see if it’s changed. You can simply get the news headlines sent to your computer screen as and when updates happen.

All you have to do is go to and then you can subscribe to the feed either using a Feed Reader that you may have already or can install, e.g. through Google Reader, Yahoo or whatever.

I’ve also added the icon on the right side bar for you to use in the future.

I hope this helps you, kids.


Vesta member heading for Antarctica

If you think rowing on the Tideway can be chilly, fancy heading to Antarctica for the winter? Not a chance, thank you, but one of our members is on their way over right now on quite a high-profile expedition…Eric Reynolds writes:

I hope that you are warm and comfortable and that you will have a peaceful and prosperous 2013.

I am probably not going to be quite so warm as I am aboard the good ship SA Agulhas on route to Antarctica to deliver Ran Fiennes and his team onto the ice at the start of their attempt at the first ever crossing of the continent during the Polar winter.

The SA Agulhas

There are a bunch of good scientific and educational reasons for undertaking the Coldest Journey, plus of course the ‘boys own adventure’ side of things.

Very importantly we have a target of raising $10,000,000 for a charity called Seeing is Believing.

The expedition is a private enterprise (not government  sponsored) so we are scraping all the barrels in order to get there and with any luck back again.

So far we have raised sufficient to charter the ship and to pay for enough fuel to get started, but we might get stuck in the Southern Ocean unless we can raise some more while we are away.

If you would like to help get us back – every £1 donated puts a litre in the tank. is the easy way to contribute.

Any surplus raised over cost will be matched by Standard Chartered bank and will be used to help those who cannot see in Africa and India.  More information on the adventure and the aims at

I can’t promise to bring you back a piece of ice but if you click to donate and email me that you have I will arrange for a Ran signed thank you to be sent to you.

Very best wishes


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Order Vesta kit now

kit2The start of January means colder weather and head races on the horizon…time to stock up with even more kit then!
Crewroom/JL Kit Ordering Window
The Crewroom ordering window is open now! If you missed out last time on getting racing kit then now is your chance. Please note the JL lycra is the club’s official kit and is what those racing should wear as, it uses the correct shade of Vesta crimson.
Window opens: 03/01/13
Window closes: 13/01/13
Delivery: Before Henley Fours & Eights Head (16th Feb)
Login: vestarc
Password: blackstaff
This is the last opportunity to order kit before women’s/men’s HORR and training camps. The next window will open soon after we all get back in prep for the summer regatta season.

For more kit information see our kit page