Ladies who love Tour du Lac

tour du lacFor the third year in a row Vesta has supplied five brave souls (AKA nutters – and I’m allowed to say that because I’ve done it) to race the longest inland rowing race in the world. Congratulations to Vics McLeod-More, Emily Trant, Verity Ansell, Fran Bennet and Lein Snippe, who completed the course along Lake Geneva in a big, heavy coxed quad. Usually 160km long, the course was shortened due to wet, windy, waves-worse-than-the-Tideway weather, but they still rowed 146km, which took 14 hours, 55 mimnutes and 14 seconds!  The ladies have done it again.

A particular mention to Vics, who completed the challenge just a year after having a baby and to Emily for returning for a third year in a row and already planning a fourth. Read her fantastic race report here.

Guess who picked a winner?

FWandleollowing on from Dick and Robin’s intrepid research into… what else… BEER… the results came in from the World Beer Awards 2012 and the one they choose from Sambrooks Brewery has only gone and won:  Wandle has been voted ‘Worlds Best Pale Bitter – under 5%’ at the World Beer Awards. Vesta’s dedicated researchers come up trumps and choose a winner! It’s in the bar, folks.

Fireworks from Vesta balcony

FireworksBonfire night news! Hammersmith & Fulham are putting on fireworks in Bishops Park again this year on Friday 2nd November, which makes the Vesta Balcony the perfect viewpoint. And really, when Dick is putting on “Fireworks food” and the Vesta bar is serving its usual glorious array of beverages, why would you want to stand anywhere else? The bar will be open from 7pm and the fireworks are expected to start around 8pm. By the looks of the H&F website there may be James Bond theme, but how they do that with fireworks we can only guess…

Pub Crawl Sat 13th Oct

The ShipThe annual Fours Head Recce Pub Crawl will be held the same day as the Pairs Head this year so that we can cheer on the Vesta racing crews from Chiswick to Hammersmith. Steve will be arranging a meeting time and route so watch out for more details via email and Facebook.

The race starts at 3pm so we aim to gather our forces at the Chiswick end of the course about 2pm to get settled into our own race and find a good viewing point at one of the many riverside pubs. We’ll aim to finish in the Vesta bar, which will be open until 11pm. Then (for those with a certain kind of stamina) there will no doubt be a contingent heading to either Star & Garter or the wonderful Fez club.

Please volunteer for bar shifts, if you are able, from 7-11pm. We also need some kind souls who don’t want to go on the crawl to man the bar from 3-7pm. Volunteers, please contact Thea, assistant bar steward. Check your monthly e-newsletter for more details.

New at the bar this week!

Dick and Robin at Sambrooks

Dick and Robin doing their duty

On Saturday Dick and Robin undertook some serious research on behalf of Vesta at the Sambrooks Brewery open day. (I am happy confirm that they can organise a p*ss up in a brewery!)

Consequently we will have a couple firkins of Mr Sambrook’s Wandle on the real ale pump this week – an extra reason to attend the quiz night and the Big Breakfast. See you there!

Big Breakfast 2013 on Sat 29th Sept

Cooked breakfast

Vesta Big Breakfast - yummy yum

Every year Vesta hosts a big cooked breakfast in the Club Room to raise funds for our weekend morning tea and toast. All rowers are encouraged to come, contribute a few quid and eat heartily so that we don’t have to charge each week for food the rest of the year.  Nothing tastes as wonderful as steaming hot tea and buttery toast when you’re cold and achy from an early outing so having bacon and eggs now to pay for that really is an easy decision to make!

Plus the bar will be open until 5pm in the afternoon on Saturday 29th. See you there!

Thursday night dinners return!

Please feed the animals

Warning! Hungry rowers!

Our lovely volunteers will once again start cooking hot meals on Thursday nights starting this week on 20th September. Food usually is ready about 8pm and costs around £4 for a ‘normal’ size portion. Watch out for the weekly reminder emails of what’s on the menu

and we ask that you let our chefs know if you’re intending to eat so they can cook about the right amount. All profits go to the boat fund. Any questions, please contact our Assistant Bar Steward, Thea.

Important info for new members

Please complete a new membership application form for our membership secretary, Janet, ASAP so that you can race in the upcoming heads.

Don’t forget to order your new Vesta racing kit before 5pm on Monday 24th September.

In order to race you must also fund the club race fees account. There is a strict no-dough-no-row policy. Your coach or our entries secretary, Nicky, can give instructions on how to do this.

And, last but surely not least, make sure you visit the Vesta bar and join in our upcoming socials. The bar is the heart of Vesta and its profits go to fund our fleet. Beer buys boats!

Next Vesta Quiz 8pm on Weds 26th Sept

Come down to Vesta Bar for Gordon’s legendary quiz. No particular theme, but you can count on a few Olympics related questions. Get ahead of the game by following @vestarowing on Twitter where Gordon will be posting a few nuggets to tease you! All are welcome, especially new members, so bring your friends and enjoy prizes, hot food, drink and banter.

VPs Host Athletes’ Reception

A fantastic Vesta tradition continued this year with the Vice Presidents of the club hosting a drinks reception for the Henley Royal Regatta and the Henley Women’s Regatta athletes.

On Wednesday the 4th of July, the members of Vesta turned their dry cleaning post Henley of club blazers around quickly to ensure they were looking sharp for the annul VP drinks. There was a great turn out of both athletes and VP’s, all there to enjoy an evening of bubbles, canapés, mingling, speeches and of course all that Vesta Bar can provide.

The evening, which has continued since 2009 was created to give the VP’s a chance to mingle with the current athletes in the squad and ensure that Vesta Club spirit is passed on through the generations of Vesta. We were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful dry evening which meant utilising the balcony and also giving the opportunity for our in house photographer Richard Bryan a chance to capture some great club images.

It was also an excellent occasion for the coaches to give a celebratory reflection of their seasons and the athlete to thank them for all their hard work. Nick Ireland represented the men’s coaching group with a recap of all things related male rowing during the 2011/12 season and thanked all that has helped to create it. Matt Gilliver, the Women’s head coach also gave an entertaining recap of the season that was, thanking his team of coaches and took the opportunity to “officially” retire from coaching. Matt has been involved in the Women’s squad since 2008 and has lead the group to it’s most successful years of Women’s rowing at Vesta. He has helped the squad obtain a Senior Henley Women’s 8+ medal in 2010, the same year the squad represented Vesta on the Saturday at Henley Royal Regatta in the Remenham Challenge. These fantastic results were followed by victories in the Club 8+ category in both 2011 and 2012. Along with very successful years at both Royal Henley Regatta and Women’s Henley, the squad under Matt has had it’s most successful years at The Head of River and have brought home swags of medals every time they loaded up the trailer and ventured to another race. Matt- Thank you for all your hard work! We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

A very large thank you must go out to the VP’s for being so generous and hosting the evening. The VP’s bring a huge amount of spirit and knowledge to the Club and it is always great being able to get all the members of the club together to celebrate and raise a glass to our fantastic club.

– Ailsa