Vesta at Head of the Charles this weekend

A women’s championship eight and a men’s single will represent Vesta in the Head of the Charles in Boston, USA on 20th and 21st October. The regatta is now underway and a live webcast is available here.

Jamie Wooller will race on Saturday at 16:48 (11:48am local time) and the ladies will race at 20:08 (15:08 local time) on Sunday.

P.S. Jamie came 30 / 64 with a time of 20:21.19. Live results are here.

Pairs Head 2012

Pairs Head 2012

Helen and Natalie race in W.IM2.2-

Twelve Vesta crews successfully raced the Pairs Head course this year, with a strong showing from both the men’s and women’s senior squads. Three experienced women’s crews achieved second places, unfortunately missing out on a pennant, but what a good start to the season! The men’s pairs also posted some respectable times achieving a sixth and seventh place in IM2.2- category. A notable mention should go to Paul Mew who came third in MasF.2x with his partner from London RC. See the club’s results here and the full list on the Pairs Head website. (As always, please get in touch with me if you’d like to write a race report or send any photographs that we can use on the website, Thanks!).

New boat naming 4th November

ChampagneSave the date. There will be a ceremony at 12:30pm on Sunday 4th November at the club to name the new boats. The IV is to be called ‘Voracious’ and the VIII to be called ‘Dick Welch’ – hurrah for that!

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!