Voracious Dick Welch!

Our two new women’s boats were named in proper Vesta fashion on Sunday 4th November. It was great to see the club full of members, old and new, enjoying the occasion. The four is named Voracious and the eight is “Dick Welch” after our long-time member, coach of Dick’s Ducks Summer Sculling School, dedicated Bar Steward and committee member, amongst other things!

Voracious & Dick Welch namedVoracious had its first race on Saturday and Dick’s keeping an eye on how his eight performs too.

“I’m very pleased to have a boat named for me and I hope that it is a fast one! That will happen with the dedicated training of our athletes, so I’m sure it will fly! I hope to see this craft cross the line first at many regattas including HWR and maybe even HRR! I’ll be watching….”

Bar specials for the weekend

Aspall Cyder SpecialThis Four’s head weekend will feature Sambrooks Wandle on draught, it’s so popular that our Dick can barely keep up with the demand.

A new addition to the Vesta bar this weekend will be Aspall’s Draught Suffolk Cyder, selected for you by those Cider aficionados, Alex and Thea.

Race report: Vesta visits Head of the Charles

Rohanne reports –

In mid October, a representation of Vesta athletes arrived in Boston alongside British and International rowing royalty. They all gathered on the Charles River for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Luckily this year, the weather gods were kind, with stunning sunshine and temperatures in the high teens for the racing. First to race for Vesta was Jamie Wooller, who competed in Men’s Club Singles on Saturday and finished 30th out of 67, beating many younger and heavier competitors. Next up was Nell Pascall, who raced under her Dartmouth University alumni banner, the Evergreen Boat Club, in Alumni 8s. Nell’s exquisite Vesta technique helped her set the crew up for a 3rd place finish in their category, and a medal!

The head wind picked up on Sunday, just in time for the Women’s Championship 8s race, which the Vesta Senior Women, under the tutelage of Matt Gilliver entered. The field was packed with heavy weights, including national crews from the USA, Netherlands, Canada and GB, as well as American top tier university crews. However, Vesta put in a solid showing, overtaking Villanova in front of our home away from home, Riverside Boat Club, finishing 31st out of 40. Vesta was the fasted Club boat in the division and beat the Thames crew which had coincidentally also trekked  over for the race, by a good 50s.

 

Head of the Charles

 

There was an awesome afterparty hosted by Riverside BC at Ned Devine’s in fanuial hall (a very un-Irish looking Irish bar), the booze was flowing (gin?), with olympian spotting taking place and some good dancing as well. We would definitely do it again.

 

One of the new senior boys, Rob Staruch, also rowed the race, but with Army. I’m sure the men would love the race if they decide to go next year. There’s already talk of tackling it again in singles no less!

 

Vesta men support Movember

Watch out! The senior men’s squad has committed to grow ‘mo’s in aid of charity this Movember. The unknown awaits us all as they cultivate their hairy upper lips. Their motivation is apparently “to be the most mo’tastic rowing club on the tideway” and I’m sure it will involve quite a lot of itchiness, general mockery and outing of superiority complexes. Please support the boys by donating to men’s health research here. I’ve also promised to post a few ‘progress’ photos. See attached for day 4!

Vesta Movember 2012 Day 4

Vesta Movember 2012 Day 4

Belgian Beers Now Restocked!

Just in time for this weekend, all the Belgian bottled beers are back! Check them out. Thank you Vinny!

 

Fours Head ‘Four of a Kind’ Party

Fours Head Party Poster

Three's a crowd... but Four's a party!

Three’s a crowd, four’s a party!
With the Fours head taking place this weekend, it falls to the club to celebrate the crews entered and their (hopeful) success in the race.  To that end the club will be open ALL DAY, serving food and drinks to supply all those willing supporters down to cheer the final stretch along the Putney Embankment, and then for the tired crews to rehydrate with a well-earned pint.

The evening shenanigans will begin at 1930 with a fancy dress party themed around “Four of a Kind”, so come along with friends as teams, groups, comrades – or come alone representing 4 things yourself!

The club will dance until the small hours, so come prepared to rock out the dancing shoes, and party like there’s no training on Sunday*!!
*there is training on Sunday, man up.

 

On tap at the bar this weekend

This coming weekend, by popular demand (Robin!), we will have Sambrook’s ‘Pump House’ Pale Ale (4.2%) on draught at the Vesta bar. Time to stop by for a pint after (or instead of) training surely?!

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.