The draw for Vesta Scullers’ Head will be posted here this evening (Monday 26th November).
The fastest male and fastest female will take home one of the wonderful small scull trophies pictured. Also the fastest male and female novices in the 2012 Vesta Scullers Head will be fortunate enough to be awarded new perpetual trophies donated by Tideway Scullers School in memory of esteemed coach, Alec Hodges.
The beautiful Blackstaffe Trophy is perpetual as is awarded to the fastest finisher.
The draw will take place on 26th November, so watch this space!
Vesta’s Christmas Party will be held after outings on Saturday 15th December. This is a change to the original plan so rowers will not be afflicted with heavy hangovers when racing the Remenham Challenge Head on Sunday 16th.
The full details of the day haven’t been finalised yet, but I’d put a bet on mulled wine, mulled cider (if Thea has anything to do with it!), mince pies and there’s talk of a whole stilton cheese and biscuits!
The club will have its Christmas decorations up soon to get you in the mood after the Annual Dinner. All are welcome, young and old, just bring your festive spirit and santa hats.
Gordon has confirmed the next bar quiz will be held on Wednesday 21st November. Follow @vestarowing on Twitter for hints and tips… or in other words get to see the question paper before the exam. Get your teams together for a prompt start at 8:30pm and a finish as close to 10pm as possible!
Tickets are now on sale for the annual black tie dinner to be held at the Roehamption Club! More details about the event and instructions for members on how to buy tickets are now published here.
Look out for emails announcing the raffle star prize, more dates when Emily will be at the club selling tickets and a message from our President, Don, announcing the special guest speaker.
Paul Fitzwilliam reports
The first Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships was designed as part GB Trials part National Championships.
With Dorney Lake slowly being returned to its pre-Olympic state, Vesta’s sole representative at this event was Rowan McKellar who was racing in a composite WU19 2x and a composite W 4x with Glasgow RC as a first step in her quest to seek GB U23 selection.
On Saturday, with the Hwt, Lwt, U23 and U19 doubles all racing together as per GB Trials format, the Time Trial didn’t go quite to plan but by the end of the knock out stages Rowan and her lightweight colleague from Glasgow had won the E Final and finished 3rd in the U19 category.
On Sunday Rowan and her three Glasgow crewmates raced the quad and won the C final, finishing 4th in W4x behind Leander and two crews from IC, and 14th overall out of 24 quads.
The next step will be the Open Trials in November in the ergo and in singles.
(My apologies to Rowan for omitting to report on this earlier. Well done and good luck this month! – Cheryl)
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Vesta had 16 crews competing over two days of racing on 10th and 11th November in the Head of the River Fours and Veteran Fours Head. (That included a whopping nine women’s crews so boats were borrowed to meet demand.) It was the first major head race for most of our senior squads to lay a marker for the season and for some to get some experience racing and steering the championship course.
The weather and water were pretty friendly on both days, not too cold or windy at all, but you definitely wanted to get your line right because the stream was pulling boats along tidily in the best of it.
The results from Saturday are posted on our results page. Notably the men’s IM1 4- and the women’s IM1 4x performed very well.
Inside the club house our members and volunteers had really come up trumps. We had a fantastic amount of food to sell and consume over both days and plenty of people around to help serve at the food table and bar.
On Saturday night and the ‘Four of a kind’ party the club was filled with foursome’s in fancy dress including, the wizard of Oz, teenage mutant ninja turtles and Kiss… It could have been scary for unsuspecting passers by!
On Sunday there were three men’s boats representing Vesta. We didn’t get our fourth in due to the event being heavily oversubscribed. All did respectably with the Mas D 4x achieving our best time.