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.
Who is that man on the right in this Santander ad? And, as importantly, has he been photoshopped?
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!).
For 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.
Following 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.
Bonfire 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…
The 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.
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!