Vesta Scullers Head 2009 Results

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A message from the organising committee: Apologies for the delay in producing the results, we normally try to publish within 2 hours of the last boat crossing the line, but several blanket finishes needed extra attention and close review of video evidence, which took its time for us to work through. We appreciate that we’ve raised people’s expectations with our normal prompt publication and we hope interested parties appreciate the causes for today’s delay.

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Vesta Scullers Head – IMPORTANT UPDATE

Vesta Scullers Head
IMPORTANT UPDATE

As at 14:00 today (27 November) the race is STILL ON. We are closely monitoring the weather forecast but owing to the predicted wind direction we will not be in a position to make a final decision on the race until tomorrow morning.

The organisers appreciate your understanding in this.

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Fours Heads 2009

With the Fours Head being cancelled on Saturday due to terrible conditions, the Veterans Fours Head got underway on Sunday in mill pond like conditions.

There were two crews representing Vesta taking part this year, both coming away with good results.

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A VetD.4x- comprising of Paul Mew, Robin Purkiss, Michael Hughes & Peter Simpson did well placing 6th out of 11 in their category and 37th overall despite getting over-friendly with a Tyrian coxed four (pictures here).

Vesta/Auriol Kensington had a win in the VetB.4x- category, coming second overall. Starting second, they overtook the crew in front of them quite soon after the start leaving them clear water and perfect conditions all the way to the finish.

Pairs Head 2009

Eight Vesta crews & one composite competed in this years Pairs’ Head of the River from Chiswick to Hammersmith Bridge.

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The girls were back, showing their class with a 1st/2nd finish in the IM2 2x category, Charlie Dempster and Kitty Lowings finishing just 5 seconds ahead of Kat Hedges and Lara Brock.

Furthermore, the Vesta/Auriol Kensington Vet B/C 2x of Jeremy Burke and Frank ‘the tank’ Raschke won their category in a time of 00:12:36.

‘Vittoria’ at the Boston Marathon!

Last Sunday our resident Italian masochist Gianni boated for the 2009 Boston Marathon.

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As the only person in the history of the event to actually enjoy 31 miles of non stop sculling, he was tipped as a favourite to come away with the coveted Novice 1x pot.

With standard mainland European doggedness Gianni did Vesta proud and did manage to secure victory in the Novice category with a good time of 04:10.59, many congratulations!

Mike Staal

On Wednesday 9th of September a dinner was held in the front room at Vesta to honour Mike Staal, on that day Mike had been an active member of Vesta Rowing Club for 60 years.

Mike joined Vesta as a school boy, then during his National Service, went on to cox for the RAF and to win the Thames Cup at Henley with them before returning to Vesta in peacetime.

Mike’s contributions to Vesta both on and off the water since then have been invaluable, and he continues to help the club every year at both the Scullers’ and Veterans’ Heads.

The dinner was attended by the Vice Presidents and other guests, and was hosted by Don Anderson who presented Mike with a engraved tankard to mark the occasion.

Speeches were made, the highlight being Mike’s which ended in a mass sing-a-long.

Thanks must go to Don for organizing and to Mike for being a marvelous guest of honour.

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Ross Moodie

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Very sad news regarding Ross, he was a part of the Men’s Senior Squad for some of the year last season, before he returned to university. A big guy and a bigger character, he will be missed.
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Our thoughts are with his family at this time.