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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Please click on the thumbnails for full size images.

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.

Blackstaffe Day 2009

There was a particularly competitive scent in the air this Blackstaffe Day, with last year’s winners of the mixed doubles event being granted special permission to defend their title. A number of love boats fancied their chances against the reigning champions and by popular demand the rule preventing previous winning crews from entering in subsequent years was lifted. Harry and Charlie showed no signs of giving in (did they even break a sweat?) and cruised to victory in the final against Kitty and Nick Ireland.

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The mixed eights event saw a controversial win for the crew of six men and two women over three evenly matched crews. But as Caster Semenya has proved, gender is just something that’s written on your birth certificate. The focus then turned to boat-naming, where Trevor finally named four of the fleet of launches he has kindly purchased for the club over the years. Formerly affectionately known as 199, 299 and so on, they were baptised with a splash of champagne and dedicated to longstanding deceased Vesta members.

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And so the fleet was named:

The boats are named - no going back

The celebration continued well into the night with the senior women’s long-awaited 90s party, featuring guest appearances from Ab Fab, Where’s Wally, Baywatch, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix… all fuelled by copious amounts of Archers, blue WKDs and Bacardi Breezers. But it was all too much for some.

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Welcome to the new Vesta website

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Welcome to the new, improved Vesta website.

If you would like anything added to the website or have any ideas for news or content, please email Laurence. Also if you have any photos from events Vesta has been present at, do send them in and we will post them for all to enjoy.

There are now new mailing lists,  so we would ask all members to visit http://vestarowing.co.uk/mailman/listinfo to ensure you are subscribed to the relevant club and squad lists.

Pre-season Squad Meetings

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Just a reminder that the pre-09/10 season meetings will be held in the front room at Vesta on the following dates:

Men’s Senior Squad: Thursday 3rd Sept @ 7.30pm

Women’s Senior Squad: Thursday 10th Sept @ 7pm

If you’re interested in rowing at Vesta this year, do come along. You’ll get to meet the coaches, become (re)acquainted with the Vesta bar and we’ll outline our goals for the year. For any other queries, please see the respective squad pages and get in touch with the coaches listed there.