Vesta wins overall prize at PLA Rowing Safety Awards

We are proud to announce that Vesta has, for the second time, won the overall prize in the annual PLA Rowing Safety Awards. As far as the committee are aware, this prize has been awarded twice to only one other club, so this is a huge achievement.

We could not have achieved this award without the dedication and hard work put in by Peter Simpson, our safety officer, over the past two plus years. A huge well done and thank you to Peter, who will, very sadly, be stepping down from his role over the next few months. I hope that he gets a few well deserved pints in the bar!

This award is also a testament to the members and coaches of Vesta who demonstrate their commitment to safety – Thank you! We would be remiss to not include a little note to remind everyone to continue practicing good safety behaviour, on and off the water. Now, with winter at our heals, is not a time to let things slip. Let’s continue striving for a good safety record, and perhaps we can win the award again next year!

Men of Vesta – your upper lip needs you!

movember your club needs you - 2013

Men of Vesta…

It’s Movember very soon and the call is going out to members to grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. It’s going to be a hairy journey and we need safety in numbers!

If you want to be a part of Vesta’s fundraising effort, please enlist for Movember and JOIN Vesta Mowing Club or go and donate in support of those that are taking part!

A moustache is the mark of a man…so try and clear it with work, partners or whoever you need to convince about how worthy this cause is and Grow a Mo!

Find out more about why you should join or support Vesta Mowing Club by taking a look at THE CAUSES WE ARE FIGHTING FOR.

Thanks in advance to those who are going to cultivate a tache on their top lip.

As the HP advert says…’all efforts to grow facial hair shall be applauded’

Any questions to Deckchair: vicecaptain@vestarowing.co.uk

Vesta women taking on GB at the British Rowing Championships

We are very proud that some of our women’s squad, as well as ex-Vesta members, are entered into the W8+ category at the British Championships in Nottingham tomorrow. We wish the best of luck to Christina Duffy, Gemma Etherington, Kirstine Keyes, Rohanne Thompson and Kat Astley!

The crew is a Cantabrigian/Vesta/Cambridge City/Trent/Sport Imperial composite. Full crew as follows:

Sarah Stafford Airey

Kat Astley – former Vesta member

Ulrike Bauer

Christina Duffy – Vesta

Gemma Etherington – Vesta

Catherine Hurst

Kirstine Keyes – Vesta

Mathilde Pauls

Rohanne Thompson – former Vesta cox / member

It looks set to be an exciting (and tough) competition with 2 GB crews, UL composite, Molesey BC, Thames RC and a Mortlake, Lea, Debden, Reading, Marlow, Wycliffe composite.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates on their progress: @vestarowing

We will also hopefully be able to bring you a race report next week.

Good luck girls!

Vesta Men win Senior 2- at Pairs Head

This year’s Pairs Head brought a rainy, windy, and pretty grim start to the Tideway Head Season. However, the Vesta rowers were eager to race, delivering a strong performance and a solid start to the season.

Harry Bond and Si Woodfine racing Senior 2- to a pennant win at Pairs Head 2013

Harry Bond and Si Woodfine racing Senior 2- to a pennant win at Pairs Head 2013

The crew to watch was the senior men’s pair, stroked by Si Woodfine and steered by Harry Bond, who raced aggressively and won the Senior 2- Pennant.  Their finishing time of 12:31.46 also placed them as the overall fourth fastest pair in the Head.  Richard Lear and Robbie Hynes raced in IM2 2-, and narrowly lost out on the pennant win by 0.2s to Cardiff City, in a time of 13:18.71.  Vesta newcomers, Louis Marengo and Tom Hayward comprised another IM2 2-, finishing the race in 13:52.35.  The only senior men brave enough to race in the double were Rob Shaw and Richard Stebbings, who raced IM3 2x in a time of 13:12.34. The senior men are coached by Nick Ireland, Matt Pierpoint, Andrew MacMillan and Morgan Bailey.

The Vets had three crews entered in the Masters categories. Michael Maynard and Peter Dudley raced MasC2x in a time of 14:46.45, narrowly beating the other Vesta MasC2x crew of Bryan Williams and Jonathan Davies who finished in 14:48.63. The ladies W.MasC2x of Paula Cardwell and Zena Howard finished in 15:40.46.

The senior women had one crew stroked by Jess Smith and steered by Lizzie Ingram, who raced W.Sen2- for time only due to last minute changes. The crew of Anna Brown and Kat Hedges had to scratch due to a broken finger.

The full results can be found by clicking here. A very big congrats to the winners and all the racing crews. Here’s to some hard training ahead of Scullers Head and Fours Head next month!

Dates for the diary

Now that the season is upon us, it’s time to get those all important racing and social events firmly planted in everyone’s diaries.

Races

  • Reading Small Boats Head – 5th October
  • Pairs Head – 13th October, 11:15 – The bar will be open all day and there will be food. So come down and support our crews!
  • Upper Thames Fours & Small Boats Head – 27th October
  • Vesta Scullers Head – 16th November, 14:15 – One of the biggest days in the club calendar. Please come down and support and help if you can by donating some sandwiches or cakes, or helping out behind the bar.
  • Fours Head – 30th November, 13:00 – The bar will be open all day and there will be hot food. So come down and support our crews!
  • Remenham Challenge Head – 14th December, 13:15 – We are defending champions in the men’s intermediate and novice categories!
  • Quintin Head – 25th January
  • Henley 4s & 8s Head – 15th February
  • Reading University Head – 1st March
  • Hammersmith Women’s Head – 9th March
  • Women’s Eights Head – 15th March, 15:30 – Defending club champions!!!
  • Hammersmith Head – 16th March
  • Kingston Head – 22nd March
  • Head of the River race – 29th March, 14:15
  • Vesta Veterans Head – 30th March, 10:30

Social Events

  • Fours Head party – 30th November
  • Annual Dinner – 31st January
  • Women’s Dinner – 22nd March

Welcome new members!

Hello all newbies! The new rowing season is an exciting time to join or rejoin the madness. So here are a few tips to make sure you find integrating into Vesta life easy peasy.

1. Do the V.R.C.! New-members-thumb

2. Sign up for the all-vesta mailing list.

3. Drink (and eat) in the bar. It’s totally chilled out and friendly, plus drinking beer buys new boats.

4. Learn about the club and get involved – here is a good place to start.

Good luck for 2013-14 everyone! Any questions, email me on comms@vestarowing.co.uk. Bye for now, Cheryl

 

Senior Women’s Kick Off Meeting – Thursday 12/9, 7:30pm

Vesta womenThe Vesta Senior Women’s squad will be kicking off the 2013/2014 season with a meeting at the Vesta Bar, this Thursday, 12 September at 7:30pm.  All are welcome. If you are interested, but cannot attend, please email Aga at captain@vestarowing.co.uk. Training will begin on Saturday morning.

This year’s women’s squad will be led by Ray Sullivan, and supported by Matt Gilliver, Dave Clinton and Peter Williams.

Vesta Senior Women Win at Met Regatta 2013. (Photo thanks to Rachel Dixon)

Blackstaffe Day on Saturday!

 

Blackstaffe Day PosterBlackstaffe Day is on this Saturday 31st August from Midday.

Come down to the club to celebrate all things VRC – there will be scratch racing, shiny pots to win, BBQ and party in the evening – guaranteed fun and merriment to be had by all!

The Regatta

Races will start at 1 o’clock with 2 events: Mixed ‘Love’ Doubles & Scratch Eights.
To take part, please put your name down on the signing up sheets in the bar.
Blackstaffe Day tankards for the winners
Practice is frowned upon and not becoming of ladies & gentlemen – ‘Love’ Doubles seen doing so before the event to gain an advantage will be dealt with appropriately at the party…you have been warned!

BBQ

Dick will be running a BBQ throughout the afternoon from about 1 o’clock
Standard fare of meat, bread and a gesture of salad.

The Party

If you’re not able to an all-dayer then the party will kick-off at 19:30 and we have a late licence until 2 AM.
Most importantly, the evening is being sorted by the Dev men’s squad and is a…

RUBIK’S CUBE PARTY

The rules: Everyone wears solid-coloured items of clothing in the Rubik’s Cube colours: White, red, blue, orange, yellow and green.
Each person should wear atleast one item in each colour.
During the party, people swap items of clothing with others
The aim is to be dressed from head to toe in a single colour by the end of the night.

Volunteers

To run the day we will need people to help out.
For the regatta + BBQ, email Deckchair: vicecaptain@vestarowing.co.uk
For a bar shift, email Thea: thea.vrc@gmail.com
The bar is going to be open quite a while – so please lend a hand whenever you see it short-staffed.

See you all there!