It was yet another successful end to the head race season for Vesta Rowing Club at the Head of the River Race. This included the Novice Men retaining the Beginner Pennant for the second year running. Following the cancellation of the Women’s Head of the River Race, this also included women racing alongside men in the race for the first time. The Vesta A boat finished as the 3rd fastest Women’s Boat.
The Men’s Senior Squad showed their considerable progress this year with the highest finish for the squad in five years, coming in 63rd place in exactly 19.00.0. Many members of the boat were disappointed with this result, showing just how far the standards have increased this year.
The strength in depth was displayed in the Vesta B and C boats. Vesta B finished with the highest placing for a Senior Squad second eight in over ten years, 102nd. For a boat which formed in earnest just over a week before, there were extremely promising signs for the summer season to come. On top of this, the third eight finished in 165th, also the best result by a Vesta third eight in over 10 years.
This said, the performance of the day was from the Novice Men, who finished in 194th place. This was the best finish by a Vesta Novice boat in living memory, and in at least the last 30 years. The secured the Beginner Club pennant for the second year running. This remarkable feat shows the massive talent being developed at the club. There will surely be even greater things in store for the members of this crew in the future.
In the Women’s event, the first boat finished in 3rd place, less than 15 seconds off the overall winners. The second boat finished an extremely credible 11th place. Again, this strong show sets the squad up for an exciting summer season as they look to build on their successes in previous years.