Preview of the Vesta Scullers Head Prizes

The fastest male and fastest female will take home one of the wonderful small scull trophies pictured. Also the fastest male and female novices in the 2012 Vesta Scullers Head will be fortunate enough to be awarded new perpetual trophies donated by Tideway Scullers School in memory of esteemed coach, Alec Hodges.

The beautiful Blackstaffe Trophy is perpetual as is awarded to the fastest finisher.

Scullers Head Trophies

Full details of the race are here.

The draw will take place on 26th November, so watch this space!

Christmas Party Saturday 15th Dec Afternoon

Vesta Mulled Wine Christmas Party 2012Vesta’s Christmas Party will be held after outings on Saturday 15th December. This is a change to the original plan so rowers will not be afflicted with heavy hangovers when racing the Remenham Challenge Head on Sunday 16th.

The full details of the day haven’t been finalised yet, but I’d put a bet on mulled wine, mulled cider (if Thea has anything to do with it!), mince pies and there’s talk of a whole stilton cheese and biscuits!

The club will have its Christmas decorations up soon to get you in the mood after the Annual Dinner. All are welcome, young and old, just bring your festive spirit and santa hats.

Fours Heads

Vesta had 16 crews competing over two days of racing on 10th and 11th November in the Head of the River Fours and Veteran Fours Head. (That included a whopping nine women’s crews so boats were borrowed to meet demand.) It was the first major head race for most of our senior squads to lay a marker for the season and  for some to get some experience racing and steering the championship course.

The weather and water were pretty friendly on both days, not too cold or windy at all, but you definitely wanted to get your line right because the stream was pulling boats along tidily in the best of it.

The results from Saturday are posted on our results page. Notably the men’s IM1 4- and the women’s IM1 4x performed very well.

Inside the club house  our members and volunteers had really come up trumps. We had a fantastic amount of food to sell and consume over both days and plenty of people around to help serve at the food table and bar.

On Saturday night and the ‘Four of a kind’  party the club was filled with foursome’s in fancy dress including, the wizard of Oz, teenage mutant ninja turtles and Kiss… It could have been scary for unsuspecting passers by!

On Sunday there were three men’s boats representing Vesta. We didn’t get our fourth in due to the event being heavily oversubscribed. All did respectably with the Mas D 4x achieving our best time.

Race report: Vesta visits Head of the Charles

Rohanne reports –

In mid October, a representation of Vesta athletes arrived in Boston alongside British and International rowing royalty. They all gathered on the Charles River for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Luckily this year, the weather gods were kind, with stunning sunshine and temperatures in the high teens for the racing. First to race for Vesta was Jamie Wooller, who competed in Men’s Club Singles on Saturday and finished 30th out of 67, beating many younger and heavier competitors. Next up was Nell Pascall, who raced under her Dartmouth University alumni banner, the Evergreen Boat Club, in Alumni 8s. Nell’s exquisite Vesta technique helped her set the crew up for a 3rd place finish in their category, and a medal!

The head wind picked up on Sunday, just in time for the Women’s Championship 8s race, which the Vesta Senior Women, under the tutelage of Matt Gilliver entered. The field was packed with heavy weights, including national crews from the USA, Netherlands, Canada and GB, as well as American top tier university crews. However, Vesta put in a solid showing, overtaking Villanova in front of our home away from home, Riverside Boat Club, finishing 31st out of 40. Vesta was the fasted Club boat in the division and beat the Thames crew which had coincidentally also trekked  over for the race, by a good 50s.

 

Head of the Charles

 

There was an awesome afterparty hosted by Riverside BC at Ned Devine’s in fanuial hall (a very un-Irish looking Irish bar), the booze was flowing (gin?), with olympian spotting taking place and some good dancing as well. We would definitely do it again.

 

One of the new senior boys, Rob Staruch, also rowed the race, but with Army. I’m sure the men would love the race if they decide to go next year. There’s already talk of tackling it again in singles no less!

 

Vesta at Head of the Charles this weekend

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.

Pairs Head 2012

Pairs Head 2012

Helen and Natalie race in W.IM2.2-

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!).

New boat naming 4th November

ChampagneSave the date. There will be a ceremony at 12:30pm on Sunday 4th November at the club to name the new boats. The IV is to be called ‘Voracious’ and the VIII to be called ‘Dick Welch’ – hurrah for that!

Ladies who love Tour du Lac

tour du lacFor 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.