4s Head party will be a MO PARTY

It’s the news that you have all been waiting for…

Mo-Brothas and Mo-Sistas,

As Movember draws to a close and in celebration of this and the 4’s head weekend, it’s time to wring out your soggy all-in-ones, chuck Modesty out of the window and Model your Most ingenious and Most glaMorous costume to commeMorate the …

MO PARTY!

What is a ‘Mo’ party? Simple really – anything to do with ‘Mo’.

Eg. Mona Lisa, BackgamMon, ChroMosome, Moulin Rouge, HoMosexual, Moron – you get the idea…

… all the usual Mohem (sorry) that goes with a Vesta Party!

7pm till late

Please get in touch with Thea to volunteer for a bar shift: thea.vrc@gmail.com

Mo party poster

Scullers’ Head Race Report

Now that the dust has settled from a busy weekend – for racers, organisers and volunteers, it seems a good time to reflect on the fantastic results that were achieved by our scullers.

Vesta is not known as a sculling club so it was a really good to see 21 brave souls take to the water to fight for the prizes at our home event. Some were competing in Scullers’ Head for the first time, whereas others had already competed in the race 30 times. Notable results were achieved by many, including 5 in the top 100.

As the 60th running of the Vesta Scullers’ Head, it was only right that a little bit of history was made, with Harry Bond winning IM1 and following in the footsteps of another famous Harry B. in winning in club colours on the Tideway in a single scull. Harry has kindly provided his thoughts on the race, which are well worth a read – please see below.

Here are the Vesta results in full:

FinishStartScullerCategoryTimeCat PositionGenderOrderNotes
15133H BondIM121:37.02115IM1 winner.
42388R StebbingsIM322:16.25541
8332J BrownIM222:40.97582
8541S WhittleNOV22:41.16484
90121V McGovernMasB22:44.43889
115370R GouldenIM322:58.3915113
118147S CorongiuIM2.LWT23:01.106116
12869M HughesIM123:10.526126
139367R ShawNOV23:16.456136
168325S WachholzMasA.NOV23:31.464164
17177B ClarkeMasB.NOV23:32.822166
247340M MaynardMasC.NOV24:21.552212
273239P SimpsonMasD24:35.9129226
277290P MewMasF24:38.366230
285190A MunseyW.IM224:50.90252
298337P DudleyMasC.NOV25:06.523240
313334J DaviesMasC.NOV25:19.124248
341183A McGregor-MacdonaldW.MasB26:00.39882
359184I LaliberteW.MasB26:49.59997
368341J BaileyMasC.NOV27:46.817265
373318J McKerrellMasH30:43.944266

Q&A with Harry Bond – IM1 Winner

Q. Have you taken part in this event before?

Yes I’ve taken part in Scullers’ Head before, winning the old Sen.2 Lwt pennant in 2006. Since then I have done very little sculling or racing.

Q. Overall, how did the race go?

As in all Head races there were good patches and poor, but overall the race went well and I achieved my aim of maintaining an even split throughout the middle half of the race. After very few outings I was hoping to be able to rate 28 for the course and I mainly achieved that (only seeing 26 sporadically).

Q. Was it a strong field / big entry?

The entry this year was rather small for my category, this, coupled with the fact that the GB trialists were away at trials, meant that I undoubtedly finished a little higher than I could have otherwise expected to.

Q. How did you rate your chances on the start line?

I knew I was capable of racing well; Nick Ireland our coach has been working hard to ensure that we are all very fit at the moment and the excellent weather conditions meant that I was full of confidence up at the start line even though I have spent very little time sculling recently.

Q. How significant a result was it for you?

Because of the lack of trialists and the small numbers within my event, the result itself isn’t particularly significant. However, as a stepping stone towards the rest of the season it has provided a huge boost of confidence; the training programme is obviously paying off and winning can be a nice habit (I was fortunate enough to be part of the winning Sen 2- at Pairs’ Head with Si Woodfine). This part of the season sees the start of the more miserable ‘winter training’ and it will be very nice to have started so positively as the weather closes in. With Fours’ Head just two short weeks away  I will be looking to build on this result and others from the beginning of the year as our four from HRR last summer race in the Sen 4- category.

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!

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!

50 Club special – join by Sunday to take advantage

The lucky winner of the August 50 club draw was Andy Burke!

Don’t forget, Vesta members can sign up for a free river trip and lunch! Sign up with Dick by 1st September to become a member of 50 Club and get a space on the next outing FREE!

On 15th September 2013 we have hired PS. Elizabethan, embarkation is at 12.15 from Putney Pier, depart sharp at 12.30, there will be a welcoming glass of fizz or soft drink on board and a seated four course lunch will be served to include some wine and plenty of mineral water. Apart from that a cash bar will be available for the duration of our trip.

We will travel downstream as far as Greenwich and return to Putney Pier for 16.30 latest. On Board there is a lower enclosed deck for dining and an upper deck for sight-seeing.

Sign up by 1st September and you can come on the trip/lunch detailed below, if you wish to bring a partner it will cost just £40.00! Pay by Standing Order, monthly (£7.00), quarterly (£21.00) or annually (£84.00). S/O forms are available from me or find them in the folder in the office.

This is free to members of the 50 club, partners are very welcome but there will be a charge of £40.

Peterborough pot!

Weekend of 10/11th September, five of the senior women travelled north to Peterborough regatta for a bit of ‘fun’ summer racing.

Nicola Pocock, Lotti Trigle, Charlotte Lennox and Kerry Evans planned to enter the women’s IM3 quads event, however once the draw came out we discovered Kerry was unable to stay late enough to race the final due to prior evening commitments. Luckily Gemma Etherington was willing to fill the seat.

The first Vesta race on Saturday was Athene McGregor-Macdonald competing in W.IM3.1x, but didn’t make the final. She then took to the water again to race in the W.MasB.1x, finishing 2nd.

Peterborough W.IM3.4x pot for Vesta ladies

Peterborough W.IM3.4x pot for Vesta ladies

The W.IM3.4x boated ready to warm up only to realise a 1km course doesn’t have a lot of space to warm up. After an interesting start we came 2nd in the heat making it through to the final.

On the start line of the final we realised we were probably the only crew over the age of 18 so keen to put some juniors in their place! Having had a much better start than the heat we led the whole way down the course. In the last 250m we had a close call with a buoy vs. blade situation but held our lead to cross the line first. For Lotti and Charlotte this was their first win in Vesta kit.

Sunday proved to be more successful for Athene, making it through to the repercharge in the W IM3 1x event.

Maidenhead Regatta

Kat Hedges raced for Vesta at Maidenhead regatta with her old club, EERC, at the weekend, and they won WMasters A/B/C quads and WMasters C 4+ over the 500m course on Saturday.

The winning crew afterwards having celebration beers!

The winning crew afterwards having celebration beers!

Both winning verdicts were over 2 lengths, which given the short course is a fair distance for a previously untried combo. To quote Kat,  “I love Masters racing.”

Vesta also raced in a Mixed 4x and a Mixed 2x racing on Saturday at Maidenhead. Paul Mew and Zena were entered in IM2 mixed doubles, in Paul’s words, “rather ambitiously”. In fact, they had a decent race with good steering but didn’t have the power to beat Eton Excelsior.

The masters mixed quad (Anna, Deb, Bryan and Bijan) had a problem on the way to the start. The steering shoe came away from the footplate so Bijan had to complete the race rather cautiously with no steering. The trailed way behind as a result.

Vesta’s crews were cheered up by tea and the best cakes ever at the regatta enclosure where they watched Kat win.

Thanks to Kat and Paul for sending in new their contributions.

Upcoming racing news

This weekend we have a few ladies representing Vesta at Peterborough. Racing in her single is Athene McGregor-MacDonald and in an WIM3 4x are Nicola Pocock, Kerry Evans, Charlotte Lennox, Charlotte Trigle. Good luck and have a fab time!

 

Also very best of luck to Vesta’s Rowan McKellar who’s entered U23 (she’s only 19!) Women’s Elite 1x in the GB Rowing Team Sculling Festival to be held at NWSC, Nottingham next weekend. It’s a new event for those who want to reach national level… worth a look!