Vesta Remenham Challenge Crew coming over the line…

More reminiscing… photos showing what a cracking race Vesta and Molesey had in the Remenham Challenge Cup at HRR, giving the grandstand something to cheer about again!


Thanks to Gordon Barnes for sending these in.

Excitement galore at Henley Royal 2013

Well that was one helluva Henley! Vesta had three boats in the competition, after the development men unfortunately didn’t get through qualifying. Next year lads!

Vesta rowers showed their pride and absolute intention of giving it all, whether winning or losing. And the club showed what a fabulous supportive and fun bunch of people we have, taking up residence in the usual haunts. We ♥ Remenham Club.

Beloved Remenham Club

Beloved Remenham Club

The Thames Cup crew had a great start, beating Cambridge ’99 soundly on Wednesday. However they came up against the eventual winners in Griffen BC, old boys and quality rowers from Abingdon School on Thursday.

Satisfying win against Cambridge '99

Satisfying win against Cambridge ’99

With Rob Shaw, Phil Haddleton, David Blows, Helen Gray, Michael Patrick Hughes, Jonathan Brown, Richard Stebbings, Sam Lindsay and Robbie Hynes at Henley Royal Regatta.

The Vesta ladies, who did not have to qualify for the Remenham Challenge Cup this year for the first time ever, had a pure grit battle against Molesey BC, clawing up against the opposition’s lead the whole length of the course. Despite a blood and guts wind at the finish, the eventual verdict was painfully close at just 1/4 length to Molesey.

Nice catches

Nice catches!

With Rachel Dixon, Helen Ellison, Hana McEwan, Rowan Mckellar, Christina Duffy, Laura Daisy Jones, Elizabeth Crighton, Chloe Symmonds and Anna Brown.

The Wyfold crew had a tremendous, exciting Henley and were credited in the Royal Regatta’s own report as having lit up the competition. They raced Upper Thames ‘B’ on Wednesday, leaving it a little close for comfort for us spectators, with a lead of just 1/3 length at the finish. The crew were confident though and raced through one of the fancied crews of London RC ‘A’ on Thursday. They clashed blades at the start, went down a length against LRC and then finally reeled them in passed the enclosures. The final verdict was 2/3 length. Their Friday row was a bit more straightforward against Agecroft, leading throughout, with a final verdict of 2 lengths. And so, Vesta once more reached a Saturday semi-final row, unexpectedly to some! Here they raced Tyrian Club, which is the University of London old boy club, and they took a lead off the start and held it passed Fawley, but Tyrian has some very big gears, and put down the gas and took a 3 length lead at the finish. Tyrian went on to beat Rob Roy in the final, the two crews cutting times that no other boats came close to in the competition.

Guns!

Guns!

With Harry Bond, Si Woodfine, Richard Lear and Steve Whittle.

 
Club results are here.

HRR results, which include the times to Fawley and the Barrier, are here.

All photos courtesy of Sam Lindsay – thank you!

 

Three crews pre-qualified for Henley Royal Regatta

The only Vesta crew named in the list of Crews Required To Qualify published on Sunday was the development men’s crew. For the first time in the nine years since Vesta women first entered the Remenham Challenge at HRR, they have not been asked to qualify. Major achievement ladies! SWEET!

Similarly the Wyfold Challenge Cup and Thames Challenge Cup Vesta (A) crews have both pre-qualified after being consistently competitive at a club level in the major summer regattas.

The development boys were allowed to enter the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley after they had cracked the 6:30 marker in the IM3.8 event on the Sunday at Met. So now they can experience for the first time the tension and excitement of visiting the Henley Royal boat tents and pushing off for that gritty, long, unforgiving time trial.  This is also a major achievement for the crew and their coaches who were all novices last summer. Well done!

There are 35 crews from which 12 will qualify. For those who can support, Vesta Rowing Club (B) will be the 2nd last crew in the group starting at 5:21pm on Friday. Good luck!

The list of crews asked to qualify and schedule are available here.

Vesta Prepares for Henley Royal

With Henley week finally upon us, most of us are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather, while the rowers undertake their final preparations. The Vesta men pre-qualified two boats, one for the Thames Cup (8+) and one for the Wyfold (4-), thereby not having to endure Friday’s qualifiers which were held in conditions not dissimilar to last week’s HWR. Jamie Halliday joined forces with Harry Bond (of Thames!!!) to row the appropriately named Vodka in an attempt to qualify for the Double Sculls. Unfortunately, the not so lightweight lightweights were at a disadvantage in the strong gusty winds and heavy stream and were the fastest non-qualifying boat. The senior women joined the ranks of the 10 other qualifying boats for 3 available places, in what looks like the toughest Remenham Cup in a long time. The girls had a stonking race battling tough conditions and resulting in some amazing ‘pain face’ photos, but narrowly missing out on a qualifying spot.

The timetable for Wednesday’s racing has been released and is available by clicking here. The Vesta Thames 8+ will race Upper Thames in race 6 at 9:00. The Wyfold 4 will race London in race 34 at 11:45. Hope to see a good Vesta contingency providing the Remenham Roar for the boys!!

Henley Royal Regatta list of entries published

Vesta’s entries are:

  • a men’s eight in The Thames Challenge Cup – 40 entries to be reduced to 32
  • two women’s eights in The Remenham Challenge Cup – 19 entries (a large contingent this year!) to be reduced to ten (normally it’s eight – so I’m not sure how this is going to pan out in the racing timetable)
  • a men’s four in The Wyfold Challenge Cup – 46 entries (again a big increase on last year) to be reduced to 32
  • Jamie Halliday teaming up with Harry Bond in The Double Sculls Challenge Cup – the latter representing Thames Rowing Club (bah)

The draw with details of qualifying races and timetable will be published on Sunday evening.

The full list of entries is available on the HRR website.

Henley Royal Regatta 2009

The Britannia coxed four had a fantastic run at HRR and made it to the final, narrowly losing to Agecroft who were the pre-regatta favourites. Many congratulations to Mark Williams, Harry Bond, Big Nick Neveling, Dylan Samuel and cox Michael Wale, and to the coaches Martin Hindshaw and Karl Henderson.

This was Vesta’s 18th appearance in a Henley Final; the full list is shown in the results section. Further coverage appeared in the Surrey Comet shortly afterwards.

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Vesta’s second boat was entered in the Thames Challenge Cup. Despite a decisive win against Combined Services on Wednesday they were knocked out by favourites Tideway Scullers the following day. The crew of Alasdair Anderson, Rob Shaw, Josh McInerney, Mat Jozwiak, Laurence Manning, Alister Campbell, James Watts and Uinseann McSamhrain and cox Liz Head put in a solid performance and this result proves that a year of technical work and fitness training has brought the squad to a new level with great potential to go even further next year.

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As usual, Vesta supporters were out in force and leading the famous ‘Remenham roar’ as our crews streaked past the club! Many thanks to all who turned up and we hope to see you all again next year for even more success and champagne on Paul Baldwin, our ever-generous chairman.

The view from Remenham Vesta supporters as the boats come down the course