Gold in Ghent (again!)

Following their impressive display at Wallingford last week, the Vesta girls took it one step further, dominating at the International Regatta in Ghent, Belgium.

Having come away with one Gold medal last year in the quads (see report here) the bar was raised through the roof this year with the squad having 8 Crews in Finals and coming away with 2 Bronze Medals, 2 Silvers and 1 Gold whilst setting a course record (6.51.10) and claiming the International Belgian Championship for Women’s Eights.

In an exciting race, Vesta A tore through Thames (who had beaten them in the heats earlier in the day) to clinch victory by 3 seconds in a well fought final.

ghent 8+ edit Belgian National Champions (L-R): Rahma Barclay, Alex Johnson, Helen Edwards, Vicky Williams, Lara Brock, Vics McLeod-More, Charlie Dempster, Emily Trant & Julia Hedley

Along with the victorious crew pictured above there were other medals in the form of:

Silver Medals for Emily Trant, Lara Brock, Vics McLeod-More & Charlie Dempster in the Women’s Coxless Fours.

Silver Medals for Lara Brock, Ailsa Tremayne & Charlie Dempster in the Women’s Quads (pictured below).

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Bronze Medals for Ailsa Tremayne in the Women’s Pairs on Saturday (pictured below).

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Bronze Medals for Kitty Lowings & Alex Johnson on Sunday in the Women’s Pairs on Sunday (pictured below).

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Amongst the medallists there were 8 crews that made finals, including two eights for the National W8+ Final which is a staggering acheivement.

Congratulations must go to the whole squad and coaches: Matt Gilliver, Paul Fitzwilliam and James Parris.

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Wallingford Regatta 2010

After wins at Quintin and Hammersmith Women’s Head and a fantastic squad result with the first boat coming 22nd in the Women’s Head of the River Race (4th & 21st in IM2 and 50th in IM3) there was expectation in the air for a another good summer performance for the Women’s Senior Squad following their heart breaking loss in the final at last years Women’s Henley.

So it was that they disappeared off to Mulhouse for a week long training camp (noticeably without the distraction of the Men’s Squad) where they plotted their takeover of the world of women’s club rowing.

Winning their heat comfortably at Wallingford Regatta, the IM2 8+ of cox: Julia Hedley, Emily Trant, Helen Edwards, Vicks McLeod-More, Aga Siemiginowska, Hillary Blandy, Kat Hedges, Alex Johnson and Rahma Barclay caught the scent of blood when they lined up for the final. Alongside them at the start were old Putney embankment rivals Thames RC and the club that had denied Vesta a HWR ’09 Medal, York City RC – the scene was set for payback.

In a blanket finish, mighty Vesta pulled out all the stops to beat Thames and York City into 2nd and 3rd in a time of 07:02.20.

It was about 7°C, and they do say revenge is a dish best served cold.

Other notable performances on the day came from Kitty Lowings and Alex Johnson coming in a very respectable 2nd in their IM1.2- final and the Vesta Men’s Senior 4- of Rob Shaw, Nick Nevelling, Harry Bond and Jamie Halliday, who despite illness in their boat managed to qualify for their final in a very tough field.

Novice Cherry Poppin’ at Hammersmith Regatta

Congratulations to the Vesta Men’s Novice 8+ of (cox, then S-B):

Celeste Boruvka, Martin Benfell, Martin Graham, Phil Pollard, Matthew Penny, David Blows, David Suter, David Howard and James Oddy who were victorious at Hammersmith Regatta last weekend.

Vesta’s novice men raced at their first ever regatta on saturday, doubling up in novice and intermediate 3 eights.  Both races were straight finals and in their novice race they were drawn up on the center station against Auriol Kensington and Kingston University.

There was a certain amount of nervousness in advance of the start as Kingston were late to the line, but this was turned into an awesome start where they sprang into a length’s lead in a matter of strokes.  Kingston Uni then spent the rest of the race fighting to get back on terms and looked like they could do it until a spirited finish by Vesta saw them off with the final verdict – half a length.

Racing again an hour later Vesta performed creditably in staying in touch with an Emmanuel School J16 8 until near the finish line when the schoolboys longer experience (and lack of a previous race) told.

Welcome to IM3 – may the winning streak continue….

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Molesey Amateur Regatta

A large contingent from all the squads had a good days racing at Molesey and recorded four wins.

There was a long overdue novice win for the NV 4+ of Philippa Le Roux, Harriet Caldwell-Nichols, Janine Snape, Robyn MacCrimmon, steered by Kate Garratt, a huge win for Michael Hughes in his third Novice 1x final of the summer and solid IM2 wins for Kitty and Kat in the 2x and Jeremy Burke in the 1x.

6333_123194725906_728095906_3449308_7173218_n The novice girls win at Molesey

Vesta bring home Victor Ludorum at Kingston

The senior squads had a good day at Kingston Amateur Regatta with four wins. The senior women’s IM1 8 beat Cambridge Uni in the semi and then went on to beat the other two Cambridge crews in a close final for the first pot of the day.

Women's eight

Harry then did the honours in the IM1 single before coming back in a scratch crew to take on the Obama Four in the Vesta/Vesta IM1 4- final in what was the race of the day. In race closer than last week’s City of Bristol semi final the crews were dead level coming into the enclosure. A late push just gave the Ireland/Campbell/Shaw/Bond crew a win in the last stroke of the race – the offical verdict was three feet but it looked much closer.

Four on way to victory

In a rare Novice Quad event, a group of our novice scullers then beat a strong junior crew from Calpe of Gibraltar to claim the fourth win of the day and their novice sculling pots. Sadly Michael Hughes, who is trying to win his novice sculling pot the hard way, couldn’t beat a strong Tiffin sculler in the novice 1x final. Also unsuccesful was the Hindshaw/Henderson double who unfortunately suffered from a lack of race practice.

Elite coach double
Congratulations to everyone for a good day’s racing – and for winning the Victor Ludorum. Same again next year please!

Two wins at Wallingford regatta

Crowds watching the racing

Vesta’s Senior and Intermediate crews raced at Wallingford regatta this weekend in the first of many multi-lane races this summer. Conditions were less than ideal, with a strong tailwind and white horses. Congratulations to the senior women who put down a marker for the summer by winning both Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 3 eights and gaining some swanky hip flasks instead of the traditional open-top silverware. A great result!

IM3 winners Silverware IM2 winners

Photos available from BigBlade and Birdman.