Vesta – Expanding our Horizons as we enter our 150th Year

Our 150th year promises to be our biggest and best yet! We’re starting the season with a bang; expanded squads, new equipment and new coaching setups!

Expanding our provision

To accommodate the expected numbers of new rowers keen to join us, and to expand on the Novices’ fantastic recent successes, including Beginner Pennants at the Head of River Race 2018 and 2019, we’re delighted to announce we’re expanding our provision for both of our programmes.

To do this we’re opening up the Club to training all day on the weekend. This gives us more availability of coaching launches and equipment for both the Seniors (who will form two, larger squads training in the mornings) and for the Novices, who will now train later in the day starting before lunch.

We’re also opening up weekend lunchtime/afternoons to social rowers – if you’d like to get back into a boat but aren’t able to commit to full-time training then this is for you!

Equipment

To build on our successes of the previous season we’ve revamped our gym, which now accommodates 9 brand new Concept2 ergos and 4 new Concept2 bikeergs. These combine with our excellent weights facilities and 10 rp3 rowperfect machines. Vesta’s land training facilities are now some of the best on the Tideway!

In addition to these purchases, a new season calls for a new boat! The Senior Men will receive a brand new Filippi 8+ by the end of September. This is based on the same shell as the Kiwi National Team, with some bespoke modifications for a Tideway crew (and a custom Vesta paint job). Keep your eyes peeled for information about the upcoming Naming Ceremony. This adds to our already exceptional fleet including the new Women’s Filippi 8+ which arrived earlier this year.

Coaching

To help with the expanded numbers, we’re delighted to announce a first for the Club – paid part-time coaching positions for both Senior Squads. After a careful interview process involving a number of applicants from outside the Club, the Senior Women will continue to be led by Leigh Curtis-Green and a combination of Dan Safdari and Jack Elkington will oversee the Senior Men.

Leigh has steered the Senior Women to ever greater successes over the last four years, with crews winning Aspirational Coxless Fours, and regularly making finals and semi-finals at Henley Women’s Regatta. Dan has been our Director of Rowing for the past three years (and has helped us produce some of the fittest squads the Club has ever had) and will be taking over the lead role for the Senior Men, ably assisted by Jack, who took over as Head Coach of the Senior Men from 8’s Head last year.

Thanks to these newly funded positions, all three will be able to commit a lot more time to the Club, and you can expect to see more of them around the Club. Both squads welcome back the rest of their valued volunteer coaching teams from last year too – we now have a wealth of experience to draw on for all of the rowers of our Senior Squads.

Finally, due to the strength and size of the Club, we’re on the lookout for coaches passionate about bringing the sport to new people, who might be keen on developing their coaching CV and get a genuine joy in seeing complete beginners compete on the largest of domestic stages. Whether you’re a qualified coach, experienced at coaching novices, or are completely new to this sort of role but want to give it a go, then we want to hear from you!

If you’re willing to periodically give a few hours of your time, or are excited by the prospect of running one of our Novice Squads yourself, then please get in touch by messaging the Captain, Harry Bond, on captain@vestarowing.co.uk

Vesta is entering our 150th season, prepared with our best ever prospects – we hope you’re looking forward to being a part of it!

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