Two Vesta men’s crews won their divisions in the Remenham Challenge Head held on Sunday 16th December. It was a tremendous start for the novice men, who won their first ever race, beating London and Thames novice crews. Hopefully the taste of victory gives them confidence to continue as racers!
The senior squad also had very well-earned success winning the Intermediate category and coming 5th overall. Well done!
Vesta also gained a close 2nd place in the Women’s Elite category, being pipped by a Thames crew. The women’s competition is bound to hot up as Vesta raced with a couple of subs on the day, so there’s extra speed to be found.
Overall we had seven crews racing on a beautiful, not too cold, wintry day. The Remenham Challenge, being the forerunner of all the eights heads, is always a mixed field in terms of racing quality, as crews find their racing legs, or not. There were 38 crews racing altogether, so Vesta’s was the 2nd biggest entry for a club next to Thames, who entered an impressive 14 crews.
Thanks to Stewart Button for the photographs.