Rohanne reports –
In mid October, a representation of Vesta athletes arrived in Boston alongside British and International rowing royalty. They all gathered on the Charles River for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Luckily this year, the weather gods were kind, with stunning sunshine and temperatures in the high teens for the racing. First to race for Vesta was Jamie Wooller, who competed in Men’s Club Singles on Saturday and finished 30th out of 67, beating many younger and heavier competitors. Next up was Nell Pascall, who raced under her Dartmouth University alumni banner, the Evergreen Boat Club, in Alumni 8s. Nell’s exquisite Vesta technique helped her set the crew up for a 3rd place finish in their category, and a medal!
The head wind picked up on Sunday, just in time for the Women’s Championship 8s race, which the Vesta Senior Women, under the tutelage of Matt Gilliver entered. The field was packed with heavy weights, including national crews from the USA, Netherlands, Canada and GB, as well as American top tier university crews. However, Vesta put in a solid showing, overtaking Villanova in front of our home away from home, Riverside Boat Club, finishing 31st out of 40. Vesta was the fasted Club boat in the division and beat the Thames crew which had coincidentally also trekked over for the race, by a good 50s.
There was an awesome afterparty hosted by Riverside BC at Ned Devine’s in fanuial hall (a very un-Irish looking Irish bar), the booze was flowing (gin?), with olympian spotting taking place and some good dancing as well. We would definitely do it again.
One of the new senior boys, Rob Staruch, also rowed the race, but with Army. I’m sure the men would love the race if they decide to go next year. There’s already talk of tackling it again in singles no less!