Vesta Vets

Today W2 plus Captain Sam and the wonderful Gemma as our cox went to London for a second time in 2 weeks to compete in the Vesta Vets event Vet E category. 

‘Goldilocks conditions’ which means no wind, no big waves and not too cold or too hot! We met a lovely crew from Rome who were also boating from Furnival and called the Thames the Tamigi!

It was Mothers Day as is the tradition for Vesta so we were cheered on from Hammersmith bridge by Harriet waving a ‘go champs’ placard and Lizzi who joined us for post race picnic. We managed an efficient overtake being pushed on by Gemma in pairs.

Furnival were great hosts and it was fun to trailer share with Chesteron. Awesome trailer driving  from Helen  and Trish with a very early start and a hire car in the mix! Very pleased to have had a second opportunity to race on the Tamigi in kinder conditions and alongside fellow vet rowers.

Champs women head for the Thames

Last Saturday Champs added two Women’s 8s to Cambridge 99’s trailer (thanks to 9’s) to the Women’s Head of the River Race on The Thames. It was such a joy, after a long absence, to race on The Thames again and W1 and W2 had a great day out. A chance to test our rowing skills off Cam after a 2 year hiatus.

As ever with The Thames we experienced the full range of conditions which included some welcome sunshine and some very big waves which reminded us how protected we are from the elements on the Cam! Despite the conditions there was some successful overtaking whilst the waves crashed against the boats – all part of the experience.

It was just a great day out and fantastic to be part of such an iconic women’s sporting event again.