Two wins at Veterans Head 2011

The Vesta Vets Head was held the day after the Tideway Head on 3rd April. Preserving the normal Vet routine of morning rowing outing, drinks at the bar, Sunday Lunch meant the race had to start at 9:00 just two hours before low tide. This added another minute or so to the time, unfortunate for those who thought the race was plenty long enough already, and even more unfortunate for those starting at the tail end in slack water.

The veteran squad boated an all Kingston men’s entry for the first time in a year or two. The Master’s D crew contained a number of new and old faces, and several who hadn’t been seen in their racing vest for a good while! - Steve Peters, Charles Worthington, Miles Fellows, Peter Fish, John Fitch, Steve Drury, Ray Merrall, David Livingstone and a somewhat jaded JP Salter as cox suffering from post Tideway Head party overindulgence.

In addition to the all KRC crew there were a number of members who could be spotted sporting their Kingston colours in assorted composite crews. Andy Kapica slotted into the winning bow seat of a six club Vet H crew (that’s an average age of 70-75!) with some very long standing crew mates. Birgith Sims stroked and won Women’s Vet D-F, Helen Gadsden raced in the 5 seat of a Women’s Vet C Eight, and Andy Tompkins rowed at 5 in another Vet D Eight.

Finish Position

Crew

Status

Time

Category Position

15

Kingston composite with Warwick BC/Walbrook/Poole

MasD

20:03.7

2nd out of 42

82

Kingston composite with Henley/TSS/Bradford/Sheffield/Minerva

MasG/H (H)

21:37.6

1st out of 7

93

Kingston RC

MasD

21:42.7

21st out of 42

139

Kingston composite with Crabtree BC/Walton RC/Dart Totnes RC

W.MasC

22:35.2

3rd out of 12

142

Kingston composite with Medway Towns RC/Walbrook/Barnes Bridge Ladies/Burway RC/Maidenhead RC/Fredensborg/Thames RC

W.MasD+ (F)

22:40.1

1st out of 9

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