The event page for the Scullers Head has been updated with details of the 2014 Head of the River Race, including a poster for display in clubhouses.
Club circuit training for the 2015 season kicks off on Tuesday 9th September at Caledonian University. This is a group session for the WHOLE CLUB and members of all ages, shapes and sizes are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to come long. The more people that attend, the more fun it is for all! Cost is a meagre 66p per night, payable in one easy lump sum of £20.
Please encourage others in your squad or crew to come along too. Details are as follows:
Where: ARC Gym
Glasgow Caledonian University
When: Tuesday nights, 19:15 until 20:30
(try to arrive at 7pm for a quick start)
Cost: £20 for 30 weeks (ends 31st March 2015)
A fantastic day was enjoyed by all with some great rowing prowess. The weather was kind to us and our trusty old boats held up for yet another year. Despite the challenging start to the morning, the group stages ran smoothly starting at 10:30am through to lunch. All the crews put in mighty performances, which was a real testament to all the weeks of hard work they put in learning to row.
The group stages saw the top four from each of the groups continuing on to the quarter finals. For some light relief over lunch 4 of our 10 crews took part in our ergo challenge, racing 2km in a team relay. This proved to be a very exciting competition, with the teams’ supporters providing much needed encouragement to fuel their efforts. GlaxoSmithKline were the winners with at time of 6:30.5.
The quarter finals kicked off the afternoon’s proceeding, with “Take it easy there”, Drowned Gods, Bad News and GSK Super Heroes making it through to once again race head to head in the hotly anticipated semi finals.
The final between Donaldson Associates- The Drowned Gods and GSK Super Heroes was an exciting race to end the day. The Drowned Gods stayed composed under pressure to pull away from GSK to take the victory and claim the coveted British Steel trophy.
On their introduction to rowing, Donaldsons said:
“Learning to row as a team was wobbly at first, but thanks to our coach Ryan’s expert (and astonishingly patient) guidance we managed to stay upright and started to work on the techniques required to get us to the finish line.
During training, ‘The Drowned Gods’ only lived up to the first part of our name when the skies opened: soaking us during a couple of sessions – it might have been drier just jumping into the Clyde!
Race day arrived and after crossing the exciting new burst-water-main-moat, we found ourselves competing in the first race of the day. To our surprise, we won the first race and continued to win all but one of our group stage races to qualify for the final knockout stage.
In the final race, everything seemed to come together for us: the technique we had been taught finally seemed to have stuck in our heads. We rowed in time and remained composed. We won the race and it felt great to lift the trophy!
The atmosphere around the clubhouse was great: work colleagues came along to cheer (and heckle) and entire families came out for the occasion. The barbeque, cakes, music and face-painting were excellent!
We’d like to share a massive thank you to Ryan for his coaching and to Amy for stepping into his shoes for the day of the race. Thanks also to everyone involved at Clydesdale ARC for organising a fantastic day, and a great experience overall! A team from Donaldson Associates will be back to defend the Corporate Regatta title next year!”
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the regatta such a brilliant success, particularly Amy Walton, who pulled it all together.
The boathouse will be open the following days of the Commonwealth Games for taster sessions on the water:
Saturday 26th July 10am – 2pm
Monday 28th July 2pm – 6pm
Tuesday 29th July 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday 30th July 2pm – 6pm
Friday 1st August 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 2nd August 10am – 2pm
Participants must be able to swim and willing to sign a disclaimer. Juniors must be 12 years or older. Sessions will last between 30 and 45 mins. To book your place, please contact us confirming which session you would like to attend.
On the days of the Cycling Time Trial and Cycling Road Race, drop-in and see us in the ‘back yard’ sports area of the Glasgow Green Live Zone (Thursday 31st July and Sunday 3rd August – 10am to 7pm) to try indoor rowing. The boathouse will be closed on these days.
The newly incorporated group of representatives from each of the 5 rowing clubs on Glasgow Green have secured funding for professional project management services to push the new boathouse project along.
In this great year for sport in Glasgow, the rowing clubs on Glasgow Green are keen to make the most of the current enthusiasm for sport. With so many clubs involved and the potential for other sports and activities, we need someone enthusiastic and experienced to support our activities, develop the business plan and manage the project to realisation. We are grateful for the support from Glasgow City Council’s Social Enterprise Community Facilities Fund and the Boathouse Trust for this critical role. There is much work to do, but also a great team of volunteer support available from throughout the rowing community and from the Glasgow Green Community Boathouse directors, who will manage the successful candidate on behalf of the 5 rowing clubs involved.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 4th July.
The results for the 2014 Clydesdale Summer Regatta are now available on the event page.
With 168 races scheduled at 3 minute intervals for almost 10 hours, we all knew the Clydesdale Regatta was going to be a long day. Only the most optimistic of individuals would have predicted that the event could run to time. At one point, the regatta fell 20 minutes behind programme, due to boats from the Rutherglen Cruising Club passing down the regatta course and through the weir at high tide. However, sterling efforts from the Umpires quickly got the regatta back on track and we were all delighted when the day finished bang on time.
Whilst there were some dominant performances, some highly charged and exciting races, some dubious steering and the occasional capsize – there was also some magnanimous spirit with a few races being restarted after competitors suffered misfortunes – showing good sportsmanship and a desire to see worthy competition. In one case this was to the bemusement of the Umpire as Glasgow University abandoned their race after testing the buoyancy of their cox-box. In another it was when one Clydesdale sculler watched another Clydesdale Sculler fail to execute an eskimo role fully.
The most competitive event of the day was the ever popular mixed double sculls, with 11 entries and eventually won by Emma McDonald and Michael McNaul of Glasgow University.
Men’s Restricted 2 single sculls provided some interesting races and was ultimately won by the Ben Parsonage of Strathclyde University over Don Milesh of GRC. Womens Novice Double Sculls was won in the end by Loch Lomond Rowing Club’s Heather McKenzie and Robyn White.
The always important Novice Singles event commanded a large field of scullers vying to lose their Novice status and ultimately it was Clydesdale’s Kristopher Hughes who succeeded over Strathclyde’s Youssef Hounat. Also losing her Novice status was Strathclyde Park’s Jennifer Ord in Women’s J16 Single Sculls after seeing off competition from 8 other contenders.
With running presentations throughout the day, Vice-President Michael Foran was on hand to present the Glencairn Crystal Mixer Glasses to the winning crews.
Huge thanks to all involved in making it such a successful day on the river. Thanks to the club members and parents for taking on a role, whether marshaling or providing stock for the tea-bar; to the humane society for the provision of safety cover; to the Glasgow clubs for the use of their steps and facilities by visiting clubs; to the Scottish Rowing Umpires for their efforts throughout the day and the biggest thanks of all to Michele Foran who pulled it all together. See you all next year!
The club has long benefitted from the support of our local sports council (most recently Development Coach of the Year Award for Maureen Malone, Volunteer of the Year commendation for Amy Walton and Service to Sport Award for Gordon Simpson). We are delighted that this support continues with a £750 club grant towards equipment to support the work of our coaches. The Sports Council for Glasgow is a voluntary agency that exists to be an effective voice for sports clubs in Glasgow, and provides services to meet club needs. Clydesdale ARC are very grateful for the continuing assistance of the Sports Council for Glasgow, whether in volunteer recognition, sports promotion or purchase of equipment.
The taster session for the Clydesdale Learn to Row course for Adults is on Sunday the 31st of August 2014. It will take place at the West Boathouse at 12:30.
It is advised that participants bring a change of clothes with them, a small bottle of water, non-baggy sports clothing and are able to swim. The cost for the taster session is £10.
The RowStart course starts on Sunday the 7th of September 2014 and will run over 8 Sundays. This course aims at giving those wishing to learn how to scull the basic skills and ability to progress into the main squads of the club and into the rowing world.
If you are interested in taking part, please let Michael Lekakis know here and he will sign you up for the taster session on Sunday.
The draw for Saturday’s Summer Regatta is now available on the event page.
We have just launched our new club calendar. Please have a look at the events which the club intend to attend over the coming months. Each page has, or will be, updated with a variety of useful information about the particular events such as race venue, entry deadlines and boat loading arrangements, and a link to our racing page which includes lots of useful information for our novices, juniors and their parents (and a helpful reminder for the rest of us!).