Clydesdale Corporate Regatta Champions 2015!

The sun shone on this year’s Corporate Regatta and the Clubhouse was filled with enthusiastic Corporate crews and excited supporters. Ten crews battled it out in the Group stages in the morning, with eight crews successfully going forward to the final stages. Over lunch, those crews fuelled with burgers from the BBQ, tackled the Ergo Challenge and hardly had time to draw breath before getting back on the water for the final races. The quarter and semi finals were keenly contested, with the final race taking place between Kraken Rowers (Andritz Hydro Hammerfest) and Davy Jones’ Tentacles (sportscotland), with Kraken Rowers overcoming the opposition to win the 2015 Clydesdale Corporate Regatta.

Corporate Crews battling it out on the ergometers during lunch.

Corporate Crews battling it out on the ergometers during lunch.

The crew costumes were particularly entertaining this year: Pirates of the Clyde (Sgurr Energy) as pirates; Cool Rowings (GSK) adopted a Jamaican theme, with matching rasta hats; The Mustard and Star-Lords proudly sported corporate colours; Kraken Rowers (Andritz Hydro Hammerfest) wore stylish T-shirts; Universally Challenged (AFRC) chose formal wear and a black tie approach; Mystery Men (Donaldson Associates) were coordinated in white; Sport Scotland chose a nautical theme, complete with moustaches, tattoos, cutlasses and eye patches; and the Sgurr’vy Mermen (Sgurr Energy) adopted a Robinson Crusoe style. A special prize was awarded to the best dressed crew, which this year was won by Pirates of the Clyde.

Joint winners of the Ergo Challenge were Star-Lords (Star Refrigeration) and Davy Jones’ Tentacles (sportscotland). Well done to all!

Our thanks go to all competitors and supporters for a great day, all coaches and helpers for making the weeks of training so much fun and to our regatta organising team led by Sally Nicholson for another tremendous event.

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Marlow Regatta and Women’s Henley Regatta

A small team of athletes from Clydesdale travelled down south last weekend to attend Marlow Regatta and Women’s Henley.

The quad of Danny Morris, Giacomo Galano, Euan Malone and Ryan Morrison had some great racing in the Senior Coxless Quad event on Dorney Lake at Marlow Regatta.  After finishing 4th in the time trial, a very competitive final saw the Clydesdale crew finish a close 4th, behind a Windsor Boys crew and two Bath University crews.

The men await the start of their time-trial at Marlow Regatta

The men await the start of their time-trial at Marlow Regatta

On the same day, over at Henley, the women’s Senior Coxed Fours crew of Anna Swan, Hannah Duncan, Zoe Wilson and Emily Clough were knocked out of the event by a crew from Tideway Sculler.  It was a close race, with the winning margin recorded as just 2/3rd of a boat length.

The Clydesdale crew rows to the start of their race.

The Clydesdale crew rows to the start of their race.  Photo Claire Baillie.

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Scottish Championships 2015

At the Scottish Championships on the weekend of 13/14th June at Strathclyde Park, the club recorded the following notable results:

  • Open Junior 18 Quadruple Sculls – James Morrison, Ryan Morrison, Giacomo Galano and Euan Malone.
  • Schoolgirl Coxed Four (racing as Williamwood High School) – Lauren MacNaughton, Elspeth Omand, Kirsty Hunter, Lindsey Vest and coxed by Laura Speake.
  • Open Junior 13 Single Sculls – James Morrison
  • Open Veteran ‘G’ Single Sculls – Les Johnston

Junior Women racing as Williamwood High School, winning Coxed Fours.



Junior boys, with Coach Chris Phillips, collecting medals for their win in Open Junior 18 Quad Sculls.


In addition, medal position results for the club were earned in:  Women’s Veteran 2x, Open Veteran ‘D-F’ Single Sculls, Open Quadruple Sculls, Women’s Junior 18 Eights, Open Coxed Fours, Open Coxless Fours, Women’s Junior 18 Quadruple Sculls, Women’s Coxed Fours and Women’s Junior 13 Single Sculls.

In the hugely competitive Women’s Single Sculls events, Clydesdale was represented by 4 women in a field of 50.  With Anna Swan and Hannah Duncan finishing 6th and 8th respectively in the time trial.  The top club finalist was Captain Zoe Wilson finishing 4th in the ‘C’ Final.

In the Men’s Single, top club time triallist was Danny Morris, finishing 7th of the 61 scullers.  Of the 8 Clydesdale men in the event, Danny finished 2nd in the ‘B’ Final, Giacomo Galano won the particularly competitive ‘C’ Final and Blair Ketteringham won the ‘F’ Final.

All in all, some very encouraging results for the club and a good platform to build on for further success.  Our thanks go to all the coaches and supporters who assisted over the weekend – and to Twan for towing the boats!

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Metropolitan Regatta

The Olympic rings decorating Eton Dorney were epic reminders of the London 2012 races held at the Metropolitan Regatta course. Nonetheless water is water and wind is wind and there was plenty of both over the weekend with some bow sinking waves!

The Olympic Rings at Eton Dorney on a calm day - with Windsor Castle in the background.

The Olympic Rings at Eton Dorney on a calm day – with Windsor Castle in the background.

Danny Morris and Anna Swan represented the club racing singles racing on both days. On Saturday Anna narrowly missed out on the IM2 final coming second in the reparge. Danny hailed success in the IM3 reparge with an inspirational sprint finish over the line taking him into the final.

Sunday saw Anna in the IM3 final where she led the race for the first 1800m just losing out to winning crossing the finish line less than a second behind the winner. Danny made it straight into the IM3 final with a strong performance in the heats coming fourth in the final.

Despite the long journey, both rowers were proud to represent Clydesdale ARC at this high profile event.  The event website is here.

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Castle Semple Regatta

View from the Umpire's Launch, before the wind got going!

View from the Umpire’s Launch, before the wind got really going!

After a very long day (130 races) at Castle Semple Regatta in what were at times very challenging conditions, Clydesdale recorded 9 event wins:

J16 1x:  Ryan Morrison

J18 2x:  Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano

W Nov 4+:  Kirsty Hunter, Lindsay Vest, Lauren MacNaughton, Elspeth Omand and Laura Speake (c)

J14 1x:  James Morrison

J18 2-:  Euan Malone and Blair Ketteringham

Res2 8+:  Mark O’Hare, Fraser MacIntyre, David Allison, Scott Telfer, Fraser Malone Jack Bagley, Alastair MacNaughton, Les Johnston and Laura Speake (c)

J16 2x:  James Morrison and Ryan Morrison

Res2 4+:  Jack Bagley, David Allison, Fraser Malone and Fraser MacIntyre and Laura Speake (c)

Vet 2x:  Les Johnston

Our thanks go to the hosts, Castle Semple Rowing Club, for another excellent event.  Full results are available here.  Video footage of the day is available here.

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National Schools Regatta

At the National Schools Regatta in Nottingham on Saturday, Clydesdale’s Giacomo Galano won the Junior 17 Single Sculls Event.

Giacomo collects his trophy from the medal pontoon after winning the J17 Final

Giacomo collects his trophy from the medal pontoon after winning the J17 Final

In a competitive final, Giacomo led from the start to secure a winning margin of 3 seconds over the 2000 metre course.  Giacomo’s performance at the weekend confirms why he and coach Chris Phillips have been invited to attend GB Final Junior Trials in July.

Official Results from the J17 1x Final

Official Results from the J17 1x Final

In addition to Giacomo’s win, Ryan Morrison overcame a lingering cold last week to secure a strong 4th place in the final of J16 singles.  Here’s hoping Ryan makes a full recovery.

Euan Malone was competing in Championship singles and ranked 16th in a very competitive time trial.

All in all, it was a very successful regatta for the Junior Men’s squad – much credit goes to Coach Chris Phillips for all his work over the last few years in developing a strong squad.

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Corporate Regatta 2015

If you are interested in learning to row and want to get your office colleagues or a group of friends to try it to – here is your ideal opportunity.  Information for the 2015 Clydesdale Corporate Regatta is now online and available on the Corporate Regatta event page.

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Glasgow Rowing Club Regatta

Great weather on Saturday ensured that the return of the Glasgow Rowing Club Regatta was a successful one.  A reduced entry due to the bank holiday and National Schools Regatta meant that the day was relaxed but thoroughly enjoyable for competitors and spectators alike.

Anna Swan on her way to winning WRes2 1x

Anna Swan on her way to winning WRes2 1x

Leading the Clydesdale roll of honour was Anna Swan, who won two glass tankards for her success in Women’s Open Singles and also Women’s Restricted 2 Singles.

A close race between Clydesdale and Inverness

A close race between Clydesdale and Inverness

David Allison and Alika Molloy won in Mens and Womens Novice Single Sculls respectively, whilst Captains Emily Clough and Zoe Wilson won in Womens Double Sculls.  The senior women had some tough races in Veteran and Res2 Coxed fours and whilst they were pipped by the women from Inverness, Clydesdale won in Womens Res 2 coxed fours.

Success for the Clydesdale and Glasgow RC composite crew of:  Sally Nicholson, Hazel Calder, Sophie Warburton and GRC's McMaster sisters.

Success for the Clydesdale and Glasgow RC composite crew of: Sally Nicholson, Hazel Calder, Sophie Warburton and GRC’s McMaster sisters.

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Clydesdale Regatta 2015

The Results from last Saturday’s Regatta are now available on the Regatta Page.

Phew!  With more than 140 races over a 9 hour day, it was always going to be a challenge – but with meticulous preparation by the regatta team and the Clydesdale membership rising to the occasion and jumping into action to assist on the day – a fantastic day’s racing was had at our annual regatta on the Clyde.  What’s more, it ran to time too!  Huge thanks to our Regatta Organisers in particular Michele Foran and Amy Walton for all their efforts over the last few weeks.

With such a stacked programme of racing, the umpires had their work cut out keeping the event to time. Led by Senior Umpire Carol Wallace, they kept competitors in line and the event on time with their usual good humour, patience and professionalism and only the occasional disqualification.

Senior Umpire Carol Wallace oversees the Finish

Senior Umpire Carol Wallace oversees the Finish

We’d like to thank all the clubs on the Clyde for their logistical support for the event, whether hosting visiting clubs, enabling use of their steps and generally contributing to such a busy day. We thank the Humane Society for the provision of additional safety cover and also all the club members who manned safety boats throughout the day.

We thank the visiting clubs, particularly St Andrew BC and Castle Semple RC. Their enthusiastic spectators and cheerleaders combined with large entry across Junior and Senior categories help keep the domestic regatta scene in Scotland alive.

Enthusiastic spectators at the finish

Enthusiastic spectators at the finish

As ever, we pay tribute to the purveyors of sustinence on the day: whether on the teabar or the BBQ – their efforts kept us all going. A firm favourite of our Corporate Regatta proved popular, with facepainting provided by Debbie Duncan.

Lastly, it is a source of enormous pride for me as Club President to hear so many kind words and compliments about the volunteers and marshalls on the day – the positive can-do attitude of the Clydesdale membership was again much admired.

Busy, but proud day at Clydesdale

Busy, but proud day at Clydesdale

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Nithsdale’s 150th Anniversary Regatta

A small group of members opened Clydesdale’s 2015 Regatta season at Nithsdale ARC’s 150th Anniversary Regatta in Dumfries.  They day got off to an unfortunate start after some wayward steering of a crew heading to the start, resulting in a collision and capsize for the junior boys double.  A technical difficulty in the junior mixed coxed quad after a commanding start was very disappointing.  Later in the day Idris and Jamie recovered their focus and pulled two of the senior men down the course, not once but twice, to win in Men’s Open Quads – latterly against a much…more experienced…composite quad.

Idris and Jamie in Jnr 2x

Idris and Jamie in their Junior double



The senior women had some good races in their coxed four and coxed quads, with a narrow victory over Castle Semple in a heat.  The mixed quad struggled in the high seas of the afternoon and were beaten by a crew from Talkin Tarn.

Snr Women win heat of coxed 4x

Senior Women narrowly beating Castle Semple in coxed quads


In the Open Double, Gavin and Andrew led from the start and dominated against the crew from Stirling.  All in all, it was a great warm-up for racing again at Strathclyde Park Regatta in two weeks time.

Clydesdale senior women

The Clydesdale Senior Women


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