Boathouse Renovation – Feasibility Study Complete

We want to give you an update about the Boathouse project and our vision to renovate the historic building that has been the home for Clydesdale ARC and Clyde ARC for the last 110 years.


Just before Christmas, the consultants completed their submissions and the study documents were submitted to the project funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Both funders are pleased with the outcomes and eagerly anticipate the next stage of the project. The clubs met with GBPT on 20th January to discuss the next stages and to review the content of the study.  Have a look at the link below to find out what the future might hold for out boat house and what is might look like:

Feasibility Study Summary April 2016

How can you get involved? If the club memberships continue to show the engagement, enthusiasm and energy demonstrated during the feasibility study then this will be a very successful project. There will be lots of opportunities for you to volunteer time in assistance of the project. If you want to get involved, contact us here.

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Clydesdale Women take on Tideway!

The Clydesdale Women’s squads entered two eights competing for the intermediate pennant at last weekend Women’s Eights Head of the River Race in London. The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race saw 2,880 rowers in 320 crews racing along the same 7km stretch between Mortlake and Putney. This is now the largest women’s rowing race in the world and the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions.

15 Scottish crews were battling on the Tideway and both Clydesdale crews put in a fantastic effort to finish well within the top 200.WeHoRR

With true Scottish weather at the start line making both crews feel a wee bit more at home, the first eight put in a sterling effort to finish 120th and the second eight finished in 176th place, just 38 seconds behind the first eight.

It has been a number of years since Clydesdale has sent multiple crews down to Women’s Eights Head of the River and we were incredibly proud to see both of our eights put in such a fantastic effort.

Huge congratulations to all the Scottish crews for some fantastic racing on what is always a tough course. Full results can be found at

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Next time you are doing a bit of internet shopping there is an easy pain free way to raise money for Clydesdale – and it won’t cost you anything. Simply create an account on

Search for CARC Easyfundraising ‘Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club’ and select as your cause.  Then all you need to do is use the easyfundraising portal to search for your usual online shopping sites do some online shopping.  If you do your online shopping in this way, any a percentage of any purchase you make is given to Clydesdale with no cost to you.


Easy peasy! Tell your friends! Share! All of the above!

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Festive Scratch Regatta and Boathouse Day

The cold of a December Sunday was kept at bay by the festive cheer of two rowing clubs competing in a festive regatta on the River Clyde.  The event at the West Boathouse on Glasgow Green included guided tours of the building and a presentation on the activities being undertaken as part of the Heritage of Rowing at the West Boathouse Project.

Festive Scratch RegattaIMG_4169

5 crews of eight were assembled from acrossthe two clubs to compete over a 250 metre sprint course, with each crew racing twice.  Competitors included seniors and juniors, male and female, novices and elite athletes from both Clydesdale and Clyde clubs.  The winning crew was presented Clyde T-Shirts and Clydesdale glasses by Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council.

Boathouse Presentation

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and club members provided a presentation on the Boathouse Project.  The presentation covered:

  • the context of the project since 1998IMG_4178
  • the focus on the restoration of the building
  • the business case developed by the clubs
  • the research by club members into heritage
  • the activities undertaken to inform the study
  • engagement with other groups
  • proposals for the restoration of the building
  • costs and programme for the project

In conclusion, Cllr Graham reiterated the support of Glasgow City Council in the endeavours of the rowing clubs.  Very positive feedback was received from the assembled crowd of over 60 people, including local Councillor Greg Hepburn and Alison Thewliss MP.

Heritage WindowsIMG_4183

As part of the Boathouse Heritage Session, the club members expressed a desire to share some of their old photos with a wider group.  The clubs designed window panels to animate the blocked up windows of the ground floor to display some of the best images of the boathouse through the years.  The winning crew from the regatta was invited to unveil the heritage window panels downstairs to close proceedings.

More project update information can be found on the Boathouse Project page.


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Club Circuits over Festive Period

The gym hall at Glasgow Caledonian University will be used for exams during late December/early January. This means that Tuesday 15th December was the last circuit session there until Tuesday 19th January.

Proposed alternative schedule as follows:

29th Dec – off (see your coach for alternative arrangements)

5th Jan – off (see your coach for alternative arrangements)

12th Jan – training at West Boathouse

19th Jan – ARC gym Caledonian Uni

It is imperative that people keep the momentum going during this time of disruption. It is therefore strongly recommended that you attend the sessions at the boathouse and come prepared for all eventualities as the weather will dictate what we do. If in doubt, discuss with your coach.

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Club Dinner Dance

Bookings have now closed for The Annual Clydesdale Dinner Dance this Friday night in the beautiful St Andrews in the Square.  There will be over 100 guests and it promises to be a wonderful evening of dinner, dancing and fabulous fundraising prizes.

The arrangements for the evening:

Arrive from 7pm at St Andrews in the Square for a welcome drink on the balcony.

A 3-course Dinner will be served at 8pm on the dot.  If you are not in your seat, you wont get to eat!

The best ceilidh in Glasgow starts at 9.30pm, with music from the fantastic Mirren Band.

A short break at 10.30pm will see the fundraising auction and raffle.  Raffle prizes include 5 x £50 Greaves vouchers, bottles of Port, Fizz, and beauty products.  The ever popular auction will include:  a week’s stay on Arran; the Rowing Chefs (and Barman) dinner for four; and a unique artwork by Mike Lekakis – specially commissioned for the club.  There will also be some information on our Boathouse Project and how you can support it.

Dancing will continue until Midnight.

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Doors Open Day 2015

This gallery contains 12 photos.

The West Boathouse participated in the Glasgow Doors Open Day event and welcomed 371 visitors to the building over the weekend.  Club members rose to the occasion as usual:  providing a friendly welcome, guided tours of the Category B Listed … Continue reading

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Club Circuits

Club circuit training will continue to be run outdoors on Tuesday nights at 6pm at the boathouse during September. Members of all squads are strongly encouraged to attend and you will almost certainly benefit from the varied and demanding workout. The circuit session will move to indoor gym work at Glasgow Caledonian University commencing Tuesday 29th September and at the later time of 7:15pm. This is further into the month than in previous years, but the hope is that the continuity we have had throughout the summer months will give people a head start to the winter training.

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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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