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.

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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.

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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

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

 

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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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