Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club’s 14th Corporate Regatta saw 12 crews from companies across Glasgow and the surrounding area race against each other over 250m last weekend, with the day made particularly memorable with a visit from one of Scotland’s medal winning Olympians.
Training over 7 weeks in the summer, the crews learn to row in coxed 4’s with their first session at the Scottish Rowing Centre followed by 6 water sessions on the River Clyde at Glasgow Green. With dedicated coaches from the club supporting the crews they learn much more than just the basics. This is a lesson for them in teamwork, trust, communication, resilience and sheer hard graft!
The annual regatta event is a fundraiser for the club, as well as a source of new members keen to develop further in the sport. The emphasis on regatta day is very much on fun. Crews arrive in fancy dress, family, friends, children and colleagues and even the odd CEO arrive to join in the party atmosphere. With face-painter, music & commentary throughout the day and a lunch time erg race and BBQ all ensuring that there is a real buzz about the West Boathouse.
This year we were honoured to welcome Olympic silver medallist Polly Swann to present the winning crew “Sgurrillaz” from Sgurr Energy with their prizes.
The benefit for Clydesdale extends beyond the day itself, with many participants then becoming members of the club and many of the coaches taking further steps down a coaching pathway.
Clydesdale ARC are indebted to Stella Hawthorne for her marathon efforts in organising and delivering what has been one of the best Corporate Regatta the club has hosted. Thank you Stella!