Summer Regatta

History of the regatta

Rowing on the Clyde started long before anyone can remember, and from this, racing evolved. In 1857 the first known Main Regatta took place on the Clyde. It was a huge event as back in those days, football and horseracing were not as popular, so many people bet on rowing! People would come to Glasgow Green and sit along the river bank to watch the races.

Summer Regatta 1862
‘The Annual Regatta of the Clydesdale Amateur Rowing’ club held in 1862. The numbers of spectators attending give a good impression of the extent public awareness and attraction of the sport. The finish was around the area where Clydesdale’s boathouse was eventually built in 1905. The monument to the right still stands in Glasgow Green today, helping to place the picture. (Photo : London News, 1863.)

On September 27th 1862, ‘The Illustrated London News’ (above) reported on the “annual regatta of the Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club”, describing it as the “Scottish Henley”. This conveys the extent of rowing on the Clyde at that time.

Today, the Summer Regatta is still a prestigious event, run over the same course as in 1857. The “Long” course is 1500m, starting at Polmadie bridge and finishing at Clydesdale Boathouse. The “Short” course is from just above the suspension bridge.

Summer Regatta Course

Invitation and Event List

Clydesdale’s Summer Regatta Secretary would like to invite all fellow rowers to this prestigious event.

Information for Competitors

To ensure that the event runs smoothly, all competitors should make themselves aware of the information that is contained in the linked Information for Competitors document.

Rules of Racing

The regatta will be held under Scottish Rowing rules and will also abide by the rules of the river. All competitors must make themselves aware of these rules prior to racing.


The Results of the 2016 Regatta are now available 2016 Regatta Results and list of winning crews

The Results of the 2015 Regatta are now available.  2015 Regatta Results