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 Regatta
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.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and club members provided a presentation on the Boathouse Project. The presentation covered:
- the context of the project since 1998
- 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.
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.