Come and Try Rowing at Clydesdale on lead up to Rio

Clydesdale ARC is taking part in Scottish’s rowing’s Initiative, Project Rio and we want to get 11 to 18 year olds in Glasgow rowing.   We are kicking off with ‘Come and Try’ sessions which will be running from Saturday 18th June every day up to and including Sunday 26th June.  We already have 180 children from local schools coming to try the sport, but there are still plenty of drop slots open for the ‘Come and Try’ week.  You can find out more here.

This is just the start of activities, in follow up to the ‘Come and Try’ sessions will be ‘Learn2Row’ courses which will be run of the school summer holidays and during the autumn term.

Will you come and try?

are you ready for rio

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Boathouse Project – Find out more on My Park Scotland

We are excited to announce the launch of the public appeal for the redevelopment of the West Boathouse.  You can find out more about the project on the mypark Scotland website, here: http ://www . mypark . scot/projects/ west-boathouse/mypark

The purpose of the appeal is to gather support for this project.  If you want to demonstrate your commitment to the project please consider making a donation – any amount, no matter how small, is very welcomed.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Clydesdale’s 129th Summer Regatta – A commentator’s perspective

Well, having set-up the PA system for more than a few years it was a pleasure not be drenched with rain and blown over by a fierce-some wind although it was a little cool. This in itself wasn’t too bad a thing as it made for good rowing conditions and the little wind there was, it was coming from the east, so a tail wind to be thankful for!

The major change to this year’s regatta was the shortened course due to the demolition works at Polmadie Bridge that had restricted rowing on the Clyde to a measly 1500m stretch with two formidable bends. So to allow a marshaling area the race distance was reduced to 1000m, or if you were unfortunate to be a Vet increased from 500m. Oh to make life easy for the worthy group of umpires, without whom the regatta wouldn’t run.

Since all racing was to finish at Clydesdale then this called for a staggered start to account for the bend at the Kings Bridge, and this would play a major part in the day’s racing. It was determined (apparently by an architect so there may be some dubiety regarding the techniques used, have you ever seen a house that’s fits together perfectly?) that the north bank would have an approximate 2 lengths start and that both competitors would need to use the centre arch to ensure a fair race over the correct distance.

As racing commenced it was apparent that the competitive spirit of a number of competitor’s seek to take advantage by using the South arch only to be spotted by the eagle eyed umpires situated at the East Boathouse, home of GUBC, SUBC and Glasgow Schools. This saw the said competitors continue to charge down to the finish only to find themselves disqualified resulting in much gnashing of teeth and various gesticulations, all to no avail.

The bend at the East Boathouse provided much of the entertainment for the day with crews over shooting the turn and losing considerable advantage to their opposition, which would then inevitably lead to the same crew heading right over to the south bank on the home handing even more of an advantage. Conversely the north bank crew would hold too tight a line on the buoys as they came round the corner and transgress into their opponent’s water much to the displeasure of the umpires and a small number of crews were disqualified for going over the said buoys.

Once race in particular seemed to capture all of the above misdemeanors, the final of the J18 single sculls between two boys from Glasgow Schools. The south bank sculler nipped through the south arch and the north bank sculler crossed the buoys but both boys were so engaged in the race they didn’t hear the umpires and charged down the river much to the amusement of those who knew they had transgressed. Much radio communication took place about who did what first and whether there had been sufficient distance for the disqualification to be disallowed, however common sense prevailed and the race was re-run without incidence and the same result was achieved for the South Bank.

There was some exceptional racing throughout the day, most notably the mixed quads and the R1 coxed fours. It was lucky that the finish alignment box was in place otherwise a photo-finish would have been necessary, the crews where that close.

It was a grand day on the Clyde, a well organised regatta in great conditions with a wide range of clubs winning wonderful etched whisky glasses. The MacNaughton’s of Clydesdale would be the most pleased as they won a full set between Daughter and Dad, with them also winning together in the Vet Coxed fours.  Obviously with Kirstie at cox as Alastair wouldn’t fit in the bow loader!

Ken Diamond


Note from regatta organiser: A huge thankyou to everyone who helped out before and on the day, it was a great team effort – c’mon the dale!

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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

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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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