Heritage Lottery keeps hopes afloat for West Boathouse

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced its support for the redevelopment of the Category B listed West Boathouse on Glasgow Green, with a First Round Pass for a Heritage Grant of £1.212m including development funding of £121,900 for Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to develop their proposals further.

Olympic Silver Medallist Polly Swann announced the award before prize-giving for the Scullers Head event on Saturday.  We welcomed Cllr Archie Graham OBE of Glasgow City Council, Julie Procter of MyParkScotland and Morin Fenton from Spirit of Calton, who all spoke about the wider support for the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust project.

You can read more about it on the Heritage Lottery Fund website and on the GBPT website.

Our thanks go to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support and to Glasgow Building Preservation Trust for all their hard work.  Please help us share this wonderful news on social media, using the #WestBoathouse #HLFsupported hashtags.

Olympic Silver Medallist Polly Swann announces the HLF award

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Scullers Head 2016 – Results

A day of perfect racing weather saw 66 single scullers and 44 double sculls finish the 4 km course on the Clyde, from 12 year olds to competitors in their 70s, from novices to the Rio 2016 silver medallist Polly Swann.

The results are now available on the event page.

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Public Support Boosts Boathouse

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust have been overwhelmed by the support shown for their first crowdfunding campaign.  184 donations have raised a total of £5378 towards the costs of developing the West Boathouse project in Glasgow Green.  Through the MyParkScotland portal, gift aid collected on donations has raised over £700 for the Glasgow Green Endowment Fund which will help safeguard Glasgow Green for future generations.


Credit: Alisdair Woodburn

Murray Shaw, Chair of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said:

We are delighted and overwhelmed at the public support shown for this project on Glasgow Green.  Not only have we exceeded the funding target set, but we have also found nearly 200 supporters of this exciting project.”

Ian Goodman, MyParkScotland Project Manager, said:

The West Boathouse has been one of the most successful campaigns on the MyParkScotland portal, with the largest number of donations received for any of the MyParkScotland campaigns so far.  We have been impressed by the level of support shown for the project and delighted not only that the project surpassed its target but also over £700 has been raised from the gift aid contributions which will support future improvements to Glasgow Green through the endowment fund.

Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club have been impressed and amazed by the wider interest shown in the West Boathouse.  Our thanks go to Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and MyParkScotland for their efforts in this.  We are also particularly grateful to Alisdair Woodburn, for the use of his gorgeous image of the West Boathouse.

With donations received from as far away as Texas, London and Aberdeen the public appeal has demonstrated to the rowing clubs that there is a wider interest in saving the listed building and the we look forward to working with all the supporters to develop a project that enables the Boathouse to serve the wider users of Glasgow Green in the future as well as it has served the rowing clubs in the past.

More information on the Boathouse Project can be found here.

Please support other projects on MyParkScotland here.

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Corporate Regatta 2016

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.

Prize for Best Dressed Crew definitely went to the "Startroopers" from Star Refrigeration.

Prize for Best Dressed Crew definitely went to the “Startroopers” from Star Refrigeration, coached by Twan van Duivenbooden.

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 winning crew "Sgurrillaz" from Sgurr Energy, coached by Greg Wilkie and collecting prizes from Polly Swann.

The winning crew “Sgurrillaz” from Sgurr Energy, coached by Greg Wilkie and collecting prizes from Polly Swann.

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!

Family, friends and colleagues all gathered at the West Boathouse to cheer on the crews.

Family, friends and colleagues all gathered at the West Boathouse to cheer on the crews.

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Project Rio: Learn2Row

Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club is running our next Learn2Row courses for 11-18 year olds.

  • Learn2Row 3: Tuesdays at 5pm
    Starts Tuesday 16th August and continues weekly for 6 weeks
  • Learn2Row 4: Thursdays at 5pm
    Starts Tuesday 18th August and continues weekly for 6 weeks

Rio Regatta – Saturday 24th September.

The Rio Regatta will be a fun-filled conclusion to Project Rio and we hope to see as many people there to support the event as possible. –

Find out more here: http://www.clydesdalearc.org.uk/project-rio/

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Scottish Championships 2016

At the Scottish Championships on the weekend of 10/11 June at Strathclyde Park, the club recorded the following notable results:

  • Mens Intermediate 8+ – Jack Bagley, Mark O’Hare, Fraser Malone, Euan Malone, Thomas Howatt, Giacomo Galano, Lewis Moran, Fraser MacIntyre, Murrin Donegan (cox)
  • Women’s Novice 2x – Emily Clough and Heather Walker
  • Men’s Novice 4x+ (dead heat) – Lodi van Dijk, James Ray, Greg Wilkie, Matthew Fielding, Murrin Donegan (cox)
  • J15 1x – James Morrison
  • Masters 4+ – Ken Diamond, Alastair McNaughton, Peter Finnegan, Douglas McFarlane, Kirsty Hunter (cox)
  • Masters 2x (composite) – Les Johnston

In addition, medal position results were earned in the men’s novice double, the women’s pair (composite), the women’s single B final, the men’s pair B final. Giacomo Galano raced for 5th in the men’s single A final.It was also a successful weekend for the club’s junior rowers. There were second places for the boys J14 2x and the boys J15 4x+ composite, and third places for the girls in J14 2x and 4x+.


Congratulations to everyone that raced! Our thanks go to all the coaches and supporters who assisted over the weekend, including towing trailers and handing out bow numbers.

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Learn2Row at Clydesdale

Following on from the ‘Come and Try’ rowing sessions, Clydesdale ARC is running six-week Learn2Row courses over the summer holidays and the autumn term:

    • Learn2Row 1: Tuesdays at 4pmcome&try quad+st andrew
      Starts Tuesday 28th June and continues weekly for 6 weeks
    • Learn2Row 2: Thursday at 4pm
      Starts Thursday 30th June and continues weekly for 6 weeks
    • Learn2Row 3: Tuesdays at 4pm
      Starts Tuesday 16th August and continues weekly for 6 weeks
    • Learn2Row 4: Thursdays at 4pm
      Starts Thursday 18th August and continues weekly for 6 weeks

Participation form must be filled out in advance. Find it here.  Form must be signed by a parent. Hand it in at your first session

  • Cost: £2 per session (Glasgow City Council schools), otherwise £5.
    You can pay upfront or pay per session.
  • Full Learn2Row course (6 sessions) includes 3 months membership
    to Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club so you can continue to row.
  • If you can’t fit in with these exact dates get in touch and we can try
    to accommodate you. You can email us at: juniorcoach@clydesdalearc.org.ukcome&try LC + Aldens

You can only take part in a Learn2Row if you bring a completed consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

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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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