Nithsdale’s 150th Anniversary Regatta

A small group of members opened Clydesdale’s 2015 Regatta season at Nithsdale ARC’s 150th Anniversary Regatta in Dumfries.  They day got off to an unfortunate start after some wayward steering of a crew heading to the start, resulting in a collision and capsize for the junior boys double.  A technical difficulty in the junior mixed coxed quad after a commanding start was very disappointing.  Later in the day Idris and Jamie recovered their focus and pulled two of the senior men down the course, not once but twice, to win in Men’s Open Quads – latterly against a much…more experienced…composite quad.

Idris and Jamie in Jnr 2x

Idris and Jamie in their Junior double



The senior women had some good races in their coxed four and coxed quads, with a narrow victory over Castle Semple in a heat.  The mixed quad struggled in the high seas of the afternoon and were beaten by a crew from Talkin Tarn.

Snr Women win heat of coxed 4x

Senior Women narrowly beating Castle Semple in coxed quads


In the Open Double, Gavin and Andrew led from the start and dominated against the crew from Stirling.  All in all, it was a great warm-up for racing again at Strathclyde Park Regatta in two weeks time.

Clydesdale senior women

The Clydesdale Senior Women


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Incorporation of Clydesdale

At the Club’s Annual General Meeting in October 2014, the membership approved the registration of the Club as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“SCIO”).

We are pleased to announce that the Scottish Charities Regulator has approved the club’s application and Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club was registered as a SCIO on 27 March 2015. Existing members of the Club are now members of the SCIO and existing committee members are now trustees of the SCIO.  We are in the process of updating our website and policy documents to reflect this change in status.

Club President Andrew McConnell said:  “This gives our club a legal identity and charitable status at the same time, both of which will further support the development of our club and open up many new opportunities.”

Further information will be circulated to the membership in due course, but in the meantime please address your enquiries to the Secretary or President.


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Christmas Scratch Eights and Prize Giving

Last Sunday saw our weekly club time trial kicking proceedings off for the day with a medley of boats tackling the 2x3km onslaught of rough water. The dreich and difficult conditions continued throughout the day, making life difficult for all participants.

Following a brief break three random crews of eight were drawn as rowers of all ages and abilities came together for some fun (but competitive) scratch racing. These crews were assembled into their selected boat for a series of knock out races down the 500m home straight. With a rather definitive final verdict for the winning crew of Jamie MacDonald, Jack Bagley, Thomas Howatt, Bethan Fulton, Kirsty Wescott, Chris Walton, Lauren MacNaughton, Fiona Hazlett and Lindsey Vest.

Crews on water


Winning Scratch Crew

Competitors came together as club-mates once more after the racing for the prize giving, showcasing some of the best the club has to offer from its athletes and volunteers. The awards for the Club Sculling Championships were given, showing the breadth in performance across all squads whilst in direct competition. Winners included:

The Member’s Cup for Women’s Novice Sculls: Alika P. Molloy

The Melvin Cup for Men’s Novice Sculls: Danny Morris

The McGhee Cup for Clydesdale Women’s Junior Sculling Champion: Fiona Hazlett

The W A McGhie Quaich for Clydesdale Men’s Junior Sculling Champion: Euan Malone

The Charles D. Simpson Trophy for Clydesdale Senior Women’s Sculling Champion:  Hannah Duncan

The Fleming Shield for Clydesdale Senior Men’s Sculling Champion: Giacamo Galano

Outside of the club sculling awards, the club President awarded prizes for outstanding achievements as recognised by the membership and committee.

McNaughton Quaich for outstanding Services to the Club

“Everyone will be aware of Mike Lekakis’ commitment to the club over the last few years. Mike has gone from being the lesser half of Skirtings and Ceilings (the official club decorators) to being the omni-present volunteer in novice coaching, boat repairs, picture framer, window fixer, cleaner, decorator, bunting bearer, keeper of the cabinet and general go-to guy if you want something done. That he goes above and beyond the duties of a Clubmaster show his commitment which makes him this year’s winner of the MacNaughton Quaich for Outstanding Services to the Club.”

The Collie Shield for Outstanding Achievement

“The silver medal at the British Championships, gold medal at Scottish Championships and gold medal at National Schools all confirm Ryan Morrison as a two-time winner of the Collie Shield for Outstanding Achievement.”

The John Hercus Trophy for Oarsperson of the Year

“The recipient of the Horn this year has been nominated by his peers who have watched him develop in our sport from being one of the infamous “ducklings” under the tutelage of Tom McGuinness to having put in several years solid training on top of a demanding career. In addition, he has long been a supporter of the development of the club and though not on the committee, has kept it propped up by providing email, website and database support for several years. To quote the nomination: ‘An understated all round good club guy, training hard and encouraging others at every turn.’  The Clydesdale Oarsperson of the Year and recipient of the Horn is Stephen Walker.”

Some of the prize-winners

These events have demonstrated an innate ability within our club to be friendly and involved but at the same time succeed in the world of sport. Qualities most would merit. Long may it continue.

Thomas Howatt

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Festive Rowing

With the festive break upon us, it’s that wonderful time of year at the club when we welcome back our many members in exile – what better opportunity to catch up than get out in a mixed boat for a blether.  If you’re back in town at some point over the next couple of weeks, let us know and we’ll get some mixed crews out for a paddle.  Training continues as normal for many of our squads – but as last weekend demonstrated, folks are always up for a scratch eight!

Festive Eight

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2014 Scullers Head

The event page for the Scullers Head has been updated with the results from today’s event.

A successful day’s racing saw 97 Single Sculls and 41 Double Sculls complete the course, with the Scullers Head being won by Glasgow Schools’ Gavin Horsburgh.  Gavin completed the double by also winning the Doubles event with clubmate Josh Armstrong.  Well done Gavin!

The fastest woman single sculler was Edinburgh University Boat Club’s Kelly Limond.  The fastest women’s double was Wicklow and Rankin of Glasgow Schools.

Our thanks go to all who assisted with today’s event:  the umpires, marshals, club volunteers, parents, the tea bar contributions and the safety boat personnel.  Thanks also to Glasgow Rowing Club for their launch and driver and to Glasgow Humane Society for the provisional of additional safety cover.

Huge thanks in particular to event organiser Michele Foran.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the West Boathouse on Thursday 30th October 2014 at 7.00pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.

The Annual General Meeting is your opportunity to have an input into the management of the Club and it is important that we have a full turnout of members to give feedback and also to elect a new committee.

If you cannot attend the AGM please send your apologies by emailing the Hon. Secretary.

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Clydesdale Dinner and Ceilidh

It’s time to get your dancing shoes pulled out, get your ticket, and get yourself along to Clydesdale’s Annual Club Dinner and Ceilidh in St Andrews in the Square on Saturday the 15th of November at 7.00pm.

 The evening starts with a drinks reception welcome on the balcony, followed by a beautiful 3-course meal before the main entertainment of the ceilidh with music from a wonderful ceilidh band until midnight.  All this for just £35!

This year, we are going to be super-efficient with our ticket sales.  Tickets will only be available to purchase online, with the use of a credit or debit card or paypal account.

You can buy as many tickets as you like and are willing to pay for, just update the number of tickets requested.  Please note:  just before you confirm your order there is a link that states “dietary requirements/seating preference” – you must complete this information with your:

  • dietary requirements
  • names of those you are purchasing a ticket for
  • preference for which table you should be sat at.

Purchase your tickets here.  Do this now to help us plan for numbers.

As the date gets closer we shall let you know the exact arrangements for the evening.  In the meantime talk all your friends into coming to a wonderful evening in a beautiful venue, the more the merrier!

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Circuit Training

Club circuit training for the 2015 season kicks off on Tuesday 9th September at Caledonian University. This is a group session for the WHOLE CLUB and members of all ages, shapes and sizes are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to come long. The more people that attend, the more fun it is for all! Cost is a meagre 66p per night, payable in one easy lump sum of £20.

Please encourage others in your squad or crew to come along too. Details are as follows:

Where: ARC Gym
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

When: Tuesday nights, 19:15 until 20:30
(try to arrive at 7pm for a quick start)

Cost: £20 for 30 weeks (ends 31st March 2015)

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Corporate Regatta Results


Donaldsons Drowned Gods – 2014 Corporate Regatta Winners

A fantastic day was enjoyed by all with some great rowing prowess. The weather was kind to us and our trusty old boats held up for yet another year. Despite the challenging start to the morning, the group stages ran smoothly starting at 10:30am through to lunch. All the crews put in mighty performances, which was a real testament to all the weeks of hard work they put in learning to row.

The group stages saw the top four from each of the groups continuing on to the quarter finals.  For some light relief over lunch 4 of our 10 crews took part in our ergo challenge, racing 2km in a team relay. This proved to be a very exciting competition, with the teams’ supporters providing much needed encouragement to fuel their efforts. GlaxoSmithKline were the winners with at time of 6:30.5.

The quarter finals kicked off the afternoon’s proceeding, with “Take it easy there”, Drowned Gods, Bad News and GSK Super Heroes making it through to once again race head to head in the hotly anticipated semi finals.

The final between Donaldson Associates- The Drowned Gods and GSK Super Heroes was an exciting race to end the day. The Drowned Gods stayed composed under pressure to pull away from GSK to take the victory and claim the coveted British Steel trophy.

On their introduction to rowing, Donaldsons said:

“Learning to row as a team was wobbly at first, but thanks to our coach Ryan’s expert (and astonishingly patient) guidance we managed to stay upright and started to work on the techniques required to get us to the finish line.

During training, ‘The Drowned Gods’ only lived up to the first part of our name when the skies opened: soaking us during a couple of sessions – it might have been drier just jumping into the Clyde!

Race day arrived and after crossing the exciting new burst-water-main-moat, we found ourselves competing in the first race of the day. To our surprise, we won the first race and continued to win all but one of our group stage races to qualify for the final knockout stage.

In the final race, everything seemed to come together for us: the technique we had been taught finally seemed to have stuck in our heads. We rowed in time and remained composed. We won the race and it felt great to lift the trophy!

The atmosphere around the clubhouse was great: work colleagues came along to cheer (and heckle) and entire families came out for the occasion. The barbeque, cakes, music and face-painting were excellent!

We’d like to share a massive thank you to Ryan for his coaching and to Amy for stepping into his shoes for the day of the race. Thanks also to everyone involved at Clydesdale ARC for organising a fantastic day, and a great experience overall! A team from Donaldson Associates will be back to defend the Corporate Regatta title next year!”

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the regatta such a brilliant success, particularly Amy Walton, who pulled it all together.


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Come and Try Rowing during the Commonwealth Games

The boathouse will be open the following days of the Commonwealth Games for taster sessions on the water:

Saturday 26th July 10am – 2pm

Monday 28th July  2pm – 6pm

Tuesday 29th July  2pm – 6pm

Wednesday 30th July 2pm – 6pm

Friday 1st August 2pm – 6pm

Saturday 2nd August 10am – 2pm

Participants must be able to swim and willing to sign a disclaimer.  Juniors must be 12 years or older.  Sessions will last between 30 and 45 mins.  To book your place, please contact us confirming which session you would like to attend.

On the days of the Cycling Time Trial and Cycling Road Race, drop-in and see us in the ‘back yard’ sports area of the Glasgow Green Live Zone (Thursday 31st July and Sunday 3rd August – 10am to 7pm) to try indoor rowing.  The boathouse will be closed on these days.




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