Castle Semple Regatta

View from the Umpire's Launch, before the wind got going!

View from the Umpire’s Launch, before the wind got really going!

After a very long day (130 races) at Castle Semple Regatta in what were at times very challenging conditions, Clydesdale recorded 9 event wins:

J16 1x:  Ryan Morrison

J18 2x:  Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano

W Nov 4+:  Kirsty Hunter, Lindsay Vest, Lauren MacNaughton, Elspeth Omand and Laura Speake (c)

J14 1x:  James Morrison

J18 2-:  Euan Malone and Blair Ketteringham

Res2 8+:  Mark O’Hare, Fraser MacIntyre, David Allison, Scott Telfer, Fraser Malone Jack Bagley, Alastair MacNaughton, Les Johnston and Laura Speake (c)

J16 2x:  James Morrison and Ryan Morrison

Res2 4+:  Jack Bagley, David Allison, Fraser Malone and Fraser MacIntyre and Laura Speake (c)

Vet 2x:  Les Johnston

Our thanks go to the hosts, Castle Semple Rowing Club, for another excellent event.  Full results are available here.  Video footage of the day is available here.

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National Schools Regatta

At the National Schools Regatta in Nottingham on Saturday, Clydesdale’s Giacomo Galano won the Junior 17 Single Sculls Event.

Giacomo collects his trophy from the medal pontoon after winning the J17 Final

Giacomo collects his trophy from the medal pontoon after winning the J17 Final

In a competitive final, Giacomo led from the start to secure a winning margin of 3 seconds over the 2000 metre course.  Giacomo’s performance at the weekend confirms why he and coach Chris Phillips have been invited to attend GB Final Junior Trials in July.

Official Results from the J17 1x Final

Official Results from the J17 1x Final

In addition to Giacomo’s win, Ryan Morrison overcame a lingering cold last week to secure a strong 4th place in the final of J16 singles.  Here’s hoping Ryan makes a full recovery.

Euan Malone was competing in Championship singles and ranked 16th in a very competitive time trial.

All in all, it was a very successful regatta for the Junior Men’s squad – much credit goes to Coach Chris Phillips for all his work over the last few years in developing a strong squad.

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Corporate Regatta 2015

If you are interested in learning to row and want to get your office colleagues or a group of friends to try it to – here is your ideal opportunity.  Information for the 2015 Clydesdale Corporate Regatta is now online and available on the Corporate Regatta event page.

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Glasgow Rowing Club Regatta

Great weather on Saturday ensured that the return of the Glasgow Rowing Club Regatta was a successful one.  A reduced entry due to the bank holiday and National Schools Regatta meant that the day was relaxed but thoroughly enjoyable for competitors and spectators alike.

Anna Swan on her way to winning WRes2 1x

Anna Swan on her way to winning WRes2 1x

Leading the Clydesdale roll of honour was Anna Swan, who won two glass tankards for her success in Women’s Open Singles and also Women’s Restricted 2 Singles.

A close race between Clydesdale and Inverness

A close race between Clydesdale and Inverness

David Allison and Alika Molloy won in Mens and Womens Novice Single Sculls respectively, whilst Captains Emily Clough and Zoe Wilson won in Womens Double Sculls.  The senior women had some tough races in Veteran and Res2 Coxed fours and whilst they were pipped by the women from Inverness, Clydesdale won in Womens Res 2 coxed fours.

Success for the Clydesdale and Glasgow RC composite crew of:  Sally Nicholson, Hazel Calder, Sophie Warburton and GRC's McMaster sisters.

Success for the Clydesdale and Glasgow RC composite crew of: Sally Nicholson, Hazel Calder, Sophie Warburton and GRC’s McMaster sisters.

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Clydesdale Regatta 2015

The Results from last Saturday’s Regatta are now available on the Regatta Page.

Phew!  With more than 140 races over a 9 hour day, it was always going to be a challenge – but with meticulous preparation by the regatta team and the Clydesdale membership rising to the occasion and jumping into action to assist on the day – a fantastic day’s racing was had at our annual regatta on the Clyde.  What’s more, it ran to time too!  Huge thanks to our Regatta Organisers in particular Michele Foran and Amy Walton for all their efforts over the last few weeks.

With such a stacked programme of racing, the umpires had their work cut out keeping the event to time. Led by Senior Umpire Carol Wallace, they kept competitors in line and the event on time with their usual good humour, patience and professionalism and only the occasional disqualification.

Senior Umpire Carol Wallace oversees the Finish

Senior Umpire Carol Wallace oversees the Finish

We’d like to thank all the clubs on the Clyde for their logistical support for the event, whether hosting visiting clubs, enabling use of their steps and generally contributing to such a busy day. We thank the Humane Society for the provision of additional safety cover and also all the club members who manned safety boats throughout the day.

We thank the visiting clubs, particularly St Andrew BC and Castle Semple RC. Their enthusiastic spectators and cheerleaders combined with large entry across Junior and Senior categories help keep the domestic regatta scene in Scotland alive.

Enthusiastic spectators at the finish

Enthusiastic spectators at the finish

As ever, we pay tribute to the purveyors of sustinence on the day: whether on the teabar or the BBQ – their efforts kept us all going. A firm favourite of our Corporate Regatta proved popular, with facepainting provided by Debbie Duncan.

Lastly, it is a source of enormous pride for me as Club President to hear so many kind words and compliments about the volunteers and marshalls on the day – the positive can-do attitude of the Clydesdale membership was again much admired.

Busy, but proud day at Clydesdale

Busy, but proud day at Clydesdale

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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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