Summer Regatta 2014 – Results and Report

The results for the 2014 Clydesdale Summer Regatta are now available on the event page.

With 168 races scheduled at 3 minute intervals for almost 10 hours, we all knew the Clydesdale Regatta was going to be a long day.  Only the most optimistic of individuals would have predicted that the event could run to time.  At one point, the regatta fell 20 minutes behind programme, due to boats from the Rutherglen Cruising Club passing down the regatta course and through the weir at high tide.  However, sterling efforts from the Umpires quickly got the regatta back on track and we were all delighted when the day finished bang on time.

SR Umpire John McKinney on the Start

Whilst there were some dominant performances, some highly charged and exciting races, some dubious steering and the occasional capsize – there was also some magnanimous spirit with a few races being restarted after competitors suffered misfortunes – showing good sportsmanship and a desire to see worthy competition.  In one case this was to the bemusement of the Umpire as Glasgow University abandoned their race after testing the buoyancy of their cox-box.  In another it was when one Clydesdale sculler watched another Clydesdale Sculler fail to execute an eskimo role fully.

The most competitive  event of the day was the ever popular mixed double sculls, with 11 entries and eventually won by Emma McDonald and Michael McNaul of Glasgow University.

Men’s Restricted 2 single sculls provided some interesting races and was ultimately won by the Ben Parsonage of Strathclyde University over Don Milesh of GRC.  Womens Novice Double Sculls was won in the end by Loch Lomond Rowing Club’s Heather McKenzie and Robyn White.

The always important Novice Singles event commanded a large field of scullers vying to lose their Novice status and ultimately it was Clydesdale’s Kristopher Hughes who succeeded over Strathclyde’s Youssef Hounat.  Also losing her Novice status was Strathclyde Park’s Jennifer Ord in Women’s J16 Single Sculls after seeing off competition from 8 other contenders.

With running presentations throughout the day, Vice-President Michael Foran was on hand to present the Glencairn Crystal Mixer Glasses to the winning crews.

Huge thanks to all involved in making it such a successful day on the river.  Thanks to the club members and parents for taking on a role, whether marshaling or providing stock for the tea-bar; to the humane society for the provision of safety cover; to the Glasgow clubs for the use of their steps and facilities by visiting clubs; to the Scottish Rowing Umpires for their efforts throughout the day and the biggest thanks of all to Michele Foran who pulled it all together.  See you all next year!

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Sports Council for Glasgow – Club Grant for Clydesdale

The club has long benefitted from the support of our local sports council (most recently Development Coach of the Year Award for Maureen Malone, Volunteer of the Year commendation for Amy Walton and Service to Sport Award for Gordon Simpson).  We are delighted that this support continues with a £750 club grant towards equipment to support the work of our coaches.  The Sports Council for Glasgow is a voluntary agency that exists to be an effective voice for sports clubs in Glasgow, and provides services to meet club needs.  Clydesdale ARC are very grateful for the continuing assistance of the Sports Council for Glasgow, whether in volunteer recognition, sports promotion or purchase of equipment.

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Come and Try Rowing – Taster Session this weekend!

The taster session for the Clydesdale Learn to Row course for Adults is on Sunday the 31st of August 2014.  It will take place at the West Boathouse at 12:30.

It is advised that participants bring a change of clothes with them, a small bottle of water, non-baggy sports clothing and are able to swim. The cost for the taster session is £10.

The RowStart course starts on Sunday the 7th of September 2014 and will run over 8 Sundays. This course aims at giving those wishing to learn how to scull the basic skills and ability to progress into the main squads of the club and into the rowing world.

If you are interested in taking part, please let Michael Lekakis know here and he will sign you up for the taster session on Sunday.

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Summer Regatta 2014 – Draw Online

The draw for Saturday’s Summer Regatta is now available on the event page.

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Club Calendar

We have just launched our new club calendar. Please have a look at the events which the club intend to attend over the coming months. Each page has, or will be, updated with a variety of useful information about the particular events such as race venue, entry deadlines and boat loading arrangements, and a link to our racing page which includes lots of useful information for our novices, juniors and their parents (and a helpful reminder for the rest of us!).

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Summer Regatta 2014 – Details Online

The Poster, Events List and Entry Information for this year’s Summer Regatta are now available on the event page (Summer Regatta).

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Glasgow Sports Person of the Year Awards

At a glittering awards ceremony in the magnificent City Chambers and in the company of the great and the good of Scottish sport, Gordon Simpson won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading

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Olympic Champion Launches Charity Fundraiser

Olympic Champion Dr Katherine Grainger CBE was joined by members of the GB Start Group at Clydesdale today for a photo-shoot to launch the ‘Going for Gold’ fundraising dinner for Aberlour Child Care Trust.  The charity will host a black-tie dinner on Thursday 5th June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Katherine will be the guest speaker.

Katherine, who is an ambassador for the charity, said:  “This promises to be a fabulous evening in aid of a great cause, and I’m really pleased to be able to take part.  I’ve worked with Aberlour for a number of years, I’ve seen the vital work which they undertake and it means a lot to me that I can help them in this way”.

More details about Aberlour Child Care Trust and their fundraising activities can be found here.

Clydesdale is pleased to support today’s photo-shoot and will look into ways of working with the charity again in the future.

Katherine Grainger, Aberlour CCT Ambassador, with members of the GB Start Squad at Clydesdale ARC Photo: Sandy Young Photography.

Katherine Grainger, Aberlour CCT Ambassador, with members of the GB Start Squad at Clydesdale ARC.
Photo: Sandy Young Photography.

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Scullers Head Results

The Scullers Head ran today in good conditions.  In the end, 58 single scullers completed the course, with 31 doubles following in the 2nd division.  Results on the event page here.

Congratulations to Kieran Brown of Edinburgh University Boat Club for winning the 2013 Scullers Head, in a fine time of 14.38.  Kieran was closely followed by Gavin Horsburgh of Glasgow Schools, just 3 seconds behind.  Ross Marchbank retained the Tankard Trophy for winning Res2 Singles.

Emma McDonald of Glasgow University had a commanding victory in the Woman’s event with a time of 15.56 to win the Life Members Cup, with Gillian Connal of Strathclyde Park and Liz Creighton of Edinburgh University 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ross Marchbank with the Tankard Trophy (M Res2), Kieran Brown with the Peter Grieve Quaich (Head of River) and Emma MacDonald with the Life Members Cup (Fastest Woman).

Ross Marchbank with the Tankard Trophy (M Res2), Kieran Brown with the Peter Grieve Quaich (Head of River) and Emma McDonald with the Life Members Cup (Fastest Woman).

To the Doubles Event, where Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong of Glasgow Academy won with a 20 second margin over the Clydesdale J18 double of Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano, with SUBC 3rd.

Emma McDonald was joined by Rebecca Lightfoot in the Fastest Women’s Double with a time of 15:12 – about 6 seconds ahead of the Strathclyde Park double of Natalie Irvine and Gillian Connal in 2nd.

Huge thanks to all those assisted: including the Scottish Rowing Umpires, the Clydesdale Marshalls and timing teams, the Glasgow Humane Society for safety boat cover and also Glasgow Rowing Club for their safety boats, launch and driver.  Thanks to Clyde Gateway and Stampfli for programme sponsorship.

Particular thanks to the tea bar team, led by Nadia Sterlini and Mary Snape, for keeping us warm and well fed all day.  Lastly, many thanks to event organiser Michele Foran who pulled it all together.

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Sports Council for Glasgow Awards

We are fortunate to have so many great people in our club and we are delighted that two of our members have been recognised with Sports Council for Glasgow Awards.

Amy Walton and Gordon Simpson

Amy Walton and Gordon Simpson

Amy Walton was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award:

“Amy leads by example and is always willing to provide support to the less-experienced members needing help carrying boats out to the river and setting off from the steps safely. Her position as Flag Captain and her in-depth knowledge of the club mean that she is constantly in demand from the club members for help and information. However she is able to maintain a friendly and welcoming outlook throughout, despite frequently stressful situations.  Amy maintains her sense of humour at stressful times.  She also inspires other to also go that extra mile – a great motivator.”

Amy was highly commended in the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Gordon with Hilary Atkinson, daughter of Colin Atkinson

Gordon with Hilary Atkinson, daughter of Colin Atkinson

 

Gordon Simpson was nominated for the Service to Sport Award:

“Rowers around the world will know Gordon for his tireless work supporting visiting nations to the 1986 Commonwealth Games, through to the 2007 World Under 23 Championships.  International teams recognise Gordon practically as host of Scottish Rowing as he arranged boats, logistics and on-site repairs for visiting teams. Rowers in Scotland will know of Gordon has the man who introduced Katherine Grainger to our sport, before her rowing career took off in Edinburgh.  His ‘can-do’ attitude remains as strong as ever whilst his renowned delegation skills become ever more effective.  Everyone has been “Gordoned” into assisting in some task such is the subtle persuasion of Gordon, he explains the value of the job in hand and has you volunteering before he has to ask. Gordon’s motivation is his love of the sport and the people in it.  That he has contributed everything over such a long time is testament to his dedication to our sport.”

Gordon was also nominated by Glasgow Schools Rowing Club:

“It is difficult to do justice to the contribution of this remarkable man.  It has been massive, sustained and given with no motive other than his deep love of his sport. We estimate he spends 30-40 hours/week working between our club and Clydesdale.  No other person has come close to his influence and contribution and we doubt whether any other club in Scotland could present his equal.  It is no exaggeration to state that without Gordon Simpson, there would be no Glasgow Schools Rowing Club as we know it.”

Gordon was presented as overall Winner of the Colin Atkinson Award for Service to Sport.

 

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