Scullers Head Draw

The Scullers Head Draw and Information for Competitors is now available on the Scullers Head page.

Please note the revised start times, bringing both divisions forward 1 hour to avoid visiting crews boat loading in the dark, with the singles at 11 am and the doubles at 1.30pm.

It is anticipated that conditions will allow the race to proceed. Competitors are advised to wrap up warm!

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Olympic Champion Launches Legacy

We were joined on Sunday by Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger and GB Sculler Imogen Walsh to help launch our new Junior Development Programme. The programme seeks to capitalise on the surge of interest in rowing following Katherine’s performance at the 2012 Olympics.

Katherine took her first rowing strokes on the Clyde and it was fitting that she made a touching presentation to Gordon Simpson, who first got her in a boat, on the occasion of his retirement from the role of Clubmaster – a role he first started in 1961.

Katherine Grainger and Gordon Simpson

The formal proceedings of the day included the launch of our Direct Club Investment from sportscotland, which will fund junior development coaching at the club during periods which the existing volunteers cant support.  The funding of £33,739 over four years will enable the club to expand its activity and increase its capacity over the long term.

Katherine and some of the Clydesdale Juniors

The Sports Council for Glasgow, in conjunction with sportscotland, made the award of “Development Coach of the Year” to Maureen Malone, in recognition of her contribution to raising the standard of participation and competition in our sport over several years.  The Sports Council for Glasgow also awarded Clydesdale the “Club of the Month” Award.

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Katie Oman (sportscotland), Imogen Walsh, Maureen Malone, Katherine Grainger and Moira Ord (Sports Council for Glasgow)

Archie Graham, Executive Member for Glasgow 2014, was present and pleased to see that the club was proudly displaying the 2014 Legacy branding in recognition of its contribution to the legacy of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Proceedings moved downstairs where Mike and Stephen Abram of Henry Abram and Sons were joined by Katherine and Imogen to launch two new doubles, Glen Fyne and Glen Lochay.  The sponsorship of Henry Abram and Sons was matched by sportscotland through their sportsmatch programme and Mike Abram said:  “Henry Abram and Sons Ltd are delighted to sponsor the new boats and are pleased to continue their support and share in the future success of the club and its members. The sportsmatch programme, which is run by sportscotland, makes sponsorship a particularly attractive investment for us – to have Katherine Grainger and Imogen Walsh on hand to assist with the launch of boats named by us is an honour and we are delighted to work with sportscotland to support the development of Clydesdale.”


Mike Abram and Stephen Abram

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Katherine Grainger and Imogen Walsh name the “Glen Fyne” and “Glen Lochay”

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted that an ambitious club like Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club is one of the first recipients to benefit from our Direct Club Investment programme, as well as receiving £4,992 through sportsmatch.  sportscotland is making significant progress in implementing a world-class sporting system at all levels, and this investment demonstrates our commitment to the growth of clubs throughout the country.  As excitement about next year’s Glasgow Games continues to grow, we are committed to supporting clubs to meet the increasing demand on capacity and help deliver a lasting sporting legacy for clubs.”

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The Clydesdale members, friends and guests.

Thanks to Photographer David Nolan.  All images can be found here.

Thanks to Diana Worthy and Michael Lekakis for co-ordinating the refreshments and boathouse preparations.

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Direct Club Investment

Clydesdale is mentioned on the BBC News page today, as sportscotland officially launch their new Direct Club Investment programme.  We will be launching our project this Sunday from 12 noon at the West Boathouse, with Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger, GB Sculler Imogen Walsh and the Executive Member for Glasgow 2014 Archie Graham all present along with guests from sportscotland, Glasgow Life and Sports Council for Glasgow.  All welcome.

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Annual General Meeting – New Committee

Our new committee was elected at the AGM.  Welcome to new committee members Amy Wood, Julie Dunlop, Chris Walton and Sophie Warburton.  Michael Foran proudly steps up to the role of Vice President and Ceri Sellers has taken on the role of Treasurer.  Michael Lekakis has big shoes to fill, following Gordon Simpson as Clubmaster.  Full details on the committee page.

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British Championships

Congratulations to all Clydesdale members past and present who competed at the British Championships last weekend.  Notable performances include:

Jack Burns winning the C Final of O 2x on Saturday in a composite with Aberdeen University and finishing 4th in the B Final of O 4x in a composite crew with athletes from Aberdeen on Sunday.

Claire McKeown and Hannah Stone winning the B Final of W4x, in a composite crew with Robert Gordon University on Sunday.

In what was a very competitive event where the standard of racing was the highest it has been in many years, these are some fantastic results – particularly for those less experienced crews who raced hard to make it to the C and D finals.

Elsewhere, former member Chris Rae won silver overall in O 8+, Samantha Fowler and Karen Bennett won bronze overall in the W4- , all three with Molesey BC.  Kieran Brown was 2nd in U23 Lwt 2x with EUBC.

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Jimmy Speirs

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jimmy Speirs on Tuesday 8th October 2013.

Jimmy was a Life member of Clydesdale since 1955 and as one of the 3 (Clydesdale) Jimmys (along with McGhie and Ross) he was much involved in competing and running the Club.

James rowed in the successful crew of 1946/1947 winning a fine collection of trophies including the Scottish Championship Fours Shield with Alex McIlwraith (bow) John Inglis (mid bow) and James Ross (stroke), Ben Parsonage (cox). James rowed mid stroke seat with D. McCulloch, 3, replacing John Inglis in the above crew and won the shell fours division in the first Clyde Head of the River Race.

He served on committee from 1948 – 1949, 1951 – 1954 and 1963. He was joint Clubmaster in 1950 and Flag Captain from 1955 – 1961 (with James Ross as Captain).

His skills around the clubhouse were appreciated particularly when the “spring” on the disco dance floor of the clubroom indicated that the base of the main support had rotted. Jimmy, and colleagues, did a great job in installing a new upright which remains solid to this day.

The three Jimmys + one (John Shepherd) were also responsible for many other great joys we enjoy today, such as the Kitchen area, which was created by reducing the mens changing room by 50%, and which was orginally planned to be a bar! Coupled with that they also put in place a vastly improved men’s toilet and shower, with a hot water system and boiler, and a great many other improvements around the Club. At that time we were still an all male club, before the great day arrived and women graced our presence. Jimmy Speirs was always a key player and in the vanguard all of the major club projects.

As well as a continuing interest in Clydesdale events until ill health prevented him attending, Jimmy served rowing for many years as an umpire at Scottish regattas.

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Clyde Head Winners

Our neighbours at Clyde ARC held their ‘3 Heads’ event today, over 3km in good conditions. Congratulations to the following Clydesdale winners:
J16 1x Giacomo Galano
J15 1x Ryan Morrison
WJ18 1x Leona Logan
M4+ Stephen Walker, Chris Walton, Andrew McConnell, Mark O’Hare and Amy Wood
J18 2x Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano
M2x David Ferguson and Lorne Campbell
M4x Jan Meinicke, Ryan Morrison, Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano

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Scottish Rowing Award Winners

Congratulations to Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano on winning the Scottish Rowing Crew of the Year Award on Saturday. Their award was presented by GB Rowing Mens Lwt Coach, Darren Whiter and recognises the tremendous season the boys have had, under the expert coaching of Chris Phillips.

Crew of the Year

Giacomo Galano and Euan Malone
Scottish Rowing Crew of the Year

Congratulations also to Willie Turner, who was awarded the Scottish Rowing Volunteer of the Year Award. Most junior members at the club have been coached or helped by Willie over the last few years and this award recognises the sound foundation which Willie offers beginner juniors in our sport as well as recognising his dedication, generosity and patient encouragement in doing so.


Willie Turner
Scottish Rowing Volunteer of the Year

Clydesdale are immensely proud to have such people within our membership and are pleased that their contributions to the sport have been recognised nationally.

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2013 Club Sculling Championships

The Club Sculling Championships were held this weekend. Eighteen club members competed over two divisions in perfect conditions on a beautiful, autumnal Clyde. Claire McKeown won the women’s event and will be awarded the Charles Simpson Trophy, whilst the Fleming Shield for the men’s event will be awarded to Jack Burns.  Congratulations to both Claire and Jack on their excellent performances.


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Scottish Rowing Award Nominations

Congratulations to the following club members who have been nominated for a Scottish Rowing Award:

Willie Turner – Volunteer of the Year
Chris Phillips – Coach of the Year
Ryan Morrison – Junior Rower of the Year
Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano – Crew of the Year (J16 2x)
Hannah Stone – Crew of the Year (W4+)
Jack Burns – Senior Rower of the Year

The award winners will be announced at the Scottish Rowing Awards Dinner in Edinburgh on Saturday 5th October.  Katherine Grainger and Polly Swann will be in attendance.  Tickets are £35, but should be ordered before Monday.  More information is available on the Scottish Rowing web-site.

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