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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This rescheduled event took place today on the canal at Dullater. The draw was stacked with entries from larger junior clubs including Aberdeen Schools and George Watsons. Clydesdale was represented by just one crew of Euan Malone, Giacomo Galano, Ryan Morrison and Jan Meinicke, coxed by the ‘Mighty’ James Morrison. The boys were entered in Junior 18 Coxed Fours and not only won their category, but won the event by a margin of 5 seconds, despite a brief appointment with the bank. Congratulations to the crew and their coach, Chris Phillips, for their fabulous win.
Thanks also to Steven Kerr, for towing boats out to Dullater.
Congratulations to the winning crew from Malin Marine on winning the 2013 Corporate Regatta.
A glorious day on the Clyde saw racing start at 9.30am and finishing at 4pm. 16 crews from various companies raced the group stages in the morning, before breaking for lunch and the ergo challenge. The Abram Admirals from Henry Abram & Sons Ltd won the team ergo relay over 2000m, with a narrow margin of less than a second over GSK – The Bow’s an Old Bloke.
Back on the water, the quarter and semi-finals saw many close races before the Abram Angels and Malin Marlins faced each other in the Grand Final. The well-dressed ladies from Henry Abram and Sons Ltd rowed hard but were overcome by the Marlins in the second half of the race.
We would like to thank all competitors for their efforts over the last two months and look forward to the 2014 event.
2013 Corporate Regatta Results
Photos now on Flickr, thanks to David Nolan.
Join us on Saturday 24th August for our annual Corporate Regatta where 16 crews from various companies across Glasgow compete against each other as the culmination of 7 weeks training. Racing will start at 9.30am and likely to finish about 4pm. Teas and refreshments will be available in the boathouse. All welcome.
Interested in rowing? We will be running a taster session for adults on Sunday 1st September at 12.30pm. The session will last a couple of hours, involve work on the rowing machine and on the water and will cost £10 per head. Register your interest on the contact us page. Places will be limited and participants must be able to swim.
Clydesdale past and present was well represented at the Home Countries International Regatta in Nottingham at the weekend. This event is the only opportunity for rowers to represent their country outwith the Commonwealth Regatta and is both a great honour and reward for the many months of hard training and successes over the season.
Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano competed in the Junior 2x, topping off what has been an amazing year for the two young men.
Claire McKeown was the Women’s Sculler, with Claire Baillie weighing in one last time in W Lwt 2x and then doubling up in the Women’s Eight.
Jack Burns was the Men’s Sculler and doubled up in the Men’s Eight. Jack finished a strong 2nd in the single – an amazing achievement given his limited time in the sport.
Hannah Stone doubled up in the W4+ and W8+. Many congratulations to Hannah for her win in the Coxed Four, one of only two wins for the entire Scotland team.
Elsewhere in the team, former Clydesdale member Chris Rae (now Molesey) competed in M4- and M8+; Kieran Brown (now Edinburgh University) was in the M Lwt 2x (finishing 2nd) and M 4x. Sam Fowler and Karen Bennett (both Molesey) doubled up in the W4- and W4x. Many congratulations to Sam and Karen for their glorious win in the Women’s Coxless Four in the second win for the Scotland Team.