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.
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!