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GRC Barbecue

Through a barage of rain sent by the Spanish Plume, we strove on ahead anyway. At the helm of the Barbecue was master charcoal chef Bill and through a column of smoke, you'd often see a pair of tongues passing the odd burger or sausage done to perfection. Besides the barbecue, there was a tremendous atmosphere of fun and reconciliation where past, current and hopefully future members intermingled and chatted about the weather and a bit of rowing.

The main event of the day was the naming of our new 4-x (that means coxless four/quad), George Lawson. Many present members were there from early preparing the clubhouse for the celebrations to come, a stirling job done by all (especially the Juniors who dived in with gusto). Following this we all bundled into a collaboration of boats for a scratch club outing, one of which was Mr George Lawson rowing in the soon to be named George Lawson. It was to be his job later in the proceedings to splash the champaign and say a few words to mark the occation and everyone appreciated the efforts he, and his family, have put into the club over the many years they have been involved.


Nithsdale Regatta

After a rediculously early start, GRC trundled down to Dumfries for Nithsdale regatta. We had a number of competitors going to try their luck on the twisty course in blustery conditions. Needless to say, a great day was had by all due, in part, to the fantastic reception that the guys and girls at Nithsdale gave. There was a range of boats from singles up to eights, novices, juniors and seniors competed to give a good account of themselves against some strong opposition.

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The Boat Race

The 2014 Oxford v Cambridge boat race was run today and was won by Oxford in 18min 36sec by 11 lengths (longest winning difference since 1973).

During the first mile after 5min 10sec, the Cambridge 2 man nearly got catapulted out of the boat after a minor clip of blades when they steered a wee bit too close to Oxford. Oxford then took advantage and pushed a lot of distance between the two. Cambridge put in a protest about the collision but as they were the ones being warned at the time, they were told where to go :).

Oxford were consistently stroking at a higher rate and continually increased the gap until the finish line. They were the favourites from the start and proved why throughout the 6800m course (4.2miles) with a very strong row.


Womens Eights Head Of the River Race (WEHORR - Womens Tideway)

The 74th Womens Tideway race this year was touch and go whether it was to be cancelled due to flooding and weather. The Womens Tideway is raced over the same stretch of water as the infamous University Boat Race, in reverse order with the ebb tide.

Our ladies from GRC put in a valiant effort raising their position from 166 up to 123 in the intermediate 3 category in a time of 20min 56sec, the category was won by Oxford Brookes University. There were 240 crews recorded a place so well done the GRC ladies eight.


Annual General Metting

The club AGM was on Wednesday 13th November.

Main points to note:
  • New committee!
  • Fees for this year are now due.
  • Constitution has been altered so that next the AGM will be in September 2014. The club financial year has changed as a result, therefore this years subs will be for 10 months membership.

GRC Fours Head - 9th November

Results - Click here!

  • Thank you to all who took part in the event competing, organising, helping or spectating!
  • See you next year, 15th November 2014.

GRC Fours Head - J15 Girls Win!!

Well done to Hannah, Rebecca, Katie, Ciara and Morgan for taking the WJ154x+ prize!


First heads roll of the season

Clyde 3 Heads

  • Vet 8+ 4th fastest boat in division 1.
  • Caitlin WON WRes2 1x in division 1.
  • Lynne WON the rematch of WRes2 1x in division 3.
Pairs Head (of the Thames)
  • Beth and Kat completed the course from Chiswick to Hammersmith bridge in a time of 14:16, coming 4th in their category.

Head race season in just two weeks

Summer is must be Head Race season, upcoming races:

  • Clyde ARC 3 Heads- 12th October - Race info - Entries to Captain by 4th October.
  • Pairs Head - 13th October , (Beth and Kat) - Race info.
  • Clydesdale Scullers Head - 26th October - Race info.
  • Aberdeen Head Weekend - 2nd & 3rd November - Race info.
  • Glasgow Rowing Club Fours Head - 9th November - Ran by us, Help Required! - More info coming soon.
  • Inverness Head Weekend - 16th & 17th November - Race info.

HelKat on the podium again at British Championships

Helena and Kathleen again produced an improvement on their already high standard to win Silver in WJu16 2x at the British Rowing Championships in Nottingham this weekend. Their final time was faster than the previous event record and, reminiscent of their NSR races, they had to adjust their race plan and go 8 seconds faster than their semifinal race to be sure of their medal.

Well done ladies, that was a cracker.

Helena and Kathleen also raced in Junior quad sculls, in a composite crew with Caitlin (Castle Semple) and Beth (St Andrew), finishing in 4th, just outside the medals. It was the first competitive outing for the new quad scull, “Hillington Pipeline”. They only had one training outing, unfortunately!

Now for HIR

Last date on the girls' competitive calendar is again (! groan....) Nottingham, where they will wear the blue of Scotland in the Home International Regatta, racing against the best junior (J18) girls double sculls from the other home nations.


(...still going...)
GRC disguised success

Last weekend there were GRC and ex-GRC rowers winning at either end of the competitive ladder.

At the Glasgow Schools Championships, Helena(rowing for St Ninian's High School) won Gold in Championship Girls 1x with Kathleen (Boclair Academy) in Silver medal position.
Paula, Mhairi, Ciara (rowing as St Ninian's High School),Rebecca and Hannah (Bearsden Academy) won theBronze in the "First Year Rowing" coxed quad sculls.

Meanwhile, at Dorney, ex-GRC rower Polly Swann was getting great TV coverage as she and partner Helen Glover (2012 gold medallist) dominated the women's pairs event at the second 2013 World Cup Regatta.
Not quite as much coverage for Sam Scrimgeour, who also won gold, in the Lightweight Pair.


Scottish Championships day 2

GRC finish the regatta with

  • 5 Scottish Championships,
  • 1 silver medal,
  • 2 Schools Champions and
  • 1 Intermediate win.

  • - It's an all-woman show.

On day 2:

  • Scottish Champions - Helena and Kathleen cruised to the win in WJu18 2x, leading from start to finish. *
  • Scottish Champions - Helena and Kathleen won WJu16 2x, comfortably.
  • A win for Beth and Katharina in W Intermediate 2-.
  • Silver medal - Helena, in WJu18 1x and also becoming
    • Scottish Schools Champion racing for St. Ninian's High School.
  • Scottish Champions - Beth and Katharina won WVet 'A' 2x, comfortably.

* First win for Helena in the event that sister Olivia won for the last three years - and in the same boat.

Earlier, the J14 girls raced well in their quad, while the other junior girls, in their Novice quad, had a bit of a logistical failure and didn't get to race. Really sorry, ladies.


Scottish Championships day 1

So another Strathclyde Park regatta is under way, and what is there to report?

  • Scottish Champions - Helena and Kathleen (along with Laura and Megan from Castle Semple): they were clear winners of the WJu18 4x - and they could have entered Ju16.
  • Scottish Champion - Helena, an impressive win in WJu16 1x, clear of
    • Scottish Schools ChampionKathleen, for Boclair Academy.

Earlier, the J14 girls performed impressively in doubles, with Ciara and Katie narrowly missing out on a final place, while Rebecca and Hannah did make the final and finished strongly in third place, representing Bearsden Academy.

The junior boys were disappointed with fourth in their heat of Novice quads. Bearing in mind that it was Cameron's first race and their third outing as a crew (1st was last Saturday), it wasn't a bad effort.


Well, well, well... done!

Major kudos to Lynne Mac who won Women's Open Sculls at Nithsdale yesterday!

Rumours abound that...

  • Peter D won Veteran sculls while
  • the Captain picked up another point in Res2 double sculls (composite).

More events

A large number of GRC boats are going to Nithsdale this weekend.
Provisional draw

Recently, the Clyde Head had a number of good performances from GRC crews, including wins for

  • Helena in WJu16 1x
  • Peter C in MVet 1x
  • Jonathan (composite) in MNov 2x
  • PC & PT in MVet 2x

Results: on the Clyde web site.

Strathclyde Park Regatta - April 27/28
Entries close next week (probably in a day or so by GRC reckoning!), so think about what you're racing in.
ALSO - we are providing the catering, so will need YOU to help out on both days!!!


World Cup success for Scotland!

No, it's true! If you were watching the World Cup regatta from Sydney this past week, you would have seen ex-GRC rower Polly Swann in the stroke seats of two of the GB boats.

The women's eight were fourth in their final, while earlier, Polly and (Olympic Champion) Helen Glover won a comfortable victory over a strong field in the W 2- event.

View the race online. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to choose the race you want to see. (Europe only)



Don't you love a palindrome?
Steve has created a separate spreadsheet for the vets to sign up to when they're ready for the Saturday morning punishment.


Busy, busy, busy.

As the main season for regattas nears, there is one bit of unfinished 'head-race' business, with the Clyde ARC heads rescheduled to Saturday 30 March.

You need to be prepared well in advance, if you want to race for GRC.


Malcolm Prescott

Sadly I have to report that Malcolm Prescott passed away in hospital on Wednesday.
We will remember Malcolm as a big strong man whose background prowess in weight lifting translated into power in the boat. He also introduced his son to rowing and was proud to see Daniel achieve National honours in a Scull. He was always willing to share his vast knowledge of every stretch of water in Scotland where the fishing was good. Not content with that, he took his camera with him and produced some amazing photographs of wildlife he encountered.
Our thoughts are with Teresa and his family.
Bob Reid
(President GRC)

Following a private family funeral, an open service of thanksgiving for friends and family will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 27th March at Killearn Kirk, Balfron Road, Killearn G63 9NL. Flowers from family only, but donations to the Beatson Cancer Care Centre will be welcome at the service.


Racing on Saturday

This week it's the GUBC Western Eights Head, over 5k on the Clyde.

There are 2 GRC crews racing, one in each division.

The provisional start list is here.


Saturday update

  • At the C'dale Head, GRC's only crew finished winners of the pennant for WRes2 fours. A first race and first win for new cox Morgan! (...and Beth, Kat, Lynne and Sally.)
  • Meanwhile, at sunny (ha! - Ed.) Boston, Helena was 14th and Kathleen 22nd in J16 1x at the GB long distance trial. Tomorrow's 2x event will give them another chance to shine!

Road warriors!

  • Kenny and Sandy are trucking today, on a mission to collect a shiny new toy for Beth and Kat...
  • More motorway miles will be pounded out as Helena and Kathleen head down to Boston, Lincolnshire, to take part in the GB junior trial. Good luck!

Head race this Saturday

There are 2 races on the river on Saturday, at 12:00 and 2:30. There is one GRC crew racing in the later division.

FINAL start list.


Inverness - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

GRC only took 2 boats to Inverness, instead of a fleet of eights as in some previous years. All change.

All GRC competitors returned with prizes, unbeaten. No change.

  • Graeme and Jonny were in the composite eight that was Fastest in Division 1.
  • Beth and Katharina won Women's Open 2x.
  • Kathleen won Women's Junior 1x.

In Division 2, all 3 boats remained unbeaten, although Beth and Katharina were unchallenged in W Vet 2x, finishing only 41 sec behind the winning WRes2 eight!

  • Graeme and Jonny were in the composite eight that was Fastest in Division 2.
  • Kathleen won Women's J16 1x.

Results: (IRC web site)


Events, dear boy - events!

  1. Inverness Head this Saturday.

    A small GRC contingent will head to the Wintery North. Start order: IRC web site.

  2. C'dale head*, 23rd February

    Info on GRCMembers.

    Also - GB Junior trial, Boston.

    * (prestigious event alert)

  3. GUBC Western Head, 2nd March

    Info on GRCMembers.


SUBC Head this Saturday... maybe.


Provisional draw is on GRCMembers. Only 2 GRC entries - Hel-Kat (J18 2x - makes one feel old!) and Steve in Res2 1x. Both are in Division 3 at 2:30 pm.

Weather will be a big factor, though - the river level has been consistently high this week.


Happy New Year!

Sorry about the extended web-silence. Webmaster has been focussed on other things... maybe it's time for a change?

Anyway, here's the latest:

  • On Sunday (20th), GRC had 3 competitors taking part in the annual chain-yanking extravaganza know as the Scottish 'indoor rowing' Championships, Kathleen won a hard-fought silver medal in the J16 girls event. Her time would have got bronze in J18, too.
  • SUBC rescheduled Head - entries to by 25.01.13.
    Remember that Racing Licences need to be renewed online prior to competing - see

Annual General Meeting

The AGM was on Wednesday 14th November at 7:30pm in the Boathouse, Silverfir Street.

Main points:

  • No change to subs
  • New 'Coaches' membership - a snip at £1!
  • We will pursue 'Clubmark' accreditation.

GRC Fours Head

Glasgow Fours Head - RESULTS

Some pictures from Division 1 are here.



On Saturday at Dorney, in the combined W 2x events, GRC/Vesta were winners of the 'E' final (3rd U19 crew) and GRC were 3rd. On Sunday, in the combined 4x event, GRC/Vesta won the 'C' final (13th overall).

At time of writing, no results are posted on the regatta site, but some results sheets are here.

NEW!! - GRC calendar

GRC Barbecue

Glasgow Rowing Club Noah inspired Barbecue. The George Lawson coxless four/quad finally named by it's namesake, Mr George Lawson.

When shall we three meet again?

I put a spell on you!
Photos: Macmaster Studios

A source close to the enchanted three said:

It's hard to imagine that they actually hold down “responsible” positions in the workplace...

HelKat got Silver at Nat Schools!

HelKat with Silver medals
Photos: Iain Weir

Helena and Kathleen raised their game just when it was needed and produced their best performance so far to win the Silver medal in WJu16 2x at the National Schools Regatta.

Nice, too that their hard work and dedication has seen some recognition:

HelKat and GRC would like to offer their sincere thanks for his generous sponsorship to local businessman William Fulton:

HelKat in  full flow

Castle Semple Regatta

Ciara and Katie
Photo: David Nolan
(Click for full size.)

More photos from David Nolan

GUBC Western 8s Head

GRC Sen/Jun Women's 8.
(click for full size)

GRC boated a 'development boat', with a mixture of experienced and novice women rowers, in both divisions.

More photos from David Nolan:

Inverness 8s & Small boats.

Multi-club composite eight,winning Op8.
(click for full size)

All GRC rowers returned with medals, including Jonny and Graeme, pictured in the multi-composite eight that was fastest crew in both divisions.

More photos from Roy Sinclair: Beth & Kat, Kathleen.

Glasgow Fours Head 2012

GRC WR2 4x+ on their way to a 1 second victory!

GRC only had 2 crews entered at our own event this year, winning the women's R2 coxed quad in a close-fought contest where good coxing counted. Well done Jules (and Beth, Katharina, Lynne and Kathleen).

Other GRC-related success came from the SUBC win in MRes2 Fours, with Cap'n Don as a late sub in the crew coached by Race Secretary Doug.

All photos.Race results.

Junior LTR final exam

Photos:Malcolm and "new staff photographer Elaine"

The juniors who survived the "crash course"* got a taste of racing in their final session, along with the delights of ergo competition.
* well, not quite!

PD even gave them a masterclass in the dangers of "bending the rules"...

All photos.

Junior Learn-to-Row Saturday


Some of the host of new rowers, enthused by the Team GB performance at London 2012, take to the water at one of the Glasgow Rowing Club 'introduction to rowing' sessions.

GRC, in common with every other rowing club in Britain, has had a huge surge in applications and enquiries. Here are some photos from the Saturday junior sessions.
All photos.

HIR 2012 - a Scottish win!

Girls just wanna have medals
Emma and Helena in their favourite place - top step of the podium.
Photo: @ScottishRowing

GRC got into 2 of the winning Scottish boats at HIR 2012. Pictured is the WJ4x of Rowan (Broxbourne), Emma, Helena and Pauline (Clydesdale).

Earlier, Rowan and Emma had won the WJ2-.

British Championships - British Champions!

Hel-Kat are British Champions
Hel-Kat are British Champions
Photo: PD

GRC were victorious at the British Championships - Helena was on the podium to collect a Bronze medal in WJu15 1x, then one hour later she and Kathleen were back, this time on the top step as the 2012 British Champion WJu15 2x.

Scottish Championships

WInt quadPhoto: D.Nolan

The first big tranche of photos has appeared; from David Nolan

WJu 15 coxed quadPhoto: D.Nolan

Before that, just a few pictures from Malcolm from part of Saturday - excellent pictures they are, though!

Niall Darroch has some, too.

Rowing off into the sunset

Bronze medals at Nat Schools

Hel-Kat shone brightly at 2012 National Schools', on the sunless lake at Holme Pierrepont.

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