All the best
Let's all imagine the very best that 2008 might bring, and work together to make it happen!
Ronnie has promised not to mention the Burns Supper at the club on Saturday 2nd February as long as all the tickets are sold by the end of this week.
Is it something they put in the water in New Zealand? -
Um, rain, er......
Last Saturday was a bit embarrassing for Kenneth and myself when the expected turbulent water was strangely absent. Hmmm.... sorry.
Having put everyone off last week, for no good reason (see above),
numbers for this Saturday are low, due to shopping, other engagements
and injuries. Last chance :
Mr Reid wants to point out to people that "the temporary steps get very slippy when there is ice about. I don't know if you were aware that [name withheld] decided to use the temp. steps on Saturday because the girlies were [at the main steps]. He just stood on the top step and went flying. Unfortunately he was holding a scull above his head at the time and it landed on a rigger and the bow virtually at the same time. Maybe better than landing on the shell. He ended up at the bottom of the steps more than a bit shaken. Not many people use these steps now but worth a mention?"
In freezing or near-freezing conditions, DO NOT USE the wooden steps until they have been gritted or otherwise made safe.
Rain stops play
The recent rain and the weather forecast make it unlikely that Tubfest will go ahead this week. Final decision later today or early tomorrow.
The link to the SEPA site isn't helping much, as it's been rather hit-or-miss over the last week or so; check the 'last updated' date before believing what you see.
Good performances from a few Scots who were keen/mad enough to race in Saturday's Scullers' Head on the Tideway.
Our own club was well represented by Daniel and Jonny, respectively 8th and 13th in the S3 class.
Does anyone fancy a......
Weather and Christmas shopping permitting, we might be able to have our own festive celebration in the GRC tradition.
Suggested dates : 8th or 15th December.
Use this link to discuss/suggest/dismiss the idea :
Remember to look at the bulletin boards above - 'pink press' for women and 'zimmer-frame-zombies' for veterans. These are usually updated on Friday mornings. You may need to press your 'F5' key to get the most recent version.
On other web sites..
There are other web sites?
Slug has hit a rich vein of form recently, with a collection
of things coxes shouldn't say to their crews. Language a bit risqué,
but worth it: search for 'soundbites' (ctrl+F) to get them all.
All of these are permanently linked on the menu bar on the left.
It's all over!
A great effort from the whole club on Saturday. Well done to everybody that contributed to the success of the event.
No Parking!To ALL GRC Members - Please do not use the club car park tomorrow. We need to use the space for visiting boats, being restricted as we are by the ongoing works.
Let's get a Head
Saturday 24th November - it's the day we're all looking forward to! The list of duties for our own Fours Head of River can be found here: 2007 Fours Head Duties
If you have any last-minute quibbles, no point in emailing FC, you'll get his mobile number on the 'duties' web page.
Malcolm took four pictures at Inverness. This is the best!
InvernessVictor Images web site.
Heads you lose, heads you winMixed results at Inverness on Saturday. It was left to PT again to bring home some silverware (well, pottery) on Sunday. Some photos on the column on the right.
Inverness this Saturday
The crews have been listed here on GRCMembers.
If you're going to be using the club on Saturday, can you let Clap know, please?
Saturday early outings
Remember to look at the bulletin boards above - 'pink press' for women and 'zimmer-frame-zombies' for veterans. These are usually updated on Friday mornings. You may need to press your 'F5' key to get the most recent version.
The AGM was held last night, with about 1/3 of the club membership in attendance. The Subscription rates for 2007-2008 were set (no increases - some reductions!) and the Committee was elected. Thanks to outgoing committee member and Aberdeen resident Jonny Stevenson and welcome to new committee members Lynda Douglas and Ali Black.
There are more photos of last week's Clyde Head: see the 'Photo Column', opposite.
The Annual General Meeting will be held this Wednesday at 7pm in the club house.
(See the original Notice on GRCMembers, complete with a number of typographical errors - sorry!)
Dan won his event - well done!
Comments from Big Al here.
Malcolm has uploaded a few photos from Saturday to the 'file' section of GRCMembers. You can also see them on the 'photo' column, opposite.
Four snaps of GRC people racing over 3000m on the Clyde.
Also some more, courtesy of Clyde on the Victor Images web site. This one of Dan is a fine example.
Clyde HeadThe final draw has now been published.
Entries for Inverness - be responsible!
If you are interested in racing at Inverness on Nov. 17th, read this thread on GRCMembers now! Make sure that you let Al know - on that thread - that you intend to race and in which division and event. Our Cap'n is very busy, he has a lot of things on the go and doesn't have time to chase after you - you need to tell him what you want to race in.
'GRCMembers'If you're having difficulty accessing the web-based portion of the GRCMembers Google group, or don't know what I'm talking about, have a look at this page that was created, to help explain, when we first started using the system two years ago : GRCMembersHowTo .
The provisional draw for Saturday's head race is now available.
Big lumps of water
Any of you that have only recently started rowing on the Clyde might want to look at the link (on the left) labeled 'river level', It will open a page of the SEPA web site that shows, on a day-to-day basis, the effects of any recent rainfall on our river. As a broad rule, if the level is showing above 1.6 metres - forget rowing for a day or two!
Discounts!If you're in the market for dietary supplements or a new HRM, have a look at this on GRCMembers.
Annual General Meeting
The 2007 AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday 7th November, in the clubhouse.
The subscription rates for 2007-2008 will be set and the committee will be elected. Please send any proposals for changes to the Constitution and nominations for the committee to by Tuesday 24th October.
Don't forget.......to look at the 'training' pages. The winter training cycle started LAST WEEK - so you should be well into it already!
Pay attention at the back!
You might be starting to think about your winter training regime. (Well, you might!)
Have a look at the 'Training' pages - you'll find all sorts of information, from the general to the specific - including a new 'Coxing' guide from FW .
Stirling Head - due on 22nd Sept. This event
Scullers Head (6 Oct, on the Clyde) - details are now available. (See this item on GRCMembers.)
BBC press release (for the yoofs):
Photos from Zagreb
Some pictures of Saturday in Zagreb - a lovely day for a regatta. The first 4 snaps show just how close TK and FC got to that elusive medal! (No pictures from a rainy, windy Friday.)
News from Zagreb
Following a bit of a shock in the VC race on Friday, the bold boys retrieved some of their usual form and were in a three-way fight for the finish in today's Vet 'D' race. In contention for the full 1000 m., they finished 3rd with no more than 2 seconds covering 1,2,3.
(A new submission for 'My bumper book of Excuses' [Pub: A.Cameron, H'burgh 2005] )
"I had a bad octopus". (© K.Macmaster)
"What do you want - sympathy? !!" (© F. Macmaster)
2010 World Rowing Masters Regatta
The BBC are taking over Glasgow Green;
Some outcomes of the September Committee meeting can be read on GRCMembers .
The winter training schedules kick in at the beginning of October.
By coincidence Kenny (currently flying
the GRC flag in Croatia along with TK at
Masters ) says that the Veteran Squad* will
be back in business from Saturday September 29.
* alternative names, anyone?
(some forthcoming events in September)
Views of Lake Jarun
These views were found on the web.
2007 World Championships
Nice to see GB recover from the relative disappointment of finishing 4th in the M4- on Saturday, by winning the lightweight version, along with the W4x and getting impressive bronze medals in both eights events.
....but now to the main event!!
34th FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta
The end-point of FC and TK's* dedicated
months of training has now arrived. They'll be heading off this week
to Croatia, to race against the best of the world's more mature rowers.
They're racing in pairs on both days - VC (Friday 9:43) and VD (Saturday
* a.k.a. " Macmaster Kenneth Gordon, Kerr Robert Anthony"
(TV Schedule - see below).
Bottom of the class.
Tomorrow (Saturday 25th) there will be a technical coaching presentation for any GRC members who are interested. The exact format of the session will depend on the audience and their demands, bt it is likely to involve some or all of: video recording and review, and discussion of rowing technique based on the ARA 'Faster with Foster' DVD.
This is all planned (?) to happen after the first water session, i.e. from around 10:30.
Is it a year already?
It's World Championship time again. This time last year, all eyes
were on Dorney Lake where our own Lindsay Dick was competing for GB.
Membership - have you paid?
Just a reminder that although memberships fall due in November, our ultra-flexible Treasurer will let you pay a proportion of the normal fee for the part-year from when you started using the club's very expensive equipment.
(Beginners have a 'try-it-and-see-if-you-like-it' amnesty.)
8:30 - Eight plus small boats
Just a reminder that the sprint regattas are nearly on us. As far as I can see there's been no reply to Al's note on GRCMembers.
If you've come to the web site because you're interested in starting rowing, fill out our enquiry form and tell us that you're going to come to a beginners' session at 10:30 on (most) Saturdays.
It's been a bit quiet recently on the web front: there hasn't been much GRC news to report. Contributions are always welcome.
The Sunday Times article featuring GRC is not available online. However, Fiona Russell (who wrote the piece) has kindly given me her original copy which you can read here. If I can get the original photo, I'll include it, too.
The Talk Rowing site has recently been updated. As well as the message board (where debate tends to be a bit more 'lively' than RSR), it includes a new 'Club finder' feature. There is now a permanent link on the Links page.
Better late than never...Bryan displays the pennant that he won with the GRC Vet 8 at the Clydesdale Head in February. Many thanks to Clydesdale, who had to have replacement pennants made because the originals went missing after the presentation. (There was a mis-calculation of the vet handicap and the wrong winners were announced.)
What sort of Amateurs would stoop so low?
Sunday Times article
A few weeks ago we had journalist Fiona Russell as a guest, and her photographer colleague Tina joined us last week.
The resulting article and photos are on the back page of the Ecosse section of today's Sunday Times. (Now linked here.)
If you are interested in trying rowing at GRC as a result of reading the article, please come along on Saturday at 10:30 when we will be having our regular beginners session. Let us know you're coming by emailingor phone 0776 825 0928.
Click on the "Where are we?" link at the top of the screen to see some maps showing how to get to the club.
The easiest access by car is from Caledonia Road.
Bus services from the city centre are 20 and 267.
Do you wear a blazer?
If the answer is no (and you don't have blazer-wearing friends) then you probably won't be going to Lucerne for the final World Cup Regatta of 2007... which probably means you WILL be interested in the racing! You'll need to watch it on TV though, because you're not important. Here's how:
No, this isn't a comment on people who go to Henley and don't care about the racing but only want to be seen in the right places.
This is about the fact that the boathouse was not accessible on Sunday morning because some morons with substance abuse issues vandalized the locks.
HoorayScottish interest at Henley is now entirely focused on comparing blazers, badges and socks.
Minor regatta news
There is a regatta on in England this week that can be relied on to get the attention of the non-rowing fraternity (aka 'the executive'). It's a shame they don't notice the racing, because it's very good.
It's called Henley Royal Regatta.
Up-to-the-minute information can be got at Regatta Radio. You need to use RealPlayer for this.
What a difference a day makes
Saturday at this year's Scottish was as grey and driech as Strathclyde
Park can produce - yes, THAT BAD!
Click on the photo to see more - the ones that look black&white are the ones from Saturday!
Scottish Championships update
Saturday was cold, windy, damp and depressing. Have I missed anything? TK and KM raced early in the Vet pairs and came second. They then jumped into the four, which came second. The composite intermediate quad came... second. This reporter went home.
Sunday was a glorious alternative, at least in terms of the weather
- flat calm windless conditions and hot sunshine for most of the day.
National Veteran Regatta
TK and KM jumped again - this time from their four into KM's van, pair-topped, to go to Nottingham for the Nat. Vets' Champs which take place on Sunday. They raced in Vet 'D' pairs in the afternoon, finishing fifth overall with only half a second separating 3rd 4th and 5th places.
No news is good news.It certainly is - there will be no web updates for a couple of weeks, because yours truly is off to sunny Spain!
Vaya con Dios.
The final draw is now published. There are lots of GRC competitors:
TONIGHT! -Boat Loading will take place after Wednesday's outings. Sandy will tow and the loaded trailer will be stored at Kenny's yard in Hillington to allow an early start on Saturday.
Quiet for the time of year...
Scottish Champs next weekend (16 & 17 June). The club is likely to be closed that Saturday - unless anyone wants to arrange otherwise?
Business as usual tomorrow.
Rowing on TV
This weekend's first World Cup Regatta will be on TV. Not the same excitement as last year when we could watch one of our own members, but still good.
Two steps forward...
We've got a set of temporary boating steps, while the construction work is under way.
More details on GRCMembers.
Many thanks to the 10(!) competitors, and to coxes Jo and Colette. We had 5 boats, so 4 races. Ronnie's pizza and burgers went down a treat and justice was seen to be done when the right crew won (Joe and Clap)!
More for your diary
JUNE 2-3 Jun Metropolitan 9-10 Jun Durham 16-17 Jun Scottish Championships 17 Jun Loughborough / National Veterans 22-24 Jun HENLEY WOMEN'S REGATTA 23 Jun Berwick 29 Jun HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA Qualifying 30 Jun Nithsdale JULY 4-8 Jul HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA 7 Jul Talkin Tarn 13-14 Jul Henley Veterans
TUBFEST THIS SATURDAY - with added veggy pizza!is looking for entries NOW for the Scottish Championships
Next week - TUBFEST!
Castle Semple Regatta
Race info on the Castle Semple web site.
The beginners' session will be as scheduled.
From 'Snapper Ron' - at CARC Regatta
Another win for the GRC Vet squad, although it looks like the 2 man needs a bit of work on fitness and timing.
.....and he definitely doesn't look impressed! (From the Clyde ARC site.)
GRC had mixed fortunes -
We have a variety of crews racing at Castle Semple. This will affect the normal schedule on Saturday morning, depending on race times for those involved. More details about beginner/casual crews will be announced later this week.
The final draw and further information for competitors for Saturday's regatta are now published. As previously stated, check to see when you are racing - allow at least 1 hour before that to get yourself and your equipment organized. Note also that all racing crews need to be registered with the organizers at least 1 hour before their first race.
The building work relating to the M74 drainage has started. The most immediate effect will be that car parking space will be reduced as of tomorrow for the next 5 months or more. This weekend will probably be your last chance to sit on the current steps and discuss the world's ills; temporary steps should be along soon.
Also - entries close tomorrow (Friday) for Castle Semple
(19th May) and EUBC (26th May). See below.
GRC have entered a men's novice four and two veteran fours* on Saturday. If you think you are in either of these, check the provisional draw to see when you are racing - allow at least 1 hour before that to get yourself and your equipment organized.
If you aren't sure if you are racing or not - ask AL!
is also looking for entries NOW for Castle Semple (19th May) and EUBC (26th May). Details of both are linked below.
* Also an OPEN pair!
Some forthcoming events:
Entries for the North East Regatta close on Sunday.
The poster and forms for the Metropolitan Regatta (2 & 3 June) are in - they'll go up on the board this weekend. Entries close 25 May.
SPR news 1
It's always good for the club to get a name check in the more mainstream rowing media, like today's headline on 'the Tideway Slug'. Before anyone asks, this story was not provided by anyone involved in producing this web site! Go Jonny!
SPR news 2
It was disappointing to see nothing in the Sunday papers about Scotland's 'showpiece' regatta. But don't despair; there's always this exciting and informative piece that answers all the questions that potential rowers in Scotland might have about what we do: Grainger still at the top of the pecking order (Herald, UK)
Thanks to everyone who helped over the weekend - some doing more
than their fair share, as always....
The regatta Results are now available - congratulations to TK and FC for keeping the flag flying!
Some forthcoming events:
SPR Revised Draw: The revised
draw for SPR is now available.
Ron - has put up his
portfolio from Saturday's regatta. As expected, there are some very
good pictures of the GRC crews
- and everyone else!
Nice day for a race
SABC regatta on the Clyde - photos and video. (Click on image.)
Next photo (and many more) courtesy of 'Snapper Ron' - our friend in the North.
Bottom picture; another view of the Vet 4, this time courtesy of David Nolan (on the SARA web site) - lots of good pics.
SPR this weekend! - the draw is now published
Deep joy. If you haven't already done so, make sure you giveyour availability for the weekend.
Now the good news - GRC won both the events entered on Saturday - the Vet B four won over Clyde and Jonny and Matt (composite) took advantage of their elders to win the Open pairs final, after an 'easily' verdict in round 1.
Pictures opposite, results here.
3 Small Heads - CANCELLED
Sorry, folks. Too few entries.
Normal rowing activities on Saturday.
Tideway article on 'the Slug'
To set our own woes in perspective, the Tideway Head had to be abandoned on Saturday. There's a very good article about how it all transpired on 'the Tideway Slug'. Look for the heading 'SINK, SWAMP OR SWIM'.
3 Small Heads - all hands!
The list of duties for race day is here.
Also - remember that we're having a pre-race spring clean this Saturday - inside and out.
A beginner's view.
An interesting look at rowing from the outside, from the Guardian.
Malcolm sent me 7 more photographs from the SUBC Head. They were on a CD that was on a table in the main room, apparently.
So, we don't know whose they are, but they're very good.
You can see them, and the earlier ones, by clicking on the picture on the Photo column, right.
The posters have been received for
Both should be on the noticeboard on Wednesday.
Remember, you can find upcoming events on the 'events' noticeboard, at the top of the main page.
This is from Bob Neil, organizer of the Scottish Schools' Head: "Many
thanks (to) Glasgow Rowing Club , which always provide excellent
changing, boating , safety and catering facilities for us."
Rachel Quarrel has launched a new on-line rowing magazine, the 'Rowing Voice'. It's in a PDF format, designed to be printed off and read like a paper. The only drawback is that it's a big download for those luddites who don't have broadband (you know who you are!).
Details of the first issue are here: http://www.rowingservice.com/voice/. It is unsurprisingly Home-counties-centric, but does have a full set of recent results, including the Scottish Heads and trials.
We have guests!
Remember that the Scottish Schools' Head of River is on this Saturday and that the HQ and catering facilities will be hosted at GRC.
3 Small Heads - 4 weeks away.
Please read this note on GRCMembers. It is important that you letknow a.s.a.p if you intend to race!
If it's on the interweb, it must be true.
There's more of 'Al - the early years' here.
If you saw on the SARA web site that we have a new captain - don't worry, it's just taken Clap this long to get around to telling them that Al had assumed the position!
In case you were wondering, the pennants for last weeks win are still evading capture. Someone obviously likes them.
We're not worthy
There are some very nice comments on last week's Vet 8 from Big Al on GRCMembers.
Of course, he's no stranger to the odd compliment himself, as this thread on Talk Rowing testifies.
Don't worry, PT!
There was some slight (?) consternation in the Girvan area yesterday due to a mix-up at the presentation on Saturday when it appeared that the Clyde Amateurs had been awarded the Veteran prize.
Rest assured; we have received confirmation from Tom McGuinness (race organizer and club Captain) that the pennants will be with our crew a.s.a.p.
The Vet C 8 managed to control their panic
at being FC-less and beat the Clyde outfit
on the handicap (and only a second behind in real time, with 24 seconds
Big Al's composite crew (don't mention their ages) was a very close 2nd overall in Division 1.
Sadly, the Gurlz had to scratch from the event.
C'dale 4s & 8s Head: results (on
their new site).
From our overseas desk
Kenneth received this from Beth's
* Beth is a little sensitive about this.
No FC!!! What will we do?
In the absence of Kenny's calm organizational
skills, just a reminder that there is a Veteran 8 racing in
tomorrow's Division 1 race.
Also racing tomorrow are Big Al (composite crew in Div 1) and the GRC Gurlz in division 2.
Have a good race!
C'dale 4s & 8s Head: draw and competitor information
The latest punishment exercises are now on the training menu.
Aberdeen Head - March 3
Schools' Head (see below) - March 10
Women's HoRR - March 17
Tideway HoRR - March 31
Tideway Vets - April 1 (apt?)
Use one of the 'Calendar' links on the left to see more details of forthcoming events... or you might want to try using the google calendar that is on the 'events' noticeboard.
Who says rowing isn't romantic?
SUBC Small BoatsThese pictures from Malcolm, who says " The mystery person who took the ones from the first division kindly revealed herself...... ".
SUBC Small Boats Results
The provisional Inverness start order is now up.
Dates for your diary
The GRC "3 Small Heads" race will be held on 7th April - all hands required to make it a BIG success!
The Scottish Schools' Head will be raced on the Clyde on 10th March - the Regatta HQ and food bar will be at GRC.
This Sunday - SARA indoor event - Go Jonny!
17 Feb - Inverness Head (Entries close TODAY!!!!)
24 Feb.- C'dale 4s and 8s Head (Entries close 18 Feb)
Western Head - Correction!
I have been corrected - the SUBC crew with Dan at stroke did not win Res2 on Saturday (shame, as it would have been 3-in-a-row for him), but were beaten by Watson's, and were 55 seconds adrift of the Semple crew with big Al.
My only excuse is my naive belief in the ability of race organizers to publish accurate results!
Western HeadMalcolm provided these pictures - though how he took the ones of the boat he was in must remain a mystery....
GRC took the water competitively for the first time in living memory.... OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you have to admit that a lot of water had flowed under the bridge since the last time!
Anyway - the Vet 'C' eight passed the C'dale crew and left them miles behind - but not far enough to beat the handicapper.
Al was in the Semple composite boat in
Open and Dan was stroking the
Results now available on the SARA web site.
And there are lots of pictures of the GRC competitors, provided by Malcolm.
Urgent - do you want to enter the Ergo 'championship'?
Entries must be in by today. (Missed that, sorry.)
This from(also on GRCMembers):
" If you'd like to enter, then either
Those busy Google people have updated the Google Groups interface - quite different appearance, but the functionality is unchanged for our purposes. What is new is the option to create your own web pages that can be uploaded to Google's web space and be visible to your other group members or even the whole web if you want. You can also now upload files and even 'create a profile, including a picture and quote', to share with the group.
Any budding bloggers out there?
Burns NightBurns Night pictures.
From the Tideway Slug today:
" The website online entries system for the women's head is now live and taking entries for the race on Saturday 17th March, 2007. The site address is www.wehorr.org.uk
Entries close on Sunday 25th February at midnight... Book early to avoid disappointment!"
Finally, some action!
First, the bad news - the river was totally unrowable this weekend - as bad as anyone can ever recall.
Now the good news - the Burns Night was a great success. The speeches were excellent (even the one from that bloke from that other club), Joe delivered her very entertaining poem without upsetting Sandy any more than she intended and Ronnie got £110 in from his raffle. What more could anyone ask for?
Joe has provided loads of photos (see opposite) and has inaugurated the first GRC 'mystery knees' contest. (A dedicated 'mystery knees' page will be along soon.)
Next Saturday - Western Head (GUBC)
Saturday 10th February - SUBC Small Boats (also Novice fours....)
Sunday 11th February - SARA indoor event
Here's to a successful 2007
The web site has been a bit quiet recently, due to holidays and stuff.
The next competitive opportunity is the GUBC Western Head on 27th January (2 weeks away). Remember that you need a 2007 rowing licence to race at it; if you don't have one yet and you want to race, fill in your form NOW and get it to Al, along with the requisite cheque.
Does anyone have any fantastic photograph for the photo column? It's been a bit quiet, too.
Does anyone have anything else they'd like to publish to the club or the wider rowing world? As well as adding content here on our own web site, SARA's Rowing Action is always looking for articles and photographs.
Anything you want to communicate to the GRC membership can be sent to the "GRC Members" Google Group (details here if you're unfamiliar with it) - but remember that whatever you send goes straight to the email inbox of most members and some past members of the club, so try not to send anything that may cause offence!