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GRC BIG quiz!

More GRC wins! (Modesty forbids further elaboration.)

Well done to Jane and her helpers for making it an excellent evening. Highlights... the Cap'n looked much fitter on Saturday night than she did the following morning, while the VP continued his run of near-thing wins over female opposition.


Scullers' Head this Saturday - CANCELLED
But the GRC BIG quiz is still on!!!

More info on GRCMembers


Are you pulling my chain?!!!

Entries for the 2012 Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships, to be held in Edinburgh on Sunday the 29th of January, are now open and available at


Scullers' Head this Saturday

The draw:
Provisional Draw and Information for Competitors

There are loads of GRC people taking part, in singles in division 1 at 11:00 (Don is 3rd GRC starter... but Emma is 4th - how do you think that will turn out?), and in doubles at 1:30. Make sure you give yourself enough time, getting afloat and getting to the start.

There are 7 previous winners taking part in the single sculls - 2 rowing for GRC: last year's winner Jonny (start #1) and brother Chris. Both have won racing for 2 different clubs. Can Chris make it 3? Or will there be a new winner this year?

GRC (including Glasgow Argonauts) already has more individual winners (5) than any other club, although C'dale has most wins, thanks to GP (10) who is nowadays entered as a Berwick sculler!


Ian Rice winning at Inverness. Photos from the Inverness heads
(Roy Sinclair)

GRC picked up 3 wins and some good experience at the Inverness 4s and Small boats heads. We had crews racing in 3 of the weekend's four divisions, though only the Women's Novice squad were there on day 1.


Inverness Head

Latest News is that GRC had 3 wins at the Inverness Head:

  • Ricey in R1 1x
  • Sally and Lynne in WNov 2x
  • Helena and Kathleen in WJu16 2x (#proud)


The GRC BIG Christmas Quiz 2011

Saturday 3rd December, from 6.30pm, Quiz starting at 7.30pm

  • Seniors vs Novices
  • Coaches vs Rowers
  • Vets vs Juniors
  • Club vs Club
  • Girls vs Boys

Settle old rivalries off the water at the GRC BIG Christmas quiz!!

  • Including the Captain’s Round and the President’s Challenge!
  • Featuring the world famous Sandy’s Cupboard!
  • And the night will be topped off by the VPs legendary after hours D-I-S-C-O!!
  • Prizes for the winners, best team name etc
  • Tickets £5
  • BYOB
  • Friends and family welcome!

AGM Update

For the first time in many years, we actually had ELECTIONS for committee posts!

Ronnie has really retired this time, Kenny is the new 'Chief' (all Hail) and Marianne and Doug are the only survivors from last year.

There is currently no change to subscriptions - they will be decided at an EGM which will be held in a few weeks - probably on December 10th.

Glasgow Fours Head

A cake in club colours.Is it home baking - or is it art?

Great rowing weather - bright and sunny and calm - helped make it an enjoyable day for all. Also contributing to the general bonhomie was the extensive and varied selection of cakes on offer in the tearoom.
Malcolm has an extensive album of pictures from both divisions.

More pictures, from David Nolan:


GRC Fours Head - Results.

Race details page

GRC crews took both prizes for fastest crew of the day - men's and women's.
The weather and river conditions were perfect and a fine day was made even better by HUGE quantities of home-baked goodies.


It's YOUR club AGM on Wednesday at 7:30pm

For the last few years, our club has had some great successes on the water. Certainly, our performance has been disproportionate to the size of our membership. That means that there's a constant need for people to help run the club; to organize and do the necessary background tasks while the young, fit, hard-training rowers get on with the job of winning major prizes. This Wednesday night, we'll be electing the new Committee that will take us forward into, hopefully, another successful year.

Please be there - it's your club, too!

(Yes - this IS exactly the same note as last year!)


GRC Fours Head

Provisional start list.

Clyde 3 Heads

GRC Women's Novice Eight - WinningGRC Women's Novice 8 2011-2012

A very successful day's racing saw GRC crews mop up 10 wins. First-ever races for Laura and Heather in the winning Novice 8, pictured, and for Brooke and Gill in J14 double sculls.

More pictures:

Clyde Head

A long day of racing - 3 divisions with many, many GRC competitors.

Club wins:

  • Division 1
    • Open 1x - Harry
    • Res2 1x - Ricey
    • (Nov 1x - Don, racing in SPOTS!)
    • WNovice 8 - Sally, Laura, Heather, Philippa, Kerry, Lynne, Helena, Kathleen and Jules
    • WJ18 1x - Olivia
    • WRes1 1x - Beth
  • Division 2
    • Open 2x - Harry & Jonny
    • WRes2 2x - Jane & Jo
    • WJu18 2x - Emma (& sister Laura, from Semple)
    • WJu16 2x - Helena & Kathleen
  • Division 3
    • WOp 4x - Amanda, Kelly, Olivia and Emma

  • results (zip file, which may not be your cup of tea...)
  • results (from the ever-accurate SR web site)
  • photos from Malcolm

Good job we've got ergs...

The latest river level info - read it and weep.


Carry on camping

Well done to Emma and Olivia, heading off to Nottingham this weekend for the GB Junior 'Potential' camp.

(They don't let just anyone in, you know!)

Coming Soon...

Scotland's biggest, longest Head Race will be here sooner than you think...

Magnum Fours

The big one is just three weeks away - the Glasgow Fours Head of River will be on Saturday 5th November.

Details are on the web here, and the poster (opposite) and events list can be downloaded if you want something special for your wall.

The usual full list of events, for fours and quads, is offered. Crews will race over a 5 kilometre course from Belvidere to Glasgow Green.

There will be 2 races, at 11:30am and 2:00pm.

Entries can be made through the GRC on-line entry system, which will be available from October 20th until entries close on October 30th at 5pm.

The Fab Quad

H E L P ! (No... that's the wrong one. Er...)

Racing uncertainty.

The race has, unfortunately, been cancelled (or postponed until further notice) due to the river conditions resulting from this week's rainfall.

The FINAL draw for Saturday's Scullers Head race has been published. The document also includes map and race instructions. Competitors - please read and understand these!

There are loads of GRC people taking part, in singles in division 1 at 12 noon (Don is TOP GRC starter!), and in doubles at 2:30. Make sure you give yourself enough time, getting afloat and getting to the start.

Let's hope that the river is rowable...


Back in business.

The first Head race of the season is on Saturday the 8th of October.

Entries close this Friday for the C'dale Scullers Head.

Home International Regatta

Winning for Scotland - Olivia and Emma. Olivia and Emma - Scotland's winning double scullers.

More pictures:


Hello again!

Well... seems that there are at least two people who read this nonsense and noticed that it had sort of dried up* (you know who you are).

There hasn't been a lot to report, since the OUTSTANDING VICTORY FOR SCOTLAND of our own Olivia and Semple's Emma at the Home International Regatta, some pictures of which are in the column alongside. The way they dominated their race from the off underlined the part that the atrocious Nottingham conditions had played in denying them a place in the final of J18 2x at the British Championships.

On Sunday 28th August, the re-scheduled Castle Semple regatta, originally on the card in May, finally took place over a course shortened to 500 metres due to strong winds. There was success for GRC from Helena and Kathleen in Ju15 2x and for Helena in Ju15 1x.


Here is a small selection of photographs from Malcolm...

....and some video footage from Neil.

*Web updates will remain thin on the ground, while your web-master continues to search for the perfect recovery.


Home International Regatta

Information is in scarce supply for this.

Venue is Strathclyde Park, on Saturday.

First race is at 10:30 ... or so.

GRC involvement from Amanda, Matt, Marianne and Olivia - and Sam.

Race times unavailable.

British Championships

2011 British W1x Finalist Amanda LarcombeAmanda - British Championships finalist, W1x
D. Nolan
2011 British WJu14 1x Finalist Helena DavisonHelena - British Championships finalist, WJu14 1x
D. Nolan
2011 British Semi-finalists.Olivia and Emma - British Championships semi-finalists, WJu18 2x
D. Nolan
Of the boats from GRC racing at Nottingham's British Championships, three made finals or semi-finals; Amanda was 5th in the final of W1x, Helena also finished in 5th place in WJu14 1x and big sister Olivia was unlucky to miss the final of WJu18 2x, along with Emma (GRC/CSRC composite).

British Championships update

  • Helena won her heat on Friday, then went through in 2nd place in the semi-final.
    In Saturday's final she finished in 5th place, with just 10 seconds separating 2nd to 5th.
  • Olivia and Emma (Semple) were 2nd in their heat of WJu18 2x, but failed to qualify from the repechage.
    Meanwhile, Emma had raced in the final of WJu 16 1x, winning the bronze medal.
  • Sam scratched from both 1x events (but is racing next weel at HIR with Matt as the Scottish Lightweight 2x).
  • Colin was in the first race of the day, in U23 1x, but didn't progress.
  • Amanda went through in 2nd place in her W1x qualifier to race in the semi-final on Sunday. She qualified for the final, and finished in 5th place.

Results in real time are on on, also on the links below.
Use Twitter for up-to-date info - @GRCWeb and #britchamps.



2 Big Dates:

  • British Championships

    This weekend - Fri, Sat & Sun - is the British Rowing Championships (still lovingly referred to as "Nat Champs" by those of a certain age and disposition).

    GRC has 4 competitors taking part this year:

    • Amanda is in W1x - first race Saturday @ 9:50-ish*
    • Colin is in U23 1x - first race Saturday @ 9:00
    • Helena is in WJ14 1x - first race Friday @ 11:00-ish*
    • Olivia and Emma are in WJ18 2x - first race Saturday @ 12:15-ish*
    • Sam Scrimgeour is in M 1x and MLtwt 1x, racing for Sport Imperial.

    * A revised timetable, showing some races as 'no race' due to withdrawals, has been issued. The actual draw for heats and lanes will not be made until after race registration for each event. Check the web site for updates.
    Race REGISTRATION times are here.

  • Home International Regatta

    The following Saturday the action moves back North to our own Strathclyde Park where the 2011 HIR will take place. Amanda, Matt, Marianne and Olivia have all been selected to row for Scotland - well done to all.
    Olivia will be representing her country for the first time.
    Sam, now racing for IC, is also in the squad. Other friends taking part are Emma McDonald and Emma Brander from Castle Semple, both well-kent faces at GRC.

Rowing on TV

The 3rd World Cup regatta of 2011 was on at Lucerne last weekend. The BBC coverage is still available on iPlayer. Race footage is also on t'interweb.


Henley Weekend - 2 GRC wins!

There were two happy GRC coaches at HRR this weekend;

  • George Warnock, very pleased to watch Polly progress to the final of the Remenham Cup in the Leander/Gloucester (GB) boat. They will meet current World Champions USA in today's final.
  • Clap, who was delighted on hearing that Helena and Kathleen had picked up wins in WJu14 2x and WJu15 1x (Helena) at Talkin Tarn. It would have been three, apparently, had Kathleen not gone on a field trip in WJu14 1x.

- and a relative win!

Delight for Colin and all the Sinclair family, as brother Alan* rowed to success in the Prince of Wales (men's quad sculls) at Henley Royal Regatta. A fine achievement made even more so by the fact that his Leander crew also set a new course record for the event.

* Alan now rows for Leander; he began rowing at Inverness Rowing Club and after that for Aberdeen University and... er, that's it.


Regatta news

There are GRC people racing 'dahn sahff' this weekend:

  • Henley Royal Regatta starts tomorrow. There are only a few crews with Scottish club content this year. However, recent GRC member Polly Swann is racing in the GB squad boat in the Remenham Cup (Elite women's eights).
  • At Talkin Tarn, Kathleen and Helena will be sampling the delights of an unusual regatta location and a whole set of new competitors.

Result - Sam (another recent GRC rower) continued his dominant run in UK regattas with a win in Lightweight 1x at Marlow Regatta on the weekend of HWR.


HWR - semi-finalists (and finalist).

The GRC women's eight won both rounds of the 'Club Eights' event at Henley Women's Regatta on Saturday, progressing to the semifinal on Sunday, where their winning run came to a halt. Pretty good for a crew that were mostly racing in Novice eights last summer.

Amanda also made it to the semifinal stage of Elite sculls.

Emma, from Castle Semple, went one better and got to the final of Junior sculls

Well done to all.


HWR this week!

Now that the thrill-a-minute excitement of the Scottish Championships has died down, we have time to contemplate this weekend's Henley Women's Regatta.

The GRC women are racing in the Club 8s event (race #165, 12:31 on Saturday), Amanda is in Elite 1x (race #177, 13:19 on Saturday) while Emma (Semple) is racing in Junior sculls (race #105, 8:31 (!) on Saturday).

Good luck to GRC! from Jenn Alex, in Switzerland.

Scottish Championships

You've been framed! Neil in action

Pictures from Malcolm (and friends)

and 'gazebo living' from Neil.

Video of some events is being uploaded by Neil to his GRC web space. There is already selected footage from C'dale regatta there.

Lots more photos from the usual sources:

Novice quad in full race mode.

Scottish Championships - day 2

Rather better weather - the rain stayed away, but the racing conditions were difficult with a strong cross/head most of the day. A brief and incomplete results summary:

  • Helena and Laura (Semple) - WJu15 2x - Gold medal
  • Doug and Iain - Intermediate 2x - Win
  • Matt - Ltwt 1x - Silver medal
  • Helena - WJu14 1x - Gold medal
  • Matt and Gavin (Clydesdale) - Ltwt 2- - Gold medal
  • Amanda - W 1x - Gold medal
  • Doug - Intermediate 1x - Win

As yesterday, another 'GRC' win came from Sam, this time in Ltwt 1x; making it a one-two with Matt.

Results can be found here and on the SR web site.

Final updates and more pictures gratefully received.


Scottish Championships - day 1 results

A lovely morning turned into a very dreich day. Things were a bit brighter on the competitive side with most of the best performances again coming from the women in the club (chronologically):

  • Helena and Kathleen - WJu14 2x - Silver medal
  • Matt and Gavin (Clydesdale) - Ltwt 2x - Gold medal
  • Beth - WLtwt 1x - Gold medal
  • Olivia and Emma (Semple) - WJu18 2- - Silver medal
  • Olivia and Emma - WJu18 2x - Gold medal

Another 'GRC' win came, predictably, from Sam, now racing for IC, in Open 1x.

Lynne and Sally were impressive in qualifying for the WNov 2x and went on to finish 4th.


Scottish Championships - Sat 11th, Sun 12th June

The provisional draw is out. A GRC-highlighted version can be found here.

(Yellow for first round/straight finals, green for finals.)

The results from Met. can be found on their web site:

Well done to all the GRC contingent - some good performances to ease into finals of one of the BIG regattas of the season.

Best 'GRC' performance was undoubtedly that of Sam Scrimgeour - recent alumnus, World U23 medallist, and now racing for IC - who dominated the Elite Lwt 1x event. Watch out for him next weekend.

Row For Your Life

Sunny smiles before the pain. Kenny and the Burdz -
Pretty in Pink

Kenny's Burdz - Lynda, Lynne, (Kenny), Lynn and Karen are pictured here just before starting their 'Row for Life' on Saturday 4th June.

More details in the 'news' column.

Below - smiling happily, having finished their row, and looking forward to a well earned refreshment (standing up, as a preference). Click on a photo for a larger version.

Kenny's burdz after their effort

They're still standing!

(...don't want to sit down, actually.)

A message from Kenny's Burdz, who did their own 'Row for Life' yesterday, rather than the road version that takes place in Glasgow today.

Kenny's Burdz rowed 16K without a stop for a cup of tea (or toilet break) and would like to thank all club members, friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues..... for their very kind donations to Cancer Research UK. Kenny's Burdz have raised over £500 for this fantastic charity. A big THANK YOU to all!.

The Burdz

If you would like to make a donation you still can - through this JustGiving web page.


Regatta latest

Met Regatta this weekend featuring a sizeable GRC entry:
Saturday -

  • Sculling - Amanda, Matt, Colin, Iain and Doug
  • Women's 8

Sunday -

  • Sculling - Amanda (twice), Mo, Beth, Matt, Iain, Doug and Colin
  • Pairs - Jo/Jane and Sho/Kate
  • Double - Kat/Sarah (Clyde)

Scottish Championship entries closing! Check that your entry is in: GRCMembers

Nat. Schools

WJu14 2x
Kathleen and Helena competing at NSR 2011

This week

The club will be running a Learn to Row Course on Sundays, starting this Sunday, 29th May. Club volunteers are needed to assist - please help as much as you can.

Met regatta - entries close this Friday.

Scottish Championships - entries close on Tuesday.

This season's first World Cup regatta is in Munich - live on BBC red button/online (Sun) and highlights, on Eurosport at 8:30 am and on BBC2 at 1 pm, on Monday. (Click on this link for the BBC rowing schedule for the summer.)

Also - there's a small regatta on at Nottingham this week... and there's a GRC crew racing... can't remember who...

Oh yes! - Nat Schools, and it's Kathleen and Helena.


Coming attractions

This Saturday, the club will mostly be at Castle Semple Regatta... here is the FINAL draw.

Highlighted FINAL draw. (E&OE)

(Regatta cancelled due to high winds. May be rescheduled later this year.)

CARC regatta

Vet 2x

J14 2x
Helena and Kathleen say "DON'T do this"

Winners and don't-mention-the-L-word

This is just a quick round-up of the GRC performance. Any updates or corrections to the webmaster asap, please.

All the GRC event wins came from women, mostly juniors. Times change.

Olivia and Emma (Semple) won Res 2 doubles (3 races) but came 2nd in the final of the Open event (2 races), by which time Olivia had already captured the Res 2 1x prize (2 races) and Emma had fallen to Amanda who went on to win Open singles. All events were over the longer, 1500m course.

Kathleen and Helena were not at their sparkling best, and for the second time in a row they fell victim to a George Watson's crew in the WJu 14 2x event. However, even a poorer than usual performance was good enough for them to go on and win the WJu 16 doubles, over 1500m, and in concert with the George Watson's girls they also won WJu 14 coxed quads.

Other good performances on the day came from Paul and Peter D in novice singles, Bryan in Vet singles (raced the mighty Gordon Kerr in the final) and Bryan and PT in Vet doubles. Jules and Fergus had a very tight race in Ju 14 doubles and also raced in the Ju14 singles event, while the Vet D four failed to recover a hefty handicap in their race. Beth went out in WOpen 1x while sister Lynne and Sally were unsuccessful in Novice 2x. Russell and Paul were beaten (but avoided being rammed) by Dundee UBC in novice 2x.

Any pictures, anyone? Pictures from SPR are also thin on the ground.



Hope some of you had an al-fresco face wash this morning (some don't need it - yet).

Entries deadline for C'dale is now 11pm tonight.

Still waiting for more pics from SPR.

HIR selection criteria are now published on the SR web site.


SPR 2011
Matt says "do this"
(Snapper Ron )

Just a few GRC wins this weekend, with crews racing in a bewildering array of combinations and formats. More details soon. The results are on the SR web site, or here.

The first set of photos, from the Davison family photographer are, confusingly, on Malcolm's Picasa album.

More now, courtesy of Roy Sinclair, on the Inverness RC web site.

David Nolan has performed to his usual high standard:

  • Saturday
  • Sunday
    (Both are slideshows beginning with GRC crews - might be other composites etc elsewhere.)

More Photos from

SPR 2011 - Ju13 1x
Fergus looking the part in J13 sculls.

More racing, anyone?

Next on the schedule is C'dale regatta in two weeks time. The information is all to be found at the bottom of this page on their web site.

REMEMBER - all the forthcoming regattas are marked on the Google GRC calendar (just above the photo column) which any GRC member can update - just ask.



The draw has been modified (the link to the provisional draw, below, will no longer work); here is the UPDATED draw, with GRC races (yellow) and finals (green) highlighted. If any are missing, contact the webmaster.

Remember to look at a programme early on Saturday, as even this version of the draw may not be the final one.

Make sure you check that your races are there and that you have time between them. Any issues, contact the Captain a.s.a.p.


GB Trials - Latest

A good weekend's racing from Polly and Sam * finished with Polly and partner being the fifth-fastest women's pair, maintaining the form that they set in the initial time-trial which they took 4th place in.

* Sam was not meant to be participating in these trials but came in as a late reserve to row in the OPEN (not lightweight, sorry) pairs event, "as one of the lads at IC was ill."

From the GB Rowing pages:

Both athletes won through trials last year, having started the 2010 season rowing in GRC crews.

SPR - Let's hope it's a nice weekend...

Lots of GRC races at SPR; here is the provisional draw, with GRC races and finals highlighted. If any are missing, contact the webmaster.

Make sure you check that your races are there and that you have time between them. Any issues, contact the Captain a.s.a.p.


SPR (Kenny's favourite)

Strathclyde Park Regatta is on 23rd and 24th April - yes that IS the Easter weekend! You can read more on GRCmembers:


Men's Tideway - SR Press release

The SR press release page has been updated with the post-Tideway Heads bulletin:


Racing at the 2011 HoRR
GRC's 2011 HoRR eight

GRC did well, finishing 64th overall in this strong International field.

More photos:


Well done, GRC... and - PHEW!

The early results last night indicated that GRC had finished a lowly 170th... ouch. HOWEVER - there had been a power supply problem that had affected the race timing and it was clearly stated that the results were provisional until further notice.

This morning, he skies are blue and GRC are shown to have finished in 64th place - and first Scottish crew, again.

A creditable performance - well done, guys and ....Ma'am.


Good luck, GRC!

Today is the Tideway HoRR. GRC are starting in 104th position.

We might get some more information appearing on Twitter - use the "What's happening?" link, above*, for the latest news, e.g. -

Weather is pants at Putney Bridge.

*Or try


Boat House project to go ahead.

After a short (35 year) campaign, the various partners in the Clyde Boathouse project at last have success in their sights, thanks to the help of a high-profile backer.

read more


Mens' Tideway - SR Press release

Men's Tideway Head is this Saturday. Here is the SR press release describing the Scottish participation:


Whatever floats your boat...

As previously noted, the Women's Head was last week on the Tideway and next week, on 2nd April, is the equivalent race for men. There is also a Veteran race on Sunday 3rd. In total around 900 or more crews will participate in the three races, so more than eight thousand competitors will have taken part in races on that stretch of the River Thames - and with very little publicity beyond the usual rowing-related press outlets.

Contrast that with the rigmarole which surrounds the annual hooray-fest that is the Boat Race.

Two boats.

On TV tomorrow.

Women's Tideway

All over for another year, but it looks like everyone will want to do it again in 2012. Maybe the sunshine helped? Pictures are from Katharina and Chloe's Mum and are on Katharina's Picasa gallery.

Photos on the Jet Photographic web site:

Big Blade:


One down, one to go.

The 2011 WEHoRR was raced on Saturday in brilliant spring sunshine. Everyone enjoyed their day in the sun:

  • GRC - 86th overall, 3rd Scottish crew and 17th IM3 (of 112)
  • Castle Semple/GRC - 249th overall and 10th Novice Club (of 19)

Photos on the Jet Photographic web site:

Next big one is the HoRR (men) on 2nd April.



The boats are loaded and one their way, and now it's just a matter of getting the bodies there too - this Saturday is the Women's Eights Head of the River, on the Tideway.

There are two crews going from GRC - the IM3 crew (LAST YEAR'S NOVICE WINNERS) and a Castle Semple/GRC Novice crew.

Wish them luck!



At GRC we are in the fortunate situation of having current and recent members of our club who have won places in GB squads, competed at World level and even won medals at World Championship regattas - all done while members of GRC squads.

Now imagine that wasn't the case... say, for instance, that we felt the need to claim some false glory. We could arrange that an article, in a respected rowing publication, about a successful Scottish rower be accompanied with a fake headline, something like "Leander and Glasgow Rowing Club oarsman A--- S-------...". You can imagine the rest, and how unfair that would be to the club that A--- S------- actually did row for, before joining Leander.

But you would be impressed... wouldn't you?


Each to their own.

  • The SUBC small boats head is on this Saturday, in two divisions at 12 noon and 2:30 pm.
    There are 8 GRC boats taking part, 4 in either race:

    The race was cancelled - on Saturday morning!
  • Meanwhile, in deepest Renfrewshire... the rest of the club (most of it?) is having a training camp at Castle Semple. The women's eights have one week left before Tideway, and the guys have two weeks more until their equivalent event.


Turning Heads

  • This weekend, there are no events involving GRC crews.
  • Next Saturday (12th) sees the re-scheduling of the SUBC small boats head. Entries for that close on Sunday at 6pm.
  • It's only 2 weeks until the Women's Eights Head of River on the Tideway.... DID YOU KNOW WE WON A PENNANT LAST YEAR!!?
    • Here's the start order for this year's race: prov. start order.
    • There is lots of GRC interest, with
      • the remodelled crew from last year starting in 245th place and contesting IM3.
      • The Novice GRC/Semple combo are starting 279th and competing for the Novice Club prize.

New race calendar

The drop-down 'Now and Next' list of regattas has been superseded with a GRC Google calendar - this can be updated by anyone who is interested in doing it! Just ask...
Click on the individual items in the calendar to expand them to see further info, like posters or entry lists.

C'dale Head

COX-CAM" footage from the GRC WOpen 8 in Div 2.

In addition, here is the cox's-eye view of the GRC/GWCRC composite's race as they won WJu15 quads, beating lots of higher-category (and loudly supported) crews in the process:

GRC men winning again
Pictures from Saturday are out already from
(Snapper Ron )

...and David Nolan:


C'dale 4s (and eights) Head

GRC won 2 events:

  • Men's open eights, and
  • (in composite with George Watson's College) Women's Ju15 coxed quads.

Other performances were good, too - but not enough to win, or too few entries.

Pictures from Malcolm.


Inverness Head

First win for Andy's Tars
First WIN for the 2011 GRC Novice Women's boat.

We also had another outing for the Castell COX-CAM", this time featuring the GRC men, coxed by Matt. It would be interesting to know what Kerra thinks of his performance.


Novice win at Inverness Head

In their second race (outing!) as an eight, the GRC Novice Women won their event on the canal in Inverness on Saturday.

Pictures opposite.

Results etc:

See the Inverness website for Results Report on the Newspage and Record Photographs of Division 2 action and presentation of prizes in the Gallery.

GB Junior Trials

Congratulations to Emma McDonald - finished top Ju16 sculler and 16th overall at the weekend's trials. (Emma is a Castle Semple athlete, but is a regular around GRC, rowing in the senior 8 squad.)


Good luck, Polly!

GRC will be represented at this weekend's GB trials by Polly Swann. Only a year ago, Polly went to these trials as an unknown quantity. Since then, she's had wins in Elite events at Met and Henley Women's and was 4th in a World final; progress that was recognised with the Sports Council for Glasgow's "Senior Outstanding Individual Achievement" award for 2010.

Let's wish her well this weekend.


Update - From the GB Rowing 'Trials' page:


Ahunkahunka-ka-ka- CANCELLED

The Burns-Valentine Supper Evening has been cancelled:

...disappointingly, due to lack of numbers attending, we are going to cancel this year’s Burn’s Supper.  Thanks to all those who offered to speak, cook, clean-up, and help out, your efforts will hopefully be harnessed for events in the not too distant future!

Western Head

GRC Novice boat 2011
First race for the 2011 GRC Novice Women's boat.
GRC Novices under King's Bridge
Another excellent picture from

More photos on Picasa from Malcolm, Peter and Roy Sinclair ('Dad').

And now from David Nolan:

GRC Veteran 8
GRC Vets in Div 1
(R. Sinclair)


Western Head

We had 3 crews racing: Women's Open (the 'intermediate' women have stepped up), Women's Novice and Men's Veteran.

Good performances all round - the Vets passed Castle Semple (the only oppo), the Open women were beaten by a good GUBC outfit but had a good row and the Novice women were similarly 2nd-placed by a GUBC crew. We'll be seeing big improvements from that crew soon - yesterday was the first time all 8 had rowed together.

...and now... COX-CAM™ !



Tickets are on sale for the traditional (3rd year) GRC Burns-Valentine Supper Evening.

  • Date: 12th February, 7:00 for 7:30pm
  • Venue: The Boat House
  • Dress code: Pink socks/Kilt *
  • Tickets: £10 each, 1st drink free. Contact; with your order.
  • We have enough room for 50 members, family and friends !

* Dress style originated by M.Mouse.

Chain reactions

Victorious GRC lightweights
Joanna and Beth, standing tall on the podium
Racing at the 2011 SIRC
Snapper Ron managing better than Gerald Ford - walking AND commentating!

Katharina provided a couple of snapshots from the 'race of the day' at the indoor rowing champs. Beth and Joanna were never further apart in their race than the short distance between the machines they were using, as was pointed out by Snapper Ron in his commentary.

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Chain gang

A phrase often used here - some great GRC perfomances - at yesterday's indoor rowing championships. The early birds were Jules and Fergus, racing Boys Under-14. Both performed at the top of their game but were out-gunned by some strong opposition. Next were Helena and Kathleen, both giving an impressive display of steady pacing, with Helena winning the Girls U15 event easily in the end. Later, Olivia gave her all but could not sustain the pace set by Emma (Semple) who easily won Girls U17.
In the afternoon session, Beth and Joanna set the hall alight in an incredibly tight race in Women's Lightweight; never separated by more than a 'canvas' during the race, they finished in gold and silver positions with only 0.7 seconds between. (A source close to the patriarch of the Macmasters said the expression 'bringing shame on the family name' had been heard muttered.)

It was at this point that your reporter made his excuses and left. Awaiting more info and photos....

Results will appear here


Yanks - Latest!

Updated - the final timetable and competitor list for the 2011 Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships.


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Racing Licences for 2011

If you do not already have a racing licence for 2011, you need to get one - NOW! - if you want to race at the Western Head on 29th January.

There is a 'helper' page to create your application form here.

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