Glasgow Rowing Club

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Glasgow Rowing Club (GRC)
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Gorbals, Glasgow
Coordinates 55°50′36″N 4°14′27″W / 55.84333°N 4.24083°W / 55.84333; -4.24083 (Glasgow Rowing Club)Coordinates: 55°50′36″N 4°14′27″W / 55.84333°N 4.24083°W / 55.84333; -4.24083 (Glasgow Rowing Club)
Home water River Clyde
Founded 1983
Membership 60 (approx. in 2010)
Affiliations Scottish Rowing
Glasgow Spring Regatta, Glasgow Fours Head[1]

2009 UK National Champions

  • Men's Lightweight 4-
  • Men's Lightweight 2-

2009 Scottish Champions

  • Women's intermediate 2x
  • Women's novice 4x+
  • Women's novice 2x
  • Men's open 8o
  • Men's open 4+
  • Men's open 4-
  • Men's open 2-
  • Men's under-23 4+ (with George Watson's College)
  • Men's veteran 4+ (D/E category)
  • Men's lightweight 1x


Notable members
Ronnie Goldie (President 1983-2008)
Lindsay Dick (President 2008- )
Alastair Warnock (Captain)

Glasgow Rowing Club is a rowing club, based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland. It is a private club, with no direct public funding. Application for membership is open to all.


The club was formed on 4 December 1983 by the amalgamation of Glasgow Argonauts Boat Club (GABC), founded in 1924 and City of Glasgow Amateur Rowing Club (CGARC), founded in 1965. GABC was originally a club for the Alumni of Glasgow University Boat Club, and CGARC was formerly The Printers Rowing Club founded early 1900s.[2]

Both clubs had for some years resided as tenants of other clubs and part of the reason for the merger was the shared desire to build new premises. The boathouse, which was officially opened by the Lord Provost of Glasgow in May 1997, is located in Silverfir Place on the south bank of the River Clyde, just along from Shawfield Stadium.

The club colours are yellow and red. These were chosen to reflect the club's origins and were the minor colours of the predecessor clubs: GABC colours were pale blue, black and gold (not yellow) and CGARC were dark blue and red. The oar design has changed from the original yellow with red collar and red tip to the current design shown here.

Major successes[edit]

In the 2004 UK National Rowing Championships in Nottingham member Lindsay Dick won the women's single sculls event, while her fellow member and partner Alastair Warnock won the equivalent men's event.[3] Warnock also made good progress in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta that year, with one particularly noteworthy scalp in the first round,[4] only to be beaten in the semi-final[5] by the eventual winner of the event.

Lindsay Dick won a Bronze medal at the 2006 World Rowing Championships at Dorney Lake in the Women's Lightweight Quadruple Sculls.[6][7] Her achievement was unusual in that she remained based on the Clyde through all the stages of qualifying for the GB team. It is usual for senior athletes targeting GB selection to base themselves somewhere in the heartland of British rowing; London, the Thames or perhaps Nottingham. Many GB athletes are proudly named as members of Scottish clubs, but few others, if any, have actually reached the necessary standard while training at their Scottish club.

In 2008 Fran Jacob was UK National Champion in single sculls.

At Henley Royal Regatta in 2009 the club set a precedent for Scottish rowing clubs [8][9] by having crews race in quarter-finals of two different events (the Britannia Challenge Cup and the Wyfold Challenge Cup), although neither crew progressed to the semi-final stage. Previous Henley participation has included Fran Jacob racing in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup in 2008 and Alastair Warnock who reached the semi-final stage of the Diamond Challenge Sculls in successive years; in 2004 and 2005.

Later in 2009, at the National Rowing Championships, Glasgow crews won Men's Lightweight Fours (C. Logan, K. Docherty, J. Logan and S. Scrimgeour) and Men's Lightweight Pairs (C. Logan and J. Logan).[10] Glasgow also had a share in the composite crew that won the Silver medal in Women's eights.

In March 2010, Glasgow members provided the core of a composite crew, along with rowers from Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, that won the Novice Academic category at the Women's Eights Head of the River Race (WEHoRR), which lays claim to be the largest rowing race in the world for women-only crews.


  1. ^ GRC Events on club web site
  2. ^ History of Club.
  3. ^ Quarrell, Rachel (2004-07-18). "Rowing: Sisters show opposition no mercy". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  4. ^ "FOSTER ROLLS BACK THE YEARS". Sporting Life. 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  5. ^ Hacker hacks Warnock to bitsThe Scotsman, 2004-07-04. Retrieved on 2010-02-11
  6. ^ Results of final of LW4X
  7. ^ Club page on World Championship Regatta
  8. ^ Great Scots enjoy day in sun VirginMedia, 2010-07-02. Retrieved on 2010-02-11
  9. ^ GLASGOW Rowing Club caught the eye morethanthegames. co. uk, 2009-07-02. Retrieved on 2010-02-11
  10. ^ Scots excel in Nottingham Press and Journal, 2009-07-20. Retrieved on 2010-03-16

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