Glasgow University Boat Club
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|Glasgow University Boat Club|
|Home water||River Clyde|
|Former names||Glasgow University Rowing Club|
|Coaches||Andy Barton, Fraser Quinn, Jonathan Fettis, Michael McNaul, Jonathan Cheyne|
|University||University of Glasgow|
|GUBC Western Eights Head, Scottish Boat Race|
Glasgow University Boat Club (GUBC) is the rowing club of the University of Glasgow, Scotland and was founded as Glasgow University Rowing Club (GURC) in 1867. GUBC was an all-male club, however a historic merger with Glasgow University Ladies Boat Club in 2004 meant that female students were accepted into the club.
GUBC is one of the most active and successful clubs within the university, producing rowers and crews that have and continue to compete successfully at local, national and international levels. Club members have frequently been chosen to represent Scotland at both the Home Countries International Regatta and Great Britain at the European Universities Rowing Championships and World Rowing Under-23 Championships.
Until 2005, the club was the last independently funded sports club at the University, before being joining Glasgow University Sports Association, formerly the GU Athletic Club.
The club trains on the River Clyde at Glasgow Green, boating from the East Boathouse. Built in 1924 the building is home to the club's boats and member's private singles. Rowers have access to 6km of non-tidal water between the weir at Glasgow Green and Belvidere Straight adjacent to Cuningar Woodland Park. The club also has its own land training space equipped with rowing ergometer and free weights. This is shared with a few other sports clubs within the University of Glasgow but the club also has access to the University's main gym facilities in the Stevenson Building.
Scottish Boat Race
Glasgow University Boat Club competes against Edinburgh University Boat Club in the Scottish Boat Race, an annual boat race featuring competing eights on the River Clyde. It is the second oldest University Boat Race in the United Kingdom after the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the third oldest in the world. In 2013 the course for the Scottish Boat Race was changed from above the weir at Glasgow Green to below the weir with the finish in line with the Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum.
Currently Edinburgh hold both the men's and women's trophies, however in recent years Glasgow had won the men's trophy thirteen times consecutively from 2000 to 2012.