Glasgow Rowing Club

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 is affiliated to Scottish Rowing.[4]

Glasgow Rowing Club (GRC)
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
LocationGorbals, Glasgow
Coordinates55°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 waterRiver Clyde
Membership70 (approx. in 2016)
AffiliationsScottish Rowing
Glasgow Spring Regatta, Glasgow Fours Head[1]
Notable members
Sam Scrimgeour[2]
Polly Swann[3]


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.[5]

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, through the design displayed, to the current design.

Major successesEdit

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.[6] 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,[7] only to be beaten in the semi-final[8] 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.[9][10]

At Henley Royal Regatta in 2009 the club set a precedent for Scottish rowing clubs [11][12] 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).[13] 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).


British championsEdit

Year Winning crew/s
1984 Women J18 1x[14]
1985 Women L4-[15]
1986 Women L1x[16]
1987 Women 4x[17]
1996 Men 2x[18]
1998 Men 2x[19]
2001 Men J18 2-[20]
2004 Open 1x, Women 1x[21]
2008 Women 1x[22]
2009 Women 8+, Open L2-, Open L4-[23]
2012 Women J15 2x[24]


  1. ^ "GRC Events on club web site". Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  2. ^ GB Rower
  3. ^ GB Rower.
  4. ^ "Club finder". Scottish Rowing.
  5. ^ History of Club Archived 28 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Quarrell, Rachel (18 July 2004). "Rowing: Sisters show opposition no mercy". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  7. ^ "FOSTER ROLLS BACK THE YEARS". Sporting Life. 1 July 2004. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  8. ^ Hacker hacks Warnock to bitsThe Scotsman, 2004-07-04. Retrieved on 2010-02-11
  9. ^ Results of final of LW4X
  10. ^ "Club page on World Championship Regatta". Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  11. ^ Great Scots enjoy day in sun[permanent dead link] VirginMedia, 2010-07-02. Retrieved on 2010-02-11
  12. ^ GLASGOW Rowing Club caught the eye Archived 4 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine morethanthegames. co. uk, 2009-07-02. Retrieved on 2010-02-11
  13. ^ Scots excel in Nottingham Press and Journal, 2009-07-20. Retrieved on 2010-03-16
  14. ^ "Railton, Jim. "Rowing." Times, 16 July 1984, p. 21". Times Digital Archives.
  15. ^ "Railton, Jim. "Rowing." Times, 22 July 1985, p. 25". Times Digital Archives.
  16. ^ "Railton, Jim. "Leander take Kingston with a late charge." Times, 21 July 1986, p. 28". Times Digital Archives.
  17. ^ "Railton, Jim. "Hampton's victory is pinched." Times, 20 July 1987, p. 32". Times Digital Archives.
  18. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 22 July 1996, p. 39". Times Digital Archives.
  19. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 20 July 1998, p. 36". Times Digital Archives.
  20. ^ ""The Daily results service." Times, 23 July 2001, p. 10". Times Digital Archives.
  21. ^ ""The Results Service." Times, 19 July 2004, p. 28". Times Digital Archives.
  22. ^ "2008 archive of results". Web Archive.
  23. ^ "2009 archive of results". Web Archive.
  24. ^ "2012 results". Web Archive.

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