2011/2012 Season Run Through


PwC Roller Racing
PwC’s Roller-Racing Challenge got adrenaline pumping on university campuses throughout October 2011. Each competitor completed 500m on the Roller-Racing machine, and Glasgow University produced some excellent times very early on in the challenge meaning throughout the tour they were the times to beat! After a month long tour PwC announced the overall winners and the Glasgow Boat Clubs very own Kenny Ayre was awarded the prize for fastest overall male, beating the runner-up competitor from Oxford University by just under a second. But that’s not all, Jessica Lee was also placed as the runner-up female winner generating further prize money for the club. You’ll be pleased to hear that this prize money has now been spent on 2 new cox boxes! Congratulations to our PwC roller-racing winners, who achieved outstanding results and pedalled their way to a great cash prizes for the good of the club!


GUBC Western Eight’s Head of the River
Glasgow University Boat Club’s very own Western Eight’s Regatta was a terrific event that saw clubs from Scotland and England compete down the shortened 4k course. The weather running up to the event made the race only 4000m as opposed to the normal 5000m however a great days racing was had by all. The fastest Eight of the day was the composite Glasgow Rowing Club, Castle Semple and Glasgow University Boat Club crew including GUBC alumni and current Men’s Captain Michael McNaul. The fastest ladies boat of the day was the Glasgow Rowing Club crew who won Women’s R2. Both novice girls and guys had good rows with our Novice men beating a crew and missing out on the win narrowly to a quick Glasgow Schools crew, with the girls coming close in the field to other (non) novice crews. Well done to organisers Jess Lee and Mark Lees alongside other GUBC members who let the event run smoothly (including a 5* cake stand), and a huge thank you to all who participated!

Burns Supper
After a long days racing GUBC took to WEST Brewery for the annual Burns Supper. With piping by Gregor Wilkie and a Tam O’ Shanter experience by Allie MacFarlane the night was a great success with good food, ceilidh dancing and scandal. Thanks to Social Sec. Nicole Baillie for organising the event.


Strathclyde University Head
Another successful event for GUBC in small boats with wins from our M0 2-, M Nov 1x, W R2 1x and W Nov 4+. These were great results considering the majority of the crews were either scratch or had hardly been out on water due to weather, so promising results for sprint season!

BUCS Head Regatta, Peterborough
For the first time GUBC Ladies Squad travelled down to Peterborough to take part in the British University University and College Regatta that highlights the best University crews across Britain. Our girls had a very good weekend with an eight entered into Intermediate placing 6th out of 23, our Intermediate 4+ placing 10th out of 23  and our Championship 4+ placing 10th and coming only 7 seconds behind a set Edinburgh crew. These are great results for the girls and it bodes them well for the upcoming Sprint season especially BUCS Sprint at Nottingham in May.

Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club 4’s, 8’s and Scullers Head
Clydesdale’s racing filled weekend was jammed packed with our crews performing to a high level. Men’s Captain Michael McNaul joined our neighbours down the river Glasgow Rowing Club to become yet again the fastest Eight of the day, with our girls squad winning two pennants in W0 and WR2. The novice men (with a little help from Senior Fraser Malone) had a strong race in run up to HORR and were narrowly beaten by their nemesis Glasgow Schools, however did incredibly well to beat not only SUBC Novice Men’s 8+ but also their Senior Men’s 8+ too. The novice ladies yet again showed their keen attitude towards the sport by racing extremely well with one of the Novice 4+’s picking up the pennant in the Novice event.


Head of the River
On March 17th, 3 crews with GUBC members representing were involved in the Head of the River race on the Thames in London. Our Novice Men’s Eight consisting of Fraser Macsporran, Tim Smith, Niall Fostyk, Dan Taylor-Sweet, Michael Brooks, Edmund Choo, Omar Abugharsa, Kenny Ayre and coxed by experienced cox Alanna Dunleavy did extremely well in a race that involved broken seats and crabs galore. The Nov8+ came 361st beating Novice crews from both Strathclyde University and Heriot Watt University.
Our Senior Men were separated for this race with 3 Lightweight members of the squad selected to row as part of a Scottish Argonauts lightweight crew. Elliott Clarke, Dan McSherry and Luke Cerexe all rowed with members of Heriot Watt and Edinburgh to come 105th. Despite a disappointing race for the crew, they still beat their heavyweight counterparts. Michael McNaul again joined with GRC to form the fastest Scottish crew in the event coming 41st. This is a tremendous achievement and gives a lot of excitement onto the upcoming sprint regatta’s down south.

The weekend not only involved racing, but the traditional party at our friend Thames Rowing Club. After a Dougie Thoms inspired catch-up meal, some England vs. Ireland rugger watching, GUBC’s finest let down their hair and watched the carnage unfold. Naturally this had nothing to do with GUBC….