After a fantastic first race on the new course last year, we’re hoping this year’s event can only get bigger. Both teams are gunning for victory, and the years’ worth of bragging rights that come with it.” – Rob Tate, President, Edinburgh University Sports Union

As always, this year’s event promises to be an excellent spectacle with top quality rowing on show, with the passion and intensity that come in tandem with a rivalry such as that between GUBC and EUBC.” – Stephen Fisher, Captain, Glasgow University Boat Club

This will be the second year the Scottish Boat Race will taking place in the Clyde Harbour area of the river.

Previously starting in the Dalmarnock area of the city, organisers of the Scottish Boat Race moved the event further into the city centre.

The new competition course runs over 2.6km from Broomielaw Quay to the finish line at the iconic Riverside Museum at Glasgow Harbour.

The event sees the two fierce rivals compete in coxed eight crews in 3 different categories:

alumni crews,
reserve crews and
the 1st crews in both male and female disciplines.

Each team consists of 8 rowers and a cox, who sits at the stern facing the bow steering the boat whilst coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers.

The Scottish Boat Race is a prestigious part of the university rowing calendar and is one of my highlights of the year. We hope that we can build on the huge success of last year’s event following the relocation down the Clyde and bring the trophy back to GUBC.

This year provides a unique stage with Glasgow also hosting the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Rowing Regatta this summer.

“We are delighted to welcome the race to this section of the River, it will be a thrilling event and we look forward to exciting times ahead” –Andy Aire, Ship Manager, The Tall Ship at Riverside

The competition has been running since 1877, and is the second oldest boat race behind the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race which takes place each year on the Thames in London.

In the 136 years of the event’s existence, only Two World Wars and occasions with severe weather have seen the race fail to take place.

The move from downstream to the Glasgow Harbour region will see the event pass under four iconic Glasgow bridges, and provide the crews with a much straighter and faster course.

Edinburgh are the current cup holders and will defend their titles in both the men’s and women’s 1st XIII races.

“Clydeport is a proud supporter of the Glasgow – Edinburgh University Boat Race and very pleased to have assisted in providing a more prominent finish-line for the event.

We hope this will help to create added interest and crowd numbers for the race at what is an exciting time for sport in the city and we wish all participants the very best of luck on the big day.” – Captain Ron Bailey, Clydeport Harbour Master

“The Glasgow Humane Society has a long and established tradition of supporting all racing on the Clyde, and as the Universities boat race enters a new chapter we look forward to playing a pivotal role in the continued safety of rowing and rowers on the Clyde.” – George Parsonage, Glasgow Humane Society

BOAT RACE SCHEDULE
Time
1000 – 1400 Rowing Awareness Festival
1120 Race: GUBC Reserve Women’s VIII v EUBC Reserve Women’s VIII
1130 Race: GUBC Reserve Men’s VIII v EUBC Reserve Men’s VIII
1215 Race: GUBC Alumni Women’s VIII v EUBC Alumni Women’s VIII
1220 Race: GUBC Alumni Men’s VIII v EUBC Alumni Men’s VIII
1230 Race: GUBC Women’s 1st VIII v EUBC Women’s 1st VIII
1250 Race: GUBC Men’s 1st VIII v EUBC Men’s 1st VIII
1300 Race: GUBC v EUBC, Novice Indoor Rowers
1315 Race: Trophy Presentation & Prize giving (time subject to change)

Boat Race 2014 Poster copy