Scottish Boat Race 2015 in association with Watermans Solicitors

Scottish Boat Race 2015 in association with Watermans Solicitors

Boat Race participants next to Riverside Museum

Date: Saturday 23 May 2015
Time: 1300 onwards
Venue: River Clyde & Riverside Museum, Glasgow

    Start line - Main races
    Finish line - All races
    Start line - Alumni races

Scottish Boat Race Schedule*

1330 Race: GUBC Reserve Men’s VIII v EUBC Reserve Men’s VIII
1345 Race: GUBC Reserve Women’s VIII v EUBC Reserve Women’s VIII
1415 Race: GUBC Alumni Men’s VIII v EUBC Alumni Men’s VIII
1430 Race: GUBC Alumni Women’s VIII v EUBC Alumni Women’s VIII
1445 Race: GUBC Men’s 1st VIII v EUBC Men’s 1st VIII
1500 Race: GUBC Women’s 1st VIII v EUBC Women’s 1st VIII
1530 Race: GUBC v EUBC, Ergometer Relay
1545 Presentations: Trophy & Prize giving (time subject to change)

* May be subject to change, depending on tide levels and weather conditions.

About the Scottish Boat Race

Boat Race participants next to Riverside Museum

“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

This will be the third 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.

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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.

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


“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 believed to be the third oldest boat race in the world only predated by the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race which takes place each year on the Thames in London, and the Yale-Harvard Regatta.

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 won the men's 1st XIII race in 2014 with Glasgow winning the women’s 1st XIII race.

Partners & supporters

The 2015 Scottish Boat Race is in association with Watermans Solicitors.

Commenting on the new partnership, Scott Whyte, Managing Director at Watermans Accident Claims and Care, said: “It is a privilege for Watermans to support this historic fixture in Scotland’s sporting calendar. The fact that we have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow means we can give our full backing to both teams and enjoy the intense but sporting rivalry between the two cities.

“This partnership also underlines our commitment to supporting up-and-coming Scottish sports stars, and complements our backing of amateur boxing champion Lewis Benson and rallying sensation John MacCrone.”

The event is kindly being supported by several organisations and groups across the two cities:

University of Glasgow Sport & Recreation Edinburgh University Centre for Sport & Exercise
Glasgow University Sports Association Edinburgh University Sports Union
The Tall Ship Glasgow Museums
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau Scottish Rowing
Peel Ports Glasgow Humane Society
Big Partnership Scottish Fire & Rescue


Boat Race participants next to Riverside Museum“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

Spectator provisions

Boat Race participants next to Riverside MuseumThe start area at Broomielaw Quay and the finish area at the Tall Ship outside the Riverside Museum will provide great spectator access to the event.

The events taking place at the Riverside Museum will promote rowing and offer opportunities to try out indoor rowing, raising the profile & awareness of rowing opportunities throughout the city and Scotland-wide.

Two cafes within the Museum, as well as outdoor food trailers will provide catering.

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