Saturday, 26 July 2014


The Clyde has not seen so much activity in years!  The RYA of Scotland organised a 250 boat flottila to sail up the river to Pacific Quay today.

People were out on the banks of the Clyde in various places giving the boats a wave as they went by. Brian and Maggie kindly asked me to join them at Bowling Basin where we based ourselves to see the sail past.

Head of the fleet was one of the MacBrayne ferries - a familiar vessel not just on the Clyde but on the west coast generally.

And then there were lotsa yachts....


And finally ....

 Under the Erskine Bridge and on upriver to the city centre where they will be moored until Monday.

We have been associated with Bowling Harbour for many years as we still keep our boat in the basin (though she is in Plockton at the moment). Outside the harbour, on the river there are still ruins of old piers and  hulks lying in the mud. However, we did notice that there has been some cleaning up of the shore nearby which I think is partly because they are making improved cycle pathways along this section.

I chatted to this couple who enjoyed the sailpast from the park higher up the river bank.

The city of Glasgow grew up around the river and while not as busy on the water as it has been over the centuries the river impinges on everyone as they use the tunnel, the bridges, the (rather good) motorways or one of the ferries which plies the lower reaches of the Clyde.

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