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Row, row, row: Newspaper Club's first regatta

Newspaper Club corporate regatta

Lots of mornings I walk to work through Glasgow Green on the banks of the River Clyde. I'd often seen crews of rowers gliding leisurely along the water and always thought it looked fun. When I heard that the Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club was hosting a corporate regatta, I was keen to give it a try.

We put together a crew of 4 plus 1 reserve. Given that this is nearly 50% of the company – and 100% of the customer service team – it was no mean feat fitting in the training!

We had 7 weeks of training with our amazing rowing coach, Miki Lee Dale. Always calm and encouraging, he got us through many dodgy moments when we nearly capsized, got stuck in the weeds or rowed into trees (oops).

One of the prerequisites was that crews have no previous club rowing experience, so it was a steep learning curve. I can confirm that rowing looks a lot easier when you’re standing on the riverbank than it actually is!

On the day of the regatta we were all feeling nervous, but with our CMYK t-shirts and homemade newspaper hats we looked the part.

newspaper club regatta

Our first race was a bit of a damp squib and we were easily beaten by the eventual winners. But we got better with each heat. Our commercial manager Rosie summed it up: "We didn't win. Some might even say we lost. But we DID have an amazing time and nobody fell in the Clyde."

Newspaper Club regatta on the River Clyde

In the end, we were happy with our award for best dressed crew. Remarkably, our newspaper hats survived some serious August rain showers. It just goes to show just how versatile a newspaper can be!

–Emily Harding, Operations Manager at Newspaper Club

Thanks to Rob Eyton-Jones for the photo at the top of this post!

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