Thousands of spectators will be able to view the River Clyde’s largest ever gathering of boats

The Scotland branch of the RYA has promised to create extra spectator zones for next month’s Commonwealth Flotilla.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Glasgow and Greenock to see the River Clyde’s largest ever gathering of boats, which will feature 1,200 vessels taking to the water on Saturday 26 July.

And although spaces in the flotilla filled up within a couple of weeks, RYA Scotland is keen to ensure that as many people can take part as possible.

To this end, dedicated spectator areas will be set up at the Beacon Art Centre in Greenock and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

James Stuart, CEO of RYA Scotland, said: “The response we had from people wanting to take part in the flotilla was overwhelming, and we want as many people as possible to join us.”

The Commonwealth Flotilla is scheduled for the first weekend of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which runs from 23 July to 3 August.