Commonwealth Flotilla hailed after 1,900 boats gather on the Clyde

The RYA has saluted the Commonwealth Flotilla, which gathered together hundreds of vessels in Glasgow over the weekend

The 2014 Commonwealth Flotilla has been hailed as a huge success by the RYA after 1,900 boats gathered on the River Clyde over the weekend (26-27 July).

More than 1km of pontoons were used by hundreds of vessels as the boating community came together to mark the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which runs until Sunday (3 August).

The procession began at Greenock, where RYA Scotland organised a 250-strong fleet for the 19 nautical mile journey into the city centre.

An estimated 10,000 spectators turned out to see the masts and flags, gathering at the Beacon Arts Centre and the Riverside Museum.

And around 100 volunteers were needed to organise this huge boat gathering, which is believed to be the largest ever seen on the Clyde.

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Leading the fleet was Lochinvar, a diesel-electric hybrid CalMac ferry, while other notable vessels included Clyde Puffer, a traditional working boat.

James Stuart, CEO of RYA Scotland, said: “We are amazed and absolutely thrilled at the success of the Commonwealth Flotilla.

“We wanted to inject some colour into the Clyde for one weekend in what is probably the most important fortnight in Glasgow’s recent history.

“We got the sense in the last couple of days that this was going to be a big event but the response that we got from spectators throughout the day has been incredible, and totally beyond our expectations.

“Speaking to people just after we arrived at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, we really got a sense of the interest and excitement people had in watching this historic event and we want to thank the people of Glasgow and Inverclyde and beyond who turned out to make this such a perfect day.”


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