Commonwealth Flotilla

27 Jul
Commonwealth Flotilla

A team from National Centre Cumbrae supported the momentous Commonwealth Flotillia as it departed James Watt Dock and headed for its destination, Pacific Quay in the heart of Glasgow. Never before has a parade of boats gathered and created such a sight. Owners and crews dressed their boats over all with flags hoisted up every stay and halyard possible! It really was a sight worth seeing and Chief Instructor David Frame reported the numbers were in their 1000s lining the shore practically all the way from Greenock to the BBC studios.

David had been involved with the planning of the event and the safety management of 250 boats moving as a fleet up a narrow channel, the River Clyde. With a wide range of vessels including a Calmac ferry, the RNLI, the OYT, large round the world racing yachts Drum and Clyde Challenger, motor cruisers and lots of yachts there were plenty of logistics! RYA Scotland have certainly put sailing on the main stage at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and indeed we hope that all the efforts of the organisers and the participants have provided a wonderful sight and significant memory for all fortunate enough to spectate.

Enjoy some pictures of the day on our facebook page

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