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The Course

The race will once again follow the Clyde from Dumbarton Castle up past many fascinating heritage sites to end at the Finnieston Crane in the Heart of Glasgow. 

Boats with launch at Sandpoint Marina at the mouth of the River Leven.  This is the site of Denny's shipyard where the clipper Cutty Sark and the Turbine Steamer Queen Mary were Clydebuilt.

The Start will be at historic Dumbarton Castle, with the start of the race signalled by cannon fire.  Boats will race down the channel of the River Leven before turning to port into the main channel of the River Clyde. Conditions can be lively on this stretch of the course.

In the next part of the race the crews will pass the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Bowling where our friends at the Bowling Harbour Project and Scottish Canals' Bhive will be running activities for spectators and cheering the crews on. 

Boat will pass under the high level Erskine Bridge before the Titan Crane comes into view. Crews shouldn't be fooled into thinking that it's the finish line.  Still a way to go.

Country side gives way to commerce and industry.  On the South Bank the BAE systems yards are passed where Royal Navy Ships are being Clydebuilt.  Other ships built in these yards include the Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.  The Clydebuilt Ships database lists over 26000 ships built on the Clyde.

As crews approach the finish they will pass the impressive modern architecture around the Glasgow Science Centre and the BBC and STV buildings, and will pass the Clydebuilt Tall Ship Glenlee, and the Turbine Steamer Queen Mary.  Depending on her sailings the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world Clydebuilt "Waverley" may also be seen.  The finish is at the Finnieston Crane, which used to load massive exports, including railway locomotives, onto ships in the docks.

Crews will pass under the Millennium Bridge, the Bells Bridge and the Clyde Arc.  After the finish, the boats will turn back down stream to lift out at Kelvin Harbour, beside the Tall Ship Glenlee and the Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum (free entry).  Once off the water the rowers will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the Clydebuilt Festival, including crafts, stalls and well eared beer!