As mentioned in a previous post we were delighted to be asked to supply pontoons for the Commonwealth Flotilla last weekend, which made its way from Greenock down the River Clyde to Glasgow. After years of planning on the part of RYA Scotland the flotilla finally took place last weekend under clear skies and a fair wind.
The flotilla saw well in excess of 250 boats make their way down The Clyde from James Watt Dock and finish up in Presidents Quay in Glasgow. An estimated 10,000 people lined the banks of The Clyde to cheer the boats along river. Whilst the banks of Presidents Dock were packed several deep to welcome the boats in.
A Permanent Fixture?
The event has been seen as such a success in fact, that The Herald Scotland is reporting that consideration is being given to installing a permanent marina in Glasgow by the local council and business leaders
Speaking at a business event staged by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, James Stewart, chief executive of RYA Scotland, said the success of the flotilla was something they hoped to build on.
He said: “The flotilla was two years in the planning. It was a one-off event, but I want to see how we can build on it. We want to start the conversation. We set out to showcase the Clyde and challenge perceptions. The flotilla was the launch pad, bringing it to the public eye and showing what’s possible. I want to see how we can deliver a legacy for the city in terms of nautical tourism and tailor something that has got a chance of longevity. You could have 50 to 100 boats coming up the Clyde at weekends. These visitors also want to make the most of the cultural opportunities the city has to offer as well, whether that’s museums, dining out or nightlife.”
We here at Floating Pontoon Hire are delighted to have played a small part in such a great day and who knows? If things go to plan Glasgow could have its own permanent marina to act as a lasting legacy of The Flotilla.
Some photos of the day.
Why not take a look at our Facebook page on the following link to view some of the photos from a great day.