Rules and liability

In joining Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club [GCRC] or participating in a rowing session as a guest or visitor you understand, acknowledge and accept the following:

Additional rules during Covid-19 pandemic

During the current pandemic members who wish to row are legally obliged to follow read and follow the guidance of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association as well as the following club rules

  1. Rowing sessions will last for a maximum of one hour and will consist of social rowing only, no competitive rowing.
  2. All crew members are asked to carry their own sanitising gel to enable cleaning of hands before and after handling equipment.
  3. Crews should arrive dressed for the session, bearing the weather in mind.
  4. If crew members have their own lifejackets they should bring these with them for use.
  5. No bags or food are allowed on board the boat.
  6. If required, water can be taken on board.
  7. Note that there is no access to toilet facilities at present. 

On the Pontoon

  1. All crew please note the new signage and hazard markers on the pontoons.
  2. Only people who are rowing will be admitted to the pontoon.
  3. All four crew members must wait outside the pontoon gate, keeping a two metre distance. The skipper will open the gate 10 minutes before the session time to allow the crew to enter.
  4. Face coverings must be worn at all times on the pontoon. 
  5. Only the skipper may enter the clubhouse and any equipment required by crew members will be given out by skipper. 
  6. Each crew member will collect their own oar and place it across the boat, taking their designated seat at the skipper’s instruction. 

On the skiff

  1. Face coverings must continue to be worn until everyone is seated on the boat and ready to row. It is then discretionary as to whether crew remove them, as they are then part of an exercise bubble.
  2. The skipper will wear a face shield or mask at all times, as he/she will be facing stroke within one metre. 

On return to the pontoon

  1. Face masks should be donned by the crew before exiting the boat and returning to the pontoon. 
  2. At the end of the session each crew member will exit the boat on skipper’s instruction, leaving their oar and any other equipment on the pontoon.
  3. Crews must wash/sanitise their hands before leaving the pontoon, again observing 2 metre distancing. The skipper will open and close the pontoon gate to minimise contact.
  4. The skipper will set up and clean the skiff prior to the session and will clean and clear all equipment after the session once crew members have left. 

General Club Rules

  1. Use of the skiff(s) and equipment is entirely at your own risk.
  2. A suitable life vest or flotation aid must be worn at all times while in the skiff. Adults may provide own life jacket/flotation aid but club officials will advise on suitability.
  3. You must be physically fit and capable of taking part in the sport of coastal rowing.
  4. It is your responsibility to communicate any medical, physical and psychological concerns that might conflict with participation in the activity.
  5. Use of GCRC skiff(s) and equipment may expose you to inherent risks, including accidents and injury.
  6. You assume all risk of injuries associated with participation including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, and all other such risks being known and appreciated.
  7. Agree, for yourself and anyone entitled to act on your behalf, to HOLD HARMLESS, WAIVE AND RELEASE GCRC, its trustees, officers, representatives, and successors from any responsibility, liabilities, demands, or claims of any kind arising out of their participation in the use of GCRC skiffs and equipment.
  8. GCRC does not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to members, their guests or visitors.
  9. The Skipper has absolute discretion in deciding whether or not
    • a member is fit to row for whatever reason
    • the weather or tide conditions are safe for rowing
  10. A Skipper may refuse a booking, giving reasons which will be shared with other Skippers and the Committee.
  11. Any member who has concerns about safety or the conduct of other members or skippers should make their concerns known to any committee member.
  12. Rowing is a crew activity.

    • If you book a place and don’t show up you are letting down your fellow crew members and denying other members a chance to row.
    • If you have to cancel please, out of courtesy to fellow members, let the skipper know as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to someone else.
    • The club reserves the right to suspend temporarily any member who persistently fails to turn up without notification.
  13. Treat the boats and equipment as though you have spent many hours making and painting them.
  14. Report any damage to the skipper.


  1. New skippers will be signed off independently by two experienced skippers, one of whom will be a committee member.
  2. Skippers are expected to initiate rowing sessions and invite members to participate. Skippers who have not organised a session for more than six months will asked if they wish to continue in the role.
  3. Skippers are encouraged to ask crew members to cox all or part of the rowing sessions. This allows skippers the chance to row as well as developing other members’ boat handling skills.
  4. Rather than book on another skipper’s rowing session skippers are encouraged to set up another session.
  5. On every rowing session the skipper must:
    1. Check the weather forecast to decide whether it is safe to row
    2. Check the tide
    3. Check sunset time. If departing within two hours of sunset, a torch must be carried (not a head torch) but the skiff must berthed before sunset. Rowing in the dark is expressly forbidden. Early morning rows should not depart the pontoon before official sunrise.
    4. Carry a mobile phone or make sure least one crew member has one.
    5. Check the boat equipment before setting out
    6. Report any damage or missing items by email to
  6. VHF radios. Operation of a VHF radio without a licence is illegal. However, skippers who do not hold a VHF radio licence may carry a club VHF radio to be used only
    1. to alert the coastguard if the skiff or a person is in grave and imminent danger.
    2. at regattas or races: only on the channel designated by the race controller.


  1. Bonxie is for Single Sculling only.
  2. Bonxie may be used only by permission of, and under supervision by, a GCRC Club Skipper. On Club Days, a sculling session is limited to 20 minutes; at other times 45 minutes.
  3. At all times, Bonxie’s range of operation restricted to sculling no farther upriver than the Canting Basin and downriver no further than BAE Basin.
  4. Please remember that this small vessel cannot be sculled safely in strong wind and/or tide conditions with which the larger, heavier St Ayles Skiff copes comfortably. If there is any doubt, DON’T GO OUT.
  5. Apart from our usual safety rules, carry a mobile phone, switched on, to use if assistance required.
  6. Keep a Proper Look-out, which means taking in the whole 360-degree panorama, for hazards, including larger pieces of debris and, of course, other river traffic: pass vessels coming towards you from the opposite direction Port to Port. NOTE The Govan Ferry, when operational, is a Scheduled Ferry Route: always give way to the Ferry and do not linger in its route even when it is temporarily on either pontoon.
  7. Before a sculling session, obtain permission from Skipper, collect oars and rowlocks from clubhouse, record date & time in register; your signature, and name of Skipper granting permission for the session.
  8. After session, unless handing over to waiting GCRC Member/s, return oars and rowlocks to clubhouse, sign out, note time and any comments/damage report.
  9. Particularly on return to pontoon, best practice, if space allows, may be to put fenders out, safely tie up near far end of pontoon, disembark, remove oars, then lead the vessel by mooring rope to its berth where it can be securely tied off.

Thank you for looking after yourself and our vessels.

Download Bonxie Rules in PDF

Club Constitution