Beach volleyball comes to the Clyde

20 Jun 2008

by Vivienne Nicol, Evening Times

Californian style beach volleyball is coming to the Clyde. It will be the first time the city has hosted a major tournament of what is now one of the Olympics' hottest new sports. Lack of a beach might have something to do with it.

But why should that stop Scotland's biggest city from joining in the glamorous game?

Organisers of next month's Glasgow River Festival will simply make a beach at the SECC with real sand.

Part of the Urban Beach Tour 2008, the Scottish Masters Tournament will see teams battling it out in a high-energy display of sporting prowess.

Beach volleyball is just one of a host of events which will take place during the popular festival, which runs over the Glasgow holiday weekend on July 19 and 20.

Councillor Liz Cameron, vice chairman of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "The Glasgow River Festival has evolved into a wonderful celebration of the River Clyde. As part of the city's exciting annual programme of cultural events, the festival highlights a number of exhilarating and entertaining ways to enjoy the river."

This year, spectators will see spectacular jet sport ski racing for the first time, which will include dramatic routines and stunts as well as nail-biting races.

Nautical enthusiasts will be able to get on board an impressive fleet of visiting ships including the Loth Lorien schooner, two Royal Navy Hunt class minesweepers and a Fleetwood trawler, which now acts as a floating museum of deep sea fisheries.

Entry on to the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour will be free throughout the festival weekend.

The Puffer from Inverary - known as The Vital Spark of Glasgow - returns to the festival along with the Spartan, the last Clyde-built puffer which is now based at the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine.

Seaforce, the powerboat training school, will be offering daredevils short rides on a fast rib and the Zapcat will once again be available for taster sessions.

For a more leisurely trip, Clyde Marine Cruises will be offering tours down the river allowing visitors a closer view of the city's famous shipyards.

Thousands of plastic ducks will take to the water for the annual charity race with the fastest duck winning its owner a fantastic prize.

The River Festival, which is in its fifth year, last year attracted around 85,000 visitors. And organisers are expecting even more this year.

Mrs Cameron added: "The River Clyde is steeped in a fascinating history and is not only an important part of the past but an imperative part of the future success of Glasgow.

"The events that make up the festival ensure the riverside remains interesting and accessible for locals and visitors."

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

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