This Saturday's event will see the largest collection of boats ever assembled on the River Clyde

More than 1,200 sailors in 250 boats are expected to flock to the River Clyde this weekend to take part in the Commonwealth Flotilla.

The Scottish branch of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is calling for spectators to come out in force to

support the event, which will see the largest collection of boats ever assembled on the River

Clyde.

If your boat isn’t one of the 250 registered to

take part, there are still lots of other chances to

get

involved and enjoy this historic occasion.

It is still possible to join the

flotilla onboard Clyde Cruiser passenger boat, watch shore-side in

Greenock or at the Glasgow Riverside Museum or even sign up as a

volunteer for the event.

The flotilla will leave Greenock at 10am and travel 17 nautical miles to Pacific Quay (next to BBC and Glasgow Science Centre) on Saturday 26 July. 

Spectators are urged to get to Greenock for about 9am to give the flotilla a good send off. The best viewing point is just outside the Beacon Arts Centre where there will be a big screen and live commentary.

Another dedicated

spectator area will be set up at the

Riverside Museum in Glasgow, with activities held from 11am until 3pm. The flotilla boats are expected to arrive from 1pm.

RYA

Scotland CEO James Stuart said: ‘The response we had from people wanting to

take part in the flotilla was overwhelming, and we want as many people as

possible to join us.’

Glasgow

Commonwealth Games

The

Commonwealth Flotilla will commemorate the start of the Glasgow

Commonwealth Games
, which runs from 23 July to 3 August.

The Glasgow

2014 Cultural Programme is a key part of the Games experience for spectators

and visitors.

Running until the end of August 2014, it will showcase the best

of Scottish culture alongside creative work from across the Commonwealth and be

a nationwide celebration of the Games, reaching its peak as Glasgow bursts into

life at Games time.

There are two strands: a Scotlandwide programme called

Culture 2014; and a Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the

sporting action called Festival 2014.


You can join the event on Facebook or follow it on

Twitter (@Flotilla2014) for all the latest updates.

Find out more at: www.flotilla2014.org.uk