Glasgow 2014: Huge Commonwealth flotilla on River Clyde

Image caption The leading boats make their way up the Clyde and towards Pacific Quay

Small ships, yachts and clippers have sailed up the River Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow as part of the city's Commonwealth Games celebrations.

About 250 boats set off from Greenock and arrived at Pacific Quay to be greeted by crowds along the shoreline.

The flotilla, the largest ever seen on the Clyde, was organised by the Royal Yachting Association Scotland.

Huge, cheering crowds turned out to see small ships, leisure yachts, clippers and working boats take part.

A special viewing place to watch the passing boats was set up at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

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Image caption The flotilla makes its way to Pacific Quay
Image caption Crowds welcome the boats as they pull up behind Glasgow's Science Centre
Image caption The flotilla is the largest ever seen on the Clyde
Image caption All types of boats are taking part including small ships, leisure yachts and clippers
Image caption Crowds gathered at along the banks of the Clyde to catch a glimpse of the flotilla
Image caption The boats made their way past Dumbarton Rock

Meanwhile, Police Scotland said it would mount its biggest-ever operation in Glasgow over the weekend to help the city cope with expected massive crowds.

There were reports of delays on the park and ride at Eurocentral.

It is one of the sites being used by thousands of spectators heading to Ibrox Stadium for the Games rugby sevens.

People took to social media to vent their anger saying they had been waiting for more than an hour with not enough buses to transport them to the venue.

The flotilla is one of many events taking place across Glasgow to mark the Games.

About 280,000 people were expected in the city on Saturday as events take place at eight different venues, as well as the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie.

Police Scotland are in charge of the £90m security operation and have said this weekend will be their largest ever operation in the city.

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Media captionLaura Bicker meets some of the people taking part in the Commonwealth Games flotilla on the River Clyde

The force will not say how many officers are being deployed but have admitted forces from outwith Scotland are helping with specialist tasks.

These include carrying out searches at Games venues.

Police are also on duty at Games events in Edinburgh and Carnoustie and around areas hosting the cultural programme of 2014 festival.

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