The first evening sessions for adults begin with kayaking on Monday 28 March, meet at 6.30pm.

The first kayaking session for junior members will  be on Monday 18 April (when the schools go back), and will run every Monday thereafter through until September.

Coaching for all club members and people who want to try kayaking starts on Monday 18 April.

Please find below the membership renewal form for the year from April 2011. There has been no change in fees this year – the current fee levels and charges for boat storage etc.  are detailed on the form. Paper copies of the form are available in a red folder on the noticeboard inside the front door of the club, or can be mailed out to you on request. I would appreciate it if you could please fill out the form in BLOCK CAPITALS. A form for joining the 200 club (with a chance to win a prize each month) is also below.

Membership renewal form for the year from April 2011 [PDF]

200 Club membership form [PDF]

Please note that if you wish to pay your membership subscription in instalments, growing bank charges mean that we now only offer this option by standing order.  In order that we can process the standing orders in time for the first payment on 28th April, we ask that you please return the completed form to the club by 16th April at the latest. Otherwise payment can be made by cash or cheque, either by post, for the attention of the membership convenor, or at the bar.  However you choose to pay, please make sure a completed form accompanies your payment so that it can be logged appropriately.

Your name and contact details (email address, postal address and telephone number) will be included in a printout of the membership list which is kept behind the bar and is available for members to consult on request. If you object to your contact details being available in this way, please let me know.

The latest club news, including launch of the first of two new St Ayle’s Skiffs and 11 new North Shore Atlantic Sea Kayaks can be found on the new website at

(This site will be mirrored at as soon as the hosting company has responded to the club’s request). Thanks are due to Pam Forsyth for putting together the new site, and also to Donald McMillan for the effort he put into looking after the previous site for many years.

The first evening sessions for adults begin with kayaking on Monday 28th March, meet at 6.30pm.

The first kayaking session for junior members will  be on Monday 18th April (when the schools go back), and will run every Monday thereafter through until September.

Finally, if you know anyone who is interested in participating in coached kayaking and/or rowing sessions at the club, please encourage them to take up a temporary membership. Temporary members, on payment of a fee of £10 are entitled to use the Club equipment and facilities when under the direction/coaching of a full member of the Club, on organised club nights, for a period of one calendar month. Temporary Membership forms will be downloadable from the club website, and paper copies are kept by the signing out book.



Membership convenor

Please be aware that the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Park near Glasgow was broken into on Monday 7th March and almost the entire contents of the Scottish Rowing Trophy Cabinet was stolen. Some of these trophies date back to the 1870’s and are irreplaceable.

Here is a document [PDF] containing a list and photos of the items stolen. Anyone with access to a rowing, or other watersports, association website is asked to highlight this theft on their news page and refer any information that may come back to them to their nearest Police Station, Strathclyde Police or the address below:

Jo Ramsay – Administrator
Scottish Rowing Centre
366 Hamilton Road
Motherwell ML1 3ED
Tel: 01698 250206

Anyone out there with trophies on display in their clubhouses should take this as a warning that this type of crime can happen anywhere. The thieves took under a minute to access the locked building and cabinet remove the Silverware and exit the building again.

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will be held in the clubhouse starting 8pm on Thursday the 24th March.


  1. Vice President’s welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Adoption of the minutes of the previous AGM
  4. Vice President’s Annual Report
  5. Boat Convenor’s Report
  6. Paddle Sports Convenor’s Report
  7. Sailing Convenor’s Report
  8. Rescue Boat Convenor’s Report
  9. Beach Convenor’s Report
  10. House Convenor’s Report
  11. Bar Convenor’s Report
  12. Membership Convenor’s Report
  13. Treasurer’s Report
  14. Adoption of the Accounts to 31st January 2011
  15. Proposed Budget for 2011/12
  16. Adoption of proposed budget for 2011/12
  17. Election of Office Bearers & Committee
  18. AOCB
Chippy McNish is launched

Chippy McNish is launched

“Chippy McNish” was christened by the wife of the club’s Vice-President, Mrs Marion Taylor. She was assisted by the great nephew of Chippy McNish, Mr John McNish. The ceremony was carried out in front of a crowd of approx 100, including visitors from Cockenzie & Port Seton, Anstruther, Millport, Troon and South Queensferry.

Following the ceremony, “Chippy McNish” was launched and taken round the bay in front of the club by a variety of Royal West and visiting crews. We will post photos of the event at a later time but would welcome any taken by our visitors to add to those taken by club members.

All at Royal West would extend our heartfelt thanks to those who attended today and to those who sent messages of support for the event. It is the first St. Ayles Skiff launched on the Clyde and we should be announcing the launch of our second skiff before the end of April. We would again invite all in the SCRA community, their friends and followers to join us for that event.

Photos are here.

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