At our regatta on 9th July we are running 9 events in the new St Ayles Skiffs and 3 events in our Pairs. If anyone knows of a business, group or individual who may be interested in sponsoring an event please let Adam Graham know.

There will be prospectus available shortly but what we are looking for is the sponsor to either provide the individual prizes or a cash donation to allow the club to buy the prizes for the event. It would be 5no prizes or £50 for a St Ayles Skiff event and 3no prizes or £30 for a Pairs event.

You can get hold of Adam on 01475 888771, 07818 018221, or at the club on Thursday’s about 6pm.


Crews from the club attended St. Ayles RC Regatta in Anstruther over last weekend. Seven members made up three crews, competing in the Men’s Open, Women’s 35+ and Mixed Open events. Considering this was Royal West’s first regatta with Chippy McNish the three second places we achieved was a fantastic result. Full results can be found at

The Men’s Open crew was out first, crew consisted of Adam Graham (Bow), Paul Brooke (2), Alex Paterson (3), Ronald Graham (Stroke, borrowed from Loch Ard RC) & Karen Graham (Cox), this race was used as a trial of the conditions. One quote reads ”the wind was howling and the sea conditions were entertaining”, the cox Karen was reminded of the final scene in the movie “The Perfect Storm”, except there was no George Clooney onboard!

Who says there is no George Clooney onboard?

It was difficult to hold station on the start line and Royal West may have started a few lengths behind the eventual winners North Berwick. The course was approx 600m into the wind and waves, turn a mark and run with the waves for 1000m and then turn back into the waves for the 400m back to the finish line. As we approached the windward mark it was clear that North Berwick had a sizeable lead, we turned neatly and used the ideal surfing conditions to minimise thier lead at the downwind mark. Turning back into the wind Royal West sprinted for the line but were just unable to close the gap. Second in a field of five on its first competitive outing was no mean feat for the crew of boat.

The Women’s 35+ crew was out immediately after the Men’s event. The crew, consisting of Rosie (Bow, borrowed from RowPorty), Avril Brooke (2), Marie Paterson (3), Karen Graham (Stroke) & Adam Graham (Cox), warmed up in the outer harbour as the windward mark was reset, having been lifted by the growing swell. When called out to the start line the crew was in the middle of the line with a crew from North Berwick to our starboard and Pittenweem to our port. Just before the start all three boats were almost overlapping oars as the conditions were forcing us to drift. Once we started it was not possible to get through the remaining gap so the cox took the decision to hold the crew back slightly and moved to starboard round the back of North Berwick. On the first leg Pittenweem slowed and started to loose contact with the main group, at points Royal West lost sight of the whole fleet due to the depth on the troughs.

Ladies 35+ crew returning to the relative calm of the harbour after coming second to Anstruther

Heading into the windward mark Anstruther (the eventual winners) were first round with Auchiltibuie second to the mark closely followed by North Berwick and Royal West. Auchiltibuie fouled themselves on the mark and failed to turn it, however they decided to continue on the course. Halfway to the downwind mark it was announced over the VHF that they had been disqualified, they did not appear to hear it initially and continued towards the downwind mark with the inside station and North Berwick outside them. Just prior to the downwind mark they appeared to stop rowing and drifted round the mark as Royal West were bearing down on them. Royal West cox Adam Graham explained in an appropriate tone that they had been disqualified and it would be nice if the did not impede other crews. However Royal West had to take action to avoid colliding with them at the mark.

Having been forced wide by the drifting Auchiltibuie skiff North Berwick  had lost thier pace, Royal West took advantage of thier tighter turn at the mark to move into second place, pressing on back into the wind and worsening sea conditions to finish behind Anstruther. Auchiltibuie apologised to Royal West & North Berwick after the race.

The racing was moved into the outer harbour shortly after the Women’s Open event and continued in the afternoon as a series of one-on-one sprint events round bouys. Royal West’s Mixed Open crew won thier semi-final against North Berwick with a display of tight and fast bouy turns that left them 100m ahead on the final leg. As conditions worsened in the harbour during the afternoon the racing became more exciting. The final race of the day was the final of the Mixed Open, Royal West against the hosts Anstruther. At the first mark the conditions on the Royal West station were very rough and they lost ground to Anstruther that could not be recovered during the following three legs and the local team took the race. However, to have made it to the final against the quality of crews attending was very impressive.

At the prizegiving Royal West presented a painted blade to Anstruther for hosting the event and for the level of friendship and hospitality shown to the Royal West team.

Family fun for all ages. Royal West on tour.

Rowing Convenor and club coach Adam Graham is more than happy with the teams performance on thier first outing. The review process began immediately after the event, over an Indian and beers at the local rugby club. Live music and friendly banter helped. The team would also like to thank Barbara and Alan for thier hospitality and recommend Royal West members to have a look at the following website if looking for accomodation in the East Neuk.

There are photos from the weekend posted on our club’s photo tab as well as on

On Sunday the team took a wander round Pittenweem and Alex Paterson managed to blag himself a job.

Alex wakens Pittenweem and calls them to prayer

The action now moves across the Forth, with Port Seton hosting short course races on 11-12 June, and South Queensferry hosting their event on 26 June.  Details on the events tab at Anyone interested in competing should contact Adam Graham or be at the boat club on Thursday night at about 6pm.

The middle slipway extension is now finished. Many thanks to all those who helped in its planning, purchasing and construction. We are now able to launch and recover sailing/rowing boats much more easily down to a tide level of +0.5m.

Andy Taylor

There is now a new tab under Rowing on the website, detailing the regatta information. This is being linked to the SCRA website to keep our club members and visiting crews informed about the event.

Any club member interested in competing at the event should contact Adam Graham on a Thursday night at the club, or through the website.

We would also be interested in hearing from any groups within the local emergency services or armed forces, who would be interested in entering this event or a proposed regatta at the Comet Festival in June.


Over the next few weeks & months there are a number of events happening in or about the club, below is a draft list for the members to look through. The first event is is planned for this weekend and we would appreciate as much help with it as possible.

Sat 21st May (08:00). Final concrete application to the slipway extension. Wheelbarrows and shovels gladly accepted

Saturday 28th May. Chippy McNish attending regatta in Anstruther, three crews entered

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June. Whiteforeland on a cruise of Loch Eck

Saturday 4th June. Second skiff named & launched

Saturday 11th June. RGYC Raft Race. They are looking for entries.
Saturday 11th June. Chippy McNish attending Port Seton Regatta

Sunday 12th June. Chippy McNish attending Scottish Rowing Champs at Strathclyde Park

Thursday 16th June. Next club committee meeting @ 19:00

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June. Chippy McNish and second skiff attending Dalriada Festival Regatta on the Antrim coast

Sunday 26th June. One skiff attending South Queensferry Regatta

Saturday 2nd July. Both skiffs may be used to run a regatta at the Comet Festival in Port Glasgow

Saturday 9th July. Royal West Regatta
Sunday 10th July. Club cruise to the Tall Ships Event at the Great Harbour

Saturday 30th July. Portobello Regatta, both skiffs and a Jollyboat may attend

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th August. Ullapool Regatta, both skiffs may attend

Saturday 27th August. North Berwick Regatta. One skiff will attend.

Photos from the Come and Try Event held at the Club on 7 May 2011 are being added to our gallery. More will be included once permission is granted from parents.

Thanks to Alex Workman, who photographed most of these great shots. See Gallery.

All members and guests are invited to attend and take part in a “Come & Try” event at the club this Saturday afternoon. Activities will commence about 2pm, High Water is at about 3pm.

Rowing and kayaking sessions will be available and there may also be some sailing. The club’s rescue boat will be in attendance.

Come and try your hand at something new, or refresh your interest in something old.

Adam Graham
Rowing Convenor

Royal West crews are starting to form for the racing season about to start within the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association clubs.

The first event the club plans to attend is the St. Ayles RC regatta in Anstruther on 28th-29th May, entries need to be in by Sunday 15th May, please contact myself.

Events following that are Port Seton & Cockenzie on 11th-12th June, then the Dalriada Festival Regatta in Antrim on 18th June. Anyone wishing to attend should have a look at the appropriate club websites and get in touch with myself.

Our own club regatta is on the same weekend as the Tall Ships Event, 9th-10th July. It is our intention to run a “Jollyboat” style race programme on the Saturday, regatta disco on the Saturday evening and then a cruise up to and round the Tall Ships Event on the Sunday. Weather permitting we may take a trip to Kilcreggan for light refreshments and a game of football with the visiting clubs. The visiting clubs will be looking for camping space, we have some space in the garden at the club but would welcome any assistance providing additional space.

Adam Graham
Rowing Convenor

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