There is a Halloween Party next Saturday night, 29th October.

Music and fun from 7:30pm

Details can be found on posters in the Clubhouse.

Members and guests welcome.

Saturday the 15th of October saw a mass gathering of junior kayakers, parents, club members and coaches at the Club.

New double kayakThe afternoon kicked of with a variety of paddle activities led by the Club’s qualified coaches.

These included paddling the Club’s new double kayak:

Paddling canoesGroups paddling the Club’s 2 Canadian canoes including trying gunwale bobbing

Whitewater kayaksA small group paddling the Club’s white water kayaks:

Senior juniorsA group of older juniors paddled the Club’s new Atlantic RM sea kayaks north up the Esplanade to the container terminal and back, led by Keith and George and assisted by Ian.

Also the Club’s junior sea kayak was on the water (in the background of the picture)

BarbecueOnce the on the water activities were finished and the equipment washed and put away, everybody enjoyed the barbecue hamburgers and sausages, skilfully prepared by Andy White and his partner, Sue.

After the barbecue, there was a presentation in the Clubhouse when all the juniors received a medal for their progress and commitment during the season, presented by Dave Marquis, Paddlesports Convener. Dave also thanked the coaches who had worked so hard with the juniors on Club nights. Joe, Julia and George were awarded a medal for their efforts.Medal presentation

All the medals were sponsored by Alan Mortimer of Ware With All Ltd, Unit 6, Fort Matilda Industrial Estate, Greenock.

CharleyA special medal was awarded to wee Charley who is too young to kayak with his sisters but is always willing to help sort out gear on Club nights. However, on Saturday we had promised Charley a go in the double kayak and a Canadian canoe.

Dave also thanked those behind the scenes:

  • Maggi for assisting the coaches throughout the season and organising the food for the BBQ
  • Andy and Sue for their expertises on the day cooking hamburgers and sausages (without burning anything )
  • Forbes for assisting Dave in keeping the kayak and canoe fleet in good repair
  • Keith for his efforts the new racking system for the play boats and the production of the new paddle rack plus coaching

This has been another successful year for the junior paddlesports section, seeing the purchase of a junior sea kayak, a junior sit-on-top kayak, another Canadian canoe, a double sea kayak and a LV Atlantic RM sea kayak.

Click here for more photos from the day.

Sea kayaking at RWSABC

There is an end of season event planned for this Saturday (15th October) at 1:00pm.

There will be afternoon paddle activities plus BBQ and presentation of Awards
All junior paddlers, their parents and club members welcome

1-3 pm paddle activity
3.30 BBQ and presentations

Volunteers required to man the BBQ

As you may have seen there is a line of Polo Shirts and Red Hoodies available with the Club’s name on it. We are about to place an order for some more and would ask that anyone interested sends me an email asap.

The kit is illustrated in the photos below

Cold, wet but satisfied with a medal and the prospect of a warm cocoa

It is available in almost any size. The smallest Polo is an adult Small and the smallest Hoody is a childrens 7/8 years. Any smaller and the design won’t fit on it.

Prices are as follows:

Adult Polo £ 17.00
Adult Hoody £ 16.00
Child’s size hoody £ 14.00

Cheques made payable to RWSABC. Above prices include VAT.

Anyone interested please email

The weather might not have been great but spirits were high for the Club’s Closing Cruise this morning. An intrepid squad of 14 gathered at the Club from 09:30, readying boats and discussing the optins for the day.

As the two St Ayles Skiffs and Campbell McCall’s Dignity left the bay there was a heavy mist over most of the river, Kilcreggan was only just visible and a decision had been made to head there for a coffee. As there was heavy rain predicted for early afternoon it was decided that the cruise would be relatively short and we would lunch back at the Club, prior to tidying the boats and sheds. Each of the boats had a very mixed crew. The youngest in Birdie Bowers was 6, the oldest 68. Chippy McNish had 3 women and 3 men, age range from 10 late 60′s. As we rowed over Alex Paterson unsuccessfully attemped to rescue a jellybaby that had fallen overboard during a crew change. This was surprising as he has undergone immersion recovery training in these boats, he probably did not want the jellybaby enough.

In arrival at Kilcreggan it was felt a photo should be taken to record the trip and to add to the Club’s collection of photos of this event. It might not have the same degree of style that can be seen in the old black and white photos from the early 1900′s but it shows that there is still a Club spirit in 2011.

A selection of coffees, teas and hot chocolates were ordered at the cafe in Kilcreggan, as well as a few cakes and black pudding rolls. We made contact with a former Associate Member, who asked the question of her companions “why don’t we get some rowing going over here”. We plant the seed wherever we can, lets see if it grows. After an all too brief stop we had to head back. The heavy mist had turned to rain and the packed lunches were in the clubhouse.

As we crossed back the river conditions were very calm, visibility was not great but we could see four MOD tugs and a RIB approaching from Loch Long. Hidden amongst the group of tugs was a submarine. The RIB came up to check us out but probably saw the Club flags and thought we were a special escort for the sub. They past to our stern without incident.

On arriving back at the club Chippy McNish was loaded onto the road trailer in readiness for attending the launch of Troon’s new skiff tomorrow at 1pm. The racing shed was swept out and tidied. We also brought all the pairs and sixteens up off the beach. Tall people should be aware that there are now two pairs hanging from the roof of the Heavy Fours shed. We have padded the keel immediately outside the gents changing room and will be posting signage to warn everyone walking through there.

We also found time to do some gardening, a weed was removed from the bottom of the flagpole (not sure how Alex got up there but Matt sorted it)

After all the work was done there was time to relax, family and friends joined us for take away and a beer.

Everyone enjoyed the day, regardless of the weather. The sheds and boats are tidier after all the effort. A big thank you to all who helped.

The joys of winter sea paddling what to expect what to wear and what to carry in your kayak to safely enjoy winter paddling in sub zero temps

A day washing down and checking the clubs fleet and equipment 10.30 am at the club

To mark the end of the Monday and Tuesday evening coaching night we will be having a curry night and presentations in the club more details to follow

Saturday 15th October
Afternoon paddle activity plus BBQ and presentation of Awards
time 1.00 pm All junior paddlers parents and club members welcome
1-3 pm paddle activity
3.30 BBQ and presentations
Volunteers required to man the BBQ

A paddle from the head of Loch Etive is planned for the last weekend in October 28-30 subject to weather
This trip will involve 2 nights camping and at this time of the year night time temperatures can be below 0
If you are interested speak to Dave about the trip

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