Every day of the weekend had something going on.

Boat Club Sessions

Friday night was the April Boat Club Session with a group of about 30 gathering in the Hall to enjoy live musical performances. The youngest performer was 13 years old, George & Mary’s granddaughter Anna. It would be impolite to disclose the age of the oldest. A good mix of members and their guests took part. Everyone is looking forward to the May Session.

Saturday mornings weather was not great but it still saw the “Saturday morning squad” launch Zebra for a trip on the river. As they returned folk were gathering for the Club Activity Day. We had about 30-40 members and guests down during the afternoon trying out rowing and canoeing. The No. 1 pair was launched and taken for a cruise, with outboard, out as far as the Whiteforeland mark. Late afternoon the barbecue was lit and groups/families Cooked-Their-Own. The gathering moved into the Clubhouse after dinner, although the kids carried on playing on the beach.

It has been suggested that an activity day like this is organised on a regular basis through the open season to encourage a more widespread use of all of the boats. There had been plans to run some races on Saturday but folk were having fun experiencing different boats that this was not pursued. Next time round maybe.

The Hall had been booked for a private function (Hen Night) on Saturday night and was decorated for the event. This function generated a very good turnover in the bar and was reportedly very well received by all those in attendance.

Sunday morning saw the arrival of 70th Greenock Scout Troop for a rowing experience session. The new Troop Leader, David Love, has been very active in getting parents involved in widening the Scout activities. Through this process a group of 12 Scouts and leaders spent the morning learning about the Club, its history and the boats. The weather had not been great when they arrived at 10:00 and by 11:30 was no better. A Pair was launched briefly but the waves were too big and any attempt to go afloat with the Scouts was abandoned. They did however learn the importance of team work in launching and recovering the pair. A number have indicated their enthusiasm for trying rowing and will be back down on Thursday night at 17:30 along with the Club’s Juniors.

Everyone who helped or participated in the activities over the weekend is thanked for their support of the Club.

This Friday is the next of the Boat Club Sessions.

Come along and support your club with an evenings of live music and singing. Traditional Pub sessions in our own hall.

Everyone gets the chanced to play a tune or sing a song. If anyone else knows the tune or song they can join in with support. Or just come and listen.

All standards of players and singers welcome. The aim is to have a good time.

We are having an activity day at the Club on Saturday. All welcome to come along and try rowing, kayaking & sailing. There will be an opportunity to try watersports available at the Club, as well as some fun races with dodgy prizes.

Plan to start at 1pm and will light the barbecue during the afternoon if you want to Cook-Your-Own.

Come along, have a chat, play on the beach or get afloat. This should be the start of a good season at the Club.

Adam Graham
Honorary Secretary

As many of you will be aware we are experiencing a shortage of members willing to take out beginners and Juniors on Monday nights. In an effort to address this issue we would invite any paddlers with qualifications to instruct (current or non-current), and competent paddlers, to attend an informal meeting in the Clubhouse following next Monday night’s session. Monday 30th April, approx 8pm.

Regards

Adam Graham
Hon. Secretary

Rather than organising an Opening Cruise this year it has been suggested that a Club based activity day be run on Sat 28th April. Sporting Conveners along with our new Social Convener are looking to arrange some water based activities & races with a social gathering in the afternoon.

Keep that date clear, as soon as there is more detail we will update the membership.

Adam Graham
Hon. Secretary

As you are all aware instruction in all water sports at the Club is provided voluntarily by the Club’s members. Unfortunately we are currently experiencing a shortage of qualified instructors willing to provide kayaking instruction. The Club’s Committee is working with the membership to resolve this problem, but until then we cannot provide any formal kayaking instruction. Adult kayaking continues on Monday & Tuesday nights with competent paddlers being supervised by available instructors or experienced Club paddlers. As this situation evolves we will provide more updates.

Last weekend another Club member qualified as a UKCC Level 2 Fixed Seat Rowing Coach, this means we now have three members with formal qualifications, more than any other coastal rowing club in Scotland. We have been running Junior rowing since April last year and would welcome new participants to this. This area of the Club involves trips around the Clyde Estuary, as well as competitions locally and at other clubs round the Scottish coast. If you are interested, Junior sessions start at 5:30pm on a Thursday night, Seniors about 6:00pm.

Over the last two weekends the Club played host to a British Rowing course for fixed seat coaches from Lochgilphead, Troon, Portobello, Port Seton, North Berwick & Dunbar. The group is pictured below just prior to a session on immersion recovery.

Below is a shot of one of the crews recoverying a casualty from the river.

The coaches will undergo final assessments back at their own clubs in September when an assessor from British Rowing will make sure they are implimenting what they have learned over the last couple of weekends. Royal West coaches have been asked to mentor them over the coming months, either at their own clubs or at Royal West.

Anyone interested in developing coaching skills or just trying out rowing, should contact Alex Paterson at rowing@rwsabc.com, or catch him on a Thursday night. He is the really tall guy.

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