Sponsors list so far, these are the guys who have come on board to sponsor some races at our Regatta, thanks for your support, hope we see you on the day for some close racing.

Contact Details

React Catering services Ltd, Unit 16 Evans Business Center 68-74 Queen Elizabeth Avenue Hillington Ind Estate 0141 880 9070

Key Line Builders merchants Bogstone Lane Port Glasgow Road Greenock 01475 743388

West Of Scotland Insurance Brokers 7A Houston Street, Greenock, PA16 8DA 01475 888444

Cafe Continental 40 Kempock Street Gourock PA19 1ND 01475 638693 mail@cafe-continental.com

Andrew McGilp Development manager Inverclyde leisure WWW.inverclydeleisure.com

Insight Vacations ltd, www. insightvacations.com 01475 741203

McGills’s Buses 08000 515651 WWW.mcgillsbuses.co.uk

If you would like to join the list just drop me an email at alex_paterson@sky.com
if sponsoring a race isn’t for you raffle prizes and home baking for the weekend would be greatly appreciated.

Captain of Boats

Our Regatta takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of June and George Carson has organized some music for the Sunday night based on the club’s monthly music sessions, there’s some very talented people coming along. Some of the visiting crews will be staying over in Greenock and will be down at the club. As the Sunday is the Jubilee pageant we have asked all the visiting boats to adopt a Royal theme for the Sunday on the water.

We are looking to have a cold buffet for the Sunday night and a raffle so donations of sandwiches, sausage rolls and prizes for the raffle would be greatly appreciated.

There’s also our Regatta disco on the Saturday night, no entry fee just a donation would be great

Keyline builders merchants Bogston Lane has become a race sponsor for the Saturday
Port Glasgow Road, Greenock
PA15 2UD
01475 743388

Hope to see you there

Captain of Boats

Some pictures of the family day on Saturday, it actually turned out to be quite a day as the 3 newly elected provosts from East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde came down along with the Lord Lieutenant and his wife and lady Lucinda Shaw Stewart to inspect Whiteforeland and her crew who are going to be on the Thames with 999 other boats on Sunday.
a reporter and photographer from the telegraph was there to record the event and a feature should be in the paper shortly.

They were all to late to help out on the beach though!! as we had already tidied it up with the help of Dave and Laurie one of whom isn’t even a member yet so thanks guys

The visitors were extremely impressed with our club facilities and history, the preparation and presentation of Whiteforeland was particularly commented on as the story of the effort involved in getting her to this condition was told.

Once the dignitaries had left it was back to the family day, the weather was great but the wind was blowing strongly from the east causing very rough water onto the beach, Zebra had been out earlier with the Saturday morning squad so was already on the beach, the composite crew heading to London decided to brave sea conditions and get a practice row in and head towards the container terminal and by the exhausted looks when they returned it was quite an effort, it was crucial that it was a quick exit from the boat on the slip as the conditions had worsened to a good force 6 by now…

The sea conditions didn’t improve so no more boats went out however the kids had a great time in the water and the beach, the barbie was sparked up later in the back garden where it was more sheltered

The next family day for members and invited guests is planned for Saturday the 30th of June, Greenock Fair Saturday so if your not away drop down.


A group of the Club’s Juniors have decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

On Saturday 2nd June 2012 they are going to row one of the Club’s St Ayles Skiffs over the 1 mile course being used that day for the Club’s regatta. They are going to do this without any of the Club’s coaches in the boat. The Juniors are all P7 & S1 pupils in various local schools and have been rowing for just over a year.

We would ask that you support our Juniors in their efforts to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. A sponsorship form can be found behind the bar.

The Crew with one of the skiffs. Katrina, Andrew, Ruairidh, Kyle, Anna & Rosie

Adam Graham
Honorary Secretary
Royal West of Scotland ABC

The next two weekends will see a lot of activity at the Club.

Friday night is the May “Boat Club Session” hosted by Young George Carson.

Saturday the Captain of Boats has arranged another Activity Day, where members and thier guests are invited to take part in all forms of activity. It starts about 11am with a beach tidy, from about 1pm there will be activity on the water. Later in the afternoon we will light the barbecue, so bring your own meat and rolls.

Also on Saturday at about 1:30pm the crew taking Whiteforelend to the Queen’s Jubilee Pagaent will be hosting a visit by the Lord Lieutenant, his deputy and at least two of the three local Provosts. They are visiting to inspect the crew and boat that will be representing the Lieutenancy of Renfrewshire.

Next weekend we have the Club’s Rowing Regatta on the Saturday, with associated dance in the evening. On the Sunday there will be a fun day where we will probably have our own pagaent on the Esplanade, as well as some fun events and another barbecue. On Sunday evening Young George has arranged a live entertainment session and singalong. He is looking for volunteers to add to the list of acts already confirmed, so don’t be shy.

Keep an eye on the Club noticeboards for more information.


At RWSABC, The Esplanade, Greenock (see website Location tab for directions)

Deadline for Registration Sat 26th May 2012

Our 2012 Regatta details

Accomodation and Camping

There is a tab on our website that will give information on local B&B’s and hotels. We have a garden at the clubhouse for the hardy camping types, first come first served. There are also some club members who have offered camping space in thier gardens within a few minutes of the clubhouse. Would appreciate as much notice as possible to establish how many gardens we will need.


There will be a food stall during the day with tea, coffee, sandwiches, hot dogs & baking.

For anyone staying over there will be access to as many takeaway menus as you can shake a stick at.

We also have a fully licensed bar that will be open for most of the day and into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Boats, Cars & Trailers

There may be Diamond Jubilee events in Greenock on the same weekend as our regatta so please leave plenty of time to get through the traffic from Glasgow to Greenock. There is plenty of free parking near the club and on the Esplanade. Boats can be offloaded at the club then the trailers parked on the adjoining grass verge.


Course for the Skiffs will be approx 1/2 mile along Esplanade and back. 1 mile in total. Mass starts

We will be offering at least the following catagories:

St. Ayles Skiffs – Open Ladies, Men & Mixed

St. Ayles Skiffs – 40+ Ladies, Men & Mixed

St. Ayles Skiffs – Veteran (50+) Ladies, Men & Mixed

Pairs – Open Ladies & Men – These are Royal West boats that will be availabe for use on the day.

Spectators will be able to watch the racing from the clubouse balcony, Esplanade and beach.

Safety –A description of the course and a separate safety notice will be issued to all coxswains before the race day and a safety brief will take place at the start of the day. All teams should note that they will be required to comply with SCRA rules.

Rowers should note that the main channel in the Clyde run across the course and that the area will be busy with both commercial and pleasure craft. Coxwains should bear this in mind during races.

The Prizegiving will take place approx 30mins after the last race.

Race Fees

£ 2 per person

Registration forms

Clubs : All club entries to be registered before the midnight on Saturday 26th May 2012,. Easiest way is by email to rowing@rwsabc.com We will need to know a contact name, tel. no & email address for club Captain (or appropriate member), events being entered and an identifying name for each crew.

Rowers: On receipt of entries we will email out a form to be completed for each crew member, to be handed to Regatta Secretary, along with fees, at registration on the day.

Map of the course – Will attempt to get a map posted on the website shortly but will also include it with the registration form following entries being received.

Start time We plan to start the racing at about 10:30 on the Saturday, there will be a coxes briefing at 10:00

Saturday night

There will be a Disco in the clubhouse from about 7:30pm until 12:30pm. All are invited, a small contribution towards the cost of the DJ would be appreciated and will be collected during the evening.


As it is an extended bank Holiday weekend in celebration of The Queens Diamond Jubilee we plan to hold a Pagaent along the Esplanade. All visiting clubs are welcome to join us with thier St. Ayles Skiffs and using our other fixed seat boats. We will then BBQ back at the Club and have some fun events on the water involving the Skiffs and all of the other boats in the Royal West fleet.

We have also arranged a live music event in the Clubhouse on the Sunday night. It is a best descibed by the organiser George as follows;

“For people wanting to perform please contact me by email or by phone, evening 01475 888604. I’m looking for entertainers: singers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, dog acts etc. Format: 20-40 minutes by each act. We will round off the evening with an old fashioned sing along with song sheets provided.”

We have been approached by the Antrim Coast Rowing Association to provide 6 Scottish rowers (in kilts if possible), to take part in a Virtual Row at a venue in Belfast on 16th June.

The event will be on Ergometers.

The ACRA will be providing travel via ferry to Belfast and accommodation while you are there.

Anyone interested should contact Elaine Nelson via elainenelson01@hotmail.com to confirm your interest. Please also copy in myself at secretary@rwsabc.com.

Adam Graham

Weather permitting we will be having another family day at the club on the 26th of May from 1pm where members and invited guests can come down and get out on the water in what ever craft you like or just use bar.
Experienced coaches will be on hand to give advice (not in the bar!!)

We might also get the boards out for the kids to use at the beach..

We’ll also get the barbecue sparked up (I’ve been banned from this task after a very poor effort the last time) so bring some food and cook your own.

BEACH TIDY: From 11am to 1pm on the 26th prior to the above activities it would be great if we could have some volunteers down to help give our beach a bit of a tidy up as our Regatta is being held the following weekend

Alex Paterson
Club captain

Some pictures below of the Royal West trip to the Cockenzie & Port Seton regatta on the 5th of May. The men’s over 40s made the semi final of their event only to be narrowly beaten by the home crew. There was extremely close racing in a pursuit style event in the harbour. The mixed over 40s and the womens over 40s made opposing teams work hard for their victories.

Visiting crews from Royal West of Scotland ABC, Queensferry CRC, St. Ayles RC, North Berwick RC, Row Porty and Dunbar CRC were welcomed to Cockenzie & Port Seton’s regatta over the weekend. Racing started at 11am on the Saturday with the annual Cockenzie v Port Seton race. This acted as a demonstration for the visiting crews as to the course. There were then 23 races in total on Saturday starting with a series of heats before the lunch break. After lunch there were the semi-finals and finals.

Some of the racing was very close, all of it was exciting for those taking part and those watching. Spectators gathered above the beach in the outer harbour could only see one of the two boats as they approached the finish line, meaning they had no idea until the last minute who was going to win.

On the Sunday Birdie Bowers made the trip over from South Queensferry to North Queensferry to welcome the newest member of the Skiff fleet onto the forth, Rowing under the Forth rail Bridge was a great experience…

Alex Paterson

The Club has been cordially invited to attend Castle Semple Regatta on 19th May.

We are attending the Diamond Jubilee Pagaent in London with them and they have been training at Royal West for the last couple of weekends, so have invited us to attend thier event as guests. Anyone interested should let the Hon Secretary know (either by comment on this article or email to secretary@rwsabc.com)and we will pass this on to CSRC Secretary.

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