Come along to the clubs spectacular bonfire and firework display on Saturday night from 8pm. Going by the amount of wood delivered thanks to M&J Timber today and moved to the beach area tonight it should be quite a fire…donations will taken towards the cost on the night



Who would have thought that in the closing days of October 2012 the Boat Club would have seen so much activity. Every weekend in October has something going on.

Last weekend we had the MS Fundraiser on Friday night organised, in part, by George Carson. It was so busy the Captain had to get off his 15″ wide behind and bring more chairs up from the sheds.

There was even dancing

There were performances by relatively new members

Young Gavin on the left

Some not so new members

Gordon who?

And some prominent members

Beating his own drum

The evening raise in excess of £ 400 for MS reasearch and gave the bar turnover figures a shot in the arm. Well done to all who helped out and also those that attended and supported this cause.

Saturday dawned with trepidation for some. The Club had been offered access to sliding seat rowing boats and coaching at Castle Semple RC in Lochwinnoch, as part of us developing closer ties with kindred clubs.

Campbell McCall & Yvonne Christie joined CSRC on their normal Saturday morning 10am outing, as they have some sculling experience. They went out in a quad scull round the loch a few times.

Yvonne at 3, Campbell at Stroke

Early in the afternoon more from Royal West arrived and again went out in the quad sculls

George took up rowing 5 weeks ago, Mat 50 years ago

Which one is Catherine Grainger?

Double sculling as well

And there was a rowing orphan too

Content paddling

Many thanks to all at Castle Semple for thier coaching and encouragement.

Sunday was a very big day for the town with the arrival of the great and the good to remember Lt. Henry “Birdie” Bowers. The Club played its small part by hosting a visit by John Ramwell (Birdies nearest living relative) Dr David Wilson (great nephew of Dr Edward Wilson who died along with Birdie & Capt Scott) and Anne Strathie (Birdies most recent biographer). We were also joined by Drew McKenzie of Discover Inverclyde, a good selection of Club mambers and, for a very short period, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes during his fleeting visit, on his 2 our training run

Anne & John both took to the water in Birdie Bowers

Anne at 2 before we went round Whiteforeland mark

John at 2 with his pal Duncan Winning at 3

As some of you may know, John Ramwell is actually John J Ramwell FRGS MRIN BCU Level 5 Coach (Sea and Inland). He was very jealous of the large group of kayakers that set off on Sunday morning for a wander. He was also very jealous of the location and facilities of the club.

At the AGM this year the membership elected Lt. Henry “Birdie” Bowers as an Honorary Member (Posthumous) of the Club. A certificate was presented to John Ramwell at the Birdie Bowers Dinner confirming this. The Hon Sec was advised by his wife that this had deeply effected him and that he was left lost for words. He managed to find some words later in the evening and took the opportunity, during his address to the dinner, to thank the Club for this honor. John has also written a very heartfelt article about his day in Greenock. You can open and download it in PDF format.

A Day to Remember – John Ramwell

To all those who played any part in the events on Sunday please be assured that John, David & Anne were all overcome with the friendship and affection from the Club. Anne wrote to the Club with the following message;

“please pass on my thanks again to everyone at the RW, and Drew to everyone at Discover Inverclyde, the marina, theatre and the Tontine as well. I know David Wilson (Edward Wilson’s great-nephew) thought it was all wonderful as well and was so glad that he had come.”

To all who helped out on Sunday (especially Cheryl & George), please accept the thanks and appreciation of the Committee and members.

Friday sees the start of the next weekend of activity and at the Club. See the next article for more details.

Colin & Betty Campbell

After 44 years as the Club’s Boatman Colin officially retired on Friday. His career with us started as a request in 1968 to “have a look at some boats that needed some attention”. He has maintained the Club’s Pleasure Fleet ever since.

His retirement was marked on Friday night by a gathering at the Club where he and his wife Betty were the guests on honour. Messages of thanks from members were read out and handed to Colin. He was also presented with a variety of gifts bought with donations made by members and the Club.

As is tradition with long serving members of staff at Royal West, he was elected to Honorary Membership at the AGM earlier this year. He is pictured below receiving a framed certificate.

Honorary Membership Certificate & Ticket for Birdie Bowers Dinner

The Club also gave him a ticket for the Bordie Bowers Dinner next Sunday evening at the Tontine. He will sitting on the Club table at this event.

To encourage his continued use of the Club we also presented him a “Cup of Friendship”.

To cement his welcome to the membership of the Club he was presented with a Club blazer & tie by the Vice President.

Colin Campbell – Honorary Member

Colin with the Vice Presidents

Colin was toasted by Dick Downie on behalf of the membership. Following some words of reply from Colin he toasted Royal West.

Colin joins the very select few who have been awarded Honorary Membership of this Club.

Next Sunday there are a number of events going on in town to commemorate the life of Lieutenant Henry (Birdie) Bowers. The Club is involved in a number of these:

10:00 Anne Strathie, author of the new biography “Birdie Bowers – Captain Scott’s Marvel” will be at the Club along with John Ramwell, his nearest living relative. They are coming down to see the boat, possible go out in it, and toast Birdie. The Club and boat are mentioned in the book, see attached 6003 Bowers PS LOWRES

14:00 Wreath laying ceremony at the Bowers family memorial in Greenock Cemetery

16:30 “Sir Ranulph Fiennes in Conversation” at the Arts Guild

19:00 The Birdie Bowers Dinner at the Tontine Hotel. The Club has taken a table of ten, we still have 3 tickets available. Anyone interested should contact myself on 07818 018221

Adam Graham
Hon Sec

Lilian Newman MBE (Treasurer of Inverclyde CVS) is organising a wreath laying ceremony at the Bowers family memorial in Greenock Cemetery on Sunday 21 October between 2.15 and 2.30.

She asked us to advise Royal West Members about this event.

Friday 5th October 7:30

 Now that the nights are "fair drawin in" and the coaching has ended for the season 
 Kayakers from the club are organising an informal get together at RWSABC in the form 
 of a curry night on Friday 6th October at 7:30.

 Recent curry nights have been held at RWSABC rather than at a restaurant as Kayakers 
 feel that they should support the club by spending their hard earned cash over the 
 bar.  They have also managed to raise some money from "tips" to the organisers which 
 resulted in a £40 donation to RNLI last year.

 If you have not been contacted by Frankie or Andy already then please contact them 
 asap or contact the club.

Photo by George Carson (Jnr)

Heading to Aviemore anytime soon – if so check out Highland Canoes, they are currently having an ‘End of Season sale’ with at least 20% off the RRP of all current stock, if you can’t make it up give them a call on 01479 810116 or check out their website.….

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