The Club will be open from 8pm on Hogmanay through until 2am on New Year’s Day.

As usual the festivities will be informal. Bring your own food, games and music.

Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

This is an invite to all members and anyone you think would enjoy a night of acoustic music and song. Open to all levels of players.

You can also download the PDF version of this flyer for circulating to friends. Boat Club Sessions 2013 revA

The sessions are subject to change which is why we only have 6 months’ worth of dates on it. So always worth contacting George Carson or checking the Boat Club Session tab, under About Club, on the Club website before a session. Those on Facebook can keep up to date at:
If you have not already made it a “Like” please do so now to keep informed.

We have been contacted by British Rowing and the RYA asking our members to vote for individuals at the above awards on Sunday evening. See below the correspondence received:

British Rowing

After a record-breaking year and a long-awaited Olympic gold medal, Katherine Grainger is in the running for one of the most prestigious awards in British sport on Sunday – the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

On Sunday, Katherine will go head-to-head with 11 other national sporting icons at a star-studded ceremony in London, and needs your votes to be in with a shout of adding a glittering cherry to the top of a golden year.

‘Her sporting record is simply without equal,’ says Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins, explaining why her London 2012 crewmate is 2012’s Sports Personality of the Year. ‘She has ascended the heights, reaching the very pinnacle of her sport… I can’t think of a rowing first that she doesn’t have!’

Katherine’s international career to date spans 15 hugely successful years. She was a part of the quad that won Great Britain’s first Olympic medal for women’s rowing (silver, Sydney 2000), and followed that up with two more silver medals before finally bringing home that long-awaited Olympic gold medal at London 2012.

She is the only British woman in any sport to win consecutive medals at four Olympic Games, and is Britain’s most decorated Olympic female rower. She was recently named Olympian of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, is the current BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year for rowing, and was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to our sport.

The winner of the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year will be decided during the awards ceremony on Sunday 16th December, with a public phone-vote to determine the winner. Phone numbers for each nominee will be revealed during the ceremony, which will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Figures from across British rowing have gathered to support Katherine as Sunday’s vote edges ever nearer, but ultimately it is your vote that counts.

In the words of Katherine’s long-term coach Paul Thompson, ‘I have been fortunate to witness Katherine working on a day-to-day basis with the ups and downs that elite sport brings and have seen the grace and focus with which she has overcome these challenges to succeed at the highest level. If the viewers of Sports Personality saw even a quarter of Katherine’s qualities, training and racing they would be picking up the phone and voting for her now!’

Find out more about the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at



Help to bring the curtain down on Ben’s record breaking 2012 in perfect style by voting for him to be named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012.

Voting will take place by phone only during the live show on Sunday 16th December . The number to call to vote for Ainslie will be revealed on the programme, so make sure you tune in on the night!

In a year that has seen Ainslie catapulted from true sailing great to genuine British sporting hero, the award would be fitting recognition of his decade-long domination of his sport. Make 2012 the year in which a sailor receives this prestigious BBC accolade and put the sport of sailing on the map.

Ben Ainslie – A true British sporting hero

A sporting legend that has dominated the sport for 16 years through sheer determination, immense skill, and enduring commitment.

Ben claimed his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal and fifth Olympic medal in total with emphatic Finn class victory at the London 2012, overtaking Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom as the world’s most successful Olympic sailor of all time.

Winner of the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year for a record breaking fourth time

Ainslie was the first to run with the Olympic torch on home soil as it travelled across Great Britain and was Team GB’s flag bearer for the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony

He became Britain’s youngest ever Olympic sailing medallist when on his Games debut at Atlanta 1996 Ainslie won Laser class silver aged just 19.

Gained his first Olympic gold at Sydney 2000, in the Finn class where he began his complete domination of the heavy weight dinghy class by taking gold at Athens 2004.

The images of Ainslie mastering the elements to claim a stunning medal race victory and wrap up his third consecutive Olympic title in Qingdao 2008 will endure forever.

In 2008 Ainslie surpassed British Olympic sailor Rodney Pattisson’s previous best British Olympic sailing medal haul of two gold’s, one silver.

ISAF 2010 World Match Racing Tour Champion

10-time world champion and nine time European champion in the Finn Class

Five time British Yachtsmen of the Year

Hi there

My name is Gary Pelc and I am a student at SRUC and the University of Edinburgh. I am doing an honours thesis this year called ‘the recreational benefits of Scottish rivers and the potential impacts of hydro power: a paddler’s perspective’. The aims of the thesis are to estimate the recreational benefits that Scottish rivers provide paddlers by using a number of economic valuation models, discover the attitudes of paddlers towards hydro power and to predict the impact that hydro power will have on Scottish paddling over the coming years.

What I would like from you is to fill out the questionnaire that is linked below and I have also created a dedicated facebook page for it. All responses are totally anonymous and all data will be securely stored on Survey Monkeys servers and subject to full data protection.

The survey shouldn’t take you any more than a few minutes to complete. Please pass it onto anyone else that you feel may be interested or post it on your forum chat page or email list. The survey is fairly straight forward but if you have any queries about the questions, or the research direction in general then please get in touch either at or 07577283658

I will make the thesis public after it is marked in the summer of 2013 and hopefully it will provide useful in trying to preserve Scottish rivers (and get me a good mark). Any participation at all will be greatly appreciated.


Gary Pelc

When shopping for interesting Christmas gifts this year, don’t forget the exciting range of Boat Club Regalia.

 Full zip fleece  (M, L & XL)  £ 53.00
 Rugby tops  (M, L & XL)  £ 36.00
 Lamb’s wool sweaters  (M, L & XL)  £ 36.00
 Lamb’s wool sweaters  (36” & 38” old stock)  £ 15.00
 Polo shirts  (M, L & XL)  £ 18.00
 Flag ties  £ 12.00
 Striped ties (silk)  £ 25.00
 Blazer badges  £ 18.00
 Track suit badges  £ 15.00
 Blazer Buttons  £ 1.50

All of the above available in the Clubhouse

We have started to receive various emailed newsletters and updates from the RYA. Will post them, or links to them, on the website as they come in.

Latest are available by going to the websites below

As well as all the wonderful Club Regalia available for Christmas Gifts, this year we have a special item to offer for auction.

Earlier in the year Mrs.S Black of Skelmorlie donated these cufflinks asking that they be used to raise funds for the Club. Her late husband, John Black, had owned them. He, or his father Stuart Black, was a member of the Club approx. 50-60 years ago. John Black was a sailmaker in Gourock & Sandbank, a descendent of Thomas Black who established Blacks of Greenock in 1861.

There will be a sheet behind the bar from tomorrow night onto which you can add your bid. Bidding will close at 5pm on Sunday 23rd December, the winning bidder will be contacted by phone and can collect them thereafter.

Due to the very rare nature of these cufflinks we would ask that the opening bid is at least £ 50.00.

Many people can’t afford to go to the South Coast every year so the RYA hope that the Big Weekend gives them a great excuse to come together at the start of the season and stock up on the things they need, find out about stuff that is happening in 2013 and generally enjoy attending some talks and workshops too! Tickets are only a fiver for adults so they are trying to get as many people along as possible!

For those of you that went to the 2012 Big Weekend, they are doing things a bit differently this year. They are not going to be running a formal conference this year but instead a boat show type of event where we will have a large trade hall and also a smaller club/class hall with lots of short talks and workshops taking place on the stage or on different stands throughout the weekend. They are trying to organise activities for everyone so that it will be a family event. They are also looking to make sure that we cater for all sailing and boating audiences. The only conference elements at the Big Weekend will be the Yachtmaster Instructor Conference which will be taking place all day on the Saturday and also the Cruise 13 Conference which will be all day on the Sunday. There will also be a number of meetings held at the Big Weekend, you can find out more information about the programme and what is happening and when on thier website and by joining them on Facebook and Twitter.

All are invited to help erect and decorate the Christmas Tree as well as the Hall and bar. Work will start at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

There might be some Mulled Wine and Mince Pies for Santa’s little helpers.

The results for this month are as follows:

Ewen Chisholm - £ 30
Norman Grant - £ 20
John Mathie - £ 10

Application Forms available at the bar or can be downloaded here

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