It’s that time of year again where we get ready for the new season and the inspection of boats which will be the 24th of February, if you could spare 2hrs on Sunday the 3rd of February from 1 to 3pm we plan to tidy up the shed’s and clean up the beach area.

Hope to see you there


The Saturday morning squad braved the cold and headed to Kilcreggan in Zebra, great row and stunning views which I’ve tried to capture on my phone, that’s the 3rd Saturday Zebras been out and in some interesting weather conditions, it’s good to get out again….

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Some of you may have noticed the new tab at the top right of the website main page. Open Water Swimming

We had a very successful season last year with two regular nights of swimming each week from April-Sept. Other than these Joe Heffernan also ran a well attended Cross Clyde Swim in August. We will be building on this success during the coming year.

Formal programme for the year will be published shortly.

The next Ocean to City Race will take place on Saturday 8th June 2013. It is the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the sea as part of the Ocean to City Maritime Festival, taking place 1st – 8th June 2013.

Modelled on London’s Great River Race, An Rás Mór incorporates races over several distances through Cork Harbour:
* Ocean course (15 nautical miles) from Crosshaven to Roches Point to Cobh, Monkstown and through Lough Mahon to Lapp’s Quay in Cork city
* City course (12 nautical miles) from Crosshaven to Cobh and to Lapp’s Quay
* Monkstown course (7 nautical miles), from Monkstown to Lapp’s Quay

We hope you might be interested to join us in 2013. It promises to be a particularly special year, as it coincides with the year-long celebrations of the Gathering Ireland 2013. As part of this nationwide initiative, we are pleased to launch an expanded Festival under the banner of the Gathering.

We are currently redeveloping the website and plan to open this year’s registrations around the start of February. If you are interested to find out more, I would encourage you to sign up to our newsletter and we will be in touch over the coming weeks. Alternatively, you could have a look at our old website which has lots of information.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Joya Kuin
Event Manager
Ocean to City – Cork’s Maritime Festival

c/o Meitheal Mara
Crosses Green
Cork, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 21 4847673


A gathering of members and friends saw in the ‘Bells’ with a piper playing in the New Year.
Other musical entertainment was provided which included ‘Mingulay Boat Song’ – an old favourite at RWSABC.

Later in the morning some members enjoyed the traditional New Years Day paddle in their kayaks. This proved to be a bracing thrust into the wind and tide that took paddlers to Ashton and beyond Gourock. However, they enjoyed the push of the wind and the tide back to the Boat Club.

At 13:00 some members and friends (and indeed one of the kayak paddlers) ‘enjoyed’ a short dip off the slipway at the clubhouse.

A busy and bracing start to the New Year !


There is a session planned for 4pm on Sunday afternoon to take down the Club decorations and tree.

All welcome for an informal get together and catch-up.

The assistance of as many of Santa’s little helpers would be appreciated.

The auction for the Club cufflinks was won by Robert Robertson with a final bid of £120.

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.

The draw was made on Hogmanay, the results are as follows:

Iain Craig – £ 37.50
Norman Grant – £ 22.00
Iain Craig – £ 12.50

Application Forms available at the bar or can be downloaded here


Time has been secured at the Waterfront Swimming Pool for Club members to have canoe practice sessions.

Sessions are from 20:30-21:30 on Wednesdays starting on 6th February and running through until 27th March, 8 sessions in total.

Practise your stroke work, rolls, rescue technique, etc in a warm, safe environment prior to the outdoor season starting. No formal instruction will be given, therefore canoe experience is required.

The cost will be £32 for the eight week block with a maximum of 16 people to a session, two working together sharing a canoe. Full payment will be required prior to the 6th of February. We need a minimum of 10, if more than that book then the cost will be reduced accordingly, and refunds will be issued.

If you are interested please contact Christina on 01475 633046.


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