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 7th December.

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

Girvan Coastal Rowing Club members are planning a rowing session from Maidens Harbour on Sunday 24th November 2013. They will be there from about 12.30pm.

Carrick Club rowers will also be there with Carrick Lass.

The weather promises sunny intervals and 6′C with wind speeds forecast at 6-7 mph.

If any Royal West rowers are planning a trip down the coast, they are welcome to pop round.


For any of you who are interested in sea kayaks for the club or have sea kayak members within your clubs please can you pass this information on.

The very popular and versatile North Shore Atlantic and Atlantic LV plastic sea kayaks are going up in price as of now by £200 to £1195 RRP. We have 5 Atlantics here (2x lv, 3x std) currently in stock that we are selling at the old RRP of £995!

You can beat the price rise by buying any of these 5 we have here in the shop, once they are gone they are gone and the RRP will be at the new price.

Go Kayaking Scotland Team

Ph: 01738 628859

Fax: 01738 622973

On the 18th October a live music fundraiser was held in the Club. The evening featured local musicians and musicians from Glasgow. It was organised by Stuart Anderson who suffers from MS. One of the musicians has a young son with diabetes which was why it was decided to donate some of the money to Diabetes UK.

We raised £200 and this was split to £100 for each charity, these were presented at the weekend.

A big thank you to all those who gave of thier time and money for these worthy causes.

Weather permitting there will be a gathering of some of the Argyll skiffs at Otter Ferry this Sunday (17 November 2013). Otter Ferry, as the road signs notably declare, has no ferry so the skiffs from Mid-Argyll, Kilmelford and Seil will be rowing across Loch Fyne to the muster point. They will be be joined there by skiff ”Archie Smith” from Kyles CRC and possibly one of the Royal West boats. The scenery is stunning and the company will be great. We look forward to seeing the report afterwards.

The beautiful coastline of Argyll and the Inner Hebrides will be suitably enhanced next year by the presence of more St Ayles skiffs. Amongst those listed above many will be familiar with Selkie (from the Isle of Seil) and Islay’s Lily Bheag who were both present at the Skiffie Worlds. Islay have launched their second skiff Bluebell, and there is the possibility of further builds on the Island.

Isle of Mull are well ahead with the building of their first skiff at Tobermory, starting to apply paint only four weeks after picking up the kit, and are planning to start a second build. Oban Coastal Rowing Club has been formed with the intention of building a skiff in the biggest town in Argyll. Port Appin, a small village close to the North End of Lismore, between Oban and Fort William, will hopefully be building a skiff in the near future, and there have been expressions of interest from Campbeltown and Luing. Argyll has hundred’s of miles of coastline perfect for community rowers, so anyone else thinking of starting coastal rowing in their community should get in touch through the contacts page and keep an eye out for other builders on the club finder.

On the same day as holding the Freshwater Sprints and the Association’s AGM, two brave volunteers took a tumble into Loch Venachar from a skiff in a demonstration organised by SCRA, looking at life jackets and seeing whether the volunteers could be recovered from the water by crew mates. It is important to note that the conditions were perfectly flat. Clubs should take every precaution to prevent their rowers ending up in the water in the first place!

The SCRA rules of racing 2013 Edition state that personal flotation devices (“PFDs”) must be worn by all crew members at all times. It is however the responsibility of wearers to ensure that their PFD is fit for purpose, is worn correctly and is well looked after and regularly serviced. Most clubs will also have their own rules with regard to specification of what should be worn by their crew members while using their boats (whether in competition or not).

Ensuring that PFD’s are worn in accordance with their instructions can be more important in saving a life than the type of PFD, and the Association and umpires are not in a position to enforce such matters except on very limited occasions. Clubs and their individual members require to take on the responsibility of maintaining PFDs, ensuring that they are worn properly, and determining what devices (buoyancy aids or life jackets) are suitable for the circumstances in which they are used.

That having been said, it is hoped that these videos will assist clubs in reviewing their own policies, and remind rowers and coxswains that they might need to use their PFD one day and will be grateful if they work efficiently. All rowers should think about how their PFD will work every time they put it on.

The first test was of a harness style automatically inflating life jacket. This automatically activates when the wearer goes into the water, so there is no delay in obtaining the additional buoyancy that it brings. The device does not rely upon the de-skiffed individual being conscious to activate it. Balanced against this users may wish to consider if they wish to retain the choice as to whether to inflate or not. Having an inflated lifejacket in waist high surf may restrict the wearers ability to rescue themselves.

The second test was of a pouch style lifejacket. It requires to be pulled over the head at the point when it is needed. It is not clear whether this must be done before or after inflation (in the video it is done before). Users should ensure that they are clear as to how a lifejacket should be used before putting it on.

The bladder of the pouch type is not strapped down to the back of the wearer’s waist belt like other lifejackets, and is held from popping off the wearer’s head only by the tightness of its fit and the the angle of the wearer’s head, although in some types ribbons may be included which need to be tied when in the water.

The instructions which come with the pouch life jacket used for the demonstration state that when rowing it should be worn to the front. One could imagine that if inflated at the side or at the back that it could to the wearer more harm that good. We have seen rowers wearing them to the rear, and our model enters the water with it at the rear before having the calm perseverance to swivel it to the front before inflating. Wearers should check the instructions, and ensure that they are wearing the pouch correctly.

The rather nifty recovery technique was shown to the Anstruther rowers by their local RNLI during a joint exercise. Inflated lifejackets can hamper recovery of a person from the water but do not affect this method. The rowers removed one of the kabes before carrying out the recovery….. make sure you have an unobstructed gunnel if you are going to attempt this method.

Sea Kayak Oban Demo Days
Largs Marina Sunday Nov 17th 11am- 14.30

Sea Kayak Oban can bring a huge range of demo sea kayaks across to LARGS Marina for the Demo Day inc Valley,
Northshore, P&H and the V6 and V10 Epic surf skis (V8 available later).|
Plus to demo or buy Werner paddles
TO size or buy Kokatat and Peak drysuits.
Plus of course we can always bring over stock boats inc all Northshore, a lot of Valley and all size Kokatat & Peak drysuits.
Email us with your requirements (a particular model or simply your height and weight) and we will be around from 11am to 14.30 at least or call 01631 565 310

Please note Cathy is adding more to our online shop all the time and what’s on there is actually in stock (for most other shops this is not the case)

NB new brands this Autumn
Epic surf skis which provide a fast, stable, fun experience V10sport & V6
Zegul Greenland & Greenland T Inuit style kayaks
Soon a new sea kayak for the larger paddler.(Tahe Reval HV composite)

Below are the winners as drawn last night by Andy & Marion Taylor and Helen McKenzie.

1st – Ian Brockett

2nd – James Crawford

3rd – Fraser Rose

Application Forms available at the bar or can be downloaded here
200 Club Application Form

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you on behalf of COAST to request the support of your club and its members for the South Arran Marine Protected Area.

Marine Scotland has proposed the South of Arran be a Marine Protected Area as part of a larger MPA network across Scotland. The public consultation will be crucial in determining if and how the South of Arran will be included within this network.

COAST is a registered Scottish charity which works to ensure shared responsibility for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Clyde and the diversity of life it supports. We are looking to make the public aware of this consultation and ensure that clubs and organisations with a stake in the health of the marine environment are given the opportunity to voice their opinions.

This is your chance to respond to the MPA consultation.

For more information please visit our website

We are counting on your support. We promise that we will not telephoning you unless you ask us for more information, but we do hope that you will respond positively to our written request and encourage others to respond. Remember that your response will help to ensure the protection of marine life for future generations.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Andrew Telford
Administration Officer
COAST (Community of Arran Seabed Trust)
Office: 01770 600656 Mobile: +44 (0)7533910512

Remember to fill in your South Arran MPA response form, your opinion counts!
Scottish charity No. SC042088

On 21st November Simon Willis, the producer of the ‘Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown’ series of DVDs, will be giving a talk on the latest DVD in the series, and showing extracts from it. This DVD, the third in the series, covers emergency rescues, first aid kits, navigation and rolling. Copies will be available.

The talk will be in the Technical Department of Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie. Cost £1 for Garnock members, £2 for others.

Best wishes,

Alison Wilson
Garnock Canoe Club

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