The Club bar will be open as follows over the next fortnight:

Monday 23rd Dec – Closed as usual
Tuesday 24th Dec – 20:00 – 22:00
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Boxing Day – CLOSED
Friday 27th Dec – 17.00 – 23.30
Saturday 28th Dec – 14.30 – 23.30
Sunday 29th Dec – 15.00 – 19.30
Monday 30th Dec – Closed as usual
Hogmanay – 20:00 – 02:00
New Year’s Day- CLOSED
Thursday 2nd Jan – CLOSED
Friday 3rd Jan – 17.00 – 23.30
Saturday 4th Jan – 14.30 – 23.30
Sunday 5th Jan – 15.00 – 19.30

Hogmanay at the Club

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 snacks & games. There will be some live music courtesy of the Vice-President and his troop. There will also be FIREWORKS

Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.







For anyone looking for some light exercise on Friday 3rd January we are planning a work party at 6pm to take down the Christmas decorations in the clubhouse. All welcome to take part.

Dr. Jang Dilawari and his wife Rani are running a fundraiser dinner in the clubhouse tomorrow night for a Charity in India that they support. All are welcome to attend. The event starts at 6:30pm.

The Charity is the Karunalaya Trust. More information about the Trust can be found at the following Facebook page

The Club’s Committee is pleased to announce that two members have volunteered to join committee. They are Rose Sloan, who joins us to look after Subscriptions, and Paul Edgar who will be representing canoeing interests.

They are keen to work with other members in their roles and are looking for support from you all. The Committee is very pleased to have their support and welcomes them.

Your Committee Needs You


If you are interested in a role on Committee we currently have space for three more and would be keen to hear from anyone interested in the following posts;
House Convener
Social Convener
Rescue Boat & Beach

Strathclyde Loch SC is holding a Christmas Regatta on the 22nd of December.
For more information please contact Marc Bremridge on 01698 813892 or have a look at the poster below

Xmas Regatta 2013 Poster

The Boat Club Session this Friday will be run as a Fundraising event for the Clutha Fund. There will be live music, raffle, mince pies … please come along and listen to the Boat Club Session players and take part in a fun night for a good cause.

The lovely people at Coorie Doon in Gourock are contributing to the raffle. Get along to the lovely wee shop and Gourock and buy Christmas presents for the people you like and love!

Other donations for raffle prizes will be welcomed.

Adam Graham
Hon Sec

In Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Hello kayakers,
Our committee of volunteers is organizing two days of sea kayak races on Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan near Fort William, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who provide such an invaluable service for communities around the U.K.
There will be races for touring and racing kayaks to suit experienced sea paddlers (25K) and also a shorter course for those who are less experienced but want to be competitive. The courses will start and finish at Glenfinnan monument and race down Loch Shiel and back. Competitors will wear chipped wristbands and swipe marked waypoint posts along the way, which will test navigation as well as paddling skills.
To add a fun element while the main races are under way other classes of craft will race around the island in view of our base at the Glenfinnan House hotel & marquee.
The attraction of competing here is the rugged, isolated landscape yet only 16 miles from Fort William, the main transport hub.
This exciting event, open to all comers, will take place on the 29/30th March 2014 and we anticipate competitors from canoe clubs throughout Scotland & England. Many have already registered an interest. There will be various categories and prizes for singles, doubles and teams.
Competitors will pay a £60 registration fee, which includes a salmon barbecue after the races, and be asked to raise their own sponsorship, bringing additional income to the race proceeds on the day.
There will be a £10 discount for those who raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship. Macmillan sponsorship forms will soon be available to download from our website.
Certain accommodation providers are offering registered competitors discounted rates so check with us before booking your stay.
The assembly point for classification and safety inspection will be the National Trust car parks, Glenfinnan where there is a café with toilet facilities.
Camping with portable toilet facilities is available behind the Trust property & both are within walking distance of the hotel. There will be an evening concert/ceilidh in the marquee with all proceeds from this going to Macmillan.
Several retailers will be displaying a range of the latest kayaks and accessories so an ideal opportunity to check out the latest equipment.
Please visit our website for all these details & updates
This has only recently gone live with basic information and will have additional content on all aspects of the weekend added as it becomes available.
Registration can be done at anytime by emailing us for a sponsor form and how to pay.
You can also help us by passing on these details to anyone you think might be interested in competing.
Look forward to seeing you in March.

Race committee: John & Tina Cuthbertson (Corpach) – Alan Kimber (Fort William) – Mary Grant (Glenfinnan) Paul Mills (Duror) – Sharon Morley (Glenfinnan) – Alistair Wallace (Locheilside)

Hi All,

Thought I would send out a pre-Christmas reminder of events and functions coming up at the Club in the coming months. Details of all forthcoming events can be found at the following webpage

Also remind everyone of the ideal Christmas presents available from the Club’s regalia stock. A list of regalia is available at the following webpage

The next event is today at 3pm when we will be decorating the tree and clubhouse for the festive season

The Club is also open through the Bells again this year, so an fun evening with good company and some live music.

We are also supporting some charity fundraising events in the coming weeks organised by Club members:
• On Wednesday 18th December Jang Dilawari and his wife are running a fundraiser for a children’s Charity in India that they support
• The December Boat Club Session on Friday 20th December will be an “Open Mic” event with a raffle to raise money for the Clutha Appeal
• On Friday 10th January Gordon MacKenzie is running a fundraising event for the Scottish Community Drama Association

See you at the Club.

Adam Graham
Honorary Secretary
Royal West of Scotland ABC

Below are the winners as drawn tonight

1st Joe Heffernan

2nd Ray Francis

3rd David Chambers

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

Beating his own drum

The Session on Friday the 20th December will be a fund raiser for the Clutha Appeal. A couple of the regulars at the Boat Club Sessions, Patsy and Jim, regularly appeared at the Clutha and it would be nice to pay tribute in some way.

Looking for people to bring raffle prizes. Hope to do Christmas pies etc for a donation. The session will be an “Open Mic” night. Each person will get the chance to do 3 songs. If we have time for more each person can get up again for one song. It would be good if we can get a few Christmas songs. Hope to see lots of people coming along to listen and contribute to the appeal.

It should be a good night, and a wee bit different from the usual session.

Eclectic Guitar plus 1

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

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