On Tuesday night two crews made up of Wanderers Rugby players competed against each other over a 4k course in front of the club. Both boats were coxed by Royal West members, club rowing coach Jim Ford in Birdie Bowers and his son Calum coxing Chippy McNish. This was planned as a charity fund raising event by the Rugby club. The race was very close up to the line but eventually won by the crew of Chippy McNish… I’m sure there will be a re-match

Have had a request from a local man who might be looking for crew to help him sail a 30ft yacht from the South East coast of England back up to Greenock.

Anyone interested should contact Hugh Cummings on 01475 630382 or 07900 061891.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Check the following tab for the Functions and Events planned at the Club in the coming year.


Still space if there is something you want to host or organise in the clubhouse,

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Dear Club Member,

The 5th Tay Descent 2014 will take place on Saturday 25th October 2014.

We would be grateful if you could circulate the following request to your members.
The Descent is looking for volunteers to assist with the event, primarily as safety paddlers. What we are looking for is people who are competent in the environment of the River Tay at Stanley (i.e. can put their boat safely and accurately anywhere), and practiced in rescues. Those who, on Club paddles, regularly do the rescues are those we’re looking for. We don’t necessarily need qualifications, just ability.

We also need a smaller number of shore-based volunteers. We’ll provide both skills training (White Water Safety and Rescue, First Aid, 4 star leader training (kayak), and 4 star leader training (OC), and site specific training on the Tay. See the SCA website for information on the Descent.

Those interested (whether maybe or definite) should register interest with Michelle Scobie (michelle.scobie@canoescotland.org). Questions relating to training should go to the same person. Any other questions should go to Robert Craig (robert_craig0@talk21.com).


Andy Murray | Coaching and Development Manager
Scottish Canoe Association
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We learned at the weekend of the sudden death of John Glover, on 17 April, due to a heart attack.

John will be known to many rowers because he built the two St Ayles Skiffs for Royal West in 2010/2011, whilst working for the Inverclyde Community Development Trust (The TRUST) in Port Glasgow. He also built two other skiffs, one bought by the Lochgilphead Joint Campus in Argyll. He advised several clubs who were building skiffs at that time.

John served his time as a boatbuilder with Adams’ yard in Gourock. At the same time as building the skiffs he became an enthusiastic rower, and rowed, mainly in skiffs, taking part in regattas at North Berwick and Glenarm, before moving to Mull.

In August 2012, he got engaged to Mhairi Douglas on Mull.

John was a perfectionist, as all who knew him discovered, and only the best workmanship was good enough for him, as can be seen from the Skiffs. He was single minded and put himself into his projects wholeheartedly. A good natured, friendly character, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Ian Clark
20 April 2104

Nordkapp Kayak for Sale – £450.00

For further information please contact:  01505 612687


George Mcallum, beach convener being presented with his Royal west barrow..

If you can spare a few hours on Saturday we would like to get few people down to finish off the work 0n the beach, all  that’s left to do is fill in behind the gabbions with shingle, shouldn’t take too long and the weathers looking better than last time.

if you can make it down for 10 , we aim to be finished by 12

wheelbarrows and shovels welcome..

George McCallum

Beach Convener

Just a polite reminder that anyone wishing to pay thier Subs by Standing Order has until this Friday, 11th April, to submit the completed forms to the Club. This will allow us time to submit to the relevant banks for payments to commence on 28th April.

Alternatively, if you have internet banking, you can go online with the Club Sort Code & Account Mumber and set up a Standing Order yourself.

Whichever method you use to pay your subs, please remember to return the completed Annual Renewal form so we have your current details and know what you are paying for.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Below are the winners for March

1st – Eric Park

2nd – Patrick Rodden

3rd – Fraser Rose

Drawn in Clubhouse on 5th April by Lynn Morrison

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

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