Seven of us had a lovely paddle to Ardentinny via Kilcreggan and Knockderry and returned via Strone and Kilcreggan, a healthy 17 miles.

About 60 members enjoyed a great evening of live entertainment, good simple food and pleasant company on Saturday night.

The day was spent getting the clubhouse ready, with a canopy constructed outside to protect the chef from falling objects. It was complete with electric and candle light.

Norman in his kitchen

The new Club feather flags and banner were on display (in case anyone forgot where they were).

Those present enjoyed alfresco eating and drinking before retiring to listen to the fantastic Equinox, until the early hours.

The Committee would like to thanks all those who attended the event, organised the event and supported it through sponsorship.

Equinox

Please keep an eye on the website and Club noticeboards for forthcoming events.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

The Club Midsummer BBQ is TONIGHT.

Live music by Equinox starts at 8pm and food will be served from 9pm.

Can anyone who has not already indicated they are attending please get there tickets in the clubhouse this afternoon. This is so that we make sure we have enough food.

The weather on Tuesday evening was ideal. Members enjoyed a trip to Kilcreggan, above, as well as messing about in the bay, below.

It was also the first sculling outing for the Club’s youngest member, Sarah Graham (9), see below.

In returning from thier, at times, exciting crossing to Kilcreggan, the group of paddlers took to some gymnastics.

The full set of photos can be seen at http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/photo-galleries/?album=6&gallery=29

Hopefully this weather will stay with us through the weekend and add to the enjoyment of the BBQ in Saturday night.

The Club is having a BBQ on Saturday evening.

Live music by Equinox starts at 8pm and food will be served from 9pm.

Can anyone intending coming please get there tickets from the bar this evening or email secretary@rwsabc.com today. This is so that we make sure we have enough food.

Royal West took the trip down to south beach in Troon on Saturday, competitors were Troon, Firth of Clyde, Carrick and Elaine Nelson and crew over from the Antrim coast promoting their Dalriada festival in July. Another year of fantastic weather complemented a relaxed and stress free regatta on the perfect sands of south beach, its easy to forget this is just on our doorstep down the coast, Royal West took victories in all categories except the mens 50+and Mixed 50+ both Royal West crews took second place respectively against Carrick, the organisers added to the event with a last race with a rest of the world crew made up of one rower from each club in Troons first Skiff against the Antrim crew competing in  Troon’s second boat, the Antrim crew was coxed by our own Adam Graham while the rest of the world had Alex Paterson from Royal West at stroke, this was a very close race, on the way to the fist mark one of the Antrim crew caught a crab and ended in the bottom of the boat,  this gave the opposing crew few boat lengths advantage into the starboard turn for the rest of the world to take a lead, unfortunately our advantage was given away as the rower at 3 broke a kabe in the rest of the word boat, a spare was quickly put into place but any advantage was lost, it was then an exhausting and outright sprint for the last 500 yards with the rest of the world boat just edging the win, a fantastic day on the beach with the regatta trophy now in the bar, congratulations to Troon on another successful regatta.

The juniors undertook their first white water trip on the River Orchy on 8th June 2014.

A group of 5 young kayakers supported by experienced paddlers and parents acting as look-outs saw them safely run the lower Orchy. Despite heavy rain the previous day, the river was relatively low. However, this offered the group the opportunity to experience a “seal launch” down a rock face; a descent of a waterfall, in this case a weir and some gentle rapids.

On the lower, calm section of the river, the opportunity was taken to practice capsizing and being rescued using a throw line.
A large number of photographs were taken, some of which are available on the web site.

In all, a very enjoyable day – except for the midges!!

Link for photographs
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/photo-galleries/?album=6&gallery=28

Saturday saw crews from the East and West Coast of Scotland, along with a team from the Netherlands compete, for the Colin Ross Memorial Salver at Royal West

Competing alongside Royal West were Anstruther, who brought two boats, North Berwick, Carrick Coastal Rowing Club, Firth of Clyde, Troon, Groot & Grut (Netherlands) & Queensferry.

Our course consisted of two longer distance races at 1.5 kilometers from the club beach out the far channel mark with a starboard turn towards another mark 150 yards off Roseneath Street, then the final leg back to the beach. The first race over this distance was the open event with clubs fielding their strongest crew. Each crew had to pick up a token from the timing position which started the timing clock, then sprint to their waiting boats being held on the beach. Each went at 1 minute intervals which made for some interesting beach launches in a strong easterly wind. There was the potential to leave behind a crew member if the timing of the runner wasn’t right.  Sea conditions were quite difficult with the strong gusting easterly and outward tide, some crews didn’t adjust for the windage and found themselves downward of the mark significantly at the first turn. The second “triple top” race (Combined age of the rowing crew to exceed 180yrs)  was shortened by 500 yards due to the conditions.


The Club “triple top” crew contained a couple of rowing stalwarts, Mat Henderson & Hugh Kerr. Hugh kindly took time out of his hectic kayaking schedule to participate.

The longer races had dry conditions, however the weather forecast was depressingly accurate in predicting torrential rain mid afternoon. The sprint events took place in lighter wind & sea state but increasing rain, by now everyone was soaked and seeking shelter in the clubhouse when not rowing, one competitor was heard saying the rain was that hard it hurt!! Despite the conditions everyone battled through and in true coastal rowing tradition helped move boats around and pack up.

The Club Committee would like to thank everyone who helped out in some way. Special mention to the ladies who baked and manned the stall, Billy Carrol, Al Black (Vice President) and Craig Edgar for rescue cover, Joe Heffernan for timekeeping & results and Jim Ford Chief umpire. He had a particularly difficult task in very bad weather at the Start line of the sprint races at the Roseneath Street slip.

Anstruther took overall regatta win however the was extremely close in points with North Berwick, Royal West came 4th in the points … Royal West won the Quiz later that night ….

Long Races

Best Crew           -              North Berwick in 19mins 36 secs

Triple Top            -              Anstruther B in 13mins 49secs (short course)

Oldest crew in Triple Top              -              Troon at 288 years

Sprints

Open Ladies       -              Anstruther B

Open Men          -              North Berwick

40+ Ladies           -              North Berwick

40+ Men              -              Anstruther A

Open Mixed       -              North Berwick

Novice                  -              Queensferry

40+ Mixed           -              Anstruther B

60+ Men              -              Carrick

Overall awards

Highest scoring overseas entry                  -              Groot & Grut

Overall regatta winner, taking home the Colin Ross Memorial Salver        -              Anstruther A

Overall results as follows:

1.       Anstruther A      -              254

2.       North Berwick   -              252

3.       Anstruther B      -              208

4.       Royal West         -              194

5.       Queensferry      -              192

6.       Groot & Grut     -              136

7.       Troon                    -              108

8.       Carrick                  -              88

9.       Firth of Clyde     -              40

Sponsors

React Catering Services Ltd.

Greenock Telegraph

Home Store, Nicolson Street, Greenock

Clyde Outboard Services

Michael Wares Cater Hire

 

Last night saw a lot of activity at the Club in advance of the regatta today. There was a work party of members making up rolls and laying out the hall before the visiting boats started to arrive.

First were the two skiffs from Anstruther with thier crews arriving through the evening. The entire team is staying in the Holiday Inn for the weekend.

Later the team from The Netherlands arrived via the City to Ocean Race in Cork last weekend. They were tired from thier long drive so everyone helped get their gear down to the garden and the boat stowed on the beach. The team of five are camping in the back garden and are staying over until Sunday when they head for an afternoon ferry from Newcastle.

We are expecting teams from North Berwick, Queensferry, Firth of Clyde, Troon and Carrick (Ayrshire, not Castle). Racing starts at 10:30 with a couple of Long Races, followed by sprint races from about 12:30.

There are 23 races during the day with 73 crews entered from the eight clubs taking part. Regardless of the weather this should be a great spectacle and all members are encouraged to attend to support the event and the Club.

There is a quiz and disco arranged for the evening starting at 7:30pm. All members and guests are encouraged to attend.

On Sunday we will take any remaining crews for a wander over to Kilcreggan for a refreshing lunch.

Hon Sec
Adam Graham

This Saturday there will be a QUIZ and DISCO event at the Club following the regatta.

The event will start at about 7:30pm and go on into the early hours. There will be a collection on the evening to cover the costs. It should be busy with visiting rowing clubs attending.

All members and their guests are invited to attend.

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