Alex Workman did wonders again this year in capturing the event

See his photos on the following webpage

The club hosted a musical fundraiser for MS and Diabetes UK again on the 22nd August. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night with a diverse range of music and madness. The theme of the evening seemed to be wigs, with Hamish Rae kicking things off wearing a blond wig as a nod to Rick Parfitt for his Status Quo medley. The wig theme was continued when Stuart Anderson played wearing a long black wig, along with the keyboard player doing a set of songs from the 60’s.

Of course there was music from most of the regulars who attend the monthly Boat Club Sessions and Royal West members performing included our VP Al Black, Gavin Stewart and Social Convener George Carson. The “house band” put together by Stuart Anderson showed their talent in backing some of the musicians and doing their own sets of songs. We had a lovely rendition of the Everly Brothers’ classic Dream from three of the girls, who also lead the dancing to many of the songs. The music night ended with a rendition of Dougie Maclean’s Caledonia sung by all the musicians and singers who had taken part, ably accompanied by the whole audience who were on their feet, singing and swaying along, arms around each other.

A tasty buffet was supplied by Shelagh Holt, Lynn Morrison and Cheryl Carson. Entry was free but everyone contributed to the raffle and put in donations for the buffet. Over £300 was raised to be split between MS and Diabetes UK. Some of the performers have MS and the young son of one of the couples involved has diabetes, so this event is a very personal night but full of fun, music and dancing. We plan to hold another fundraiser early in 2015.

More details of the even can be found on the Boat Club Sessions Facebook page at:

The next Boat Club Session is Friday the 29th August and we hope to see many of our friends from the fundraiser there.

George Carson
Social Convener

Just a reminder that the August Boat Club Session is this Friday night.

Guarantee a great night and great company.

Bring your own instruments and join in. Great fun night.

Here is an urgent update on Inverclyde’s Super Hero situation!
A message came through late last night into our International Super Hero Telephone that some Super Heroes are still on their holidays.
Because of this, we have decided to change the date of our Super Hero Scamper event which was planned for this Sunday at the Battery Park and we will of course let you know the new date on our new website as soon as we know.

Now that a lot of folk are back from holidays can we ask for any watersports based tales of adventure and excitement while you have been away. We know a number of folk took boats away with them and some may have been away to boats. Can you send articles with photos, that we can post, to

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

You may have noticed new mugs being used for hot drinks in the bar. These can be purchased from our ever helpful bar staff at a cost of £5 each.

They would make great stocking fillers for Christmas.

We have received the following messgae from FMBC

Do any of your members or their friends play bridge? Would they be interested in joining a Bridge Club? Fort Matilda Bridge Club has vacancies and would be delighted to welcome new members.

Alternatively – would any of your members like to learn to play bridge? Bridge lessons for beginners commence on Monday 8 September @ 7pm in the Club House, 6b Tarbet Street, Gourock. (above Flawless beauty Salon)

Social Bridge is also played in the club on Wednesday mornings – 10 – 12noon – no partner required – start date 24 Sept

A ‘taster session’ is offered by the club on Monday 15 September @ 10.30am

For further information contact:-
Secretary 01475720044 or

Royal West were on form again yesterday, winning the Overall Trophy at Firth of Clyde CRC’s first regatta, held at Largs Marina. We also won the Long Race Trophy and shared the Sprint Trophy with Carrick CRC from Maidens.

The team included members new to competitive rowing, Craig Edgar & Gary Connor. Both aquited themselves very well and Club Captain, Alex Paterson, said he “expects great things from these new recruits.”


Long Race 1:
1st – Royal West (5)
2nd – Carrick (4)
3rd – Troon (3)
4th – Firth of Clyde (2)
5th – Irvine (1)

Long Race 2:
1st – Royal West (5)
2nd – Carrick (4)
3rd – Firth of Clyde (3)
4th – Troon (2)

Royal West (10)

Sprint 1:
1st – Carrick (5)
2nd – Firth of Clyde (4)
3rd – Royal West (3)
4th – Troon (2)

Sprint 2:
1st – Royal West (5)
2nd – Troon (4)
3rd – Carrick (3)
4th – Firth of Clyde (2)

Carrick (8) & Royal West (8)

1st – Royal West (18)
2nd – Carrick (16)
3rd – Firth of Clyde (11) & Troon (11)
4th – Irvine (1)

The Long races were from just off the public slipway at the marina North to the slipway at Castle Bay, where teams had to change crews for the second leg back to the public slipway at the marina. All crews got off to a good start in both races but Royal West maintained the pressure building a good lead at the changeover point. The fresh crews from Royal West then stretched the leads handed to them.

In the Strint event the race was from sailing marks about 400m off the shore back to the publlic slip again. By the time these races started a North Westerly wind had built up and sea conditions getting to the the start were less than comfortable. However it made for a very quick race with the wind and waves at our backs. In the first race the sea conditions plus some inexperience resulted in our third place finish. By the time of the second race these issues had been overcome and we returned to the winning form of the long races.

It was an easy regatta to get to, in comparison to any of the other events attended this year. Just 40 mins from the Club and no ferries. Look forward to thier event next year.

Our results for the season are as follows:
Attended 6no. regattas (Anstruther, Troon, Royal West, Tighnabruaich, Millport & Largs), Overall winners at 2no. (Troon & Largs)
Club members also helped out or attended as individuals the following regattas. Portsoy, Ullapool, Viking Festival in Argyll, North Berwick & Annan

Next rowing event is the Queensferry Regatta on Saturday 6th September, followed by the Forth Bridges Festival Flotilla on Sunday 7th September. On 20th September we will be taking part in the Exciseman’s Chase in Maidens, hoping to retain our title from last year.

Anyone interested in joining us at any of these events should contact Alex Paterson on

On 16 August, 20 swimmers took part in and 19 completed the Clyde Swim along The Esplanade in Greenock. This swim is a distance of 1.85 miles (3 km). Normally the swim takes place across The Clyde from Kilcreggan to The Esplanade. Unfortunately, winds were too high, so the swim along The Esplanade was done instead.

The fastest swimmer was Aidan Grant, aged 17, with a time of 50 min 5 seconds. He therefore won the fastest junior male swimmer. Gerard Malone was the next swimmer in with a time of 50 min 24 sec making him the fastest adult male swimmer. The fastest junior female swimmer was Anna Kane with a time of 1 hr 9 min 20 sec. The fastest female swimmer was Marian Monk with a time of 1 hr 9 min 30 sec.

The Full Results are shown below:

1. Aidan Grant – Time: 00:50:05
2. Gerard Malone – Time: 00:50:24
3. Mark Meahan – Time: 00:54:20
4. Stewart Wilson – Time: 00:57:48
5. Scott Skivington – Time: 00:59:37
6. David Jenkins – Time: 01:01:15
7. Tommy Sharkey – Time: 01:03:30
8. Kenneth Robertson – Time: 01:03:55
9. Archie White – Time: 01:05:05
10. Ernie Currie – Time: 01:08:20
11. Anna Kane – Time: 01:09:20
12. Marian Monk – Time: 01:09:30
13. Danny McLaughlin – Time: 01:10:08
14. Colin Campbell – Time: 01:11:06
15. David Henderson – Time: 01:15:18
16. William Marshall – Time: 01:17:20
17. Lesley Martin – Time: 01:19:20
18. Craig Scott – Time: 01:26:28
19. Robert Mitchell – Time: 01:27:30
Stephanie Mackie – Did Not Finish

William Marshall was given a “Tabasco” awards for having done the swim without a wetsuit.

Nine swimmers were raising money for charities. These swimmers are expected to raise over £3000 for their respective charities. Some swimmers and their charities are shown below.

Gerard Malon – Mary’s Meals
Scott Skivington – The Salvation Army

This is the second season the club has offered open water swimming as one of the activities of the club. Royal West also offers kayaking, rowing and sailing. Joe Heffernan co-ordinated the organisation of the swim. Royal West would like to thank all the people that provided assistance on the day.

This year’s swim was a great success. Royal West would encourage people with an interest in swimming to consider participating in next year’s swim or just trying out open water swimming. More information can be found on the tab above.

Thanks again for everything.

The results of the last 3 months 200 Club, drawn by John Bruce with lots of witnesses (Ewen, Al and Lynn were present!)

May – 31 members

1st – M Henderson, £38.75

2nd – A Black, £25.75

3rd – N Grant, £13.00

June – 32 Members

1st – E Chisholm, £40

2nd – L Morrison, £26.50

3rd – E Morman, £13.50

July – 32 members (prizes as above)

1st – I Cameron

2nd – J Mathie

3rd – I Craig

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

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