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

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