The Club now has a Beach Cam set up so members can check conditions at the Club before leaving work or home. Click on the tab above on the right.

The Club also now has WiFi available in the clubhouse, again check the tab above on the right for details and login code.

Happy surfing

About 18 months ago the Club was approached by a firm called CTIL, who manage infrastructure for O2. They have a tower on top of the Naval Building and needed to find a temporary location for a mast if/when the buildings were sold. We have been in discussions with them to licence their use of the upper area of the Club’s rear garden. They have been paying us since April 2014, when it was clear they needed to prep the area by running in a fibre optic cable.

The sale of the buildings seems to have gone through now, as they have been given notice to leave by the end of the month. We have been in intense discussions over the last few days about them deploying the mast and associated equipment, including a temporary generator, before the end of the month. Due to site conditions and mast selection they have asked to use additional space between the Engine Shed and the Ladies Changing room to locate the mast itself. The mast will be secured to a steel and concrete base about 4m x 4m x 1.2m high, that they will assemble on site. Due to the increased area they need, we have agreed a higher annual licence fee. Anyone interested in the amount can work it out, it is equivalent to just over 30no Ordinary memberships.

The licence is renewed every six months, so both parties can withdraw if necessary. They will be with us until they find a permanent location, possibly on the roof of one of the new buildings next door or somewhere else with the required height. We could have them for a few years.

Please be aware that there will be men, materials and machinery (incl. cranes) working in and adjacent to the rear garden from next week. They will be gaining access down the rear stairs at the front entrance. There may be some periodic short term disruption to access, but trust that the membership will appreciate the financial benefit. We have already spent some of it on the external redecoration of the clubhouse during the summer, and the major overhaul of the balcony stairs. Other targets for using this extra, unbudgeted, income include the Ladies Changing facilities and Powder Room.

Adam Graham
Hon. Secretary

Folks,

See below the dates George has published for the first half of the year.

George has highlighted the John Graham & Friends Concert on 28th February. Watch out for posters at the Club.

All the above info is also available on the Boat Club Sessions page, hover on the About Club tab to find it

The Club was busy on Hogmanay with a gathering of members and their guests. Amongst the entertainment was music from the VP’s House Band, there were also some solo performances from Tom Kater, Rose Sloan & George Carson.

VP’s House Band

A bonfire, in the shape of the Nativity Scene, was ignited by the Captain at about 11pm and fireworks, organised by Tom & Elaine, followed the bells.

Thanks to Lorna for her work behind the bar, to all who attended and especially to those who contributed to the festivities.

Our Social Convenor, George Carson, has some events planned for the coming few months, including an evening of music from John Graham of the Clydesiders (Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) and Jim Jack (Guitar, Vocal), with Special Guest Cy Jack (Bass, Keyboard). This is planned for Saturday 28th February. Details will be up on the website and Club noticeboards shortly.

John & Jim

George is also looking for an indication from anyone interested in attending a Whisky Tasting event at the Club. Please contact him via comments on this post or in person.

The results are as follows:

1st – Ian Brockett

2nd – Ewen Chisholm

3rd – Matt Henderson

Draw was made by Carly, in the clubhouse on 4th January

Application Forms available at the bar or via the tab in the right hand column

Our 2015 regatta will take place on Saturday the 8th of August, more details of the format of the event will be posted on the regatta tab once confirmed.

If your already a member or considering joining  and would like to give the competitive side of rowing a try just come down on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening when  the season gets under way in the coming months,  we have very helpful and even friendly coaches on hand to guide you through the process..

We are also seeking sponsorship of our regatta, this could be a main title sponsor or individual race sponsors. We have received some great support from local companies in the past who have had their business promoted  through our regattas in both local, national press, radio and social media.

Further details of away regattas we aim to attend this season are to be confirmed

Contact about participating in rowing or sponsorship opportunities can be made via the contact rowing tab on the home page

Alex Paterson

Captain of Boats

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