It was a successful night with five first time Kayakers and another five of this years new starts.

A total of eighteen on the water, not bad for a Monday night. We were even joined on the raft by a dog at one point.

Hi everyone

*** Great news alert! ***

We’re delighted to share that the Community Sport Hubs project is in the running for a National Lottery Award 2015!

From over 600 Lottery-funded projects across the UK, Community Sport Hubs has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Best Sport Project.’

We are so pleased that the spotlight will be shone on hubs and the great work you are all doing to develop sport in your local areas.

Winners are chosen by public vote via the Lottery website, and voting closes at midnight on 29th July.

What to do now:

• Please vote online at and encourage all your clubs, coaches, parents and members to do the same!
• Feel free to use the banners attached across any websites or social media you control.
• Please tweet, post and share messages and ask followers to do the same – and of course ask them to vote! Use the hashtags #csh #givesportyourvote and #NLAwards
• Collect posters from me at the hub officers day on 1st July to share with your clubs.
• Email/phone me with any examples of the great work you are doing right now, which might help us create some further media profile while voting is open.

On the website you will see the various other projects that have been shortlisted, and the competition is fierce as you might expect. We need your support and the support of all your networks!

Looking forward to seeing you at our meeting on 1st July, and please feel free to come and chat to me about any ideas you have for promotion of this.

A big thank you to everyone for your contribution and well done on this fantastic achievement.


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There are a number of things on this week that members should be aware of or may want to participate in.

Beginners kayaking
Club will be attending the Sports Inverclyde AGM in Greenock Cricket Club at 7pm.

Open kayaking
No rowing as Club will be attending the launch of Gryffe HS Skiff at Castle Semple Loch at 7pm


Open Water Swimming
Club playing host to Greenock Hockey Club AGM

Open Water Swimming
June Boat Club Session

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec

The Club ran its first weekend trip of the season last weekend. Leaving from the Club first thing on Saturday morning were nine paddlers and two joining us later in the day. Our objective was to camp at the outdoor centre at Ardentinny with a couple of stops en route. The weather was kind to us for packing the boats and most of the day.

Our first stop for coffee was the beach at Blairmore before carrying on up to Ardentinny for lunch. Eight of us paddled up to Carrick Castle after lunch then returned to Ardentinny to set up camp, have our evening meal and collect some wood for a fire on the beach.

The rain and midges were now out to dampen our spirits but a good fire and a few refreshments and both were soon forgotten about.

The following day we paddled down to Kilcreggan for a most welcoming bowl of soup and hot coffee/tea before our final stage across the river to the Club. A great weekend was had by all and well done to the novice paddlers for surviving your first real trip.

The Gents was finished today by Mat Henderson, and is ready for use.

The Ladies is getting a final coat of paint on the door frames and bench legs this Saturday by Al & Lynn. Can users of the Ladies please bear this in mind.

We will have an official Re-opening Ceremony of them both, as soon as all those involved are available to attend the function. Probably early July.

A huge thanks is due by us all to the small band of members who have spent their free time working on these two projects over the last few months.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec

‎Driving past the Club on Sunday morning I was surprised to see so many cars parked outside. Then I remembered the kayak trip to Ardentinny that had left on Saturday morning. Paul is writing up the trip and this will be on the website shortly.

The kayak trip was not the only trip away at the weekend. A squad attended Troon CRC Regatta on Saturday as well, winning the Open Mixed & Sprint events as well as being well placed in the Open Men’s event.

A Royal West member was also in the Open Ladies winning boat. Karen‎ Graham was on a composite with FoCCRC who came home comfortably in the event.

The Royal West crew winning the Sprint event was primarily made up of Graham’s. Adam, Karen, their son Andrew and Adam’s brother Ronald (Loch Ard‎ RC) coxed by Mat Henderson.

Overall winners on the day were Carrick CRC from Maidens, winning by a single point from our hosts. Another fantastic day on the beach with fun and enjoyable racing.

Next event at the Club is the BBQ on Saturday night with Food, Music‎ & Fun.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

The Club will be 150 years old next June. As this is such a huge milestone we started planning for it some months ago. We can now officially announce the following events.

Sub-committees have been formed and are working on the detail of the above events. They are also working on some legacy projects for the Club, such as regalia, clubhouse development and greater sporting interaction amongst members. Volunteers are welcomed to join in and assist as little or as much as you can. Please contact any member of committee to offer your services.

The Club is having a BBQ a week on Saturday.

Live music & fun by John Scott Disco, starts at 8pm and food will be served from 9pm.

Can anyone intending coming please get there names down on the list in the bar as soon as possible or email This is so that we make sure we have enough food.

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