Paddlers from various locations in Scotland and North of England took to the water on Saturday 2nd September for our Tail o’ the Bank Surf Ski / Kayak Race. Conditions were well nigh perfect with only a slight breeze from the south.

The main event was a 10 mile race comprising of two loops of a clockwise circuit from the Boat Club to the perch on Rosneath Patch, then around the wreck of the Captayannis and back to the club. There was also a shorter 5 mile race comprising of one loop of the course.

The overall winner was Pat Winterton from Oban in an NK Nitro Surf Ski. The first female was Lizelle Kemp from Linlithgow Kayak Racing Club in a Think evo 2 Surf Ski.

Our own club members performed well in both the cruiser class and novice categories.

A full list of results is as follows:-

As some of you may know, the Club bought a Laser Stratos earlier in the Summer as a platform for teaching sailing to larger groups than the one-on-one format of double handed dinghies. It is also a faster and more exciting dinghy than the other two in the fleet.

Our recently co-opted Sailing Convenor Lindsay Dowds and past VP Al Black have committed to encouraging the wider membership to try sailing by providing beginner sessions that should see the new boat and existing fleet being used more regularly.

If you want to participate in these sessions please contact Lindsay via or in person at the club. More info about use of the Club sailing fleet can be found on the pull down menu under the Sailing tab above.

The object of the Club it to promote and foster all amateur water sports. Our investment in this new boat and the commitment being made by members to encourage its safe use is another example of the Club’s commitment to that objective.

We would encourage all members to use as much of the Club’s fleet as possible. That includes the 2no 16’s, 2no pairs and 2no Heavy 4’s recently refurbished.

If you have any queries about use of Club sporting facilities or equipment please contact the relevant convenor.

Karen Graham
Willie Bell
Lindsay Dowds
Open Water Swimming
Joe Heffernan
Captain of Boats
George McCallum

The Club is involved with a new rowing race being run this year as part of the Clydebuilt Festival at the Riverside Museum.

At about 10am on the morning of Saturday 23rd September about 80 fixed seat coxed rowing boats will set off at minute intervals from the mouth of the River Leven, below the ramparts of Dumbarton Castle, in a 13 mile race to the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow. Two crews from the Club are taking part. One in our St. Ayles Skiff Chippy McNish, the other in one of our Portobello Class Jollyboats Sprite.

There are crews attending from as far north as Shetland, as far south as Cornwall, as far West as Ireland and as far East as Holland.

Royal West has been asked if we can provide volunteer marshals for the launch site at Sandpoint Marina in Dumbarton on the Friday afternoon, to greet arriving crews, also Saturday morning to help get boats launched and act as timekeepers/starters. Every volunteer will get a free event T-shirt.

If you think you can spare any time on either day please contact me on

Message for all Members, but especially the ones who use the Ladies Changing Rooms.

Over the last few months various elements of work have been undertaken to improve the ladies changing facilities.

  1. Ogilvies removed the fence on the wall at our request
  2. This allowed us to have the new roof membrane fitted to make the rooms watertight
  3. The paintwork internally was refinished by Lynn Morrison
  4. Additional shower curtains were added by Rosemary
  5. New extract fans, tube heaters and an infrared heater were fitted by the House Convenor Jim Ford over the last couple of weekends.

On the last point above we would ask that no-one turns off any of the fans or heaters.

  • The two new fans are turned on whenever the lights are turned on and go off automatically 20mins after the lights are turned off. This is to allow them a chance to draw out the moist air left when the last user leaves.
  • The tube heaters mounted at high level on the walls are very low energy units that we want to remain on all the time to stop the room becoming cold & damp. Please do not turn them off.
  • There is a large grey box on the wall as you enter with a spring loaded switch on it. If you need an instant injection of heat into the room push this button and the new infrared heater will come on for 20mins then switch itself off.

In the coming weeks we will be changing the floor covering and replacing the lockers with smaller personal effects lockers.

If anyone has queries about any of the above please do not hesitate to contact myself of Jim Ford.


Adam Graham

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