You may be aware from previous notices and website articles that this Saturday the Club is hosting a reunion of crews and supporters of the Long Rows that took place in Zebra & Whiteforland.

This summer also marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Long Row in Zebra and the original crew who took her from the Club round Mull and back to the Club in 1968 are at the centre of this reunion event.

As a result, the clubhouse and rowing boats will be busy for a good part of the day. Members are respectfully reminded that the following boats have been reserved for use of the participants in this event for the whole day.

• Zebra
• Whiteforeland
• No.10 Pair
• No.11 Pair
• No.15 Sixteen
• No.16 Sixteen

Please do not take any of these boats out on Saturday morning, in case, for whatever reason, you do not make it back in time.

The reunion crews will be arriving about 12:00. The Vice President and Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire will be meeting them and seeing them off for a trip to Kilcreggan at approx. 13:30.

They should return by about 18:00 and will then be sitting down to a meal in the clubhouse from 19:00.

Although the clubhouse is open as normal on Saturday the above events are by invitation only. We would trust that the general membership will respect the space given over to this historic event.

At about 21:00 Hugh Kerr will be presenting an abridged version of his memorable talk on the Long Rows. This will be open to the general membership, but as there will already be approx. 50-60 people in attendance we have had to limit it to 20 places at £2.50/head. There is a list in the bar that you can add your name to.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of Colin Campbell.

Colin & Betty Campbell

Colin served as the Club’s boatman for 44 years, retiring in October 2012. His career with us started as a request in 1968 to “have a look at some boats that needed some attention”. On retirement he was elected an Honorary Member and continued to use the Club socially.

Colin’s professional career outwith the Club included work as an apprentice on one of the tenders used on Britannia. He was very proud of the fact that he worked on two of the boats in Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

He will be missed by all who knew him and had the great pleasure of working alongside him in the Repair Shed.

The Funeral will be at Greenock Crematorium on Wednesday 13th June at 11am. Then back to the Boat Club for a cup of tea. At the request of the family the bar will remain closed.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary


Message from Canada:

Jimmy Hendry (Jeweller) and I started to help Dick Downey, Alan Bownes and Kenny Campbell, who were sanding down, re-cocking, and varnishing the boats in the late 60’s/70’s. First met Colin around that time when he started fixing the boats. Did the usual helping with moving, and turning the craft.

I moved away from Greenock returning to the Boat Club in 1983 and surprise surprise Colin was still there. I felt that Colin needed someone he could rely on to provide slave labour and over the years until I left the area in 1995 I would press gang anyone in the competitive rowers to help him with riveting, holding on, sanding, varnishing, re-cocking, etc.

During that time I learned how to rivet and cut out replacement planks and other relatively simple tasks he would allow me to do.

Always found him to be a real gentleman and always grateful to any member who was able to help.

Please give my best regards to Betty and RIP Colin

Stewart Bates

All aspects of Club life continue to be very busy.

Thursday – Saturday the Ladies Changing room floor was repainted and new matting laid by Rose Sloan, Heather Scott and team leader Lynn Morrison.

Last Friday the Club hosted the Clydeview Academy school show fundraiser again. This year they are performing The Sound of Music 20th-22nd June. The event was very well attended by pupils, parents and staff.

On Saturday the Club competed in the Troon CRC Regatta off South Beach. Full report to follow, but we did win a few medals and some of the photos are stunning. Not least the one below taken by Derek Keatley, a new member to the Club.

On Saturday evening we hosted Greenock Hockey Clubs annual awards ceremony and party. Members of GHC have taken out Clubhouse membership of Royal West in order to give them a social base for their club. This event was a great success and another example of how the Club interacts with and supports other local sporting clubs.

Parking outside the Club can be a problem currently. During the day there has been a lot of construction workers parking but most notably on a Tuesday night when we are busy with Kayaking, Rowing & Weightwatchers. It has now come to the attention of Inverclyde Council and they have implemented a parking restriction from yesterday until 2nd November. There is now NO PARKING on the carriageway adjacent to the Club. Parking to be only in the designated parking bays. Please bear this in mind when attending the Club.

The Club has a number of prospective members currently. They are in their probationary/temporary membership period with access to all facilities and activities. The Committee would ask that the membership help ease their introduction to the Club by welcoming them into both the sporting and social life of the Club. If you see an unfamiliar face upstairs introduce yourself.

On a similar note, we have had a few visitors from the cruise ships enquire about the Club. We welcome their interest and have shown them round where appropriate. It may be nice if you do this that they are signed in and stay on for a drink and to experience local hospitality. This can only be of benefit to the Club and the town.

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