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On Wednesday afternoon last week a 14 strong crew of oarsmen broke a World Record that has stood for 26 years. Amongst the crew was a Royal West member and former Club Captain F.Duncan Graham (pictured in the lower right above).

The crew had been training secretly for months on the River Thames. They all row for Thames Skiff Racing clubs and are all 50+

Over the last few months you may have noticed an increase in rowing activity from the beach. Other then the Club attending various regattas during that time we have also been preparing for the St. Ayles Skiff World Championships in Stranraer from 7th-13th July. A team of 18 members will be competing in 11 events over 5 of the 6 days of racing.

SkiffieWorlds is a colourful and friendly celebration of coastal rowing. Stranraer and Loch Ryan in South West Scotland has been selected as the venue for this major international coastal rowing event ‘SkiffieWorlds 2019’. With a record entry of 693 crews from 57 clubs worldwide, including teams from as far away as the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Tasmania and Europe, this World Championship event for the St Ayles Skiff class of Coastal Rowing Boats is not to be missed. More information is available at

On Thursday night last week there was a final formal briefing to the team at which the new racing kit was issued. The kit was paid for by a very kind sponsor Orr Kerr Dyke Financial Services Ltd. It was presented to the team by the Club’s Vice President, Heather Scott, who wished them all the best at the championships and thanked the sponsor for their generous donation.

Pictured round the boat they will be racing, Chippy McNish. L-R Julie Evans, Helen Hazlett, Liz McMahon, Rose Sloan, Marie Paterson, Angela Jones, Karen Graham (Rowing Convenor), Elaine Hunter, Alex Paterson, Hugh Jamieson, Derek Keatley, Ronald Graham, Adam Graham, Ian Clark.

Not pictured but also in the team are Mat Henderson, Andrew Graham, Ali Wright, Karyn Donnachie & Karen Radford.

Some of the team proudly displaying their new racing tops
Photos by Derek C. Keatley


We are 3 months into the subscriptions year and the majority of Subs have been gratefully received. We do need to remind any members who have not paid their Subs as yet, that from the 1st July the Constitution precludes you from making use of the Club until such time as you have paid your Subs.

The season has gotten off to a great start with plenty of activity on the water and about the clubhouse. Lets keep that level of enthusiasm going into the events planned for the rest of the Summer, including the following;

Sunday 7th – 13th July – Skiffieworlds 2019
Friday 19th July – Open Social Swim
Friday 26th July – Member come & try a different Sport Evening & BBQ
Friday 26th July – Boat Club Session
Sunday 28th July – Erskine Bridge Trip
Saturday 3rd August – Clyde Swim
Friday 23rd August – Open Social Swim
Saturday 31st August – Tail o the Bank Kayak Race
Saturday 21st September – Castle to Crane Race

Three years ago our club celebrated its 150th birthday.

Time has passed and club members have moved on in their lives but, if like me, you remember what a part Royal West played in your early life this message is appropriate.

So, what is the message?

Simply put, it’s to appeal to you to contribute to the funding required to celebrate the history of the club in a tangible way, by commissioning & installing a bespoke stained glass panel internally across one of the windows in the bar area of the club.

One of the Club’s sub-groups has been working on this idea for some months and local man, Alec Galloway, a well-respected worker in stained glass, has been commissioned to design and construct the window. Alec is one of the pre-eminent workers in stained glass in Scotland and has enthusiastically taken up this project. It is well worth checking his web-site to see the quality and range of his work.

Having seen the early sketches I can report that the window will greatly enhance the bar area and remind us of the heritage of Royal West.

The sum we have to raise is £3,500 and your contribution to this would be greatly appreciated

If you donate £50 or more you will get an invitation to the formal ceremony to unveil the window. A donation of £100 or more will see your name inscribed on a board adjacent to the window.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you’ll positively respond to this appeal.

Best wishes

Hugh Kerr

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