A few months ago, following an update to Committee about what was planned for the coming weeks, Tom Kater suggested that it would maybe constitute an interesting article on the website. It would let the membership understand how busy the clubhouse can be.

Below are organised events over the last week.
Wed 23rd Oct. Management Committee meeting. Bar open
Thurs 24th Oct. Boat loading for SCRA Freshwater Sprints. Bar open
Frid 25th Oct. Team head to Pitlochry for Freshwater Sprints. Boat Club Session. Bar open
Sat 26th Oct. Team attend Freshwater Sprints at Loch Tummel SC. Ukulele Session. Wedding photos taken at Club. Member hosted 21st birthday party. Bar open
Sun 27th Oct. Bar open
Mon 28th Oct. No activity
Tues 29th Oct. Weightwatchers. Re-arrangement of rowing boats for winter storage. Rowing cardio training commenced. Coastal navigation course started. Bar open

There have also been outings on or in the water by members.

This coming weekend is also very busy with November Movie Night on Friday, a First Aid course on Sat & Sun and Fireworks on Saturday night.

Tom Kater & Paul Edgar are arranging Winter Talks to commence in late January. Make sure you keep Wednesday nights free so you don’t miss these very informative talks.

If you can think of something that the members might find interesting on these dark winter nights please talk to one of the Committee members to see if we can accommodate it.

Set next to the beautiful Loch Tummel in the heart of Perthshire the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association hosted their end of season Freshwater Sprints last Saturday at Loch Tummel Sailing Club. This has been the venue for the last four years as it is relatively central for all the coastal clubs in Scotland. It is also a stunning location with great facilities.

The racing is in five regional teams plus St. Kilda, that is made up of rowers arranged on the day from all the other regions. Royal West is part of the SW Region. This stretches from Annan to Glasgow, includes the clubs on the islands in the Clyde and the Irish.

Three clubs shared the role as team captain this year. Vikki from Wigtown, Mel from FoCCRC and Karen from Royal West put together the crews and organised things during the day.

As well as racing St. Ayles Skiffs over a short sprint course in six lanes with a buoy turn, there was also a couple of straight sprint races that Royal West entered Sixteen number 15 into. This is named the Picnic Class

Unfortunately the SW regional boat suffered a few major equipment breakages, the first during the first race when we were in contention for first place. Over the day we broke a thole pin, two tillers, a foot rest and finally an oar. Not withstanding this we managed a first place and a few seconds. We finished 4th of the 6 regions.

In the Picnic Class the Club managed two 2nd places. Adam Graham finishing just behind a boat called Pascal from RowPorty. Karyn Donnachie got off to a slow start in the ladies race in the building head wind. At one point she nearly lost her oar, but quickly got into her stride and came back from fourth to finish second, ahead of Pascal from RowPorty. The combined scores achieved by Royal West from the two races was the same as the score achieved by RowPorty, meaning that they share the trophy again, as they did in 2017.

The trophy will be back on display in the clubhouse shortly.

Racing season might be over for another year but winter training & boat repairs have started. There is work to be done about the Club but also with other local clubs in encouraging them to build, row and compete. Should be a productive winter this year again in many aspects of life at the Club.

The Club will be represented this weekend at the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association end of season Freshwater Sprints event held at Loch Tummel Sailing Club.

Twelve members will form one quarter of the regional team being co-captained by the Club’s Rowing Convenor Karen Graham. As well as competing in St. Ayles Skiff races the Club is also hoping to retain the Picnic Class Trophy, won the past two years by Karyn Donnachie & Adam Graham.

Racing starts at 10am and continues until approx. 4:30pm if any other members interested in attending to spectate.

Following the racing the association holds its AGM, at which the Club will also be represented.

Our clubhouse is also busy this weekend with the October Boat Club Session on Friday, a Ukulele session on Saturday afternoon, one of our members is getting married on Saturday and will be using the clubhouse for photos. Then there is a private function on Saturday night.

Watch out for another article about the Club in the Greenock Telegraphy tomorrow.

Never a dull moment at the Club!!!

Friday 25th October – Boat Club Session
Saturday 26th October – Fresh Water Sprints, Loch Tummel

Friday 1st November – Movie Night
Saturday 2nd November – Bonfire & Fireworks
Sunday 10 November – Remembrance Sunday Service at Wellpark Mid-Kirk @ 10:30 for 10:45am
Friday 22nd November – Barrie Kelly & the Ten Gallon Bratz @ 8pm
Friday 29th November – Boat Club Session

Friday 13th December – Boat Club Session
Saturday 21st December – Christmas Movie Night
Tuesday 31st December – ***Hogmanay*** music by the Hogmanay Hooligans…

Wednesday 1st January – New Year’s Day Swim @ 2pm

If you would like any further information on any of the events please contact the Sporting Convenor or a member of the Committee

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