It is with deepest regret that we intimate the passing of Captain Allan MacFeate on Saturday 5th September 2020.

Allan loved coming along to the Club with his son Derek and two grandchildren.

The procession will leave from the family home on The Esplanade on Thursday 17th September at 1230Hrs to the RWSABC (1235hrs), Greenock Wanderers Rugby Club (1240Hrs), the Cricket Club (1245Hrs) then Greenock Crematorium for a Private service

Heather I. Scott

After a number of years of service to the Club, either on Committee or helping to run events, Karen Graham had indicated earlier this year her intention to step down as Rowing Convenor at the AGM. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March, she agreed to continue in the role to help provide stability in what were turbulent and frightening times. As that storm has eased she feels it appropriate to step aside now and let her proposed successor, Karyn Donnachie, take the helm full time.

Karen Graham started rowing at the Club in the mid 90′s, competing in the numerous Scottish Jollyboat Championship events before winning her first international event, the Coxed Pairs at the 1999 Celtic Watersports Festival in Largs. Her re-engagement in competitive rowing back in 2010, when the Club helped found the SCRA, led to joining the Committee in March 2017.

Other than encouraging the growth of competitive rowing at the Club in the last few years she has also been involved in running a number of events at the Club or organising the teams to attend events all over Scotland. Her enthusiasm for all aspects of rowing at the Club led to the inhouse refurbishment of two of our four Jollyboats, to make them seaworthy for the Castle to Crane races. Due to her encouragement the Club again had the largest entry at this event last year, with two Jollyboats and two St. Ayles Skiffs. We also provided two of the safety boats and the Start Line Team.

Karen organised and took a team of 20 to represent the Club at the Skiffie World Championships last year. Most of the crews made their event finals, one of them only just missed out on the medals by a few seconds. The entire team plus all the accompanying family and friends had a fantastic time there for a week. Credit must go to Karen for taking the Club to a new level.

Since Karyn Donnachie was co-opted onto Committee earlier in the year she has been working with Karen Graham in order to maintain continuity. Karen will continue to provide Karyn with support in the coming months as we start to get back out rowing and will remain an integral part of the competitive rowing group at the Club.

More than 300 Outings have been logged since we re-opened the Sheds on the 30th May and a few refreshments partaken in the Clubhouse in the last month – it’s been great to see so many Members back enjoying the Club and made all the hard work worthwhile.

However, we are still in Phase 3 and the Committee would ask that you take the time to re-familiarise yourself with the current procedures that are in place before your next visit. Check back through this news page for these.

We aspire for the Royal West to be a model of responsible activity during this pandemic. We all have a responsibility to achieve this. Our actions, as seen by the wider community, influence others and have an impact on the reputation of the RWSABC. Please be aware of this in everything you do while down at the Boat Club.


If you wish to make use of the Club, then you must understand and adhere to the procedures set out – failure to do so may result in activities being suspended or the Clubhouse being closed until Phase 4.

• Use the hand gel as you arrive and before you open any doors or touch any equipment
• Buoyancy Aids, Cags and Spraydecks must be taken home with you
• Physical distancing of 2 metres between households AT ALL TIMES
• A maximum of 2 in any shed at any one time
• A maximum of 4 people on the hard and 2 in the repair area
• A maximum of 2 down by the Boathouse and 4 on the beach
• A maximum of 8 on the water from 5 households
• You can use the Toilets but not the Changing rooms or Showers
• Please remember to take all your kit, water bottles with you and bin your rubbish!
• Use of the sporting facilities & Club equipment is for MEMBERS ONLY
• We would also ask you not to post photos on the Club Facebook pages that do not comply with the current rules on group sizes or physical distancing

• Use the hand gel as you arrive
• Maximum group size is 6
• Maximum of 3 households in any one group
• Physical distancing of 2 metres between households AT ALL TIMES
• The Clubhouse is open to Members and their household members – NO GUESTS
• Always follow the one-way system
• Sign in everyone in your party, along with the time of arrival
• Return your Glasses to the bar before you leave
• Use the antiseptic sprays that are on each of the tables

If you have any questions concerning the procedures, please contact a Member of the Committee


Please see below a short video demonstrating how to use the Club Bar in the coming couple of weeks.

Brilliantly Filmed again by Karen Radford, with the help of some vagrant Members as extras.

The formal guidance will be published later tonight.

Trust everyone who made use of the Beer Garden at the weekend enjoyed themselves. It was great to see people in the real world again, using the Club for more than sports. Adherence to the guidance was great. Understand the video helped, as well as adding some entertainment.

As relaxations of the Scottish Government restrictions continue we have been working on a plan for the re-opening of the internal spaces for seating. The formal guidance and another video will be published in the coming days, ahead of our planned opening internally on Thursday 16th July at 8pm.

For the remainder of July we plan to open the following hours;
Thursday 8pm – 11pm
Friday 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 2pm – 10pm
Sunday 3pm – 7pm

Thank you for your continued support.

Look forward to seeing you on the water and about the Club.


Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Please have a look at the video below. It demonstrates how to use the club while the beer garden is in operation.

We would ask that you read the published guidance on the Club website as well.

We would prefer payment by card if at all possible.

Please use this facility respectful of our neighbours and other users.

Be safe


As intimated in the Greenock Telegraph today, George’s funeral will take place this Saturday morning. The funeral cortege will be leaving from his home at approximately 9:45am.

We would respectfully ask that Members visiting the Club avoid parking cars on that side of the Esplanade from lunchtime on Friday until after the cars have left to progress along the Esplanade on Saturday.

As the service at St. Mary’s R.C. Church is private and there will be restrictions on numbers at Knocknairshill Cemetery, it may be appropriate for the Members to show their respects as George passes his second home.

It is with the deepest of regret that we intimate the passing today of George Hossack.

Mary and the family asked the Club inform the membership that he passed away peacefully at home.

We will of course keep you informed of any funeral arrangements and how we can all pay our respects.

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