The committee has set the date for the 2016 Closing Cruise. This year the Closing Cruise will be on Saturday 15th October.

Weather permitting we will head to Rosneath for lunch.  We will need to be on the water for 11am.  In order to get boats sorted out please be at the club no later than 10:30am.

Given that this is our 150th year it would be great if we could get as many members as possible along.

Just a reminder about the Loch Etive camping trip on the weekend of 10th-11th September. Allan Cadenhead is starting to firm up plans, so anyone that wants to come needs get in touch – even if you already have. He is not likely to be around the club until the day of the Tail o’ The Bank, so please email  There is a closing date on this of Tuesday 30th August, purely to give me time to get things sorted.

Anyone that is coming, could you let Allan know if you’ve a roof rack as this could be a limiting factor for planning. If anyone is looking to buy one, I have a source for Thule.

The trip is open to all club paddlers.

Sunday 31st July 2016

Willie Bell, our new kayak convenor, is planning on running this club trip on Sunday 31st July 2016.

Can those interested please contact Willie Bell or Forbes Scott, preferably using the Facebook group RWSABC Kayakers but any means acceptable.  Boats will need to be transported from the club to the Erskine Bridge.  Can anyone able to transport boats on the day please let Willie know.

The timetable for the day is:

9:00   Meet at the Boat Club at
10:30 Arrive at Erskine (by car)
11:30  Be on the water
16:00 Arrive back at the Boat Club

It has been suggested that a group paddle from the Boat Club to Erskine and then join the main group.

Details of those going and needing a lift will be given nearer the time


As many of you will know Paul Edgar has stepped down from the position of Kayak Convenor a few weeks ago in order to spend more time focusing on coaching people who wanted to try their hand at kayaking.  This meant there was a vacancy in committee for the position of Kayak Convenor.  Alex Paterson, our VP, asked Willie Bell to join the Management Committee to represent the kayaking interests of the club.  I am please to say that Willie agreed without the need to resort to threats or bribery.

Just in case you don’t know Willie:


One of the participants, Greg Hinks, in the Grant Aquatic Extravaganza has written a blog about the event:

Due to time constraints the results of the kayak race were not announced at the afternoon events prize giving.  There were 23 entrants and everyone finished the course.

The top three male finishers were as follows:

Position Name Time
1 Colin Campbell 22:50
2 Gary Conner 23:51
3 Hugh Kerr 24:31


The top three female finishers were as follows:

Position Name Time
1 Frankie Hanson 26:35
2 Jess McInnes 26:36
3 Clair Kerr 29:19


Full list of times:

Position Name Time
1 Colin Campbell 22:50
2 Gary Conner 23:51
3 Hugh Kerr 24:31
4 Mark Hanson 24:37
5 Hugh Jamieson 24:57
6 Andrew Carruthers 25:20
7 Lindsay Dowds 25:22
8 Frankie Hanson 26:35
9 Jess McInnes 26:36
10 Tom Kater 29:05
11 Clair Kerr 29:19
12 Stuart Bam 29:45
13 Tracy Wallace 31:33
14 Emila Crighton 34:47
15 Emma Calder 35:10
16 Suzanne Nichol 35:21
17 Morven McCaughy 35:27
18 Paul Edgar 35:27
19 Mark Jones 37:54
20 Matt McElroy 37:55
21 Karen Radford 42:31
22 William Bell 42:31
23 Robert Todd 45:35

Winners and participants medals will be available behind the bar for those who did not receive them on the day.

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