Joe Heffernan

I am an Open Water Swimmer at the RWSABC. I am also the Hon Secretary of the RWSABC.

There has been a small update to the COVID procedures for Water Sports.  The update consists of a single slide that shows the Zones at RWSABC.  This is shown below.

As a reminder Water Sports are allowed, but only with a maximum Group Size of 2.

To see the updated procedures go to:

https://bit.ly/32HMcl1   

 

The AGM of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will take place online via Zoom at 8:00pm on Thursday, 4 February. An email has been sent to all Members with email addresses. Please contact Joe Heffernan, Honorary Secretary if you have not received information about the AGM and he will send it to you.

You can see the email online at:

https://mailchi.mp/e6a448a4a278/rwsabc-agm-for-20192020-announcement

The COVID Procedures for Water Sports at the Royal West have been updated to reflect that Mainland Scotland is in a lockdown that commenced on 5 January.

These Procedures reflect that you may still take part in outdoor activities so long as:

  • The maximum party size is 2 persons (Children under 12 do not count towards the 2 person limit)
  • You do not travel to the Royal West from outside Inverclyde
  • You start and end your excursion at the Royal West

Given these limits on numbers be sure to check that the area at the Royal West where you want to go doesn’t already have some people in it.  If someone has arrived before you wait until they have cleared out.

You must wear a face mask/face covering when in the sheds or boat house with another person.

You must plan your excursion in such a way that you minimise the possibility that the emergency services will be contacted.

The full Procedures can be found at the Link Shown below:

https://bit.ly/32HMcl1              3 2 HOTEL MIKE charlie lima 1

If you have questions please contact Joe Heffernan.

Keep Safe!

Starting on the morning of Friday, 1 January the RWSABC COVID Procedures for Water Sports have changed to reflect that Inverclyde has been in Level 4 Local Restrictions since Boxing Day.

This means that rowing and sailing are restricted to a single household.  Swimming can take place in groups of up to 8 if you follow the procedures for FORMAL outings.  Kayaking can take place with more than 2 households participating so long as you follow the procedures for FORMAL outings.

Some points to note are:

  • If paddling you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Kayaking that can be found at https://bit.ly/KayakRA (KILO alpha yankee alpha kilo ROMEO APLPHA)
  • If swimming you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Rowing and Swimming that can be found at https://bit.ly/rowswimRA (romeo oscar whiskey sierra whiskey india ROMEO ALPHA)
  • Everyone should review the updated COVID procedures which can be found at https://bit.ly/32HMcl1 (3 2 HOTEL MIKE charlie lima 1)
  • For FORMAL outing one person in the group needs to contact the COVID Officer by email or WhatsApp before the Outing to say you have read and understood the risk assessment, the date, start time and expected duration of your outing and who you expect to be on the outing
  • The same person needs to contact the COVID Officer after the outing to give the actual duration and to confirm those who participated
  • The COVID Officer (Joe Heffernan) can be contacted at email address formaloutings@rwsabc.com or via WhatsApp to mobile 07920 381372
  • Under Level 4 local restrictions you should not travel to the club if you do not live in Inverclyde

If you have any questions please contact Joe Heffernan (COVID Officer) via email to secretary@rwsabc.com

Keep Safe!

Due to the continuing closure of the Bar and no clear date when we might reopen it is prudent to reduce the stock held.
We wish to give away our non-alcoholic drinks that have gone past their ‘Best Before Dates’. We tried to sell them at an earlier sale, but no one was interested. We now hope that the price is right.
There is a selection of still and fizzy wines that we would also like to sell off.
If you wish to purchase anything shown below please send an email to sales@rwsabc.com, stating what you would like to purchase. Each item has a reference number, in most cases, this will be enough to identify it.
However:
Item Reference 9 – Please state how many lots of 4 bottles you want
Item Reference 10 – Please state how many individual bottles you wish to purchase
Sales will be based on first come first served. If you are successful, you will receive an email telling you how to make an Internet Banking transfer to pay for the purchase. Only payment by Internet Banking will be accepted.
DO NOT PAY UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A REPLY TO CONFIRM THE SALE!
Once the funds have been received into the Bank, we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection at the Royal West.

Starting on the morning of Saturday, 12 December the RWSABC COVID Procedures have changed to reflect that Inverclyde has now moved in Level 2 Local Restrictions.

This allows Rowing and Swimming with more than 2 households to take place at the Royal West. Paddlesports were allowed to meet together in groups of larger than 2 households while under Level 3 restrictions so they will see little change in the procedures.

Some points to note are:

  • If paddling you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Kayaking that can be found at https://bit.ly/KayakRA
  • If rowing or swimming you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Rowing and Swimming that can be found at https://bit.ly/rowswimRA
  • Everyone should review the updated COVID procedures which can be found at https://bit.ly/32HMcl1
  • One person needs to contact the COVID Officer by email or WhatsApp before the Outing to say you have read and understood the risk assessment, the date, start time and expected duration of your outing and who you expect to be on the outing
  • The same person needs to contact the COVID Officer after the outing to give the actual duration and to update the participants if there have been changes compared to the initial email
  • The COVID Officer (Joe Heffernan) can be contacted at email address formaloutings@rwsabc.com or via the Rowing TRAINING WhatsApp Group or via WhatsApp to mobile 07920 381372
  • If not living in Inverclyde please check whether you are allowed to travel to a Level 2 area.

We hope these updated procedures will see more people taking advantage of water sports at the Royal West.

If you have any questions please contact Joe Heffernan (COVID Officer) via email to secretary@rwsabc.com

Happy paddling, rowing and swimming!

The Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Clubhouse has been lit up tonight, Sunday 6 December, to celebrate ‘Light up Inverclyde’.  Light up Inverclyde has been organised by Ardgowan Hospice to remember our loved ones while celebrating the amazing people that make up our community right now.

The Committee approved the purchase of a Mobile Phone for the Royal West.  One reason for this is to allow people wanting to get information about the Club to use text and WhatsApp messaging.  People wanting to contact the Royal West can also leave a Voice Message.  The current land line with it’s voice mail isn’t very convenient to check on a regular basis.

In the future, it is the intention to use this phone to send out text messages to provide rapid updates when required and to keep the membership informed.

The phone will be kept by the (Hon) Secretary.

The phone has been purchased and number for the phone is 07920 381372

The holder of the phone may not be able to answer the phone at all times so either leave a message, send a text message or send a WhatsApp message.  The Secretary will try to respond within 24 hours.

Joe Heffernan (Hon) Secretary

Scottish Canoeing Association (SCA) has updated their guidance.  The Guidance includes changes for ‘Organised Paddlesport Activity’.  These changes will allow groups larger than 2 households and maximum 6 persons to go out together for ‘organised’ paddlesports.

Informal paddlesport outings and other sports at RWSABC are still limited to a maximum of 2 households and maximum of 6 persons.

General Changes for ALL Water Sports at RWSABC are:

  • You should wear  a face mask / face covering when inside any shed, toilet area or the Boat House
  • You should download and install the Protect Scotland App onto your smart phone
For Organised Paddlesport Activity the following procedure should be followed:
  • One person should plan and organise the paddle, you could have up to 30 people in the excursion.  This person should check the weather and tides.  Determine a likely destination and duration for the excursion.  Identify the people that are going to be on the excursion.
  • This person should review the RWSABC COVID Risk Assessment for kayaking (follow the link shown below to view this Risk Assessment)
  • This person is to send an email to formaloutings@rwsabc.com stating 1. – They have reviewed and understand the Risk Assessment. 2. – The date and expected departure time of paddle and expected duration. 3.- The names of the RWSABC members who are expected to participate in the paddle.
  • After the paddle this person is to send an email to formaloutings@rwsbac.com providing 1.- The actual start and end time of the excursion. 2.- An update if the actual participants do not match those who were expected to attend.

You will find a link to the Risk Assessment below (Opens in new window)

RWSABC COVID Risk Assessment for Kayaking <- Risk Assessment Link

You will find a link to the updated COVID procedures below (Opens in new window)

RWSABC COVID Procedures for Water Sports 14 November <- Updated COVID Procedures Link

If you have any queries please contact Joe Heffernan, RWSABC COVID Officer by sending an email to secretary@rwsabc.com

Stay Safe!

Show the other side of Inverclyde this December 6th and shine a light. At 6pm Argowan Hospice is inviting individuals and businesses to come together to Light Up Inverclyde!
Much like other annual hospice events this year, COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted their ability to safely host their usual December Light up a Life campaign, service and tree lighting ceremony.

 

However rather than shrugging their shoulders and quietly switching on their Christmas Tree lights this year, they have decided to go big and Light Up Inverclyde!

 

Not only will it be an opportunity to remember loved ones, this is an opportunity to join together as a community to celebrate the “other side of Inverclyde”. The side that may not have been shown and celebrated during recent national coverage, the side that have:

  • supported local charities when they have struggled this year
  • set up grassroots community aid groups
  • kept an eye out for neighbours living alone
  • hosted fun virtual events to keep our spirits raised
  • kept our shops and services running no matter how difficult the situation became
  • been a light throughout the darkness

The Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will Light Up the Clubhouse to remember our loved ones while celebrating the amazing people that make up our community right now. We will do this on Sunday, 6 December between 6 and 7pm.

We encourage everyone to participate! You can find more information at:
https://ardgowanhospice.org.uk/event/lightupinverclyde/

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