The year is kicking off with a lot of activity on and off the water.

As well as the various sporting disciplines all now back on the water during the week training, there are a number of events in the coming 6 weeks that all should be aware of.

Tonight – April Boat Club Session
Tomorrow – There is a squad attending the Port Seton Regatta on the East coast
Sunday – Beach tidy at 1pm

Next Saturday – Club’s rowing regatta with quiz and disco at night

Sat 12th May – Private Function in the clubhouse

Sat 19th May – Private function in the clubhouse
Sat 19th May – Members volunteering at Wheels-to-Water event at Castle Semple Loch. See Willie Bell for more info

Fri 25th May – May Boat Club Session
Sat 26th May – Private function in the clubhouse
This Private Function is the wedding of one of our members (Mr. Allan Downie is marrying Miss Lee Trotter). They are being married on the beach in the middle of the afternoon and then using the hall for the reception.
The Committee would politely request that members bear this in mind when planning their use of the Club on that date. Allan will have a lot of guests in attendance, and although we will have additional bar staff working most of the day, the bar may be quite busy. The snooker room will also be in use for the function from early in the day.

Sat 2nd June – Greenock Hockey Club prize giving and summer party

There are more events planned for June and July that will be posted in the coming weeks


Check out what Joe has planned for the 2018 Season on the revamped Swimming-2018 Season tab above.

Abbreviated version below

200 Club prize winners:


1st – Stan Austin
2nd – Alex Paterson
3rd – Ian Craig


1st – Ian Brockett
2nd – Sharon Dunn
3rd – Fraser Rose


It has been brought to my attention tonight that another Privately Owned boat, stored in the Kayak Shed, has been used without the owner’s permission. The boat was left dirty and with damage to the cockpit cover. This is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Management Committee.

Almost all of the boats in that shed are privately owned. The shelves they are stored on have the owner’s name on them. Unless you have the explicit permission of the boat owner to use it then it must not be used in any circumstance.

If you are part of a boat sharing consortium, please make sure you know exactly which boats you have permission from the owners to use.


Adam Graham
Honorary Secretary

Sadly we acknowledge the passing of one of the River Clyde’s most well known Sea Kayakers. While not a member, Duncan was a long term friend and supporter of the Club and its Kayaking activities. Known throughout the world not only as a Sea Kayaker who had paddled a considerable distance and in a number of locations around the globe. He was perhaps best known as a leading international authority on the history and development of sea kayaking, from its traditional roots to the modern sport.

As an early enthusiast in Kayaking he designed the ‘Clyde’ and ‘Gantock’ sea Kayaks from which many modern boats have evolved. He was a leading figure in establishing the Scottish Canoe Association and in the development of a coaching scheme to support safe club paddling.

While he wasn’t a member of Royal West, in the early days of Sea Kayaking on the River, through the Schools’ Canoe Association and the early days of establishing Kayaking in the club, he was around the Club a lot supporting activities and assessments. He attended the 150th commemorative celebrations and the Scottish Canoe Association South West Regional Forum at the Club in September last year.

We will miss his knowledge, enthusiasm and support.

Matt McElroy

The AGM last Thursday marked the end of Vice President Alex Paterson’s term in the post as chair of the management committee. He is to be congratulated for managing the committee and Club during the last three years, that have seen important events and improvements at the Club.

Alex’s proposed replacement, Heather Scott, was warmly welcomed into the post by the meeting. Heather was the first female member to hold an Office Bearers role on the management committee. As Honorary Treasurer for the last 6 years she has made sure we are financially compliant and stable, with no debt and money in the bank. Heather is now the first female member to be appointed as Vice President.

Another important event on Thursday was the approval of a revised Constitution. We had been asked last year by the Scottish Canoe Association and Royal Yachting Association to make some changes to be compliant with current equality regulations. We also took the opportunity to make some changes of our own to bring the Constitution up to date. These changes were presented to a General Meeting in February and subsequently finalised and approved at the AGM on Thursday. A revised copy of the Constitution is now on the Club website. Key changes were as follows;

  • It was made gender neutral
  • Disciplinary procedure was made clearer
  • Wording in some of the membership categories was clarified
  • Associate membership has been retitled Clubhouse membership to help distinguish what use they have of the facilities.

In the new Constitution the subs applicable to a Family membership equate to the sum of the subs due by the adult members of that group. Examples would be as follows;

  • Two adults, one who wants to participate on the water and one who only wants to use the bar, then the subs will be £250 + £61 = £311
  • Two adults, one who qualifies as a Life member, then the subs would be £250 + £158 = £408
  • Two adults, both who would qualify as Ordinary, then the subs would be 2 x £250 = £ 500
  • Single adult Ordinary member who wants to include their children up to the age of 17 years. Their subs for a Family membership would be £250

In all instances their dependent children would be acknowledged as members of the Family membership and have access to the facilities of the Club.

Rose will be issuing renewal notices shortly, alternatively there will be hard copies on the forms in the clubhouse tonight. We would ask that however you pay your Subs we need the renewal form completed and returned in order to know how much and by what method you have paid. There have been instances in the last year where people paid directly into the bank but did not put any reference on the electronic payment or paid at the bar but did not complete a form. We have been unable to identify who made some of these payments.

Dear Club Secretary, 

Please can you pass this information on to all of your Female members (over 18) and any other female’s who may be interested in attending this paddling event.

The Scottish Women’s Paddle Symposium

The aim of the weekend is to provide mentoring and inspiration to women who want to progress; whether that’s to gain a new qualification or purely for enjoyment; all in a social and supportive environment.  

The weekend has a wide verity of workshops at all levels so whether you want to try a new discipline, increase your confidence in a specific area, or improve on a specific skill or technique, there is a workshop for you. It is also a fantastic opportunity to get to know and paddle with like minded people.  

Venue: Snowgoose, Corpach, Fort William

Disciplines: Sea Kayak, Open Canoe and White Water. 

Date 11th – 13th May (Workshops starts on the Saturday). 

You can find out more and book the weekend here

Any questions just give the office a call on 01313 177314 or email

Many thanks for your help. 


The Opening Cruise is planned for Saturday 31st March.

Plan to leave the beach by 11:30 (so at Club no later than 11:00 for boat allocation) and head for Kilcreggan Hotel via Kilcreggan beach. Lunch at the hotel and back to the Club about 3pm (ish)

All sporting disciplines welcome and encouraged, although swimmers may want to leave a little earlier if not travelling by boat!!!!

The AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 29th March.

As of the AGM there will be a number of vacancies on the Management Committee. We will be looking to fill at least the following posts:
Honorary Treasurer
Bar Convenor
House Convenor

Anyone interested in any of these post should contact the Vice President or Honorary Secretary

One of the other topics for approval is the revised Constitution debated at a GM on 20th Feb. Updated version of this is available via the link below.

Const_Draft 05 March 2018

Wording highlighted in yellow is the amended version, original available if you look under ABOUT tab.

Agenda for the meeting and copy of minutes from 2017 AGM are below.

AGM Agenda 2018

AGM Minutes 2017

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

Just a wee reminder of some of the events the clubhouse will be hosting this week.

Tuesday – SCA are meeting with a kayaking group to further develop our relationship with them
Wednesday – Monthly management committee meeting
Thursday – Talk by Colin Campbell on the SCA awards scheme
Friday – Rum tasting night
Saturday – 6 Nations Rugby on the Big Screen (Super Saturday)

Thursday, Friday & Saturday events are open to all members to attend.

If you can help out by spending a few hours at the Club on Sunday please contact George via

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