As part of the ongoing Ogilvies development the remainder of the old fence & metalwork are likely to be removed in the coming days. This is ahead of the wall being reduced in height from next week.

It is being reduced to approximately 1100mm high on our side from the back of the new Boathouse through to just before the Ladies Changing room at the rear.

Almost all of the work will be undertaken from the other side of the wall, so minimal disruption on our side.

We have negotiated retaining some of the stone to build up the ground level in front and to the West of the new Boathouse. This should give us protection from erosion and possibly some usable space.

The stone will be deposited to the West of the Boathouse for us to use and it would be good if each member could find a few hours in the coming weeks to help relocate it.

Photos by Alex Workmen

On Saturday 31 August 2019, 31 competitors had signed up to participate in the RWSABC Tail O’ The Bank Kayak and Surf Ski race.  Conditions were very windy and the course was changed from the original course that goes out into the Clyde and around the Captayannis sugar ship to a course up and down The Esplanade.  At the end, 3 surf ski competitors completed the 10 mile event with the winner being Robin Lang from Canada with a time of 1h39m, second was Alan Hunter from North Berwick with a time of 1h45m and third was Steve Glynn from Devon with a time of 1h51m.  Only one competitor finished the full 10 mile course in a kayak and that was Colin Campbell of RWSABC with a time of 1h49m.  Two Boat Club members completed the 4 mile event which was won by Mark Hansen with a time of 45m.  Mark Gallagher also completed the 4 mile event with a time of 50 minutes.
Challenge Medals were presented to Susan Smith from Drumchapel and Clydebank Kayak Club who had to retire after 6 miles and to Paul Hignet from Bishopbriggs who was competing in his first ever sea race and who also retired early.
There is an excellent write up of the event in Inverclyde Now and you can read more about the event by following this link:

The YouTube video below is the official release from the team who set a new World Record for rowing Loch Ness last month.

Royal West member and former Club Captain Duncan Graham is one of the crew, third seat back from the bow.

On Wednesday afternoon last week a 14 strong crew of oarsmen broke a World Record that has stood for 26 years. Amongst the crew was a Royal West member and former Club Captain F.Duncan Graham (pictured in the lower right above).

The crew had been training secretly for months on the River Thames. They all row for Thames Skiff Racing clubs and are all 50+

Over the last few months you may have noticed an increase in rowing activity from the beach. Other then the Club attending various regattas during that time we have also been preparing for the St. Ayles Skiff World Championships in Stranraer from 7th-13th July. A team of 18 members will be competing in 11 events over 5 of the 6 days of racing.

SkiffieWorlds is a colourful and friendly celebration of coastal rowing. Stranraer and Loch Ryan in South West Scotland has been selected as the venue for this major international coastal rowing event ‘SkiffieWorlds 2019’. With a record entry of 693 crews from 57 clubs worldwide, including teams from as far away as the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Tasmania and Europe, this World Championship event for the St Ayles Skiff class of Coastal Rowing Boats is not to be missed. More information is available at

On Thursday night last week there was a final formal briefing to the team at which the new racing kit was issued. The kit was paid for by a very kind sponsor Orr Kerr Dyke Financial Services Ltd. It was presented to the team by the Club’s Vice President, Heather Scott, who wished them all the best at the championships and thanked the sponsor for their generous donation.

Pictured round the boat they will be racing, Chippy McNish. L-R Julie Evans, Helen Hazlett, Liz McMahon, Rose Sloan, Marie Paterson, Angela Jones, Karen Graham (Rowing Convenor), Elaine Hunter, Alex Paterson, Hugh Jamieson, Derek Keatley, Ronald Graham, Adam Graham, Ian Clark.

Not pictured but also in the team are Mat Henderson, Andrew Graham, Ali Wright, Karyn Donnachie & Karen Radford.

Some of the team proudly displaying their new racing tops
Photos by Derek C. Keatley


We are 3 months into the subscriptions year and the majority of Subs have been gratefully received. We do need to remind any members who have not paid their Subs as yet, that from the 1st July the Constitution precludes you from making use of the Club until such time as you have paid your Subs.

The season has gotten off to a great start with plenty of activity on the water and about the clubhouse. Lets keep that level of enthusiasm going into the events planned for the rest of the Summer, including the following;

Sunday 7th – 13th July – Skiffieworlds 2019
Friday 19th July – Open Social Swim
Friday 26th July – Member come & try a different Sport Evening & BBQ
Friday 26th July – Boat Club Session
Sunday 28th July – Erskine Bridge Trip
Saturday 3rd August – Clyde Swim
Friday 23rd August – Open Social Swim
Saturday 31st August – Tail o the Bank Kayak Race
Saturday 21st September – Castle to Crane Race

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