Renewal Certificate came in last month.

Another development of available activities at the Club

Nice message from David

Annual General Meeting

The Club’s AGM will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020, commencing at 8pm.

Members are reminded that the bar will not open on that evening until the meeting has concluded.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

As most of you will know as well as the many other activities planned and already happening both on and off the water we are also working hard to clean up our beach with the intention of creating a Community area where Members and Families can come down and enjoy the beach we are so lucky to have at our club. BBQs, get togethers, kids skimming stones and adults enjoying a refreshment whilst looking across the Clyde with friends on a summers evening is all part of the vision the Committee have for our beach. This is something that will not happen overnight but with your help and funds being raised specifically for this cause… is something we all feel and hope is achievable with a bit of hard work and effort.

So what can you do to help?

Keep doing what you are doing! We have had a great response so far and I would like to thank all members that came along and rolled up their sleeves, got involved in the various work parties throughout 2019 and raised money towards the Community Beach Project.

The team effort and sense of Royal West Community has been outstanding even when there were some tough & heavy jobs to be done like #Sleepergate, #Pointthewallgate, #Drystonedykegate and #Howbigsyerbeach. You turned up in great numbers and really made a difference. Having now introduced a Slip cleaning rota you volunteers from across all the sporting disciplines, came forward & not just put your name down but turned up and carried out the work in the month you said you would. I would like to thank you all and hope you continue to support our various work parties & rotas in 2020. If you have never been along to help at a work party before or not for a long time……just turn up…get involved! Bring a flask of coffee and a couple of biscuits…’s not work its socialising with other members at your club and you will be made most welcome.

Coming Soon – Annual Beach Tidy and Removal of Old Trailers

Our beach unfortunately & especially to the East corner is currently littered with rusting old trailers, most of which have not been used for many years or are not used from one year to the next. None of these trailers have any additional storage subscription paid and have been taking up space on our beautiful beach for years. It is the Clubs’ intention to remove this rusting eyesore to not only tidy up the beach but to utilise the area. Have a look yourself at the pictures below……is this what you want to see at your Club?

If you are the rightful owner of any of these trailers we would be grateful if you could let us know or come and remove it. If your trailer has not been removed by the start of March it will be assumed you have no further requirement for it and it will be picked up and locally recycled. Our beach is there to try and provide you with a place for boats that are being used throughout the year. It is not, as it sometimes looks, an old storage yard for boats that are not being used regardless if you are paying a small fee or not. So if you have a vessel on the beach that is not being used or has not been used in the last 12 months then please remove it. I’m more than happy to try and help you remove it……..just drop an email to

The Season Ahead

This years RWSABC Inspection of the Boats will be taking place in the middle of February and this is our normal cue for getting the Club and beach prepared for the fantastic season ahead. So as mentioned above our Annual start of the season Beach and Club tidy will take place on Sunday 9th Feb 11.00. If you are available let me know or just come along on the day (remember your flask and a few extra biscuits for the Beach Convenor).

Once again thank you all so much for your efforts during 2019, and here’s to another great year at the Royal West Scotland.

Stuart Barr
Beach Convenor

Not resting our laurels after such a good start to the year, the Club is hosting a meeting of Fixed Seat coastal rowing associations next Saturday & Sunday (8th & 9th)

There will be representatives from Scottish Coastal Rowing Assoc. (SCRA), Cornish Pilot Gig Assoc. (CPGA), Irish Coastal Rowing Federation (ICRF), Welsh Sea Rowing Assoc. (WSRA), Shetland Yole Racing Assoc. (SYRA) as well as some smaller boat classes being represented. This meeting is intended for these bodies to share experiences and form new bonds between like minded associations.

Some of the delegates will arrive on Friday evening and have been invited to make use of the social facilities of the Club. The Committee has granted all delegates temporary membership of the Club for the weekend under Clause 19.4 of the Constitution.

The conference organisers are aware of the Scotland v England 6 Nations game on Saturday at 16:45. Every effort will be made to accommodate this on the Big Screen in the Hall. Members should be aware that the delegates will be dining in the Hall following the game, catered from the Snooker room. In every other respect the Club remains open and accessible to the Members from 14:30.

On Sunday 9th Feb Stuart Barr has organised a tidy of the boat sheds and external areas.

Another busy weekend ahead at Royal West.

Carrying on from the success of the first Curry and Quiz Night on 7 December Vicky and Rob are organising another one to take place on Saturday 15 February at 7pm.  There will be a great selection of curries from Priya’s Palace and a fun quiz with a hint of Valentine’s trivia.  Tickets cost £15 per person and can be purchased at the Bar.


On Robert Burns’ Birthday (25 January) the ‘Bard at the Boat Club’ event took place to celebrate the legacy of Scotland’s Bard.

Around 60 participants set down to a traditional Burn’s Supper buffet followed by entertainment.  This was a Burn’s Supper with a modern twist.  Hugh and Clair Kerr started the celebration of Burns with an superb rendition of Tam O’shanter (including horse!).  Music and song was provided by Al Black, Gordon McKenzie and a duet consisting of Rose Sloan and Tom Kater. The spoken word was provided by Lesley McLaren who read a Liz Lochhead poem and Stephen Watt, a modern day beat poet from Dumbarton.  Stephen recited 3 of his own poems.  The assembly ended a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

A raffle was held and those attending were exceptionally generous in donating prizes and purchasing tickets.

After the Bard at the Boat Club those present settled down to watch SUNSHINE ON LEITH and many sang along to The Proclaimers songs that run through this film.

Thank you to all who attended this event.  Congratulations and gratitude to those who organising this event and provided help .

Profits from this event will be used to support the RWSABC Development Fund.

We’re delighted to say that we’ve received funding for a supply of free period products for our members, participants and visitors. They’ll be in Ladies Changing rooms and Toilets, if you ever get caught short and need to use them.

RWSABC would like to thank Scottish Canoe Association for putting the Club forward on our behalf and to SportScotland for the donation.

Please use this link for more information Free Period Products

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