Saturday 21st September – Castle to Crane Race
Saturday 21st September – Ukulele Session @ 2:45pm
Sunday 22nd September – Sailing come & try @ 2pm
Friday 27th September – Boat Club Session
Sunday 29th September – Sailing Come & Try @ 2pm
Sunday 13th October – Sailing Come & Try @ 2pm

Saturday 19th October – Closing Cruise
Saturday 19th October – RNLI Coffee Morning, 9:30 am – 1pm
Friday 25th October – Boat Club Session
Saturday 26th October – Fresh Water Sprints, Loch Tummel

Friday 1st November – Movie Night
Saturday 2nd November – Bonfire & Fireworks
Friday 22nd November – Barrie Kelly & the Ten Gallon Bratz @ 8pm
Friday 29th November – Boat Club Session

Friday 13th December – Boat Club Session
Tuesday 31st December – ***Hogmanay*** music by the Hogmanay Hooligans…

Wednesday 1st January – New Year’s Day Swim @ 2pm

If you would like any further information on any of the events please contact the Sporting Convenor or a member of the Committee

Your paddling convener (Willie Bell) hopes to organise a 2-Day Emergency First Aid Course.  At the end of this fully approved course you will be given a certificate to confirm your abilities in First aid.  This course could be used to confirm your ability as a first aider at work or for another organisation. 10 to 12 participants are required.  The date has not yet been set but two proposed dates are shown on the poster below.

This is an excellent course that will provide you with important skills that all people should posses.


Your paddling convener (Willie Bell)  is planning to arrange a Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course.  This course will be of interest to those who go out on the water and want to better understand coastal navigation, tides and weather.  This will be the second time that the Boat Club has run facilitated this course.  Previous participants found it a very valuable and rewarding course.  During the Course you will undertake the planning of a 2 day trip considering tides, weather and how these can aid paddling, sailing and rowing.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Willie at Please title the email “CNTP2.”  Use of Whatsapp, Facebook, the List at the Boat Club, or Doodle at (two kilo mike TANGO foxtrot foxtrot UNIFORM) is also acceptable.  (for information Doodle is a on-line platform that allows users to arrange meetings and courses by identifying the dates that you are available)

Shown below is a poster prepared for the event:

Shown below are the results for the 2019 RWSABC Tail O’ The Bank Surf Ski and kayak race held on 31 August in challenging conditions.

Some information on the event with a few photographs can be found here:

The results below only show those participants who completed the event.

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.

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