The Club has a busy weekend coming up with the P1 Powerboats being in town. It would be great if the membership could help out at the following;

  1. Sat 17th June, 09:30 – 12:30 Beach & shed tidy ahead of P1 Powerboat event
  2. Thurs 22nd June 18:00 – 19:00 Put up bunting round Club
  3. Sat & Sun 24th & 25th June, all day Volunteers to assist with security at entrance, clearing glasses, picking up rubbish, making up rolls, selling rolls, tea & coffee

If we spread the load then we will all get a chance to enjoy the event.

If you can attend either of the first two above please just turn up. If you can help out at the third please drop me a line to so I know how we are placed for that day.

Will also get this out on Facebook, so please share to get the word out to as many of our members as possible.



Other types of boat are available and welcome


As you are no doubt aware the P1 Powerboat event is back again this year on the last weekend of June.

The clubhouse will be open as normal over that weekend, albeit that we will open the bar earlier on the Saturday & Sunday. Members and their guests are encouraged to attend and view the event from the balcony or hard in front of the clubhouse.

How will the event impact on normal operation?
  • There will be “soft” security at the entrance from the Esplanade checking membership cards, please have them with you. Alternatively, over this coming weekend paid up members can buy a specially designed RWSABC wristband for £1
  • Members will be asked not to take glassware off the balcony onto the hard. There will be plastic pint & half pint tumblers available. This is to minimise the possibility of broken glass down there and also reduce the area the glass collectors need to cover.
  • Members will not be able to launch any boat off the Club beach during the Saturday & Sunday, as we are within an exclusion zone for the event. Will post the Notice to Mariners on the Club noticeboard when received.
  • We have let the Club beach and hard above it to the event organisers for the jet bikes & jet skis to use as a localised base during the event. This will be out-of-bounds to all members to avoid any accidents or injuries.
  • The Esplanade, all side roads between it and Eldon Street as well as the north side of Eldon Street will either be closed to vehicles or have parking restrictions from midnight on the Wednesday. Please be aware of this when parking in the few days before the weekend.
  • There will be no public parking outside the clubhouse.
  • The participants and event organisers will be granted temporary membership for the weekend, on presentation of their accreditation. Please make them welcome.

The Chinese State Circus is also in the Battery Park over that weekend. So Fort Matilda and the surrounding streets will be very busy.

Unlike last year, we WILL NOT be opening the hard to the public. Furthermore, ONLY guests accompanied by a member will be granted access.

Trust the above clarified the arrangements for that weekend.

Adam A. Graham

Hon. Sec.

On Sunday 4th June from 10am until 4pm, the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will be giving tours of its clubhouse on Greenock Esplanade and running free kayak taster sessions suitable for those with no prior experience or anyone considering returning to the sport. The sessions are aimed at adults. 14 to 18 year olds are also welcome but need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All you need to take is spare clothes plus a towel and you can give it a go. For further details, or to book in advance, please email the club: .

Below are a couple of flyers that Willie Bell has produced with more information, if you want to circulate them.

RWSABC Go Kayaking flyer for 4th June 2017

If you are interested in helping or participating please contact Willie via

Adam Graham

We have not yet worked out how to make the calendar more interactive, but we have updated it so you can see in a simpler format the functions and events booked at the Club.

You can click on the link below or follow the About tab to the page on the website.

If there is anything you want added in please email me on

Will try and keep this updated through the Summer

Adam Graham

Hon. Sec.

Year 2017-18 started at the beginning of April, with subs due by the end of April.
There have been a few changes at the Club in the last few weeks.
  1. We have a new Rowing Convenor, Karen Graham. Karen has been a member for a number of years, having rowed for the Club since the mid-90′s.
  2. We have replaced the cellar chiller plant. This should improve the condition of the draught beer.
  3. We have moved to Tennent’s Caledonian as our draught beer supplier. They were already supplying all of our cans and bottles, this has rationalised deliveries and allowed us to widen & update our draught offer. We are now serving Tennent’s Lager, Caledonian Best and Heverlee Lager, as well as retaining Tartan and Guinness.
  4. The security system has been replaced and linked with the new fire detection system. Both then connected to a 24 hr monitoring centre.

Coming up are the following;

  1. Tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd May) the telecoms mast will be taken down. We have retained the fence panels and will be using these elsewhere on the grounds.
  2. Once the mast is away we will be left with a large amount of aggregate in the back garden that we intend using to refinish in front of the boat shed. A work party will be required for this.
  3. Once the mast is down we have asked Ogilvie to remove the fence posts above our engine shed, but more importantly the Ladies Changing Room. This will allow us to have the roofs of both of these buildings resealed.
  4. We are also about to have the brickwork of the south wall of the clubhouse sealed as well.

Ever wondered what goes on at that we club at the end of the Esplanade in Greenock, were having an open day on Sunday so you can come along and see for yourself what goes on and how to join,

Some facts for you

We have been here for 150 years

We own the beach

We have a bar and function hall for hire

The building is listed as  of historical importance

We have a great social scene throughout the year,

If you join full membership gives you access to all equipment and facilities needed to get on the water.. Safely.

Most importantly it’s a very friendly club, members will make you very welcome.

Come along for a look.


Further to the AGM on Thursday 30th March the new Subs for the coming year have been set. You should all get mail (electronic or conventional) from our Subs Convenor Rose Sloan in the next few days, with the appropriate forms. The renewal form can also be found on the following webpage

We would request that every payment (electronic or conventional) is accompanied by the completed form. There were electronic payments received in 2016-17 that had no identification and took weeks to sort out.


Adam A. Graham
Hon. Sec.

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