The Royal West AGM for the period April 2020 to March 2021 will take place on Thursday, 25 March at 8:00pm via Zoom. All Members will receive an email with more information on or before Sunday, 7 March.

For further information or if you haven’t received an email by Monday 8 March, contact the Honorary Secretary.

Joe Heffernan (RWSABC Hon Secretary)

The Royal West now has an Asbestos Management Plan. Part of this is the requirement to remove asbestos materials from the external area around the Club House.

The Committee has contracted Strada Environmental to have trained operatives undertake this work starting Monday 15 March. Work should be completed on Thursday 18 March.

During this work the external areas of the Royal West are off limits. You cannot visit or use the external areas between 7am on the 15th and 5pm on the 18th.

Strada Environmental will need to move boats and trailers located on the lower hard to do this work. They are going to work across the area. They will clear the boats and trailers from a strip of approximately 10m, undertake the asbestos removal, and then move the boats and trailers back to their original positions.

We are going to be inspecting the boats and trailers to be sure that the trolleys are in good condition and that this movement can be done easily.

If you have concerns about the short movement of your boat or trailer please contact Joe Heffernan (RWSABC Hon Secretary) via email. You can also contact Joe Heffernan if you any other queries.

A video recording was made of the RWSABC AGM for the period between April 2019 and March 2020.  This meeting was conducted using Zoom.  An email has been sent out to all Members providing them with a link to view the video.  The video is around 34 minutes long.

If you are a Member and haven’t received the email with the link to the video please contact Joe Heffernan (RWSABC Honorary Secretary) and he will resend the email to you.


It is with deepest regret that we intimate the passing of  John Mathie on Wednesday 13th January 2021.

The funeral cortege will leave from the family home in Skelmorlie  on Tuesday 9th February 2021 and will proceed via the IBM road to arrive at Greenock Crematorium for a Private service at 11am.

Heather I. Scott

The final email with instructions on how to join the Zoom Meeting for the RWSABC AGM for the period between April 2019 and March 2020 has been sent to all those who have indicated they will attend.  This email was sent on Tuesday, 2 February around 21:30 and has a Subject line of RWSABC AGM for 2019/2020 – Final Information

You should have received the ‘Final Information’ email if you have already told Joe Heffernan you plan to attend.  He has sent emails confirming your attendance and providing information to all of those he knows plan to attend this AGM.  If you haven’t received the Final Information email but think you should have contact Joe Heffernan

If you haven’t emailed Joe Heffernan to tell him you will will attend this AGM you will not have been sent the ‘Final Information’ email.  However, you can still attend this AGM by sending Joe Heffernan an email and he will pass the information about the AGM to you.

The email address of Joe Heffernan is secretary at (replace ‘ at ‘ with @)

Joe Heffernan (RWSABC Honorary Secretary)

The 200 Club provides useful funds to support the Royal West.  Participants contribute £5 each month and 50% of the proceeds are awarded to 3 winners each month.  The winners for November, December and January are shown below.

Thanks to everyone who support the Royal West via the 200 Club!

Congratulations to all winners!  

There has been a small update to the COVID procedures for Water Sports.  The update consists of a single slide that shows the Zones at RWSABC.  This is shown below.

As a reminder Water Sports are allowed, but only with a maximum Group Size of 2.

To see the updated procedures go to:   


The AGM of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will take place online via Zoom at 8:00pm on Thursday, 4 February. An email has been sent to all Members with email addresses. Please contact Joe Heffernan, Honorary Secretary if you have not received information about the AGM and he will send it to you.

You can see the email online at:

The COVID Procedures for Water Sports at the Royal West have been updated to reflect that Mainland Scotland is in a lockdown that commenced on 5 January.

These Procedures reflect that you may still take part in outdoor activities so long as:

  • The maximum party size is 2 persons (Children under 12 do not count towards the 2 person limit)
  • You do not travel to the Royal West from outside Inverclyde
  • You start and end your excursion at the Royal West

Given these limits on numbers be sure to check that the area at the Royal West where you want to go doesn’t already have some people in it.  If someone has arrived before you wait until they have cleared out.

You must wear a face mask/face covering when in the sheds or boat house with another person.

You must plan your excursion in such a way that you minimise the possibility that the emergency services will be contacted.

The full Procedures can be found at the Link Shown below:              3 2 HOTEL MIKE charlie lima 1

If you have questions please contact Joe Heffernan.

Keep Safe!

Starting on the morning of Friday, 1 January the RWSABC COVID Procedures for Water Sports have changed to reflect that Inverclyde has been in Level 4 Local Restrictions since Boxing Day.

This means that rowing and sailing are restricted to a single household.  Swimming can take place in groups of up to 8 if you follow the procedures for FORMAL outings.  Kayaking can take place with more than 2 households participating so long as you follow the procedures for FORMAL outings.

Some points to note are:

  • If paddling you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Kayaking that can be found at (KILO alpha yankee alpha kilo ROMEO APLPHA)
  • If swimming you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Rowing and Swimming that can be found at (romeo oscar whiskey sierra whiskey india ROMEO ALPHA)
  • Everyone should review the updated COVID procedures which can be found at (3 2 HOTEL MIKE charlie lima 1)
  • For FORMAL outing one person in the group needs to contact the COVID Officer by email or WhatsApp before the Outing to say you have read and understood the risk assessment, the date, start time and expected duration of your outing and who you expect to be on the outing
  • The same person needs to contact the COVID Officer after the outing to give the actual duration and to confirm those who participated
  • The COVID Officer (Joe Heffernan) can be contacted at email address or via WhatsApp to mobile 07920 381372
  • Under Level 4 local restrictions you should not travel to the club if you do not live in Inverclyde

If you have any questions please contact Joe Heffernan (COVID Officer) via email to

Keep Safe!

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