Last night there was an unplanned tidy of the Repair shed and some of the less accessible spaces to the side and rear of the clubhouse. This has resulted in a couple of piles of rubbish and long disused equipment.

Round the back in particular there are some kayaks, wind surfers & masts that have been lying outside and unused for a number of years. Unless someone lays claim to them, and finds an appropriate place to store them in the next few days, they will be scrapped during next week.

Will keep you all posted as to which evening we will be loading the skip. Assistance would be appreciated.

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The last few weekends have been busy and the coming few are shaping up the same way across all aspects of the Club.

Having invested in a sailing dinghy better suited to teaching larger numbers, the Committee also co-opted Lindsay Dowds to look after sailing development at the Club. Lindsay and Past VP Al Black are developing a programme, initially for existing members, that will encourage use of the Clubs 3no dinghies. If you want more info please contact Lindsay on, or catch up with him at the Club.

Work continues to make the Ladies Changing room and Engine Shed watertight. as well as to waterproof the external brickwork of the main clubhouse. The contractors have been instructed to progress with works on the West elevation now, so hopefully the scaffolding will move out of the back garden.

You may notice that the scaffolding has been decorated with bunting left by Ogilvies. The Ladies changing will be a little busier over this weekend and we wanted to minimise the chance of people walking into it.

Last weekend the Club attended a regatta in Annan. The local club had hosted a long distance race over the last few years from Annan across the Solway and back. This year they added to this with a series of shorter races from Annan Harbour to the mouth of the river and back, approx. 2 miles.

Royal West won the first race and in doing so set the course record. The second race went to FoCCRC and the third race was unrecorded, as the thunder, lightning & rain got the better of the timer’s watch.

Notably, this was Karyn Donnachie’s first win, having started rowing at the Club three years ago. (Go Karyn!!!)

On Sunday last weekend there was another of the very successful series of kayak courses organised by Willie Bell and run by SCA coaches. These are intended to develop the skill levels of our members and provide them with the qualifications to further develop within the sport.

There have also been a few Long Distance kayak trip over the last few weekends. Notably Paul & Jess kayaking from the Club to Oban.

Friday night this week is the July Boat Club Session, with local musicians gather in the clubhouse to entertain themselves and any members who wish to attend.

Saturday is the Club’s rowing regatta, with clubs attending from Arran, Largs, Anstruther & North Berwick. There may also be a few individuals from some of the West coast clubs looking to join in.

Racing starts at 10:30 and will continue until about 16:00. The prizegiving should be about 16:30. There is then a quiz and dancing in the evening from about 19:30 to which all members and their guests are invited.

During the day on Saturday we will be re-dedicating Whiteforeland and Zebra. These boats are 49 & 50 years old respectively. They have been undergoing refurbishment over the last few months, Whiteforeland was worked on in the Club’s Repair shed by Past VP Norman Campbell, while Zebra has been with the team at GalGael in Govan. Along with 2no Pairs, 2no. Sixteens and 2no. St. Ayles Skiffs we will have a fleet of 8 rowing boats available for use by the members. Anyone wishing to know more about use of these boats should contact Karen Graham on, or talk to her at the Club on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

In a couple of weeks, on 12th August, the Club is running the Cross Clyde Swim from Kilcreggan to the Club beach. There is an article with the details in the news page below. If anyone wants to know any more about the event, or can assist Joe in any way, please contact him either on or at the Club on a Thurs & Frid evening.

All members are encouraged to take part in or attend the above events. This is your Club, run for you, by you.

Club Regatta is tomorrow with clubs from Largs, North Berwick, Anstruther & Arran in attendance.

Racing will start at 10:30 and should continue until about 4pm

At about 1pm we will be re-dedicating Whiteforeland & Zebra. These boats are 49 & 50 years old respectively and have recently undergone refurbishment. Members and their guests are invited to attend all day, but we would be particularly pleased to see a good turnout for the ceremony at 1pm.

Start of first leg (Bob Dawson Troon CRC)


The Club is hosting a rowing regatta on Saturday 29th July. If you could spare some time to help with greeting visiting clubs, moving boats, beach marshalling or serving in the cafe then please email Karen on

Look forward to a busy day on and off the water, as well as quiz and disco at night.


Rowing Convenor

Last weekend was busy at the Club with the P1 Powerboats. This Friday we have the June Boat Club Session, then next Friday is the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership event. Please follow the instructions on the website article below about registering for this event.

As well as all of that you will have noticed the scaffolding on the South wall of the clubhouse. This is there to allow repointing of the wall ahead of it being chemically sealed against the ingress of rain through the 151 year old brickwork.

You may also have noticed that the fence between ourselves and Ogilvies is starting to come down. This should be complete this week and will allow our contractors to undertake works to seal the roof of the Ladies Changing Room and the Engine Shed.

In other news, Zebra should be ready for collection from GalGael in Govan w/c 10th July. Zebra has been up there for refurbishment over the last couple of months. Assistance will be required to load and offload in that week. Will let you know the details closer to the time. Think we will probably have a re-dedication of Zebra at the Club rowing regatta on Saturday 29th July. Zebra was 50 years old last month.

Should also mention the new dinghy the Club bought a couple of weeks ago. This is a Laser Stratos. This was sourced for us by Lyndsay Dowds. He and Al Black are making arrangements to start teaching sailing at the Club using this boat. It is capable of taking a crew of 4, so better suited for teaching large numbers. Will get more information out when details agreed.



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

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