The hall is available for private functions booked by members. We ask that the Club member making the booking attends the function, taking responsibility for it. This gives the committee a single member with whom we can communicate to make sure that everyone’s expectations are met.

The website tab below will give you more information about how to book a private function.

Available dates can be checked in the 2017 & 2018 Function Diaries in the Bar.

…however Royal West return with Picnic Trophy.

Last Saturday was the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association’s annual Freshwater Sprints Championship and AGM at Loch Tummel Sailing Club. Regional crews raced over an 800m course, with buoy turn, in various categories during the day.

This is the second year the event has been held at Loch Tummel Sailing Club. It is relatively central for the coastal rowing clubs, the conditions afloat will never be too rough to race and the sailing club are very hospitable. Royal West has historical links with LTSC, as our members used to travel to sailing events there, as well as them visiting Royal West.

Royal West provided the largest contingent of the team representing the SW Region. Of the eight attending from Royal West six were women, including the Club’s Bar and Rowing Convenors. Those representing the Club and Regions were Alex Paterson (VP), Marie Paterson (Bar), Karen Graham (Rowing), Adam Graham (Hon Sec), Karyn Donnachie, Karen Radford, Liz McMahon & Elaine Hunter.

Most of the team and their supporters travelled up on Friday night, staying at the nearby Tummel Valley Holiday Park. One member of the team, who could not stay over, travelled on the Saturday morning. As she had never been to this area of Scotland she took a “conscious” decision to do some sightseeing, visiting a number of local villages and hamlets before arriving (finding) LTSC, moments before she was due afloat.

The prediction had been for high winds, the prediction was not wrong. The first leg of each race was into a headwind. This built through the day from about 17-40 miles an hour. It was like rowing through treacle. Once you turned the buoy however it was an easy run back to the finish line.

SW region finished 4th of the 6 regions represented.

For the second year the Association ran the Picnic Class, for single sculled boats. The racing was over a 500mm straight course. This year, on points, Royal West shared the overall trophy with Row Porty. There were five entries in the male & female races and Royal West’s No 16 sixteen was 2nd in both races. Old hand Adam Graham managed to hold off last year’s winner Topher Dawson, but could not better Andres Lesley of Row Porty.

The outstanding performance however was from Karyn Donnachie of Royal West, who only took up sculling the sixteens very recently. The wind conditions were already giving concern to the event organisers when the men’s race took place. By the time Karyn took to the water they had worsened. To add to the difficulty Karyn was allocated the Northern most lane on the course, with the least amount of shelter from the wind, furthest from the shore and closest to the waves, that were growing in height.

Off the start and into the headwind all five boats struggled to gain any advantage, this was going to be a race for those with determination. Within 100m of the start the boat from Ullapool had to call for assistance from the safety boat and GalGael’s entry was rowing but not moving. The North Berwick, Row Porty and Royal West boats were all still in contention at the half way mark when the North Berwick lady started to pull away from the other two. Karyn kept the pressure on and started to generate a lead on the Row Porty entry.

With the team from Royal West and the other SW clubs cheering her on Karyn maintained her lead to cross the line just ahead of the Row Porty boat. Returning to the shore Karyn was visibly elated to not only have survived her first sculling race dry and in the boat, but having come in 2nd.

It was not until later in the day, at the prize giving, that Karyn learned that her determination would bring a new trophy to the clubhouse. Royal West’s two 2nd places won the same points as the Row Porty 1st & 3rd places. Have promised Andres that he can have the Trophy in late April. Think it is only fitting that Karyn enjoys the honour of showing off her trophy in the bar for the next 6 months.

The event was very well attended, over 300 competitors racing and 60 clubs represented.

We are looking forward to a winter of boat repairs ahead of race training starting in the new year ready for next season.

There is a tab on the website where you can have a look at what is coming up.

Below are the current functions and events in the diary for the next 5 months
Nov-Dec 2017 events calendar V2
Jan-March 2018 events calendar V1

There are a series of talks being arranged for primarily Thursday evenings in January-March

Keep an eye out for more detail on the events in the weeks running up to them.

Hon. Sec.

Members are politely reminded of the following extract from the Constitution :

Clause 22.4 No visitor shall be supplied with excisable liquor in the Club premises except on the invitation and in the company of a Member; the Member shall on admitting such a visitor to the Club enter the visitor’s name and address and their own name in the book kept for the purpose which shall show the date of such visit.


Adam Graham – Honorary Secretary

After Inverclyde Council’s Fireworks Display in Battery Park there will be a warm welcome for all members and their guests at the Club.

We have the materials for a bonfire and would welcome assistance at 11am on Saturday morning to build it.


Below is an exert from the 2015 display

Fireworks 2015

Below is a video of 2016 display
2016 Fireworks

As with the Council event, this is free to attend.

The next couple of weekends will be busy at the Club

Frid 27th Oct – October Boat Club Session
Sat 28th Oct – 10am-4pm Ogilvie Homes sales event
Sat 28th Oct – Evening private function

Sat 4th Nov – Bonfire & Fireworks at the Club

Will let you know when we need help to build the bonfire.

Saturday morning from 9am-12noon the local branch of RNLI are holding a Coffee Morning and Christmas Card sale in the clubhouse.

Please attend and support this worthy cause, which we all rely on but hopefully will not need to use.

Hi all,

If you are storing any private boats inside the clubhouse this year please make sure that the appropriate fees have been paid.

As you will appreciate, with the increased number of private boats, space is at a premium. Some consideration is being given to additional covered & secure storage, that hopefully we can put in place during the winter.


Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Marked by the piercing whistle from a Royal West loud hailer, as it echoed back from the cliffs on the West of Dumbarton Rock, the inaugural Castle to Crane race was underway at 10am on Saturday. Appropriately the first boat over the start line was Orcuan from GalGael. The race was born out of the larger event it was part of, The Clydebuilt Festival, a GalGael showcase for Scottish crafts. The race itself was organised by a small committee of primarily Scottish Coastal Rowing Association club members, under the banner of the Clydebuilt Festival.

Seventy Five fixed seat rowing boats from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Netherlands, England and Cornwall gathered to compete in a 13 mile race from the mouth of the River Leven, below Dumbarton Castle, to Finnieston Crane in Glasgow.

Royal West were involved from the conception of the event through to the conclusion of what has been hailed as very successful day. The Club’s secretary served on the race organising committee, working with a strong team of members & volunteers over the weekend organising the muster area and start at Sandpoint Marina in Dumbarton.

During Friday we controlled the arrival and offloading of the boats into Sandpoint Marina, in launch order, and then in a matter of 2 hours on Saturday the team co-ordinated the launching and starting of 75 rowing boats consisting of 407 crew members. The Club RHIB, crewed by Ewen Chisholm and Heather Scott (Hon Treasurer), then made sure the latter boats in the fleet made it safely to the finish. Three ladies who need particular thanks are Karyn Donnachie, Rose Sloan (Subs) & Joanna Dowall. They controlled the start line and start timing for the event. Joanna then went on to Glasgow and was involved with Race Control ratifying the results.

The Club had two boats entered, Jollyboat “Sprite” and St. Ayles Skiff “Chippy McNish”.

Sprite was crewed by three former Club Captains, Duncan, Ronald & Adam Graham, plus Karen Graham (Rowing Convenor) coxed by Colin Campbell. Sprite started 60th but finished 28th overall.

Chippy was crewed by Robert Dowall, Elaine Hunter, Liz McMahon, Sandy Disselduff, Ian Clark, Mat Henderson (Past VP). Chippy started 38th and finished 60th overall.

Conditions were perfect for the race and it all went very well. There were supporters on the banks at Bowling, under Erskine Bridge, on the pontoon at Clydebank College, in Renfrew and at Breahead. The biggest and most vocal crowds were at the Riverside Museum and near the finish line at Finnieston.

As Chippy & Sprite were finishing we could hear Gavin Stewart & Al Black (Past VP), not singing, but talking to the passengers on the Clyde Clipper. It had been chartered by Gavin as part of the QE2 celebratory weekend and was about to set off from the Science Centre to Clydebank.

As well as all the messages of thanks to Royal West received from individuals and clubs, we received a message of thanks from the event organisers as follows;
I very much appreciate the above and beyond put in by members of Royal West. I know that there was a lot of teamwork went into the start, and having the safety boat available was essential both for the day and for the exploratory trip up the River while we were in the planning stage. Robbie Wightman, Convenor SCRA

The event would not have been complete without a prize giving. Before the awards it was explained that the last and most significant prize was the Median Trophy. To be awarded to the boat/crew who represented the entire event. This was a Prize for All, in future years to be carried in the boat that won it the year before. To the surprise of the crew and delight of the Club this was awarded to Chippy McNish. The following message was also received in relation to the Median Trophy;

The Median Trophy is in the gift of the organisers. The purpose is to award a trophy to a crew who are representative of the fleet as a whole. It was awarded to Chippy who came 60th out of 75 boats and were of good behaviour, which is a relief. It is very pleasing to the organisers that the trophy has gone to a club who contributed so much to make the race possible, a local club who have enabled many from far and wide to have a safe and enjoyable experience of the great river that your club has been a fundamental part of for so long. Congratulations Chippy McNish and Royal West of Scotland ABC.

On and off the water Royal West excelled itself this weekend.

The Club should be proud of the team who worked on this event and of those who have contributed to the incredible events we have hosted at the Club this season. The Closing Cruise to Kilcreggan Hotel will be on Saturday 7th October, to which all are invited.

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