We might be marking the traditional end to the boating season, but the Club is still busy with activity on and off the water up to the end of the year.

Saturday 20th October – John Graham & Jim Jack Concert
Friday 26th October – Boat Club Session
Saturday 27th October – Halloween Party
Saturday 3rd November- Bonfire & Fireworks
Saturday 17th November – Greenock Gang Show afterparty
Sunday 18th November – Private function
Friday 23rd November – Sailing prizegiving
Saturday 24th November – Private function
Friday 30th November – Christmas Tree arrives & Boat Club Session
Saturday 8th December – Santa Cruz and Fizz night…
Friday 14th December – Boat Club Session
Friday 21st December – Private function
Monday 31st December – New Year Extravaganza

Steelwork started Mon 8th Oct

As you will have seen the new shed is well underway. The following is planned for the coming weeks (weather dependant);

Mon 8th – Steelwork that supports roof and roller shutter delivered & fitted
Mon/Tues – Blockwork completed
Wednesday – Scaffolding erected
Mon 15th – Joinery work on roof commences

The blockwork is being clad using a wood effect fibre concrete planking system that will require minimal maintenance. The roof will slope down from the door end to the rear wall and be finished in same material as the roofs of the new flats. The main door will be a manually operated roller shutter. There is also a pedestrian door to the South East wall and a window looking to the North West.

If you read back through the news posts on the website it is astounding to see the events and activities we have been involved in this last six months. Social events, work parties, courses & competitive events. This has been backed up with regular watersports based teaching and training, encouraging participation in all aspects of life at the Club.

You might also be interested to know that our membership has increased by approx. 15% in that same period.

What has still to come this year?

So far we have the following on the calendar;
Monday 1st October 2018 – SCA Regional Forum, hosted by Royal West
Saturday 13th October 2018 – Closing Cruise
Saturday 20th October 2018 – John Graham & Jim Jack Concert
Friday 26th October 2018 – Boat Club Session
Saturday 27th October 2018 – Halloween Party
Saturday 27th October 2018 – SCRA Freshwater Sprints, Loch Tummel
Saturday 3rd November 2018- Bonfire & Fireworks
Friday 30th November 2018 – Christmas Tree arrives & Boat Club Session
Saturday 8th December – Santa Cruz and Fizz night…
Friday 14th December – Boat Club Session
Monday 31st December 2018 – New Year Extravaganza
Thursday 28th March 2019 – Club AGM

There are likely to be other events and these will be intimated when they have been finalised. If you can think of anything else you would like to see organised, or indeed would like to organise, please contact one of the Management Committee.

Of note above is the Closing Cruise on 13th October

Even if you cannot attend to go afloat that day, you might not want to miss the informal awards ceremony in the clubhouse at about 4:30pm. As well as the announcement of the winners of the Club Calendar competition, some of the sporting convenors will also be making presentations to members of their sporting disciplines.

Pop down and join the fun. Have a drink and a catch-up. Stay on for takeaway dinner in the hall if you have the time.

There will be Club regalia on sale that day too. Also the opportunity to order anything you might want for Christmas presents.

See you on the water



1st prize Andrew Taylor

2nd prize Robert Robertson 

3rd prize Matthew Henderson 



1st prize Andrew Taylor 

2nd prize Matthew Henderson 

3rd prize Eileen Morman.



1st prize John Mathie 

2nd prize John Phillips

3rd prize Ian Cameron



1st prize John Mathie

2nd prize Rose Sloan

3rd prize Robert Todd



1st prize Ian Cameron 

2nd prize David Fortune

3rd prize Matthew Henderson 


Dear Vice President,

I just wanted to write to formally thank the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club for the outstanding contribution that the club and its members made to the running of the Castle to Crane Race 2018. So many of your club members were involved in so many ways, it is probably unwise to list them. However it seemed on the day that wherever there was a cheerful, welcoming and efficient volunteer in a rescue boat, on the start line, at registration…. wherever you looked, there was a Royal West member.

We have had a lot of positive feedback from crews taking part in the event, and I would be grateful if you could pass on some of the comments to your members. They have earned their part in the thanks:

Well done and thank you to you and everyone else for yesterday’s event. It was brilliantly organised and good fun

First of all offering our congratulations on a terrific and well run event. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience and what a “buzz” around the start and finish areas!

Just to say thank you very much indeed to you and your team for a fantastic day on Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.

I am of course also delighted that you fielded four boats in the race. How fantastic to see two jollyboats out together. You must be very proud of the club for all the aspects of their involvement.

with very best wishes to Royal West,

Robbie Wightman
Convenor, Scottish Coastal Rowing Association

All Members,

The Committee is seeking member’s input regarding the current club facilities and activities, also seeking your views concerning possible future developments.

To do this, an online a survey has been created using Survey Monkey. You will be able to find this survey my clicking on the link below.

Hard copies of the survey will be available in the clubhouse as well.

We would ask that you complete the survey online, or submit hard copies, by 5th November.


Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Over the last few years we have avoided increasing the bar prices by a combination of controlling the bar overheads, adjusting purchasing methods and ultimately changing primary supplier. The time has come however, when we need to increase the prices to maintain the bar’s profitability.

Increases will take effect on Saturday 29th Sept.

The prices will increase by between 5p – £1 depending on the product, however on the more popular products the increases are only between 5p-20p. The larger increases are to products that we don’t hold a large stock of and tend to be predominantly popular at functions.

Some examples of the increases are as follows;
Pint of Tennents lager is currently £3.10, this will increase to £3.20
Pint of Tartan Special is currently £2.90, this will increase to £3.00
Gordons Gin is currently £1.55, this will increase to £1.70
Highland Park is currently £2.55, this will increase to £2.60
Smirnoff Vodka is currently £1.55, this will increase to £1.70

There are a few products where we have not increased the prices and notable soft drinks where we have actually reduced the price. Most 330ml cans of soft drinks will now be £1.00 rather than £1.05. The exception is Abbots Ginger Beer.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

Hi all,

Our Beach Convenor has a pre-winter beach tidy planned for Saturday 29th September at 10am.

Any help to remove rubbish, as well as winterising the beach/grounds, would be appreciated.



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