It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of Colin Campbell.

Colin & Betty Campbell

Colin served as the Club’s boatman for 44 years, retiring in October 2012. His career with us started as a request in 1968 to “have a look at some boats that needed some attention”. On retirement he was elected an Honorary Member and continued to use the Club socially.

Colin’s professional career outwith the Club included work as an apprentice on one of the tenders used on Britannia. He was very proud of the fact that he worked on two of the boats in Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

He will be missed by all who knew him and had the great pleasure of working alongside him in the Repair Shed.

The Funeral will be at Greenock Crematorium on Wednesday 13th June at 11am. Then back to the Boat Club for a cup of tea. At the request of the family the bar will remain closed.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

 

Message from Canada:

Jimmy Hendry (Jeweller) and I started to help Dick Downey, Alan Bownes and Kenny Campbell, who were sanding down, re-cocking, and varnishing the boats in the late 60’s/70’s. First met Colin around that time when he started fixing the boats. Did the usual helping with moving, and turning the craft.

I moved away from Greenock returning to the Boat Club in 1983 and surprise surprise Colin was still there. I felt that Colin needed someone he could rely on to provide slave labour and over the years until I left the area in 1995 I would press gang anyone in the competitive rowers to help him with riveting, holding on, sanding, varnishing, re-cocking, etc.

During that time I learned how to rivet and cut out replacement planks and other relatively simple tasks he would allow me to do.

Always found him to be a real gentleman and always grateful to any member who was able to help.

Please give my best regards to Betty and RIP Colin

Stewart Bates

All aspects of Club life continue to be very busy.

Thursday – Saturday the Ladies Changing room floor was repainted and new matting laid by Rose Sloan, Heather Scott and team leader Lynn Morrison.

Last Friday the Club hosted the Clydeview Academy school show fundraiser again. This year they are performing The Sound of Music 20th-22nd June. The event was very well attended by pupils, parents and staff.

On Saturday the Club competed in the Troon CRC Regatta off South Beach. Full report to follow, but we did win a few medals and some of the photos are stunning. Not least the one below taken by Derek Keatley, a new member to the Club.

On Saturday evening we hosted Greenock Hockey Clubs annual awards ceremony and party. Members of GHC have taken out Clubhouse membership of Royal West in order to give them a social base for their club. This event was a great success and another example of how the Club interacts with and supports other local sporting clubs.

Parking outside the Club can be a problem currently. During the day there has been a lot of construction workers parking but most notably on a Tuesday night when we are busy with Kayaking, Rowing & Weightwatchers. It has now come to the attention of Inverclyde Council and they have implemented a parking restriction from yesterday until 2nd November. There is now NO PARKING on the carriageway adjacent to the Club. Parking to be only in the designated parking bays. Please bear this in mind when attending the Club.

The Club has a number of prospective members currently. They are in their probationary/temporary membership period with access to all facilities and activities. The Committee would ask that the membership help ease their introduction to the Club by welcoming them into both the sporting and social life of the Club. If you see an unfamiliar face upstairs introduce yourself.

On a similar note, we have had a few visitors from the cruise ships enquire about the Club. We welcome their interest and have shown them round where appropriate. It may be nice if you do this that they are signed in and stay on for a drink and to experience local hospitality. This can only be of benefit to the Club and the town.

As you may have seen on Facebook and Club noticeboards, the floor in the Ladies Changing Room will be painted on Thursday night from about 9pm. The new matting will then be laid on Friday evening.

The walls are having some work done on them in the coming weeks as well.

Please bear with us during these improvement works.

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As well as all the regular watersports nights, there are a number of events of note that may be of interest to some or all in the coming weeks.

Sat 19th May – Private function in the clubhouse
Sat 19th May – Members volunteering at Wheels-to-Water event at Castle Semple Loch. See Willie Bell for more info
Sat 19th May – Cove Sailing Club are hosting an open day and have asked if any kayakers or rowers were in the area they could pop in to extol the virtues of these sporting disciplines to their members. They are trying to diversify.

Fri 25th May – May Boat Club Session
Sat 26th May – Private function in the clubhouse
This Private Function is the wedding of one of our members, Mr. Allan Downie. who is marrying Miss Lee Trotter.

They are arriving by yacht at approx. 3pm and being married on the beach at approx. 4pm, using the hall for the reception.
If anyone would like to help enhance their arrival at the Club by launching boats and accompanying them ashore in a small flotilla, that would be most welcome.

The Committee would politely request that members bear this event in mind when planning their use of the Club on that date. Allan will have a lot of guests in attendance, and although we will have additional bar staff working most of the day, the bar may be quite busy. The snooker room will also be in use for the function from early in the day.

Frid 1st June – Clydeview Academy School Show fundraising party
Sat 2nd June – Greenock Hockey Club prize giving and summer party
Sat 2nd June – Club attending Troon Regatta

Sat 16th June – Club attending Arran regatta in Lamlash

Frid 29th June – June Boat Club Session
Sat 30th June – 50th Anniversary Event, marking the first Long Row using Zebra in 1968.
The crew who rowed from the Club round Mull and back that summer, are being joined by participants in subsequent Long Rows to take a trip to Kilcreggan before gathering back in the Club for dinner and finally a second showing of Hugh Kerr’s memorable presentation on the history of Long Rows from the Club. The Committee would respectfully request that members do not make any plans to use Zebra, Whiteforland, No. 10 or No. 11 Pairs on this date, as all are required for use by the past Long Rowers. Although the trip to Kilcreggan and dinner are by invitation only, there may be space within the hall later for the general membership to attend Hugh’s presentation.

It has been a busy few weeks at Royal West on the rowing front! We have seen an increased interest in competitive rowing from both existing club members and new members alike.

Saturday 29th April saw Royal West attend their first regatta of the season at Cockenzie and Port Seton. A team of 11 pictured below (with the exception of Elaine who left early) competed in 7 events during the day. The race format was a pursuit race between Port Seton’s 2 harbours, with an overall distance of approximately 500m. Crews started the race side by side but facing in opposite directions in the tight harbour mouth between the 2 harbours. The heats were all timed, with the fastest 4 boats progressing to semis and ultimately the final.

All crews turned in sub 3 minute heat times but this was unfortunately not enough to see them through to the semis apart from the Mixed 45+ who successfully made it through their heat and then beat the host club in the semi-final. Straight after their semi-final and with no time to rest, they faced Broughty Ferry in the hard fought final but unfortunately finishing 10 seconds behind them, resulting in the Silver medal for Royal West.

Fantastic first event with great weather and as usual, great company from the other clubs.

Saturday 5th May saw the club hosting our own Regatta with clubs attending from Largs, Arran, Troon, North Berwick and Carrick. Our event this year was sponsored by K&L Motors (owned by club member, Lindsay Dowds).

Our racing format was a sprint event with heats, followed by finals, over a 500m course. The finish line being the top of the middle slip. This format made for a great spectator event as the whole course could be viewed from the club balcony and beach.

This event saw the Royal West team expand to 19 plus 2 visitors from Ullapool. Royal West made it through to 6 of the 9 event finals. And of those 6 finals, we came 2nd in four of them! This was a fantastic result for us in what was the first regatta for some of our competitors.

In memory of Andy Jarvis from Queensferry, we also ran a 1500m race where each boat had to be crewed by the other clubs. I am delighted that the FoCCRC’s boat won this race with a new member from Carrick in the crew who lost year lost his leg in a motorbike accident. Following a conversation with the FoCCRC’s cox today, it is apparent that the crew was inspired to this win by the determination of this young man.

As I mentioned earlier, we had 2 visitors from Ullapool spend the weekend at Royal West. John and Tom (father and son) are currently travelling doing the 3 peaks and thought they would come visit us before heading to Snowden. They along with a contingent from Arran, stayed on for the party following the racing. On the Sunday, Adam took John and Tom to the Kilcreggan café for a coffee before they headed south.

In the overall results table, Royal West placed 3rd behind FoCCRC’s (2nd) and North Berwick (1st). Full results available on the link below:-
Royal West Regatta 2018 – RACE RESULTS

Many thanks to Alex Workman for the fantastic photos of the day posted on the club’s Facebook page.

Many thanks also to all those who contributed to the success of the day, both on and off the water. Special thanks to Phil Jones, Stuart Barr, Lindsay Dowds and Billy Carrol for providing safety cover. Robert Robertson and Jim Ford for starting the races. To my café crew, Angela Jones, Rose Sloan and Susie Clark. And to all the fantastic home bakers out there who supplied the café with lots of tasty treats. And lastly, to all you Royal West rowers – this has been a fantastic start to the season and you should all be proud of what you have achieved in a relatively short space of time. With results like these so early in the season, I am looking forward to seeing some Gold appearing round necks in the not too distant future!

And the not too distant future is Troon on the 2nd June and Arran on the 16th June. Go Royal West!!

Karen Graham
Rowing Convenor

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