An announcement concerning a Special General Meeting to consider Constitutional Change has been sent to all Members via email.

A link to this email is shown below:

Link to email announcing the SGM

If you require further information please contact Joe Heffernan, RWSABC Honorary Secretary


On Friday, 9 April the Royal West Flag was hoisted to half mast as a mark of respect for the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

During the earlier part of the COVID pandemic the Signing Out Book where Members record their activities was removed.

It has now been returned to the Main Shed under the Club House and you should be using it to record your activity.  Recording your activity is a requirement of the Club Bye-Laws.

Any information sent to will no longer be  transferred to the Signing Out Book .

Joe Heffernan (RWSABC Hon Secretary)

The March Boat Club Session is this Sunday, 28th Match. Details as follows:
George Carson – 14.00
Shelagh McKay Jones – 14.20
Martin Stephen Jones – 14.40
Barrie Kelly – 15.00
Joe McMahon – 15.20
Gordon McKenzie – 15.40

To find this on Facebook Search for:

Boat Club Sessions (Lockdown Version)

You can also see some of the previous performances on video if you join this Facebook Group

If you have any questions you can contact George Carson via email, his email address is

social at (replace ‘ at ‘ with @)

Given the new Scottish Government, Sport Scotland and SCA Guidance concerning non-contact sport activity for adults which came into force on 12 March the RWSABC COVID Procedures for Water Sports have been updated.

The Main Points are:

  • Up to 4 people from 2 Households can meet for Informal Activity at RWSABC
  • Up to 6 people can meet for Formal activity at RWSABC if they have informed the COVID Officer before and after their outing
  • Travel restrictions are still in place so only those living in Inverclyde should be participating in water sports at RWSABC

The updated RWSABC Guidance can be found at this link:

RWSABC COVID Procedures for Water Sports

For guidance or further information please contact the COVID Officer – Joe Heffernan

Some large groups of people have assembled to swim from the Beach at the Royal West on Friday, 5 March around 5:30pm and on Sunday, 7 March around 10:15am. The RWSABC Committee wishes to make it known that the swimmers are not Royal West Members nor has the Royal West sanctioned these swims.

Some Royal West Members have spoken to the swimmers, the swimmers were polite, but ignored the request not to swim in a large group from our Beach. This is a matter for the Police so you should not confront a large group.

These swims are in breach of current COVID restrictions limiting outside gatherings to 2 people maximum. The Police have been contacted and they will attend if informed of the gathering while it is in progress. The Royal West will be monitoring our CCTV camera looking onto the Beach as much as possible but constant review impossible. Two of the photos that accompany this announcement were taken using our CCTV equipment. You can see images from the RWSABC Beach Cam from the ‘Beach’ tab on the RWSABC website.

If you see a group, larger than current COVID restrictions allow on the Royal West Beach, the RWSABC Committee requests that you contact the Police and report the gathering.

If you see a large group assembled on the Beach please take a photo and email it to Joe Heffernan, RWSABC Secretary.

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

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