Sunday 13th October – Sailing Come & Try @ 2pm

Thursday 17th October – SGM @ 8pm

Saturday 19th October – Closing Cruise
Saturday 19th October – RNLI Coffee Morning, 9:30 am – 1pm
Friday 25th October – Boat Club Session
Saturday 26th October – Fresh Water Sprints, Loch Tummel

Friday 1st November – Movie Night
Saturday 2nd November – Bonfire & Fireworks
Sunday 10 November – Remembrance Sunday Service at Wellpark Mid-Kirk @ 10:30 for 10:45am
Friday 22nd November – Barrie Kelly & the Ten Gallon Bratz @ 8pm
Friday 29th November – Boat Club Session

Friday 13th December – Boat Club Session
Tuesday 31st December – ***Hogmanay*** music by the Hogmanay Hooligans…

Wednesday 1st January – New Year’s Day Swim @ 2pm

If you would like any further information on any of the events please contact the Sporting Convenor or a member of the Committee

Your paddling convener (Willie Bell) hopes to organise a 2-Day Emergency First Aid Course.  At the end of this fully approved course you will be given a certificate to confirm your abilities in First aid.  This course could be used to confirm your ability as a first aider at work or for another organisation. 10 to 12 participants are required.  The date has not yet been set but two proposed dates are shown on the poster below.

This is an excellent course that will provide you with important skills that all people should posses.


Your paddling convener (Willie Bell)  is planning to arrange a Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course.  This course will be of interest to those who go out on the water and want to better understand coastal navigation, tides and weather.  This will be the second time that the Boat Club has run facilitated this course.  Previous participants found it a very valuable and rewarding course.  During the Course you will undertake the planning of a 2 day trip considering tides, weather and how these can aid paddling, sailing and rowing.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Willie at Please title the email “CNTP2.”  Use of Whatsapp, Facebook, the List at the Boat Club, or Doodle at (two kilo mike TANGO foxtrot foxtrot UNIFORM) is also acceptable.  (for information Doodle is a on-line platform that allows users to arrange meetings and courses by identifying the dates that you are available)

Shown below is a poster prepared for the event:

Shown below are the results for the 2019 RWSABC Tail O’ The Bank Surf Ski and kayak race held on 31 August in challenging conditions.

Some information on the event with a few photographs can be found here:

The results below only show those participants who completed the event.

Photos by Alex Workmen

On Saturday 31 August 2019, 31 competitors had signed up to participate in the RWSABC Tail O’ The Bank Kayak and Surf Ski race.  Conditions were very windy and the course was changed from the original course that goes out into the Clyde and around the Captayannis sugar ship to a course up and down The Esplanade.  At the end, 3 surf ski competitors completed the 10 mile event with the winner being Robin Lang from Canada with a time of 1h39m, second was Alan Hunter from North Berwick with a time of 1h45m and third was Steve Glynn from Devon with a time of 1h51m.  Only one competitor finished the full 10 mile course in a kayak and that was Colin Campbell of RWSABC with a time of 1h49m.  Two Boat Club members completed the 4 mile event which was won by Mark Hansen with a time of 45m.  Mark Gallagher also completed the 4 mile event with a time of 50 minutes.
Challenge Medals were presented to Susan Smith from Drumchapel and Clydebank Kayak Club who had to retire after 6 miles and to Paul Hignet from Bishopbriggs who was competing in his first ever sea race and who also retired early.
There is an excellent write up of the event in Inverclyde Now and you can read more about the event by following this link:

All are invited to help erect and decorate the Christmas Tree as well as the Hall and Bar.

Work will start a little earlier this year at 6pm on Friday 30th November.
There is a Boat Club Session planned for 8pm on Friday, so need to be finished and away before then or we might be spotted by the grown ups.

There might be some Mulled Wine and Mince Pies for Santa’s little helpers.

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

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