The annual Inspection of Boats which took place on 16th February, provides the RWSABC Committee an opportunity to review and celebrate the year with past Vice Presidents of the Club, the wider community and invited members of the Club.

The wider community this year was represented by Peter McCarthy – Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire and his wife Jean, Inverclyde Councillors Graeme Brooks, Liz Robertson and David Wilson. Bill Tomlinson, had been the Club’s lawyer for many years also attended. Bill has been a great friend of the Club has offered much practical and useful advice over the years.
When space permits we like to invite members along who contribute to the Club’s success. The Club is fortunate to have three of its very own ‘Royal Photographers’ who take photos at the Club’s various sporting events. Alex Workman (who unfortunately couldn’t attend on the day) Karen Radford and Derek Charles Keatley.

An invitation was also extended to Ewen Chisholm who has been providing Rescue Boat cover at the Club for over thirty years and has also assisted with provision of safety cover at the past three ‘Castle to Crane’ races.

The event started around 10.00hrs and was presided over by the Club’s Vice President Heather Scott. Heather provided an overview of the past year highlighting some of the important events and accomplishments of the Club such as the continued increase of participation in the various water sports on offer at the Club and the growing and diverse uses of the Club’s facilities.

The Sporting Conveners then gave their own individuals reviews of the year and 2019 was a year that warranted special praise. The kayakers could celebrate the training of new coaches and improvement of skills and competence amongst the novices. The rowers highlighted the World Skiffies results and their successes at the Castle to Crane race. Open Water Swimming looked back at a successful Clyde Swim and growing participation and community engagement with the New Year’s Day Swim and Dip. Sailing highlighted how they are attracting new participants with their popular Come and Try Sessions.
There was then a speech from the Lord Lieutenant Peter McCarthy and Councillor Liz Robertson said a few words and promised to ‘Come & Try’ rowing this year.

The Guests were then given a tour of the facilities which provided an opportunity for the Committee to better explain and illustrate all the good things that take place at the Boat Club. This year Councillor Liz Robertson brought her diary with her to discuss and arrange to go out for a practice session with the rowers.

The Inspection of Boats then ended with a lunch for everyone at the Tontine Hotel.

Clockwise from the top Left – Photo 1: Peter McCarthy (Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire) and Heather Scott (Vice President RWSABC), Photo 2: Marie Paterson (Treasurer RWSABC) tries a new RWSABC paddle board on dry land, Photo 3: Karen Radford and Karyn Donnachie – (RWSABC members), Photo 4: Liz Robertson (Inverclyde Councillor) and Heather Scott, Photo 5: A Group photo of the meal at the Tontine

Clockwise from the top Left – Photo 1: Liz Robertson, Ewan Chisholm (RWSABC member), Karyn Donnachie, Photo 2: Marie Paterson and George Carson (RWSABC Social Convener), Photo 3: At the meal at the Tontine, Photo 4: Gordon McKenzie and Norman Campbell (RWSABC Past Vice Presidents), Photo 5: Liz Robertson and Heather Scott, Photo 6: Karen Graham and Karyn Donnachie, Photo 7: Al Black (RWSABC Past Vice President) and Bill Tomlinson (Former lawyer for RWSABC), Photo 8: Graeme Brooks (Inverclyde Councillor) Karen Graham (RWSABC Rowing Convener), Al Black and Bill Tomlinson

As in 2017 and 2018 a review of Sporting Participation at RWSABC has been completed for 2019. These results can now be shared via a report and spreadsheet. The first pictures below summarises the main findings of the sporting participation review for 2019. In addition to sporting participation a study of the usage of the RWSABC Building was also undertaken. The second picture shows the main results found for Building Usage. If you wish to download a copy of the report it is available at

A Review of Building Use and Sporting Participation 2017 to 2019

Sporting Participation 2019

Building Usage in 2019

Ewen Chisholm is planning to offer a ‘Mystery Paddle’ on Sunday 15 March. See the poster below for more information.

This photo is the first ‘slide’ in a new RWSABC Slide Show.

During some events at the Boat Club it was decided that it would be good to have a slide show showing on the big screen.  A slide show has now been produced and made into a video available via You Tube.

The Slide Show may also be useful to share with people who want to know more about the Boat Club.

The Slide Show shows pictures from various events held at RWSABC. It provides those unfamiliar with the club with photographs of our sporting and social activities. The Slide Show runs for around 15 minutes and there is no sound with it.

If you think that there should be additional slides added and have photographs that you would want to see in future versions of the slide show please email them to Joe Heffernan email:

The intention is to update this slide show around every 6 months to keep it fresh.

To find the video search for “RWSABC Slide Show” on You Tube.

Click on the link below and a new tab should open in your Browser to watch the slide show.

RWSABC Slide Show on You Tube


Carrying on from the success of the first Curry and Quiz Night on 7 December Vicky and Rob are organising another one to take place on Saturday 15 February at 7pm.  There will be a great selection of curries from Priya’s Palace and a fun quiz with a hint of Valentine’s trivia.  Tickets cost £15 per person and can be purchased at the Bar.


On Robert Burns’ Birthday (25 January) the ‘Bard at the Boat Club’ event took place to celebrate the legacy of Scotland’s Bard.

Around 60 participants set down to a traditional Burn’s Supper buffet followed by entertainment.  This was a Burn’s Supper with a modern twist.  Hugh and Clair Kerr started the celebration of Burns with an superb rendition of Tam O’shanter (including horse!).  Music and song was provided by Al Black, Gordon McKenzie and a duet consisting of Rose Sloan and Tom Kater. The spoken word was provided by Lesley McLaren who read a Liz Lochhead poem and Stephen Watt, a modern day beat poet from Dumbarton.  Stephen recited 3 of his own poems.  The assembly ended a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

A raffle was held and those attending were exceptionally generous in donating prizes and purchasing tickets.

After the Bard at the Boat Club those present settled down to watch SUNSHINE ON LEITH and many sang along to The Proclaimers songs that run through this film.

Thank you to all who attended this event.  Congratulations and gratitude to those who organising this event and provided help .

Profits from this event will be used to support the RWSABC Development Fund.

We’re delighted to say that we’ve received funding for a supply of free period products for our members, participants and visitors. They’ll be in Ladies Changing rooms and Toilets, if you ever get caught short and need to use them.

RWSABC would like to thank Scottish Canoe Association for putting the Club forward on our behalf and to SportScotland for the donation.

Please use this link for more information Free Period Products