2017 Regatta

Royal West of Scotland ABC

Saturday 29th July 2017

Competitor and supporter information

Keep an eye on Regatta webpage for updates. Any questions please email rowing@rwsabc.com


Please email rowing@rwsabc.com by Sunday 23rd July if you intend entering. Please also give an indication of the categories you will be entering.

Categories offered are as follows;

1.       Open Women

2.       Open Men

3.       50+ Women

4.       50+ Men

5.       40+ women

6.       40+ Men

7.       Open Mixed

8.       50+ Mixed

9.       40+ Mixed

There is no entry fee for this regatta.

Arrival, boat & trailer storage, also parking

Royal West is located at the West end of Greenock Esplanade. Postcode PA16 7SE.

We have onsite storage facilities for boats in advance of and following race day. There is off street parking for trailers on the grass verge near the clubhouse and roadside parking bays for vehicles in the environs of the clubhouse.

Anyone wishing to arrive on the Friday night can offload their boat down to the hard. The clubhouse is open from 5pm on the Friday and there will be folk about to help.

Rowing event

There will be a crew and coxes briefing in front of the clubhouse at approx. 10:00, with racing due to start at 10:30. Races will start at approx. 30min intervals during the day, but may include a 30min break for lunch. The racing should finish at approx. 16:00, following which we will have a tidy up of boats before we hold the prizegiving.

Racing will be over a triangular course of approx. 1500m from the beach to the West of the slipway, round the Whiteforeland mid-channel mark, then back to an inflatable mark East of the Club, before returning to the beach to the East of the slipway. All turns will be to Starboard.

The races are a time trial by individual category. Each crew will start the races at 1min intervals with a crew member collecting a token at the starter’s cabin at the top of the beach. The return of this token to the starter’s cabin by a crew member will stop the clock.

Food & Drink

Our clubhouse has a licenced bar but will also have hot & cold light snacks, tea, coffee and baked goods on sale.

Post racing you are welcome to order in food from local outlets and eat in the main lounge of the clubhouse, ahead of the evening function.

Changing, showers and toilet facilities.

Royal West has all of the above facilities on the ground floor of the clubhouse.

Post rowing event activities

Royal West will be hosting an evening function of fun and friendship in the clubhouse, that all are welcome to attend. This should be underway by 19:30 and will last until approx. 00:30.

If there is enthusiasm for it, we will probably muster a few boats, including other craft from the Royal West fleet, on the Sunday morning to take a trip to Kilcreggan for brunch.


There are a number of hotels as well as some B&B’s in Greenock & Gourock. Below are links to them



For those with a desire to camp, Royal West has a back garden you are welcome to camp in. We can provide access to toilets, 240V power and water overnight. Let us know in advance if you want to make use of this option, as space is limited. If we are oversubscribed then we may have alternative camping space in members’ gardens locally.





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