School pupils in Helensburgh and Lomond are in with a chance to hop aboard the iconic Waverley paddle steamer when she sets sail ‘doon the watter’ this summer. 

The famous ship's 2023 season begins next month - and to mark the occasion, pupils across Helensburgh and Lomond are being asked to get creative to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic sail down the Clyde on board the world's last sea-going paddle steamer.

We want young people across the area to use their creative skills to make a replica of the 75-year-old steamer from items easily found around your household to have a chance of winning an 'unforgettable' trip on board the famous ship.

The creators of the best competition entry will sail down the famous River Clyde from Glasgow, viewing landmarks such as the restored Victorian sailing ship Glenlee and the historic Dumbarton Castle sitting on the volcanic Dumbarton Rock.

They will also sail under the Erskine Bridge before passing the Port Glasgow to arrive in Greenock – enjoying some fantastic views across the Clyde to Cardross, Helensburgh and the Gareloch along the way.

On board the Waverley, pupils will be able to view the ship's powerful steam engine, see the massive paddle wheels turn and even meet the ship’s captain. 

At the end of the journey, pupils will also be able to take home an exclusive Waverley gift from the on-board shop. 

You can enter the competition either as an individual pupil or as a school.

The closing date for entries to the competition is Friday, April 28, with the winning class to set sail on board the ship in May.

Once the winning class from Helensburgh and Lomond is selected, the Advertiser will contact the winning school to arrange coach travel to and from the school on the day of the sail.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is take a photograph of your design and upload it to

So how a-boat it? We can’t wait to see your creative competition entries!