University of St Andrews Boat Club

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University of St Andrews Boat Club
Motto Unity Through Strength
Location Fife
Home water Loch Ore, Fife
Founded 1965
President Matt Taylor
Director of rowing Mr Iain Rice
Membership 50
University University of St Andrews
Affiliations
Website www.ustaboatclub.com
Events
Loch Ore Regatta

The University of St Andrews Boat Club, founded in 1965, is the rowing team affiliated to the University of St Andrews. Operating under the University of St Andrews Athletic Union, the University of St Andrews Boat Club (also known as UStABC) competes in head races and regattas across Scotland and England, including the Head of the River Race (London), British University Championships 'BUCS' Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta. Its national governing body is Scottish Rowing and the registration code of 'SAU'.

A Senior Men's coxed four (4+) won the Scottish Rowing Championships 2012 and in the 2015-2016 season, many Club records were set with the Men's 1st VIII and Women's 1st VIII breaking the previous Club records for the Head of the River Race (HORR) and Women's Head of the River Race (WeHORR). Additionally, the Club qualified for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and the Cathy Cruickshank Trophy for Academic Coxed Fours at Henley Women's Regatta in 2016.

Club Foundation and History[edit]

The University of St Andrews Boat Club blade design

The club was founded in the 1964-1965 academic year by John Browne with one coxed four and 6 athletes. The club rowed on the River Eden until the late 1990s until they moved to River Tay, Perth due to extremely tidal waters. In January 2016, the club moved again to Loch Ore, Fife.

The club qualified for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2016, the first time in the club's history.

Facilities & Training[edit]

The University of St Andrews Boat Club utilises indoor studio space for land training as well as usage of specialist Strength and Conditioning facilities within the University Sports complex.

Following a move, in early 2016, from their previous training waters on the River Tay, Perth, the Club now trains on Loch Ore in Lochore Meadows Country Park, Fife. The 1.4km long Loch provides more favourable training conditions and facilities.

Annually, the Boat Club goes on international training camps for vital water training as well as to allow the integration of Senior and Novice squads. Past tour locations have includes Banyoles, Spain and Lake Iseo, Italy.

Eden Boat Club[edit]

In 2014, the Eden Boat Club was founded as the alumni rowing club for the University of St Andrews Boat Club. Mainly based out of London, Eden BC has competed at Henley Town and Visitors Regatta as well as at Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston, USA.

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