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The University of St Andrews Boat Club is one of the top performance programmes within the University as well as Scottish Rowing, winning the Saints Sport Club of the Year Award in 2020. Founded in 1962, the Club has seen incredible development the past few years, increasing not only our numbers but our standing within the Scottish and British Rowing communities. We have seen great competitive success in competitions and regattas throughout the UK, and look forward to seeing this continue under the guidance of our new Director of Rowing Alan Sinclair. 


Based in Loch Ore in Fife, we are a fast developing and competitive club, open to all regardless of experience. Whether a prospective student, alumni, or supporter, we encourage you to get in contact and stay up to date with all of our successes to come.  








Dear Members, Prospective Members, Parents, Alumni and Visitors,

As a short introduction, I am a fourth-year student of International Relations. I learnt to row as a junior in Glasgow and have spent many years enjoying this incredible sport. I am delighted to hold the position of President for the 2020-21 season and I am looking forward to seeing how the club can reach new heights in the coming year.


Over the club’s 58-year history, it has developed from the foundations of a small recreational club into a larger high-performing and competitive one that still values the close squad relationships that rowing inspires. This close-knit supportive community was founded by John Browne. John was a dedicated and humble man who set out to start a rowing club despite having “no water, no body to row with, no boats and no oars”. His commitment and dedication to the club through his life has instilled these values in the hearts of all our members and the news of his passing in September was met with great sadness by many of our members.


This club is a fantastic community that continues beyond the water, the gym and even university and the culmination of this supportive atmosphere, our success and dedication to strive forward was recognised in the award of Saints Sport Club of the Year 2020. This recognition, along with many other nominations and wins for some of our teams and athletes, is a testament to the hard work and dedication that has brought us to many successes in the past and will continue to strive us forward in the future. 


If you would like to be a part of this inspiring, close-knit, dedicated and supportive community and play your part in our future, please don’t hesitate to email me ( and I will happily answer any questions/queries/comments.

Yours in Rowing,

Ailsa Martin

Club President 2021-22


Interested in rowing for one of the UK's best universities? Studying at St Andrews offers a world class education along with a competitive rowing programme.

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