Saints Rowing

The University of St Andrews Boat Club is at the forefront of coastal rowing in Scotland and has been accredited as a GB Coastal Sculling Academy by British Rowing.

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University of St Andrews Boat Club

Founded in 1962, the Boat Club has seen incredible development in the past few years and now offers a pathway for novices and high performance athletes to develop their skills and compete at both flat water and coastal sculling as part of the Rowing Programme.

Under the guidance of our Director of Rowing, Alan Sinclair, we have seen great competitive success in competitions and regattas throughout the UK, with athletes going on to represent Scotland and Great Britain.

With a flat-water base at Loch Ore in Fife, a coastal rowing training and event venue on our door step at East Sands Beach in St Andrews, and access to top-class training facilities at the University Sports Centre, rowing has never been more accessible to students at St Andrews.

The Boat Club is open to all abilities providing a pathway from novice to senior squads and opportunities for all to train, compete and develop their skills.

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Performance rowing

Rowing is one of a small number of targeted performance teams at St Andrews. The performance rowing programme provides a comprehensive programme of training, competition and support to enable our top student players to harness their full potential and achieve sporting and academic excellence whilst studying at St Andrews.

Training sessions

Day Time Session Location
Monday AM S&C Performance suite
Tuesday AM S&C Performance suite
Tuesday PM Erg Sports Hall
Wednesday PM Water Lochore/East Sands
Thursday  AM Sprints Technique Sports Area
Thursday PM Erg Sports Hall
Friday AM Erg/Cross training Sports Hall
Saturday AM Water Lochore/East Sands
Sunday AM Water Lochore/East Sands
Day Time Session Location
Tuesday AM/PM Erg Sports Hall
Wednesday PM Water Lochore
Thursday PM Erg Sports Hall
Friday AM Erg Sports Hall
Saturday AM/PM Water Lochore
Sunday AM Water Lochore
Day Time Session Location
Day Time Session Location
*This is an example of what the schedule will look like during term time.

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Saints Coastal Rowing Regatta

The annual Saints Coastal Regatta was established in 2022 and was the first beach sprints regatta in Scotland, and the second largest Beach Sprints regatta in the world at that time. The regatta takes place at East Sands Beach in St Andrews, which is now established as one of the best locations in the country for Beach Sprints.

Featured news


Ryan’s talent in the Beach Sprints discipline of rowing was discovered just over a year ago when he excelled at it on his first attempt at the British Rowing Coastal Championships.


The Scotland Rowing Team lifted a much-coveted trophy at the first Home International Rowing Beach Sprints event, hosted by Scottish Rowing and the University of St Andrews.


University of St Andrews graduate Sam Winton has recently represented Scotland at rowing in this year’s Eurogames.


Latest stories

  • This week marks Clean Sport Week and the University of St Andrews is proud to announce its relationship with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) as a Higher Education […]
  • The University of St Andrews Boat Club has had plenty of successes with their rowing team recently, including medals in the BUCS Head, Inverness Winter Head […]
  • The University has recently been announced as one of five new GB Coastal Sculling Academies by British Rowing. The Academies were established following the inclusion of […]
  • After being selected to represent GB along with 20 other athletes in August, Ryan Glymond and Gregor Hall competed in the World Rowing Beach Sprints (WRBS […]
  • The University of St Andrews Boat Club recently celebrated the purchase of their new racing eight with a boat naming ceremony at Henley Royal Regatta. The […]
  • Fourth-year student Laura Hampton will set sail round the world this summer as part of the Clipper sailing race team, just weeks after graduation. Laura, who […]
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All matriculated students at the University can join the Boat Club.

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If you are a graduate from St Andrews and a former member of the Boat Club we would love to hear from you, and would encourage you to join our ever expanding network of alumni. If you would like to be kept up to date with news, activities and events from Saints Rowing, please ensure we hold the correct information and contact details for you by completing our short online form.

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By supporting Saints Rowing you will be helping the club provide extra equipment, racing kit, clothing, additional training and transport provision, match officials or extra coaching, that will add greater value, more opportunities and a better experience for our students.