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16 September 2015

SABC takes gold at World Rowing Masters Regatta

Racing into a stonking headwind, the men's C4+ took victory at the Boso Rowing Centre in Hazewinkel, Belgium.  Things weren't helped by stroke's right-hand shoe coming off after 150m but the crew cracked on against some  tough oppo to take the gold medals by just under a length.


04 September 2015

Bringing back website updates and news

After a hiatus, we will bring back regular updates and news items to the website.  But we need your help please.  If any member has any news items or articles which they would like to provide, please get in touch with the webmaster.  Also, we'd like to recruit a couple IT-savvy folk from the club to help with regular updates. You don't need to be able to design websites - word processing skills are good; very basic knowledge of web site editing is helpful (including CK Editor, Drupal, etc)


04 September 2015


The Club's Annual Dinner will be held at The Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, on Saturday 28 November 2015 - 7pm for 7:30pm.  Full details to follow.  All members, family and friends are welcome.


03 September 2015

St Andrew members in Rio qualification action

Katherine Grainger (W2x) and Sinead Jennings (WLtWt2x) are both in action at the World Rowing Championships on Lac d'Aiguebelette - both have progressed to contest Rio qualification positions.  Watch coverage via the World Rowing site.


14 July 2015

St Andrew takes gold at Henley Masters Regatta

In dramatic fashion, St Andrew took the win in MasC 4+ on the famous Henley stretch of the Thames. As strokeman, Colin Williamson, said: "We were only ahead for one stroke; but it was the one that mattered".


11 July 2014

Garden Party

The club's annual Garden Party will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 24 August 2014.  We will publish details shortly. Meanwhile, SAVE THE DATE! :)


10 July 2014

Henley Masters Regatta

St Andrew members are heading down to the Thames for this year's Henley Masters' Regatta. John Munro is competing in the MG 4x event; while Sarah Williams and Ailsa Curtis are going for WA 2x.  Our defending C4+ title holders failed to submit their entry in time. Lessons learned.  Good luck to all.


03 June 2014

Scottish Rowing Championships

A weekend of decent weather and good water brought satisfactory results for a number of developing St Andrew crews. It also brought home gold medals for Bryan O'Carroll (MA 1x), John Munro (MG 4x), and for Tom Duke and Iain Wilson (MC 2-).


12 February 2014

St Andrew BC - Burns Supper

The Club's annual Burns Supper will be held at the newly refurbished facilities at Boroughmuir RFC on Saturday 15 March 2014.  Further details to follow. Meanwhile, you can ask questions (and reserve your tickets) to the Captain and Treasurer. 


27 January 2014

Hamish Bond, Mahe Drysdale, and Eric Murray race 1x

Check out this spectacular race-off in singles........



10 January 2014

Happy New Year

To get the new year off to a start, catch this film of the GB Men's Eight in training and racing in Australia.



17 December 2013

Junior Christmas Party

The annual junior party will be held on Sunday 22 December at 4 Greenhill Gardens, from 6pm.  All juniors, past and present, and their parents, are welcome.


19 November 2013

Inverness Fours and Small Boats Head

A good bunch of SABC folk journeyed north for this year's work-out on the Caley Canal. Sarah/Ailsa and Iain/Tom brought home the gongs in, respectively, WO2x and C2x.


10 November 2013

Glasgow Fours Head

St Andrew's women made the trip through to Glasgow for the Fours Head. In sunshine and enjoying flat water, they brought home pennants in WR2 4+ and in WR2 4x+. Check out the Winners Board for details.


10 November 2013

St Andrew BC Annual Dinner


The club's annual dinner will be held at Stewart's Melville FP rugby club pavillion (Inverleith park, Edinburgh) on Saturday 30 November, from 7pm onwards.  All members are strongly encouraged to support this event - it's a great chance to let your hair down, to renew vows to resume/increase training, and to generally catch up with fellow club members, new and old.


Tickets 35 each available from the committee now.


07 October 2013

Scottish Rowing Awards Dinner - a note from John Munro

The Chalkmeister and Cath and I attended the Scottish Rowing Awards Dinner on Saturday evening as representatives of  St Andrew BC. This was an excellent event. Not only was the food provided by the Edinburgh University caterers of good quality but the venue itself - The Playfair Library -- was outstanding. It is one of Edinburgh's iconic buildings.
The awards ceremony itself was slickly well done in good time.
Polly Swan - GB World Cup winner x3 and World Champion in women's pairs gave a very personal account of her rowing journey thus far, from Heriots School and Edinburgh University to  Leander club and GB Rowing. The dinner was also attended by three outstanding UK Rowing coaches  -  Darren Whiter, Steve Gunn and Pete Sheppard. 
Finally the golden legend herself,  Katherine Grainger was also at the main table.
I would encourage all members of St Andrew to attend next year's dinner in Glasgow.


25 September 2013

Annual Dinner

The Club's annual dinner/dance will be held at Stewart's Melville College rugby pavilion at Inverleith Park EH5 2DW  on Saturday 30 November 2013, 7pm for 7:30pm.  We're presently finalising menus et cetera, so tickets and further details will be available shortly.  All members and their friends are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.


Tickets 35= each available from the Committee.


25 September 2013

Annual General Meeting

The 166th Annual General Meeting of the members of St Andrew Boat Club will be held at Boroughmuir RFC, Edinburgh on Thursday 10 October 2013, starting at 7:30pm.


25 September 2013

FISA World Masters Regatta

This year's regatta was held on the beautiful Lake Varese in northern Italy.  In hot and humid conditions, St Andrew BC was represented in a variety of events.  It was apparent that the high competitive standard  has increased yet again with some exceptional performances. Among notable competitors spotted was Vaclav Chulapa, the Czech sculler and recipient of the Thomas Keller Award.


Sculling with his three other musketeers, each from a different club, John Munro picked up a 2nd place in the G4x (over 65s).  Antoine Reguis and Iain Wilson picked up 2nd in C2- (over 43s) after a disastrous start which nearly put them in the water. Antoine and Iain also got a season's best rowing with Steven Kerr and Dougie Fowles in the 4+ event; but only came in 4th.  Bruce Lowe, Mike Morrice, and Iain Stewart also enjoyed the regatta.


Check out some photos here


20 July 2013

St Andrew Boat Club Garden Party

The club's annual Garden Party will be held at 32 Blacket Place, Edinburgh on Sunday 18 August, starting at 2pm.


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18 July 2013

Henley Masters Regatta enjoys vintage year

The twentieth Henley Masters Regatta was held last weekend in the hottest conditions for many years. The bumper entry of competitors from nine countries raced over a 1000m upstream course from Temple Island to Upper Thames Rowing Club.


St Andrew BC won C4+.


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21 June 2013

Scottish Rowing Championships

St Andrew had a bumper turn-out from across the club at this year's championships which were run over a shortened 1500mwind testing the crews: while on Sunday the sun came out on calm waters.  


Members brought home five championship wins, bolstered by an Intermediate win -- check out the club's winners here and the full results here (although problems with timing system means many race times are unreliable).


23 April 2013

Thomas Keller Medal - 2013 shortlist decided

Katherine Grainger features on the shortlist of five athletes nominated for the most prestigious award in rowing. It recognises an exceptional international rowing career, the 'type' of career, technical mastery of the sport, sportsmanship, and the 'legendary' aspect of the athlete.


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22 April 2013

Strathclyde Park Regatta

St Andrew BC is strongly represented in what is likely the largest overall entry at SPR in recent years.  Check out the draw here.


22 April 2013

Strong Scottish performances at GB Trials

Imogen Walsh led a strong Scottish contingent at the weekend's GB Rowing Trials in Caversham. She won W1x emphatically.  Various other Scots performed well too.


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21 March 2013

Sydney Stage is set for Opening World Cup

Sydney provides the backdrop to this season's opener in the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup Series this weekend (22-24 March). Scots Polly Swann, Imogen Walsh, and Alan Sinclair are representing GB respectively in W2-, WLtwt2x, and M4-.


read more........


11 February 2013

Katherine Grainger hoping to row at Rio Games

Quadruple Olympic medallistcommitted, she is looking towards 2016.


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11 February 2013

GB Rowing 2nd Winter Assessment Trials

Established rowers took victories in all five disciplines at the GB Rowing Team Second Winter Assessment Trials at Boston, Lincolnshire on Saturday, but newer names also made their mark.


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09 January 2013

Will it make the boat go faster?

I make no apologies for respecting Drew Ginn's views. In this, another of his blogs, Drew challenges rowing (and rowing coaches') dogma and 'traditional' views about rowing technique. He applies the 'acid test': will it make the boat go faster?  This thought provoking VT is worth a watch!



09 January 2013

Reflection on Katherine Grainger's Olympic Gold

Spotted over the holiday period, this reflective article mixing interview and commentary. It's worth a read if only to reminisce and gain an insight into the emotions.


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20 December 2012

Training video

Check out this cool training video from Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic champion skier. Thanks to Iain Rice for spotting it.



26 November 2012

Katherine Grainger to deliver RSE Christmas Lecture

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is delighted to announce that Katherine Grainger will deliver the RSE Christmas Lecture in 2012. She will talk about the challenges she has faced along with with her successes over the last twelve years.


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14 November 2012

Inverness Fours and Small Boats Head

This weekend sees the biggest ever entry at the Inverness Fours weekend and St Andrew BC is represented by members across the club's spectrum.  Good luck, fair weather, and decent tail winds to all........


Check out the full entry list and essential info here.


UPDATE: full results available here


14 November 2012

Rowing skills: carve the blade out

Drew Ginn is widely recognised as a supreme technician. In this blog he talks about carving the blade out around the finish and explains, subjectively, how the back turn can be rowed.


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12 November 2012

Katherine Grainger voted 'Olympian of the Year'

Two awards in one glittering week have recognised Katherine Grainger's dedication to rowing during a quest for gold that spanned four Olympic Games. Last night Katherine picked up the second award when she was voted 'Olympian of the Year' in the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards. On Saturday 3rd November the Olympic gold medallist, together with her crew Anna Watkins also received FISA's Women's Boat of the Year award. Last weekend Grainger said, "I honestly didn't think this year could get any better. But winning the FISA crew of the year has just added an extra layer of happiness to an already dream come true summer." Well - things have just got even better - congratulations Katherine!


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12 November 2012

Glasgow Fours Head

Only one St Andrew BC representative was available for Saturday's Glasgow Fours Head, rescheduled from the previous weekend. Racing a 4+ with her Clyde RC crew mates, Captain Sarah won WR2 in a time 10 seconds faster than the winning WO boat (in the same division). Nice one.


Full results are available here.


30 October 2012

Glasgow Fours Head

Scotland's most prestigious fours head is this weekend, run over a 5000m course from Belvedere to Glasgow Green on the River Clyde.  St Andrew BC's Captain is racing with Clyde RC in WR2 4+ while our MC4+ is shooting for a good start to this season.  Check out the full draw here.


30 October 2012

New Zealand M4x - training video

Catch this video of the NZ men's quad in training on mirror-smooth water. Watch how they move nicely together and little they disrupt the flow during recovery.



16 October 2012

A General Guide to Pot Hunting

Verb - the process by which rowers visit regattas known for (i) lower than average standard of competition; (ii) an element of chance in the outcome of races; (iii) shorter race distances (enabling rowers to enter many many events so they'll win one sooner or later); or (iv) all of the above. Also, a noun, as in "We're all going on a Pot Hunt".


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16 October 2012

Top 10 ways to kill time waiting for head race results

OK, so you've done a couple divisions hammering down the Clyde or up the Caley Canal; you've earned a slice of cake and a rehydrating refreshment; but what do you do while you're waiting for the organisers to get their computers in gear, microphones revved-up, and the results published?


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14 October 2012

Katherine Grainger unsure over rowing future

In an article by BBC Sport, St Andrew BC's Katherine Grainger says that she remains unsure about whether to aim for competing at the 2016 Games in Rio. "It's just too unreal a time to make any decision about Rio or my career. Everything is on hold at the moment", she said.


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11 October 2012

Warming-up and Cross-Training

Warming-up properly is essential and be a significant factor in racing (and training) performance: yet how many of us do it effectively, every time? This blog article offers views from the 'standard club' routine (pick drill etc) through to routines adopted by international athletes. On the same blog site, there's a good article about the benefits, and choices, of different cross-training regimes. Particularly at this time of year, cross-training can be hugely beneficial in a number of ways. Check out this article to find out how it might benefit you.




08 October 2012

Scullers Head Results

Full results of last weekend's Clydesdale ARC Head of the River Race for Scullers are available here.  Congratulations to St Andrew BC crews who achieved wins in Vet B-D 2x (Alex Heald and Antoine Reguis) and WNov 1x (Neilia Pallot). A selection of photographs is available here.


06 October 2012

Highlights from Zurich City Sprints

FISA is determined to bring rowing to an even wider audience and to broaden its spectator appeal. The recent Zurich City Sprints saw exciting racing over a 450m course in the middle of the city. Catch some of the highlights in this short film:



03 October 2012

Why We Row

A montage of rowing-related clips........



03 October 2012

Seven Minutes

Lindsay Jennerich, Canadian national team member, writes about her experiences at London 2012 Olympic regatta. This is worth a read, not least because it offers a different perspective on training, competition, and expectations.


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02 October 2012

Clydesdale ARC Head of the River Race for Scullers

The draw is published for this weekend's scheduled Scullers' Head at Glasgow Green.  A healthy entry is evident including a solid contingent from St Andrew BC (particularly our juniors).  Good luck and fair conditions to all participants.


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01 October 2012


This is the official trailer for the latest Hollywood rowing-related film, "Backwards". Written, produced, and directed by Sarah Megan Thomas, this movie seems to be garnering reasonably favourable reviews. See for yourself.......




25 September 2012

Rowing news articles today

Rowing NZ looks to set out its plans for Rio 2016 which might include their mighty 2- and 1x Olympic champions moving into a 'super' 8!  Read the full article here. Also, in others news, Heather Stanning, GB's W2- Olympic champion is interviewed on film by Forces News: her return to Afghanistan and Rio 2016 beckons........



24 September 2012

Rowing For All video

Some chilled out and uplifting tunes accompany this Russian video encapsulating different aspects of rowing: juniors to elite athletes, water practice to training room. It's worth 2 minutes of your time. It's filmed in Svetliy, near Saratov (on Volga river).



20 September 2012

Rowing New Zealand

Check out another RowingRelated Video of the Week: this time, an excellent montage of RowingNZ team's build-up to the London Olympics with some exemplary technique. Take a look at the blade release (M2x around 3:00) - clean and easy; sweet.



19 September 2012

Club circuit training

For the upcoming autumn and winter, we are resuming club circuit training as an important part of our preparations for next season.  The sessions, which are open to everybody, start promptly at 7pm (and will finish around 8pm) -- they will comprise the usual general strength and conditioning circuits alongside a fair bit of core work, and will finish-up with a good flexibility work-out.


Time is limited so please arrive punctually and be fully warmed-up ready to go by 7pm.


This can be a really valuable part of our training regime but we need numbers to be able to offer this facility so please support your club by participating.


19 September 2012

Sibling rivalry - sisters in rowing and cycling

It's no secret that elite athletes usually have some stellar DNA in the gene pool. So, it should be no surprise that siblings might share the same gift of athletic potential within a sport-oriented family.  Check out this interview with Canadian sisters, Leah and Krista Guloien, who compare what it's like to be elite rowers and cyclists.


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11 September 2012

Clydesdale Scullers Head 2012

The Clydesdale ARC Head of the River Race for Scullers will be held on Saturday  06 October 2012 starting at 12:00. It covers a course of approximately 4000m from Dalmarnock Bridge to the Monument at Glasgow Green. The race for double scullers starts at 14:30. Full details are available here. For entries, watch out for the Hon Sec's email very soon.


11 September 2012

South African Men's Lightweight 4-

Catch this video of the Olympic gold medal winning SA MLwt 4- in practice shortly before their trip to Dorney.  There's some steady state footage alongside race pace and 'go for home' efforts. Worth watching!



22 August 2012

Scottish Rowing - Annual Awards and Dinner

With Olympic successes still fresh in our minds it is time to celebrate those who have made a significant contribution towards Scottish rowing and whom we feel deserve a wider recognition. Full details, including award categories and how to nominate, are available here.


Scottish Rowing's annual dinner, including the awards ceremony, will be held at The Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow on Saturday 03 November 2012.


13 August 2012

Life After the Olympics

There's been a feast of sport over the last couple weeks - what do we do now? If you think that's a hard question to answer, what's it like for the athletes? How do Olympic champions cope with life-after-gold?


One or two blogs and interviews are coming to light which ponder these questions. If you spot any more, let me know (and I'll publish them). Meantime, you might be interested to check out the following:


Katherine Grainger


Drew Ginn


Bryan Kitch - an American journo's view


13 August 2012

Success for St Andrew BC at Inverness Sprints

In glorious sunshine with only a light head-wind on Saturday, St Andrew members enjoyed a great day's racing on the Caledonian Canal. With an excellent entry including crews from the North, the Central Belt, and from Northern England, St Andrew performed well to achieve wins in Men's R1 4+, Men's Vet 4+, Men's Vet 2x, and Mixed 2x. Full details on the Inverness RC website and on the Winners' Board.


05 August 2012

Best Olympic Regatta Ever for Team GB

Team GB closed out the 2012 Olympic Regatta with the best ever results achieved by a British team at any Olympics. Among the outstanding results was St Andrew BC's Katherine Grainger winning gold with Anna Watkins in the W2xOlympiad odyssey fulfilled. Now she's the 'bride'!


Photo: Getty Images 


Congratulations to Katherine and the entire GB Rowing team for such an outstanding regatta.


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Full results available here


Some thoughts from Steve Redgrave


27 July 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games - Regatta Draw

The draw is published for the Games Regatta. Among others, the GBR men's 8 will face GER and CAN in the first round. Fast times are expected for the first day of racing as the weather forecast is for a tailwind and 20C.


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26 July 2012

Who to watch at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Everything is ready at Dorney to host the 2012 Games. Huge grandstands seating up to 30,000 line the final 300m of the course. The boat park is alive with activity. Serious athletes are looking serious. Everybody is debating who will win?


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25 July 2012

Interview with Katherine Grainger



Katherine enters these Games as the most decorated British woman ever to wield an oar in anger. "Of course, there is only one result I want; there is only one that I am in this for".


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24 July 2012

French M4x

Another solid training video with some chilled out tunes showcases the French men's quad as these athletes enter the final stages of training the Games in London.



22 July 2012

Australian M4-

Check out this training footage featuring the Aussie 4-paddling on mirror-smooth water of Lago di Varese. Notice that the hands are real slow around the back-turn but there is a reason for that: they've been working on many things during Olympic preparation and have played around a lot with ways to make the boat go faster. Sweet.




17 July 2012

A fine video of lightweight pairs rowing

This video, in the style of inimitable Drew Ginn, features Adam Freeman-Pask (a Windsor protege of Chris Morrell OBE) and Chris Boddy. It's well-worth watching, for its fine tunes and for an excellent example of pairs rowing at its best.



17 July 2012

Home International Regatta - Scottish team

Scottish Rowing has announced the team to participate in the Home International Regatta in Cardiff on Saturday 21 July 2012. St Andrew BC's Beth Simmonds has been selected for the JW8+ and JW2x. You can check out the team details here and follow progress on Twitter @ScottishRowing


12 July 2012

Analysis of Olympic gold medal winning M2x

Invest eight minutes of your time in watching this video: a helpful summary demonstrating not only good video analysis but appropriate use of slow motion, pause and rewind.



29 June 2012

Profile of Olympic rowing events - the men's eight

The last in a series of event profiles looks at, arguably, the blue riband event: the men's eight. It's a big deal; it's the fastest boat; it is known as the ultimate in team sport, combining grace, power, and synchronicity.


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18 June 2012

Read all about it - reports from Munich World Cup

GB Rowing had mixed fortunes as this weekend's Samsung World Cup Regatta in Munich, the last time that crews will meet before they go to Dorneyblazing at the Olympics. Jurgen Groblar's infamous 'finishing school' training camp in Austria now beckons.


World Rowing report

British Rowing report

James Cracknell's thoughts


14 June 2012

Who to watch at Samsung World Rowing Cup III

The third round of this year's World Cup competition is in Munich, German, and is the last chance for crews to race each other before they meet at Dorney17 June.


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11 June 2012

Scottish Rowing Championships - report

St Andrew Boat Club entered 26 crews for this year's championships. Over the two days of racing in mostly clear and still conditions, results were mixed. The most epic race was, arguably, in the M4xball at 1500mour boat (Bryan, John, Pete, and Ross) was edged out by little more than a canvas on the line by a strong composite crew. St Andrew wins came in the Masters categories, 1xand 4+ (see Winners' Board for details).



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