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TIMELINE

The boat club has a slightly hazy history from the founding days in 1962 through to the present day, but we hope to fill the gaps and continue expanding our knowledge with this timeline. Click through the decades to read about UStABC and get in touch to help us build our history!

HRR 2000

2002

MENS VIII - TIDEWAY

The only photograph we have of a tideway crew in the early years of the decade came from this crew back in 2002, where the novices placed 333rd but we have no recorded senior results. The first recorded club appearance at HoRR was in 1996, where the senior VIII placed 342nd out of 390 in a time of 21:37.41.

2005-6

MENS VIII

The mens' VIII of the 2005-6 season had a highly successful season, placing 288th at HoRR (a then club record) as well as becoming BUSA bronze medalists and winners of Scot Champs. Please do reach out to us with any further details of their success!

In 2000, the club made an attempt at qualification for Henley Royal Regatta with the following crew:

BOW: Howard Versey 
TWO: Chris Smith

THREE: Jamie Brown

STROKE: Steve Dorey
COX: Emma Turpin

The crew was just 0.2 seconds off qualifying. At that stage, the club had no coach and the crew raced in a women's 90s Janosek. The club wouldn't return to HRR until 2016! 

2000

UStABC DEBUTS AT HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

The club had rowed out of the Guardbridge boathouse since construction, although the year of construction is unknown. It had fallen into disrepair and in and out use on a number of occasions, as well as a rumour that it was used by the RAF as a shooting range! By 2004, the building was beyond repair and was condemned by the University Estates Department. The club left the boathouse in 2004.

2004

THE OLD BOATHOUSE IS ABANDONED

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Since the departure from Guardbridge in 2004, the club had moved all around Scotland including a brief spell at Strathclyde Park. Sometime between 2005 and 2006, we joined Dundee University Boat Club at Inchyra, where we rowed alongside them until our departure and move to Perth Sailing Club in 2010.

2005-6

MOVE TO INCHYRA

SPRING TRAINING IN PORTUGAL

2007

The club headed out to Portugal in 2007 for a training camp, the first record we have of a foreign training camp, but these clips and photos are all that remain!

2012

VICTORY AT SCOT CHAMPS

A M4+ forms during the 2011-2012 season and is the most successful crew for some years, with a season highlight being victory at Scot Champs during the Summer of 2012.

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In 2010, the club moved to a spot further up the River Tay, at Perth Sailing Club. The club rowed out of Perth Sailing Club until 2016, when it moved to Loch Ore Meadows, in favour of better winter training conditions.

2010

MOVE TO PERTH SAILING CLUB

A small contingent of alumni found Eden Boat Club, bringing together a community of UStABC alumni with some alumni racing in the early days of the club.

2015

EDEN BOAT CLUB FORMED

In 2010, the club moved to a spot further up the River Tay, at Perth Sailing Club. The club rowed out of Perth Sailing Club until 2016, when it moved to Loch Ore Meadows, in favour of better winter training conditions.

2016

FEBRUARY - NEW TRAINING BASE

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2016

In 2016, the club made an attempt to qualify for HWR with a crew of:

BOW: Charis Evans

TWO: Natasha Wood
THREE: Charlie Fling

STROKE: Hannah Myatt 
COX: Matt Taylor

The crew successfully qualified and moved through to race Edinburgh University. Despite leading for almost the entire race, Edinburgh pipped the crew to the line.

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2016

In 2016, the club made a second attempt at qualification for HRR with a crew of:

BOW: George Turner

TWO: Tony Poole
THREE: Aran Garrod

STROKE: Oscar Nick
COX: Lily Steele

The crew successfully qualified for the PA and moved through to race Yale University, tough opposition for the club's first proper appearance at HRR! The crew pushed Yale to the line but were ultimately unsuccessful. 

HRR

In late 2016, the club hosted founder John Browne at Loch Ore to officially name the boat that he helped to donate, Catalyst. Then club named a new pair in John's honour as thanks for all he had done for rowing in St Andrews and his ongoing support.

2016

CATALYST ARRIVES 

2017

CANOTTIERI SEBINO

The club travelled to Italy for our first Italian training camp hosted by Canottieri Sebino, where the club returned in Easter of 2018.

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2017

FIRST BUCS POINTS

The club won its first BUCS points at BUCS Head 2017, taking bronze in WC4+, the same crew moved onto to A final at BUCS in C4+ later in the season, but unfortunately could not take their record beating season to Henley due to a change in rules.

2017

FIRST BUCS REGATTA MEDAL

The club won its first medal at BUCS Regatta in April 2017, with Alex Chisholm taking bronze in Int1x! The club placed in 4 A finals across the weekend, compared to just one in 2016.

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2017

HWR

In 2017, the club returned to Henley Women's Regatta entering two crews into the event:

S4-
BOW: Alice Thompson

TWO: Alex Shaw
THREE: Kirstin Giddy

STOKE: Hannah Myatt

A4+
BOW: Charis Evans

TWO: Naomi Wood

THREE: Ellie Livingstone

STOKE: Charlie Fling
COX: Matt Taylor

Both crews qualified in their respective events, a huge achievement for the club. The A4+ moved through and lost to a well drilled Leeds University crew. The S4- moved through, beating Harvard University and then losing to eventual victors Newcastle.

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2017

Alex Chisholm joined the Scottish HIR team towards the end of the 2016-17 season. He finished second in JM4x behind a well drilled English crew from Leander Club at Home International Regatta. The club had another two other athletes trial for the HIR team, Hannah Myatt and Kirstin Giddy, who sadly lost out on selection by just a bow ball at a seat race earlier in the season.  

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2017

SCOTTISH INDOORS

The club won its first medals in recent memory at Scottish Indoors in November, with members across the board in multiple categories.

In September, the club launched Saints Regatta, the club's first regatta in recent history, although there are unconfirmed rumours of the club having hosted a previous regatta sometime in the 90s. The event welcomed crews from across Scotland, mixing senior and junior athletes in a day of short, sharp sprint racing at the Loch!

2017

SAINTS REGATTA LAUNCHED

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2018

In 2018 and for the first time, the club broke the top 50 at WeHoRR. 

BOW: Morgan Hartley
TWO: Alice Thomspon
THREE: Julia Marache
FOUR: Ellie Livingstone
FIVE: Skye Arnott
SIX: Hannah Myatt
SEVEN: Kirstin Giddy (SW Captain)
STROKE: Jodie Cameron
COX: Matt Taylor

The crew just slipped into the top 50, placing 49th. In 2015, 16 and 17, the VIII had placed 147th, 101st and 56th respectively. This result was the first time the club had broken the top 50 at either WeHoRR or HoRR to date.

THE WOMEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER RACE

In April, the club had their most successful ever run at SUCS and SPR, with 25 of 42 athletes returning with gold medals. The club were Scottish Student Champions in: WInt1x, WChp2-, WChp4+, WBeg4+, WBeg8+ and MInt2x.

2018

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2018

THREE MEDALS AT BUCS REGATTA

BUCS 2018 brought the club's best ever results - two silver and a bronze medal. The club also picked up more BUCS points during the weekend, through the WCLwt2-.

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188 athletes raced at HWR in 2018, double the previous record entry (2017). Additionally, 7 novices made up the 3 crews that raced over the weekend, compared to only 1 novice the previous year - a huge step-up for the Club. 

2018

HENLEY WOMEN'S REGATTA

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HIT 2018 was the first time St Andrews has had athletes selected for the Senior team in recent history. Remarkably, from zero to four, the University of St Andrews was the most represented University on the Senior Women's squad.

Congratulations to: Morgan Hartley, Hannah Myatt, Kirstin Giddy and Matt Taylor (Cox). 

Iain Rice, the DoR at the time, also coached the senior squad.

2018

UNIVERSITY SHIELD AT BRIT CHAMPS

For the club's first appearance at the British Senior Championships, this was a fantastic weekend of racing for the W4-, made up of athletes from diverse rowing backgrounds, with both home grown St Andrews talent and brand new athletes to the club.

A total of 6 medals were won at the Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships, and the success of the club's athletes were recognised in the presentation of the Victor Ludorum Trophy to the Club - crowning UStABC as the most successful Club of the event that year.

2018

VL TROPHY WIN AT SCOTTISH INDOORS

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2019

CLUB COURSE RECORD AT HORR IN LONDON

Our Men's 1st VIII finished in 62nd position at the Head of the River Race in London out of 301 crews, setting a club course record and winning the Medium Academic Pennant.

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Jordan Stanley was appointed as the new Director of Rowing in February 2019. As a former international athlete and a coach at Westlake Boys' High School in New Zealand, Jordan brought with him a wealth of experience to push the club's performance even further. 

2019

A NEW DIRECTOR OF ROWING

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In April, the club launched their major match donation campaign, Project 24, with the aim of raising sufficient funds to purchasing new boats for the club. The campaign successfully raised £35,000. 

2019

LAUNCHED OF PROJECT24

2019

RECORD RESULTS AT THE SCOTTISH UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONS

The club finished 2nd on the Scottish Universities' Victor Ludorum, beating 8 other Scottish Universities and bringing home an outstanding 7 gold medals.

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2019

SAINTS ARE CROWNED DOUBLE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONS

The OC2- and WC4+ became the Scottish Champions at the Scottish Championships held at Strathclyde Park.

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The club won its first ever BUCS gold medals in the WInt 2- and MInt 2- categories at BUCS Regatta. Bronze medals were also won by our WIn4+ and MInt4+, making it their most successful performance at BUCS Regatta to date.

2019

FIRST BUCS GOLD MEDALS IN CLUB HISTORY

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The AA4- reached the quarter-finals of Henley Women's Regatta after beating Sheffield University in the heats and only narrowly losing out on a spot in the semis against Glasgow University. 

The men's championship four continued their Henley Royal Regatta preparation and raced at Marlow Regatta.

2019

TWO FOURS AT HENLEY WOMEN'S & MARLOW REGATTA

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2019

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA SEMI-FINALS 

In 2019, the club qualified for Henley Royal Regatta for the second time.

The crew missed out on the pre-qualifying spot, but won themselves one of the 4 spots available at the Friday qualifiers out of 37 crews.

BOW: Chris Bock
TWO: Henry Marles
THREE: Oscar Nick
STROKE: Campbell Nelson
COX: Holly Bartlett

The crew made club history of the Wednesday of the Regatta, beating Imperial College London, the first time the club had ever won a round at the regatta.

On Friday, the crew raced Exeter University in the quarter-finals. They won. It was an extremely special day for the club. John Browne, the club's founder, was there to support and congratulate the crew on their unbelievable victory.

The crew finished their season against Durham University in the semi-finals. It was a fantastic triumph, Current club members and alumni dating back to the 1990s cheered on the crew, before the annual BBQ held on the Saturday afternoon.

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2019

The club had four athletes representing St Andrews at HIR. Incredibly, 3 returned with gold meals. The event was the first time St Andrews had representation at the event from our Senior Men's Squad.  

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