Welcome to St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club

The St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club is part of the most dynamic and fastest-growing healthy leisure and community-building movement in Scotland.  Our membership of rather more than fifty now closely reflects that of the national Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, evenly distributed between the sexes and adult age-groups (average age 53).  The Club has built two St Ayles skiffs, Sandbay Century from kit no. 100, and Blue Bay from kit no. 200 – and is currently building a smaller Wemyss skiff to give us greater flexibility and wider rowing experience.  We launch the boats (depending on tide and weather conditions) from the East Sands and the St Andrews Harbour southern slipway, both accessed from Woodburn Terrace (map).  Outings take place on most days of the week from the early spring to the late autumn (and even continue through the winter for the hardiest and most dedicated rowers!).

The Club offers both social and competitive rowing.  Our social rowing takes place in the beautiful home waters of St Andrews Bay, with its dramatic views of the royal and ancient burgh’s skyline, the Tay estuary and the Angus coast.  We also make more extended expeditions from time to time.  In 2016, we rowed the River Tay downstream from Perth to the bridges (in cooperation with the Broughty Ferry and Wormit Clubs), and the Great Glen from Banavie to Caley Marina, Inverness).  For competitive rowers there is a full calendar of regattas, which take our crews as far north as Portsoy and Sheildaig and as far south as Gateshead and Annan.  Our performances are now consistently in the top quarter, with our rowers regularly winning medals for speed and seamanship.

From its formation, the Club has been fully committed to the community ethos of the Scottish Coastal Rowing project, providing appropriate opportunities for all, according to their age and level of fitness.  We are the only club in Scotland equipped for Adaptive Rowing (with one other, Gateshead, south of the border), and we also encourage those with visual impairment (however severe) to row with us.  We are affiliated to the Cosmos Community Centre in St Andrews, and take members of the Thursday Club with their carers on a barbecue row in the summer.  We have a close working relationship with the St Andrews Harbour Trust, whose aims to improve and develop the harbour as an active environment for work and leisure are congruent with our own.  We are also indebted to SGN and the University of St Andrews Sailing Club for storage facilities.

Our policy of accessibility means that we try to maintain low subscription fees, and we are proud that our funding has all come from local sources. We are recognised by HM Revenue and Customs as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), which means that donations may attract Gift Aid.  Among our more substantial benefactors have been the St Andrews Community Trust, the Fife Council Local Community Planning Budget, The St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club Town Fund, The St Andrews May Ball, and Mr Michael Buchanan.  In addition we have been generously supported by individuals who wish to remain anonymous.

The Club always welcomes new members, and anybody wishing “taster sessions” can easily arrange them through the contacts page on this website.  We look forward to your joining us on our exciting journey forward..!