Captain’s Welcome

Welcome to the homepage of St. Aidan’s College Boat Club (SACBC). We are one of the most successful College boat clubs at the University of Durham. My name is Christian, a final year Geologist and for the 2016/17 season Captain of the Boat Club.

Rowing has been a large part of the student lifestyle here at Durham University since its founding in 1832. Nowadays each of the 16 constituent Colleges field competitive crews at local and international races. Since SACBC’s inception in 1954 the club has grown dramatically. We have a picturesque boathouse in the shadow of the Cathedral and this year our membership hit nearly 90 students, making us the third largest College Boat Club.  As well as growing in numbers, our Club is also growing in stature; this year our Men’s and Women’s first VIIIs finished in the top 100 crews at HoRR and WEHoRR respectively, as well as both crews placing highly at BUCS head and numerous regional races. As a result, we are ranked the fastest Durham College and we expect this winning trend to continue into the coming regatta season and the next academic year.

By joining SACBC you are joining a tight-knit community that welcomes athletes of all abilities. We compete at all levels and training reflects that with those of us wishing to compete at the highest levels out on the river at 06:00 most mornings and individuals looking for something a little less strenuous enjoying the occasional paddle. To compliment this training, we offer some of the best social events on the College calendar with this year’s Boat Club Ball set in the stunning Town Hall and many smaller events throughout the year. One of my favourite is the infamous St. Aidan’s College Boat Club Bar Sprint Social.

If you are interested in joining the club, whether as an experienced rower or a complete novice, get in contact. You are welcome to sign up at any point within the academic year and can speak to myself or visit our stand at the college Fresher’s Fair. For further information, please look at the ‘Joining’ section of this website.

I, and the rest of the club, look forward to meeting you and hopefully we’ll have you out on the water before you know it.


Christian Smith

Contact us

Captain – Christian Smith

Treasurer – Rotimi Akindeinde

Secretary – Isabel Ewing –

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Durham City Regatta
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Saturday 7th May marked what will hopefully be just the beginning of SACBC’s success in the 2016 Regatta Season. The men’s first viii won their event by a very impressive margin. Their success was matched in the afternoon by the … Read More

Men’s Eights Head of the River
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The 19th March was a great day for St Aidan’s, sending two exciting VIIIs down to London, for arguably the greatest head race on the calendar, HoRR. After an incredible start, another crew’s poor line looked as if it might … Read More

Women’s Eights Head of the River
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On the 5th March, St Aidan’s sent two Women’s VIIIs down to London, for the pinnacle of female head racing – WeHoRR. This event saw nearly 3000 rowers on the Tideway, ranging from Olympic champions to novice rowers. St Aidan’s … Read More

Tees Small Boats Head
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SACBC arrived in strong form at the first event of the rowing season. With three boats racing in this event, from IM3 to IM2 the Club performed well. A windy and cold day made it an even more enjoyable 5k … Read More

Hexham Regatta
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After a number of earlier Regattas, St Aidan’s were able to secure their first wins of the season. The Club were able to reach four finals and managed to win in both the men’s Novice 4 and Novice 8 category. … Read More

Wansbeck Regatta
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On the 30th May SACBC travelled to Cambois Rowing Club’s Wansbeck Regatta. With a variety of crews racing throughout the day, it was a great event and all involved had a enjoyable day. After a number of regattas, the Club … Read More