Captain’s Welcome

Welcome to the home page of St. Aidan’s College Boat Club, one of the leading college boat clubs from the University of Durham. My name is Tom, a second year Economics student, Captain of the Boat Club and member of the college 1st VIII.

Rowing is one of Durham’s iconic sports, and fields some of the highest participation with Durham placing consistently highly at BUCS, and with all sixteen colleges sporting high numbers of crews themselves in local and national events. St. Aidan’s has been involved with rowing since the boat club’s inception in 1954, and now owns a boathouse on the picturesque River Wear, next to the Cathedral and Castle.

Rowing with SACBC is an excellent opportunity to join a close-knit community, which is both competitive and social. The club competes and trains at all levels, from those willing to get up in the early and cold Durham winter, to those wishing to be more recreational. The social scene is up there with the best amongst fellow college teams, and rowers are involved in regular socials as well as College Formals and the Club’s own Boat Club Ball.

St. Aidan’s Boat Club encourages anyone interested in joining the club, whether as an experienced or inexperienced rower, to get involved, either by contacting myself or visiting our stand and signing up in the college Fresher’s Fair that takes place during Fresher’s Week. For further information, please look at the ‘Joining’ section of this website.

St. Aidan’s College Boat Club and myself look forward to welcoming you into our community and rowing with you over the next season.


Tom Patmore


Contact us

Captain – Tom Patmore –

Treasurer – Mike Scott –

Secretary – Samuel Nobbs –

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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

Boat Naming Ceremony
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        We were delighted to be able to welcome our guests and members of the Boat Club Alumni to our boat naming ceremony for our new VIII which has now been named Jack Caswell, in memory of … Read More

York Spring Regatta
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On the 2nd May SACBC sent a number of crews to York Spring Regatta. The Club fielded crews from novice 4s to the Challenge Cup event. With unforgiving conditions, the Club performed strongly and are now in a strong place … Read More

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Following a successful pre-season, the Men’s squad were able to field three crews at the Chester-le-Street Regatta on the 18th April. The club entered two Novice crews and one Intermediate 3 crew. All of those had an excellent day and … Read More