I’m glad that you are interested in the senior mens’ squad at Aberdeen University Boat Club. As the Senior Men’s Captain, I would like to give you an overview of primary details regarding squad structure and the season’s events.
We are always happy to welcome new members to our squad and if you can draw upon previous rowing experience or spent one year of racing and training in our Novice Squad then you can expect to be invited directly into the Senior Men’s Squad.
At AUBC we are convinced that there is no other sport like rowing at Aberdeen University. We believe in the search for perfection and aim to achieve higher and higher goals year on year. This is due to the level of commitment to training which is expected to be very high.
To be able to improve the position of our club on the map of British Rowing, training sessions – on and off the water – are set for every day of the week, with the exception of recovery days.
Throughout the year, the senior squad competes in events in locations all over the UK, such as Newcastle, Glasgow or London. The following will give you a brief overview of our rowing programme for the individual terms:
Starting with the first outings in September, the focus for the winter term will be to gauge the abilities of each athlete in the squad and to develop the squad as a whole through technical work. Also, we will compete in several events in the UK, climaxing with the Rutherford Head Race in Newcastle.
Early in the spring term, four oarsmen of the senior men’s squad, alongside four of the best oarswomen our club has to offer, will get the chance to show our opponents from Robert Gordon University, who the Dee really belongs to, in the annual and continuously growing Universities’ of Aberdeen Boat Race. During and after the training period for this event, the squad will compete in further head races, taking the club to locations like Inverness and London for the oldest and arguably most famous race of them all, the Head of the River Race on the Thames.
In the summer term, the training focus shifts from long distance head races to shorter distance regattas. In this term, the squad will participate in a number of regattas, including the British and the Scottish Universities’ Championships. The end of the rowing year at University will be marked with competing at the famous Henley Royal Regatta.
I am looking forward to welcoming you in our club and please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in joining AUBC. I will be happy to answer your questions.
Senior Mens’ Captain