GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club

Founded 1867

We have been producing top-flight rowers since 1867.

The Success

GU Boat Club have medalled at the Scottish Universities and Colleges Championships, Scottish Championships, the highly contested British Universities and Colleges Championships, and British Championships.

Recent years have seen a large number of GUBC athletes selected to represent Scotland at the Home International Regatta, and to represent Great Britain at the European Universities Rowing Championships (EUSA) in both Hannover (2015) and Jönköping (2019), as well as the 2015 World Rowing Championships. We also have had rowers selected for the Commonwealth Regatta in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

The annual Scottish Boat Race against Edinburgh is also a big part of our racing calendar and has been won by the University of Glasgow on a number of occasions, including a record 13 times in a row by GUBC's Men's 1st VIII.


Regularly travelling throughout Britain to compete, the racing highlights of the year include the Head of the River Race in London, Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women's Regatta, as well as competing on home turf along the Clyde.


We have our own boathouse at Glasgow Green by the River Clyde, home to our fleet. In the University Stevenson Building we have access to a land training space, housing our rowing ergometers and free weights. We also have access to Olympic standard indoor and outdoor facilities at nearby Strathclyde Park.

Training on the river primarily takes place at weekends between 08:00 and 14:00, exact time dependent on group (usually starting around midday for new-starts) – though access to the boathouse is available at all times.

Towards summer, training on the water increases. During the week, sessions include strength and conditioning, ergometer and cross training sessions – times, duration and frequency will vary from crew to crew. Our programs are lead by our full-time coaching staff as well as volunteer and part-time coaches.


Taking on complete beginners is an integral part of the club's philosophy; over half the current senior oarsmen and women never rowed before coming to university. The Boat Club comprises a very friendly and sociable bunch of highly committed and hardworking friends. If you're up for the banter, or at all interested, then please get in touch.

Last updated: 03/07/2020

How to Join

Joining a GU Sports Club is a simple, three-step process:

  1. Join UofG Sport with one of these three memberships only:
    • Student Sport 12-month Full-Access (£170)
    • Student Sport Semester Full-Access (£99)
    • Student Sport Accommodation 12-month Full-Access (£120)*
  2. Contact the Club about what membership type you should select (if you're unsure) or if you have any questions
  3. Use the Club Management Portal to join the Club online

You'll need your UofG Sport Member ID to join a Club. Here's where to find your Member ID.

* Discounted Accommodation membership is only available to students living in UofG Accommodation, and is not available for online purchase – please join at Front Desk at the Stevenson Building.

GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club

GU Boat Club