Adelaide University Boat Club

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Adelaide University Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Motto Mobilitate Vicemus
Location Adelaide, SA
Coordinates 34°54′57″S 138°36′07″E / 34.91583°S 138.60194°E / -34.91583; 138.60194 (Adelaide University Boat Club)Coordinates: 34°54′57″S 138°36′07″E / 34.91583°S 138.60194°E / -34.91583; 138.60194 (Adelaide University Boat Club)
Home water River Torrens
Founded 1881 (1881)
Affiliations Adelaide University Sports Association
Inter-Varsity Championships
Notable members

The Adelaide University Boat Club is a rowing club affiliated with the University of Adelaide. The club was founded in 1881, and in 1896 helped to form the Adelaide University Sports Association. The main clubrooms, donated by Robert Barr Smith in 1909, are located on the north bank of the River Torrens on War Memorial Drive, adjacent to the Adelaide University Sports Grounds. The shed has two boat bays, a gym and weights room and a small bar. The club also leases a secondary boatshed at the South Australian Rowing Association complex on Military Road at West Lakes, and also trains regularly at Port Adelaide's North Arm Creek and Murray Bridge. Members have included rowers of all levels, from total beginners to Olympic Gold Medallists. The club shares the nickname "The Blacks" with the Adelaide University Football Club.[1]


Adelaide University Boat Club. Winners 1997 City of Adelaide sprint regatta

One of the primary purposes of the Adelaide University Boat Club, as stated in its constitution, is to field competitive crews in the Intervarsity Championships, especially for the Oxford and Cambridge Cup (Men's Eight). AUBC also competes in local regattas, and has a number of oarsmen who compete at South Australian Sports Institute time trials and the National Regatta.[2]

Recent performance by the club has been impressive, winning the South Australian State Championships in both Men's and Women's Eights in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.[3] Interstate performance has also been good. The club achieved a number of wins in the Victorian State Championships in 2006, and also gained a number of silver medals and a gold at the National Regatta. Club members have also enjoyed success at the recent Under 23 World Championships in Belgium.[4]

Club members competed for the University of Adelaide to win the Oxford and Cambridge Cup at the 2009 Australian Universities Rowing Championships in Canberra.[5] The crew included Beijing Olympian James McRae and defeated the highly fancied Sydney crew by over a boat length.[6]

In 2010, Club member Chris Morgan won the National Single Scull Championship, becoming the first South Australian in 40 years[7] to do so.[8]

AUBC Blade with Jolly Roger. Regular club blades are plain black

Notable members[edit]