Located at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River, Annapolis is synonymous with water sports. The Hodson Boathouse, one of the loveliest in the mid-Atlantic region, serves as headquarters for an active crew program. Sweep-oar rowing and sculling are very popular sports. The college team, coached by athletic director Leo Pickens, practices five mornings per week and compete in intercollegiate regattas and many Johnnies learn to row just for fun.
The college has a small fleet of boats, from lasers to a 22-foot Cape Dory sloop, along with many rowing dinghies, canoes and kayaks in which students may explore the beauties of the Chesapeake. An annual Sail Picnic, organized by The Friends of St. John's, provides an opportunity for students to sail aboard large yachts.