Signing up

When are the upcoming events taking place? You can find all the upcoming events listed here

How many people to we need for a team? You will need a minimum of four people - Oarsome Chance will provide a cox for your team, unless you would like to provide your own, making a team of five. The deposit and fund raising commitment is per boat, so will be unaffected by the number of rowers in your team.

How do we secure our place? Send us an email to [email protected]arsomechance.org to tell us which event you'd like to take part in - if there are spaces available, we will send you a registration form. You will need to nominate a team leader (who doesn't have to be one of the rowers) and details of all the team members. Once you have sent us the completed form and paid your team deposit (£200) your place in the event is secured.

Can anyone take part? To take part all team members must be aged 16 or over on the day of the event and must also be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to participate safely. No prior rowing experience is required. There is no upper age limit.

Before the race

How much money do we need to raise? We ask that your team raises a minimum of £600, but of course the more the better! And we’ll have a special award for the team that raises the most. As your deposit covers event costs, all the sponsorship money you raise will go towards running our programmes for disadvantaged young people.

How do we set up an online fundraising page? You can set up a page on MyDonate and link it to the Oarsome Chance Portsmouth Pull event page. Have a look at our fundraising tips here to get some ideas on setting up your page and how you can hit your fundraising target - remember, if there are four of you in your team, you only need to raise a minimum of £150 each. And if you smash your target, you may be in the running for the sponsorhsip prize!

Do we need to have training? Yes. We’ll provide you with training tips and all team members are required to participate in a compulsory training session prior to the event (usually around one month before the event date). We ask that you confirm the names of all your team members at the latest by that date. Non-attendance is only permitted where there are extenuating circumstances; in that event, Oarsome Chance will ask you to attend a training session on another day.

Race Day

How will the race run? On race day we ask teams to arrive for registration at 10am so that they can be fully briefed, get warmed up and kitted out ready for the race start at 12 noon. Teams will start the race at 2-3 minute intervals.

What boats will we be rowing? The skiffs are 23-ft wooden rowing boats propelled by four three-metre long oars. Each boat accommodates a maximum of six people (4 x oarsmen, a reserve and a cox).

What is the course of the race? The route is a 10km lap of Portsmouth harbour starting at St Vincent College on the Gosport peninsula and passing under the Millennium Bridge before crossing the mouth of the harbour and proceeding to Portchester Lake round a mark off Portchester Castle then continue past Hardway back towards St Vincent College for the finish.

What is the safety cover? There will be three safety boats accompanying the rowing boats throughout the course.

What happens after the race? We celebrate! Once all the teams are back on dry land we will hold a prize giving barbecue at our Maritime Workshop (where the race starts and ends). There will be a prize giving ceremony where the fastest team will be awarded a trophy and the special prize awarded to the team who raised the most sponsorship.

Need to know more?

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions...

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 02392 504492