Oarsome Chance coastal rowing

Get set for the Portsmouth Pull

On Saturday 16 June four rowing teams will battle it out in a lap of Portsmouth Harbour to raise vital funds for Oarsome Chance.

The Portsmouth Pull course will take the 23-ft wooden rowing skiffs past the island city’s iconic landmarks including the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, HMS Warrior, Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, the continental ferry port and the historic naval dockyard, home to the UK’s largest ever aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The teams then head towards the medieval Portchester Castle and Hardway, where troops embarked in 1944 heading for the D-Day landings, before passing back under Gosport’s Millennium Bridge for a sprint finish.

All slots for this year’s pilot event have been snapped up so come to cheer on the crews going head-to-head in Portsmouth's world-famous harbour and find out how you can take part next year. No rowing experience required and training provided.

Where: Oarsome Chance HQ, Maritime Workshop, St Vincent School, Mill Lane, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4QA

When: Saturday 16 June 2018

Start time: 12 noon

Course: The four teams will start from St Vincent College on the Gosport peninsula and pass under Millennium Bridge before crossing Portsmouth Harbour. They will then proceed to Porchester Lake and round a mark off Porchester Castle before continuing past Hardway and back towards St Vincent College for the finish.

Vantage points: Gosport’s Millennium Bridge, Porchester Castle and Hardway.

Total distance: 6 nautical miles (11km)

The Portsmouth Pull is a fundraising event for Oarsome Chance to support our work with disadvantaged young people. Two of the boats taking part, Little Victory and Little Warrior, were built by young people on Oarsome Chance programmes.

To find out more about taking part in the Portsmouth Pull in 2019 contact:

Anna Wardley: [email protected] | 07793 417754

John Gillard: [email protected] | 07973 838858