With just days to go until teams of rowers go head to head in the Portsmouth Pull, the stage is set for a fierce battle to break the course record for a 10km lap of Portsmouth Harbour on Friday 28 September.

The Oarsome Chance event pits five-person teams in 23-ft wooden skiffs against each other to log the fastest time for the 10km course around Portsmouth’s iconic harbour.

Oarsome Chance Principal John Gillard, said: “This week’s Portsmouth Pull is gearing up to be a really competitive event and the battle is on to break the course record. This is an important fundraising event for us, so as well as some great fun on the water, it’s raising vital funds to run our programmes for disadvantaged young people.”

Team Seahorse will be one of five teams battling it out to lift the trophy for the Portsmouth Pull on Friday.

"They've been out training, they loved it and they're on a mission," says Abby Thomson, owner of the Seahorse Restaurant & Bar in Gosport.

The team is made up of the Seahorse's head chef Kris Buxey-Hall, bartender Liam Capper and customers Rob Coates and Paul Proctor overseen by an experienced cox from Oarsome Chance.

According to Abby, Team Seahorse is fired up "to thrash the course record" of 1 hour and 27 minutes set at a pilot event in June.

Abby says that she decided to field a team to support Oarsome Chance as part of her establishment’s fundraising efforts for their Charity of the Year, through which they’ve already raise in excess of £2,000.

"Everyone at the pub is behind them and we reckon they're in with a good chance. Put it this way, if they don't win they're barred and out of a job!"

Team Seahorse will be up against teams from Clipper Ventures PLC, the international marine events company, Hardway Sailing Club, the Greig City Academy and Oarsome Chance staff and volunteers.

The teams will line up to start at 12.30 on Friday 28 September 2018 and the winner will be the team who completes a lap of the historic naval harbour in the fastest time. The race starts and finishes at Oarsome Chance’s HQ at St Vincent College on the Gosport Peninsula and takes in Portsmouth’s most iconic landmarks including the Spinnaker Tower, Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, Portchester Castle and Gosport’s Millennium Bridge.

We can't wait! Join us to cheer the teams along. Or if you'd like to have a go yourself, we'll be running more Portsmouth Pull events in 2019 - to find out more about taking part, contact [email protected], visit www.oarsomechance.org or call 02392 504492.