How many people in each team?
Each team needs six rowers and the AHOY provides a trained coxswain for the event
Who can be in the team.
Teams have varied from work colleagues, friends, family or even people who have met in a Pub.
I am disabled. Can I still take part?
If you have upper body movement you will be able to take part. The AHOY has adaptive seats and equipment that will enable most people to participate.
What are the dates for the challenges?
The dates of the various Challenges are listed in the information pack. For Companies that wish to create their own Event then please contact us to arrange a suitable date.
Can we use the event to gain publicity for our generations?
There are opportunities for PR coverage for teams or companies involved in the Challenge. The AHOY will be glad to assist with this.
What about the practical arrangements?
The AHOY will provide boats and equipment during your training so all you need to do is come to the Centre for your training session. On the day of the row we will organise everything from moving the boats to the start line to organising a reception/prize giving back at the Centre.
What happens in the event of bad weather?
We can get out onto the river for training in most conditions. If a training session is cancelled because of bad weather it will be rescheduled.
What type of boat do you supply?
It is a 34 foot long fixed seat rowing boat. The design is based on the traditional rowing boats that were used through the 17th & 18th century on the Thames to ferry passengers. It is the biggest fleet of ‘one design’ rowing boats on the Thames. It is rowed by 6 rowers and a cox. The cox is supplied by AHOY.
How fit do I have to be?
The AHOY’s training programme will give you the rowing skills you need as well as improve your fitness. People have taken part with very different levels of fitness from the confessed ‘coach potatoes’ to the Triathlon contestants. ‘Willingness’ is the main requirement!
What equipment do I/the team need?
All the specialist equipment you need is provided by AHOY. You will need to provide:
- 2 pairs of trainers (one pair will get wet)
- Track suit or similar
- T shirt
- Fleece/jacket during the cooler period of the year
- ‘Rowing’ seat cushion
- Wash kit
The next step is to confirm that your team/your company wish to take part by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 3930 9493
What happens at the training?
Our Instructors will take you through all the stages of learning to row . Please note further sessions may be required if an instructor suggests.
When does training take place?
The training is normally on Tuesday, Thursday afternoons and Sunday morning. Dates will be issued to the team once registration fees have been received. Please note 50% of funding needs to be achieved prior to training taking place.
What does the training cover?
We offer all Rowing Teams one three hour training session. If you would like further training these can be booked in at an extra cost.
What’s the difference between a Cox and a Team Captain?
The Coxswain’s role is to steer the boat, ensure the boat travels the shortest distance & manage the rowers so that they are in time & pulling efficiently and motivating the team.
The role of the Team Captain is to be the main point of contact with the AHOY’s Fundraising & Challenges team.
We provide the Coxswain for you so you just need to appoint a Team Captain.
How long will the row take?
Depending on your team’s ‘output’ between 50 minutes to 80 minutes.
For the Meridian Pull the meeting point to board the cutters is Epic Kayak Centre 1.6 miles to the West of the start line at Chelsea. The row to the start at Nine Elms Buoy is a warm up/ practice session.
What happens at the end of the row?
We celebrate your finish with a reception and some light refreshments at the Centre – a paying bar will be laid on. Payment cash or debit card. Please invite supporters and friends to share in your success.
How do we start fundraising?
No doubt you have a lot of ideas and the AHOY has a list of various fundraising events and ideas that have worked well for other teams. We will set up your online donation page.
All fund raising ideas are welcome and we are here to help with advice and assistance when needed.
When does the fundraising have to be complete by?
We ask that the £2,000 minimum be raised at least four weeks before the Challenge date. Some sponsors may donate after the event so the total will include these pledges. However from past experience it is always best, whenever possible, to get in the funding before your challenge date.
What happens to the money we raise?
The AHOY Centre relies on money raised by great people like you to continue with our work of changing lives . All the money goes directly into running programmes, training , courses and the Apprenticeship programme.
We encourage all Rowing Challengers to come to AHOY and meet the people who will benefit from your fundraising so that you can see exactly where the funds are spent and how it makes such a difference.
What happens if we do not reach the fundraising target?
Unfortunately, we cannot let teams take part in their Challenge until all the money has been raised. With a good fundraising plan this has not proved a problem for teams in the past.
Do we have to bring refreshments for the challenge?
Please bring whatever you feel you need – most rowers bring energy snacks and bottles of water.
What happens after it is all over?
We like to maintain strong links with all our rowers and invite you to events and volunteering opportunities. We would also like to keep you up to date with AHOY’s news and progress.
Can I become involved with AHOY?
Yes please – we have many areas within the Charity where we need help from fundraising to assisting with activities. If you are interested please let us know.
Can I carry on with rowing?
We actively encourage rowers to come and join AHOY and not only continue with rowing but assist us in training further ‘would be’ rowers.