Row the Atlantic (but on the Thames)

and raise money for Longridge and the RNLI

Fundraising in aid of RNLI

The Challenge

The distance between Longridge’s base on the Thames at Marlow and Boston Harbour, USA is 3,241 miles. You, or your team, will only need to kayak a much more manageable 6.5 mile course on the river. Over the course of the weekend of 22-24 April, we need 500 people to join us, each doing their bit to take us over the 3,241 mile distance across the Atlantic.

All you need is basic fitness, be able to swim and the desire to take on a challenge to raise money in aid of Longridge and the RNLI’s work in helping prevent people from drowning and saving lives on our rivers and at sea.

This event, over the course of 22-24 April, is in aid of both Longridge and the RNLI, both of which promote, educate around and provide support safety on the water.

Sign up, as an individual or as a team at Longridge Activity Centre, Marlow, to Row the Atlantic on the Thames in 2022.

The Course

Row the Atlantic course map

(click to enlarge)

The course will be two laps of a figure of eight course on the non-tidal Thames, starting and finishing at Longridge. Participants will kayak downstream and around Gibraltar Island, coming back up to Taylor Island, on to the entry to Marlow lock, turning just below the lock island, back to Longridge then repeat the course.

Dates

You choose when you would like to participate (subject to availability) between 10am Friday 22nd April and 3pm Sunday 24th April 2022.

How to Enter

Entrants may paddle in either a single or double kayak. Click here for an entry form.

Children above the age of five and under the supervision of a responsible adult may enter in double canoes with that adult.

Teams

Any group of friends or colleagues may form a team. You’ll still be entered as an individual paddler. Maybe your local pub, your club or work association or just a bunch of friends. It’s a great way to fundraise for the two charities and to get the most out of your paddle on the Thames.

Entry cost & minimum sponsorship/donation required

The entry cost for the 2022 Row the Atlantic on the Thames even is £25, non-refundable. In addition, you will be asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship or donations to the RNLI & Longridge to support their charitable work. Of course, you may raise more than that, we would love it if you do!

What do you get for your entry fee?

Training, if needed, to an acceptable level to complete the course safely

The use of Longridge boats; single or double, for the event, paddles and buoyancy aids

The use of Longridge shore facilities to launch and return inc café and parking

The chance to do something unique whilst raising funds for two great charities

Fitness and Competence requirements

Row the Atlantic on the Thames is an all-abilities event.  All entrants must be able to swim 50 m and have a basic level of fitness; equal to being able to walk for two hours at normal pace without becoming breathless. No specific kayaking skills or experience are necessary, we will provide the training necessary.

All entrants must either be qualified to British Canoeing START level, be an active member of a kayaking or canoeing club or take a half day training programme that Longridge will provide to gain the necessary skill level to safely complete the course

FAQs

Can I use my own boat?

Yes, you may use your own boat if it is licenced with the Environment Agency and safe to use on the River Thames. There’s an option to tick on the booking page if you want to do this.

Do I have to complete the training course?

The training course is designed to ensure that every participant is able to complete the course safely. If you already have qualifications/experience that will allow you to participate safely then you do not have to do the course, all others do.

How long will the course take?

About two hours.

How do I book the course?

Does this training give me a British Canoeing qualification?

The first run of the training syllabus is a 1-star course which is a 1-day course. This course is designed to allow you to participate in this event safely.

Do I have to do the course on the dates specified?

If none of the dates we have available suit you, contact our bookings team and we will try and find alternative dates for you if there is a group of 4 or more of you.

Can I decide how to split the funds I raise between the two charities?

Funds will be split 70:30 between the RNLI & Longridge in all cases. The Charities Commission has strict rules on how charities share funds raised with which we fully comply and that requires that how funds are split cannot be changed once set up.

Will you be doing this again in 2023?

If enough people want us to – yes we will and beyond.

How much do I have to raise in sponsorship to participate?

We’re asking all entrants to pledge to raise £100 or more that will be split between the RNLI & Longridge to enable them to continue their lifesaving education about water safety and work on the sea and our inland waterways.

Longridge

Longridge Activity Centre is a charity run outdoor adventure centre that provides the opportunity for 80,000 young people to take part in activities and experience the magic of the Thames and its beautiful surrounds. In reality, that number is probably actually much higher than 80,000, as our official visitor count only includes those that attend Longridge run activities – and Longridge offers so much more than just that!

We also provide an incredibly affordable home for the rowing clubs of three local schools, the local canoeing club, and fencing clubs. Not forgetting acting as a base for Marlow FM to broadcast from,

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The RNLI

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea and on the UK’s inland waterways and helps prevent people from drowning.  Their volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and their seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches. Their Flood Rescue Team help those affected by flooding.

RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824 but they’re more than a rescue service. They influence, supervise and educate people too. Our Community Safety teams explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast. And their international teams work with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning in communities at risk all around the world

The Challenge

The Challenge

The distance between Longridge’s base on the Thames at Marlow and Boston Harbour, USA is 3,241 miles. You, or your team, will only need to kayak a much more manageable 6.5 mile course on the river. Over the course of the weekend of 22-24 April, we need 500 people to join us, each doing their bit to take us over the 3,241 mile distance across the Atlantic.

All you need is basic fitness, be able to swim and the desire to take on a challenge to raise money in aid of Longridge and the RNLI’s work in helping prevent people from drowning and saving lives on our rivers and at sea.

This event, over the course of 22-24 April, is in aid of both Longridge and the RNLI, both of which promote, educate around and provide support safety on the water.

Sign up, as an individual or as a team at Longridge Activity Centre, Marlow, to Row the Atlantic on the Thames in 2022.

The Course

Row the Atlantic course map

(click to enlarge)

The course will be two laps of a figure of eight course on the non-tidal Thames, starting and finishing at Longridge. Participants will kayak downstream and around Gibraltar Island, coming back up to Taylor Island, on to the entry to Marlow lock, turning just below the lock island, back to Longridge then repeat the course.

Dates

You choose when you would like to participate (subject to availability) between 10am Friday 22nd April and 3pm Sunday 24th April 2022.

Get Involved

How to Enter

Entrants may paddle in either a single or double kayak. Click here for an entry form.

Children above the age of five and under the supervision of a responsible adult may enter in double canoes with that adult.

Teams

Any group of friends or colleagues may form a team. You’ll still be entered as an individual paddler. Maybe your local pub, your club or work association or just a bunch of friends. It’s a great way to fundraise for the two charities and to get the most out of your paddle on the Thames.

Entry cost & minimum sponsorship/donation required

The entry cost for the 2022 Row the Atlantic on the Thames even is £25, non-refundable. In addition, you will be asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship or donations to the RNLI & Longridge to support their charitable work. Of course, you may raise more than that, we would love it if you do!

What do you get for your entry fee?

Training, if needed, to an acceptable level to complete the course safely

The use of Longridge boats; single or double, for the event, paddles and buoyancy aids

The use of Longridge shore facilities to launch and return inc café and parking

The chance to do something unique whilst raising funds for two great charities

Fitness and Competence requirements

Row the Atlantic on the Thames is an all-abilities event.  All entrants must be able to swim 50 m and have a basic level of fitness; equal to being able to walk for two hours at normal pace without becoming breathless. No specific kayaking skills or experience are necessary, we will provide the training necessary.

All entrants must either be qualified to British Canoeing START level, be an active member of a kayaking or canoeing club or take a half day training programme that Longridge will provide to gain the necessary skill level to safely complete the course

Any Questions?

FAQs

Can I use my own boat?

Yes, you may use your own boat if it is licenced with the Environment Agency and safe to use on the River Thames. There’s an option to tick on the booking page if you want to do this.

Do I have to complete the training course?

The training course is designed to ensure that every participant is able to complete the course safely. If you already have qualifications/experience that will allow you to participate safely then you do not have to do the course, all others do.

How long will the course take?

About two hours.

How do I book the course?

Does this training give me a British Canoeing qualification?

The first run of the training syllabus is a 1-star course which is a 1-day course. This course is designed to allow you to participate in this event safely.

Do I have to do the course on the dates specified?

If none of the dates we have available suit you, contact our bookings team and we will try and find alternative dates for you if there is a group of 4 or more of you.

Can I decide how to split the funds I raise between the two charities?

Funds will be split 70:30 between the RNLI & Longridge in all cases. The Charities Commission has strict rules on how charities share funds raised with which we fully comply and that requires that how funds are split cannot be changed once set up.

Will you be doing this again in 2023?

If enough people want us to – yes we will and beyond.

How much do I have to raise in sponsorship to participate?

We’re asking all entrants to pledge to raise £100 or more that will be split between the RNLI & Longridge to enable them to continue their lifesaving education about water safety and work on the sea and our inland waterways.

The Charities

Longridge

Longridge Activity Centre is a charity run outdoor adventure centre that provides the opportunity for 80,000 young people to take part in activities and experience the magic of the Thames and its beautiful surrounds. In reality, that number is probably actually much higher than 80,000, as our official visitor count only includes those that attend Longridge run activities – and Longridge offers so much more than just that!

We also provide an incredibly affordable home for the rowing clubs of three local schools, the local canoeing club, and fencing clubs. Not forgetting acting as a base for Marlow FM to broadcast from,

LifeboatsWhiteCMYK

The RNLI

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea and on the UK’s inland waterways and helps prevent people from drowning.  Their volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and their seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches. Their Flood Rescue Team help those affected by flooding.

RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824 but they’re more than a rescue service. They influence, supervise and educate people too. Our Community Safety teams explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast. And their international teams work with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning in communities at risk all around the world