June 1, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Roxy rowers prepare for their Great British Row

Another busy weekend for Rannoch Adventure as our next generation Roxy rowers descended on a very warm and sunny Burnham for a fun, informal but hugely informative weekend ahead of their row this summer.


Our second Roxy expedition, the Lionheart Great British Row, starts on June 13th and comprises 6 legs in total. Four of the crew are taking on the challenge of all 6 legs, others are signed up for one, two or three legs respectively.

This weekend course gave all the rowers an opportunity to meet their fellow crew members and skipper, and develop the basis for effective teamwork during their expedition. It also gave them plenty of Q&A time with skippers Charlie Pitcher and Ian Couch, as well as having a taste of rowing an ocean rowing boat in an R45.

During the course of the weekend, all the rowers went out on the water for a taste of ocean rowing, as well as spending time on board Rannoch’s support vessel, Jack, having a comprehensive briefing on safety, kit, food & snacks, fitness and training, taking care of yourself on board, common health problems at sea, the shift system and an introduction into navigation, tides & weather. And yes, lots of great conversations about the bucket were had! The weekend was rounded off with a talk from Charlie recounting tales from his most recent crossing from the Atlantic.

One of the rowers said of the weekend:

“Just got home and still buzzing. Thanks to Charlie, Ian and Nicola for organising the weather and the weekend and fellow expedition colleagues for a truly excellent couple of days. Only 14 sleeps will we meet Roxy and set off around Blighty to pitch ourselves against the ocean. Can’t wait!”