Shoreseeker UK Offshore Race Series 2018 Useful Info

What’s provided?
We will provide you with all the technical and safety equipment (lifejacket, waterproofs, lifeline, personal AIS) that you will need throughout your training and race leg(s).

What do I get to keep?
You will receive a Shoreseeker jacket, t-shirt, cap, handpads and drinks bottle.

When will I be fed and watered?
You will be fed and watered throughout your training and whilst your racing.  We will provide a meal on the first evening of your race leg (prior to departure) and also provide a meal at the prizegiving.  At all other times, whilst on land during your race leg, you will be responsible for providing your own food and drink.

How do I prepare before my training?
We will be sending you a training manual 2 weeks prior to your level one training.  You will be required to familiarise yourself with this and there will be a light assessment at the beginning of the training, so your skipper can gain a level of understanding across the team.

Physical preparation is very important, but a very personal thing.  We are not qualified to issue personal training plans, and it is important to remember that rowing at sea is incredibly different to rowing on an indoor rowing machine.  We recommend using the British Rowing training plans, which caters for Beginners through to Advanced.  Remember that you will be rowing for up to two hours at a time (with the level of intensity determined by you and your crew).  Interval training is very useful, but it will need to be interspersed with longer training sessions.

What do I need to bring to my training?
A sleeping bag. Clothing (non cotton) that you feel comfortable rowing in (gym kit is good).  People often find that it is easy to slip off your seat when wearing lycra based bottoms/shorts.   A pair of trainers with non marking soles that you don’t mind if they get wet. Toiletries. Any personal medication. Cap. Sunglasses. Sun cream. Head torch (preferably with red filter). A change of clothes. Notepad and pen. Towel.  Shore clothes (including spare towel) that you can leave ashore and change into upon your return.  We will provide you with a drinks bottle, hand pads, hand sanitiser & baby wipes.  You will need a small soft bag to keep your possessions in.

Do I need travel insurance?
We require everybody to have travel insurance to cover you for any medical assistance or repatriation that you could require during training and your race leg.  We are currently negotiating a travel insurance policy that you will be required to take out if you cannot provide evidence of your own travel insurance policy that will cover you for throughout.  We do not have the total cost for this yet, but it will not be more than £100 per leg assuming you meet their medical requirements.

How do I get to training?
By Road- The postcode for your satnav is PO11 0NH.Exit the A27 at the Havant turn off and follow the signs for Hayling Island on the A3023. Proceed over bridge and take the next left into Northney Road (just before petrol station). After 400yds turn left into the marina entrance. Follow signs to the visitor carpark, and you will find the Shoreseeker training room on the first floor of the Roundhouse.

By Train - Northney Marina is located just 2 miles from Havant’s mainline station, with regular trains to London Waterloo. It is a five minute taxi from the train station (exit town centre side) and taxis can regularly be found on the forecourt.  If you would like to pre-book, then Andicars are pretty good 02392 350 350. 


What is the level one training schedule?
You will need to arrive by 1900 on the first day of your training.  There will be a briefing, a test and a meal for everyone to get to know each other.  It will then be time to sleep, followed by an early start the next morning.  You will spend about 30 hours out on the water, getting comfortable with the boat, practicing drills, eating, sleeping, night rowing and exploring Chichester Harbour and the Solent.  You will finish training by 1700.

Your level two training session will more of an assessment to ensure you can demonstrate understanding of what you will be doing.  The schedule will be similar to that of level one training, but with your skipper starting to put more pressure and dependence on you as a team.

Who will I train with?
You could be training with anyone on any of the race legs during your level one training.  We will happily put people who request to be on the same training together and where we can, we will also put leggers together on the same boat.  Level two training, you will be training with the people and skipper who you are going to be racing with.  There will be possible exceptions to this because of individuals personal commitments, but this is the policy that we aim to stick to as far as we can.

Multiple leggers will be given the option of taking part in additional level 2 training (at a reduced fee) so that they are able to train with the people they will be racing with.

Where do I sleep?
On the first night of your training you have the option of sleeping onboard the boats, or if you prefer a little more comfort, then there is a hotel right next door to the marina (we are looking at a negotiated rate for this and will confirm ASAP).  The marina has very decent shower and changing facilities.  You will be sleeping onboard for the second night of training.

During your race leg, before and after your race, you are welcome to sleep on the boats or stay in local accommodation at your own cost.

If I want accommodation, where should I book?
We advise against booking anything at this stage, as we are still finalising details on which marinas we will be going to, and therefore don’t want people booking accommodation that could be miles from where the fleet will be.  As a result, we will be announcing the marinas and recommended accommodation by the middle of May. We always recommend booking flexible accommodation as the weather will govern the specific dates for each race of each raceweek.  Please also bear in mind that training may be re-scheduled if the weather is extreme, so please ensure all bookings are flexible.

Can I join the Shoreseeker UK Race Series Facebook Group?
Here is the link to the closed group.  Once you click on the link, you will be taken to the Facebook group page and you will need to request to join the group.  We will then approve you joining the group and you will be linked together with everyone else taking part in the race series this summer.  A great place to share thoughts, information and ask questions.

When should I book travel?
As with the accommodation, we do not advise booking travel until we have confirmed the marinas by the middle of May.  We will provide helpful transport information about travelling to/from airports and train stations.  Due to the unpredictable nature of the weather, we recommend all travel bookings are flexible.

What is the Race leg schedule?
All crew must arrive by midday on the Saturday of their race leg.  There will be a welcome and a briefing for all crew followed by a refresher row with your team and skipper.  The rest of the afternoon will be spent plannning and packing your boats before a crew meal.

The Sunday, weather permitting, will begin early with safety and route briefings, and then the onus is on all of you making sure you are ready for an early afternoon race start.

Your race is likely to take 3-4 days, so you should finish sometime between Wedneday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.  The prizegiving will be on Thursday evening.  Please bear in mind, that we may have to delay race start due to the weather, but we believe there will be enough flexibility in the raceweek schedule to ensure you complete your race leg by the Friday afternoon.