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How much does it cost?
What should I wear to training?
What should I wear to the races?
How good will I get after training?
How can I take up rowing after the event?
What happens if one of my crew drops out after the training has started?
Do I have to enter a full crew or can you make up a crew for me?
How fit do I have to be?
What’s a coxed four boat?
How many women do we need to make up a mixed boat?
I have rowed in FirstRow last year (or a similar event at another club) - can I enter?
How much of my time will this take?
I have a friend who can row - can they cox our boat?



Q. How much does it cost?

A. The price per person is £35, meaning that a crew of four costs £140. This price includes all land and water based training and entry on the day.

Q. What should I wear to training?

A. Wear clothes that you find comfortable and allows good flexibility of movement. Avoid trailing sleeves or long t-shirts that might get caught on the boat. It's best not to wear anything with too much material at the front (e.g. sweatshirts with pouch pockets) because your hands may get caught up. Layers are best so you can take these off as you become warm. Always bring a change of clothes and a towel in case you fall in - or in case the person in front splashes you.

Q. What should I wear to the races?

A. Lycra suits, of course! Seriously – from the training sessions you will work out what is good to wear. Last year some crews got some crew kit and scared the opposition with their organised style! We will also be selling T-shirts in advance and on the day.

Q. How good will I get after training?

A. Let's be honest - you aren't going to be ready for the Olympics after just 3 sessions! However, you should be able to row well enough to race and you will get a real taste of what rowing is all about.

Q. How can I take up rowing after the event?

A. If you want to take up the sport afterwards (and we hope some of you will!) then your cox will be able to give you more information on how you can do this. Several of the competitors from previous years have joined Marlow and others now row at their University. You may be able to recognise some of them from the pictures on this site.

Q. What happens if one of my crew drops out after the training has started?

A.You can substitute crew members but the training schedule is tight and we can't promise an extra training session. Speak to your cox or the organisers and discuss the options with them.

Q. Do I have to enter a full crew or can you make up a crew for me?

A. You should enter a full crew. This is because you will train better with people you know because you can help each other to get organised to be on the water at the right time. Most crews are based on pubs or workplaces but it can be any group of friends you like.  If you can't find enough people to enter a crew, but still have a burning desire to take up rowing then contact us.  We will be recruiting for the mens and womens novice squads in September for fit people who are interested in competitive sport and we may be able to accommodate you.

Q. How fit do I have to be?

A. You don't have to be super fit for this event. However, if you have a medical condition which could be made worse through exercise then this may not be the right thing for you. If you have any specific worries then please contact the organisers. Please note that you do have to be able to swim - its unlikely that you will fall in, but if you did, we want to be sure that you could swim to the bank.

Q. What’s a coxed four boat?

A. This is a boat with four rowers and a cox sitting at the stern (back!). Each rower has one blade (or oar) rather than two blades each (which is called sculling).

Q. How many women do we need to make up a mixed boat?

A. At least two.  In exceptional circumstances we have accepted crews in the past with only one female member, and we may be able to do so again, but they have raced as mens crews under the handicap rules.


Q. I have rowed in FirstRow previously (or a similar event at another club) - can I enter?

A. No. This is a competition for people who have never rowed before.

Q. How much of my time will this take?

A. The basic arrangement is the land training session (a few hours), three water sessions (about an hour on the water each) and race day. There may be other voluntary land training for those who want it.

Q. I have a friend who can row - can they cox our boat?

A. As long as they convince us that they are competent and safe to do so. Contact the organisers to arrange this.