• Feel confident you can do the distance before you start. Many club rowers regularly train 10 to 15k, so think of it as a slightly-longer-than-normal outing.
  • To minimise the risk of blisters, try to put in sufficient training to harden your hands.
  • Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Go off at a rate you can maintain.
  • Take plenty of water and stop when needed. 
  • Many 4’s and 8’s drop out the crew a pair at a time for drinks whilst keeping the boat moving with the remainder of the crew. 
  • Have a mobile phone and foil blanket in a waterproof container tied to your boat – just in case!