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Dover Channel rowing challenge from The AHOY Centre in Deptford

A water sports charity wants people to join a 23-mile row at sea.

The AHOY Centre is calling for teams to register for its 2020 Channel Row Challenge next summer.

A scene from last June's Channel Row Challenge. Picture: The AHOY Centre
A scene from last June's Channel Row Challenge. Picture: The AHOY Centre

The annual event is a 23-mile return trip from Dover Marina to the boundary with French waters, on June 8.

The organisers hope to have nine boats, each with six oarsmen and women and a coxswain.

Those joining do not need rowing experience as participants will get 20 hours of training on the water at the charity's south London base.

There will also be gym practice, including with rowing machines, in the winter.

AHOY (Adventure, Help and Opportunities for Youth) is located next to the River Thames in Deptford.

Rowers give their all in last June's challenge.Picture: The AHOY Centre
Rowers give their all in last June's challenge.Picture: The AHOY Centre

It is in one of the capital's most deprived areas and provides disadvantaged, at-risk youth and disabled people to train in sailing, rowing and other water sports.

There are also land-based activities such as after-school clubs and all of this builds life skills, self-confidence and teambuilding to help people get jobs.

To register for the Dover challenge enquire online at ahoy.org.uk or email rowing@ahoy.org.uk.

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