Portsmouth Pull rowing series to be launched in wake of successful pilot event

Havant And East Hants Mind is celebrating after being awarded £323,556 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help low income families in Havant, over four years, to get active with their children.

The first of Oarsome Chance’s students has returned from a week’s sailing with the Rona Sailing Project (RSP) – an organisation which provides opportunities for young people to go to sea, to give them the experience of a lifetime, greater self-

Huge congratulations to John Gillard (Oarsome Chance Principal) and his brother Rory for completing the gruelling 167km and 312km bike rides, raising funds for Oarsome Chance.

Mallorca 312

Oarsome Chance Principal, John Gillard, along with his brother Rory, are taking on an impressive endurance biking challenge to help raise funds for Oarsome Chance.

Team Premier Marina celebrate their win on the podium

Awesome driving from Team Premier Marina to win the inaugural Oarsome Chance endurance kart race! 

Team Premier Marina celebrate their win on the podium

Awesome driving from Team Premier Marina to win the inaugural Oarsome Chance endurance kart race! 

Four Pfizer volunteers visited the Oarsome Chance Apex Centre in Havant for a day last month to offer valuable help on our projects.

OC at NJIRC 2018

An Oarsome Adventure for a "Famous 5" to NJIRC 2018, 9 March 2018

Event report from Stu Mcclelland, Oarsome Chance Trustee

WEST SYSTEM® products

We are very grateful to WEST SYSTEM® International for their generous offer to provide extremely valuable support to our OC24 skiff build project, through materials sponsorship.

Many thanks to Hampshire County Council for rewarding Oarsome Chance a £3000 Culture and Community Activity grant towards taster workshops to run this Summer to introduce our programmes to local groups of young people.

We are very grateful to Sisters Inn Arms Venues, a company who owns and runs local pubs The Fighting Cocks in Alverstoke and The Seahorse in Gosport, as they have nominated Oarsome Chance as the local charity for their fundraising this year.

Local community based not for profit group, the Gosportarians, came to visit the Oarsome Chance Maritime Workshop in Gosport to view the facilities and find out about the work carried out on the Oarsome Chance programmes.

The Oarsome Chance OC16 skiff made its first foray on the water last week and we take a look back at how the bespoke Oarsome Chance boat design came about.

OC16 background

Oarsome Chance are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as one of the chosen charities to take part in Tesco's Bag of Help scheme.

A great night had by all at Hardway Sailing Club!

Oarsome Chance were happy to welcome Councillor Peter Edgar for a visit to our Maritime Workshop in Gosport.

We are delighted that award winning volunteer and charity fundraiser Lil' Les has selected Oarsome Chance as one of his supported charities for 2018!

Caoline Dinenage, MP visits Oarsome Chance

Local press reporting on the visit of Caroline Dinenage, MP, to our Maritime Workshop in Gosport:

Caroline Dinenage, MP, visits Oarsome Chance

Despite being newly promoted to Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, took time out of her busy parliamentary schedule to visit our Maritime Workshop, to see for herself the new facilities and

Alex Thomson collects his Yachtsman of the Year award

We are very proud to announce that our Patron Alex Thomson, was presented with a trophy for Yachtsman of the Year, 2017 awarded by the 

Oarsome Chance Chariman of Trustees, Paul O'Grady and Principal, John Gillard

BBC South cameras came to our Maritime Workshop in Gosport and interviewed Oarsome Chance Chariman of Trustees, Paul O'Grady and Principal, John Gillard.

Oarsome Chance are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a funding grant by the Big Lottery Fund towards the work we are doing for activities for young people.

Oarsome Chance were very happy to be invited to be interviewed for the Louisa Hannon show on BBC Radio Solent.

Oarsome Chance Open Day - a great success!

Patron Alex Thomson and the Oarsome Chance team

Oarsome Chance are honoured to announce that record-breaking solo sailor Alex Thomson has become our first patron.

Alex, who lives locally to the Oarsome Chance operations in Gosport, said:

Oarsome Chance on water rowing

We're happy to announce that we're launching our new Oarsome Chance website.