Serious Request Row Tour

On Saturday 8th December, Woudrichem Watersports Association will host a long distance row challenge for WSV rowers and guests from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, alongside their neighbours from Heusden and Gorinchem.

What is Serious Request?

Every year, in the lead up to Christmas, there is a national fundraiser for the Red Cross known as ‘Serious Request’, organised by radio 3FM. This year the money will be used to re-unite parents and children who lost each other in a war or a disaster. The challenge will raise money by rowing for this charity.

What is the challenge?

There will be a row around the island Altena – 45 miles in one day! But don’t worry – the row is a relay.


8.00am – Start at Arkade WSV Woudrichem.

The event starts with 5 NL skiffs escorted by partyship ‘Princehof’ and a RIB. They row on the river Merwede, Hollands Diep, Amer, Bergse Maas, Afgedamde Maas, pas a lock, and back to Arkade.

Bad weather scenario: River Merwede, pas a lock at Werkendam, row by the Biesbosch (national park), Bergse Maas, Afgedamde Maas, pas a lock and back to Arkade.

Lunch includes free tea and coffee on board (drinks and alcohol on own account). Crew changes will take place on the water by RIBS so all participants can row at least two times on the day.

5.30pm – Finish

5.30pm – Free dinner at the WSV clubhouse Arkade (drinks and alcohol on own account).

6.30pm – Visit to historic marina where all ships will be lit for Christmas. Skiffs will participate.

8.00pm – Christmas market ‘Winter Wonder Woudrichem’ in town.

10.00pm – The clubhouse reopens for a party ’til late.


The hosts try to keep costs for rowers very low by having sponsors for lunch and dinner during the row tour. There is a tip jar for hiring the partyship.  A minimum of €10 donation for charity is expected from each participant.

Where to stay:

UK participates are expected to fly in on the Friday evening and return on the Sunday (daytime or evening). WSV members will host rowers for free, as per previous events. Die-hards are welcome to camp.

Want to take part in this spectacular challenge?

Enter now! To enter this row tour, email with the subject line: Registration Serious Request 2018. Closing date for entries is 1st December.


If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact details below.


Emiel Versluis

(mob +31 (0) 6 517 911 85)

WSV Woudrichem


4285 XA Woudrichem

The Netherland

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