Britain’s Pacific Row 2014 team will undertake its first inland training exercise at Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire this morning.
Local firefighters will use two high-pressure pumps to “dowse and disorientate” team member Darren Taylor as he rows.
The drill, which begins at 11am, is designed to give Darren and his co-rower Alex Flynn – who will not be present – a “real-life introduction” to the realities – and horrors – of the open ocean.
Darren was kindly loaned a boat from Farmoor Reservoir, pictured above, sailing club because the team’s own custom-made rowing boat is still under construction.
Both Pacific Row 2014 and Palamedes PR would like to thank Thames Water for kindly allowing access.
High-res images, in addition to full copy, is available from Palamedes PR, the team’s PR partner.
By Mick Blight