On the 29th of May 2017 The Common Oars will be attempting to row around Great Britain in order to achieve 2 things:

  1. 1. To break the world record time of 26 days, 9 hours, 9 minutes and 4 seconds.
  2. 2. To raise as much as we possibly can for the NuVasive Spine Foundation – an incredible charity aimed at helping patients with spinal problems in developing countries.

The teams non-stop adventure begins when they set off from Tower Bridge, London, on the May bank holiday. The team will navigate some of the most turbulent waters, busiest shipping lanes, strongest tidal currents and unpredictable weather of anywhere in the world.

The row will be completely unaided which means the team will carry everything they possibly need such as food and medical supplies from the very beginning right up until we cross the finish line back at Tower Bridge.

Any physical contact with land or another vessel would result in the row being classed as aided, and as a consequence no world record could be broken. However the opportunity to complete the challenge would still be very much alive.

The team will be rowing non-stop to ensure the boat is always moving. They will be rowing in a 2 hour on, 2 hour off shift pattern 24 hours a day. Upon a successful return, they would join an elite group of people who have achieved this astonishing feat of human endeavour. In fact more people have journeyed to the moon than have successfully rowed around Great Britain.

As always with these events the team are looking for help and support in a number of ways. The team would be eternally grateful for any time, money and experience that can be donated to this worthy cause. The Common Oars hope you will join them in directly helping to improve the quality of life for many people in some of the most underprivileged communities of anywhere in the world.

Meet the TEAM


None of this could have been made possible without our incredible sponsors:

If you'd like to become a corporate sponsor of The Common Oars then please contact us.



Nuvasive Spine Foundation

After the common cold, back pain is the most common cause for any person within the UK or US to visit a doctor. The NuVasive Spine Foundation (NSF) helps people in desperate need of care in developing countries by providing relief, aid and in some cases surgical intervention. They rely solely on charitable donations to fund their truly remarkable work of improving the quality of life for for those individuals who desperately need it.

The Common Oars are proud to have teamed up with NSF to help them continue their amazing work.