On the 27th 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:

richard miles

Richard Miles

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


A message from David Hemery CBE

David HemeryDavid Hemery, CBE is a British former track and field athlete and winner of the 400 metres hurdles at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and sends this message to the Common Oars…

"It gives me great pleasure to endorse and encourage support for this incredible endeavour: four young men aiming to break the world record for rowing around GB non-stop, unaided. This endurance challenge is immense and made even more worthwhile by their aim to raise as much money as possible for NSF (Nuvasive Spine Foundation) which works to support those suffering from various spinal issues in developing countries. I wish the team well and ask that people who hear about this, offer their support through sponsorship or in whatever way they might promote or assist. All good wishes, David"

Dr David Hemery Dr David Hemery CBE DL
Founder and Co-Director
21st Century Legacy
‘Be the Best you can Be!’

A message from Dame Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger

"It's a great pleasure to be able to support the Common Oars in their immense challenge. It will be a phenomenal test of resilience, endurance and stubbornness and the fact that only 14 people have ever completed the challenge previously is testament to just how tough it is. Undertaking this to raise money for such a good cause will hopefully help them through the toughest of times but I urge everyone to get behind the team. Good luck Oli, Dan, Luke and Leo!"

Dame Katherine Grainger
5 x Olympic Medalist
6 x World Champion


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.