Hot Cakes

Aiming to boost fund raising, Jen Furnival is organising an Amazon Ball at the Tern Hill Hotel. Tickets appear to be selling like hot cakes for this one-off event on 16th October – only a week or so before the … Continued

Bearly Impressed

Having witnessed Simon power in to Abersoch after a gruelling 120 mile training bike ride, there appears to be a late application from the Bear to join the crew on their epic adventure. It will be tough out there – … Continued

The Bishop on her Journey

The Bishop has safely crossed the Atlantic! We’ve just had confirmation from logistics specialists Bespoke Handling that the shipping container arrived in Houston last Thursday and everything is in place for the onwards journey. Meanwhile, training continues without our beloved … Continued

The Bishop Begins her Voyage!

The Bishop has begun her journey to South America! Following a couple of weeks applying sponsor and charity logos our beloved boat, she has been packed up (rather snug!) and sent across the Atlantic. Needless to say we are looking … Continued

Logos Aboard the Bishop

We have recently applied the logos of our current sponsors to the Bishop! Of course, there is still plenty of room for those who want to join… Please click here to download a copy of the Row the Amazon Sponsorship Prospectus … Continued

International Breakthrough

The Iquitos Times, the English language newspaper at a location through which we will be passing whilst rowing the Amazon, has very kindly published our news! Read more here:

Sea Trials – Round One!

Stuart Manley gives his account of the Bishop’s recent sea trials: Over the weekend, we finally managed to get around to taking our beloved Bishop out on the sea to trial her new equipment. Despite this being the first time … Continued

Brand Identity

Just a quick update to inform you all of the Bishop’s new look! Following her paint job, she has now been given the official Row the Amazon identity. It’s all coming together, slowly but surely…!

The Bishop Gets a Paint Job!

The Bishop has received somewhat of a facelift over the past few weeks, having been painted a shiny new colour! Of course, work is still ‘in progress’… But isn’t she looking good?! Remember to click ‘Read More’ to see more … Continued

Hitting the BBC!

We’ve made the BBC! Martin and Andy were featured twice on the BBC Radio Shropshire. Click the links below to ‘Listen Again’… But be quick – they’re only available for a certain amount of time! 6th February 2015 with Eric … Continued

Row the Amazon is Extreme!

Thanks to the team over at Extreme Sports X for sharing news of our challenge! We also think that rowing the Amazon is pretty ‘extreme’! Read more here:

Stripping The Bishop…

The crew’s trusty boat, the Bishop, has recently been stripped of its paintwork! It has also undergone the first stage of a rather hefty facelift. Works done include rewiring, refitting the boat with navigation systems and the installation of a safari … Continued

Getting the Crew Together…

Following some testing rows on The Bishop during the autumn of 2014 and having scored a fourth place in the Celtic Challenge Irish Sea race, the team are now busy preparing for the journey. Significant logistical and technical challenges lie ahead, … Continued

The Seed is Sown

In the spring of 2013 there was news of an ocean rowing boat for sale. Sitting, lazily, in a North Shropshire field was a Woodvale 4 rowing boat of some significant beauty which caught the eye of four lads who … Continued

Video footage on the Thames

The Belfast Telegraph featured coverage of our vessel The Bishop during the Great River Race, held on Saturday 27 September 2014. Click on the logo to watch the video!

Simon Furnival

Simon is a dairy farmer from the Shropshire / Staffordshire border. Having taken up rowing only a couple of years ago, Shropshire Adventure Rowing has unleashed his latent adventurer spirit. Simon will be supported by Jennie and his three wonderful … Continued

Hope House Children’s Hospices

Hope House provide specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. Their support extends to the whole family – from diagnosis, throughout the lifetime of the child and … Continued

Extreme Medics – Rich Bell

Extreme Medics provides event organisers the ultimate safety net for their event. If the access is difficult and the risk of injury is high Extreme Medics have the experience and expertise to support. The combined elements of event consultancy, logistical support & … Continued

Stuart Manley

Stuart is 42 years old and lives on the Wenlock Edge with his wife Marianne and son William. Having rowed across the Irish Sea twice, the Caledonian Canal and to the pub on the River Severn, the opportunity to row … Continued

Wenlock Spring

We would like to thank Wenlock Spring for providing both drinking and ballast water for all Bishop training rows. We hope they open an Amazonian branch office before November 2015. Wenlock Spring is based in Shropshire, on the Wenlock Edge, … Continued

Expedition Foods

Expedition Foods’ delicious light-weight meals provide the perfect nutrition for a wide range of sporting pursuits. Sold globally, Expedition Foods is recognised as one of the top brands of freeze-dried meals available in today’s market. Manufactured in Britain, the meals … Continued

Cambers Country Stores

Cambers of Harley was founded in the early 1970s and was the original country store in the area. Now in 2015, Cambers Country Stores Ltd is under new local ownership, with all new stock ranges and sensible prices to match. … Continued

LandScope Engineering

LandScope Engineering has kindly sponsored the development of the website and blog for the expedition. LandScope provides an integrated survey and data management service to the engineering, built infrastructure and environmental sectors. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, they channel extensive geospatial … Continued

Northcott Global Solutions

Northcott Global Solutions Ltd is fast becoming the market leader in the global ‘point of incident’ emergency response market. Operational performance is quite literally hours & minutes compared to days & weeks. The company also offers a full range of integrated emergency response and complimentary … Continued

Voyage Manager

Voyage Manager is the market leader in travel tracking and the only company to provide active and automated tracking. Travel tracking is used for administration, safety and security as well as tax monitoring. Through our expedition tracker service, you can … Continued

Force 4 Chandlery

Established over 35 years ago, Force 4 Chandlery continues to hand pick chandlery, clothing, electronics, books and boat parts to feature on its website, within its catalogue and in its 14 stores. The range of chandlery and sailing equipment is chosen by … Continued


Pentalver is the UK’s leading provider of ISO containers and bespoke container conversions, with partner depots through the UK and Northern Ireland. With Pentalver, containers can be delivered anywhere in the world, either through its own transport fleet or through … Continued

Bespoke Handling

Bespoke Handling has over 30 years’ experience in vintage, classic and racing car transportation and shipping. Whether it is for a rally, an auction or an exhibition, Bespoke Handling has the expertise to ensure that your valuable car arrives in … Continued

Armistead Barnett

Armitstead Barnett is a specialist rural business providing Estate Agency, Valuation, Agricultural Tenancy Advice, and Rural Chartered Surveyor services throughout the North West. Armistead Barnett’s aim is to provide bespoke and proactive advice by working to traditional values with up-to-date technology … Continued

Lambert Leonard & May

Established in 1999, Lambert Leonard & May is an exclusively farm animal veterinary practice based just outside Whitchurch, Shropshire serving farms in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, North Wales and Lancashire. We are leaders in the field of dairy veterinary services. Our … Continued

Motiv Trailers

Motiv Trailers is steeped in family history and product knowledge. Having been established for over 30 years (in fact, that’s 80 years of collective experience between family members!) we ensure our customers receive the best service and tow away a … Continued

Napley Lodge Farm Day Nursery

Napley Lodge Farm Day Nursery was opened in 2005 by Simon and Jennie Furnival. Running alongside their family dairy farm business, this thriving rural nursery offers childcare and education to children from birth to 11 years. The nursery runs from … Continued

Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College’s total commitment to developing individuals, enabling them to be successful human beings, is something that genuinely marks it out from the vast majority of other schools. The best thing about this focus on the individual is that it … Continued