Carry On Down the Amazon

The crew, having now caught up with friends, families and much-needed sleep, has finally realised that we are all eagerly awaiting stories from the Row the Amazon journey! The first talk (of hopefully many) has been scheduled for 6.30pm on … Continued

Just over 150 miles to go!

We are pleased to report that the team’s most recent GPS signal was sent from a location just over 150 miles from the finishing point. The team have been and are continuing to push hard down areas of the Amazon that are between … Continued

Rower Profile: Stephen Harpin

Shrewsbury based entrepeneur Stephen Harpin is the crew’s most experienced rower! He has already rowed across the Atlantic Ocean along with his fellow Toby Wallace crew mates, and features in Guinness World Records 2016 for the fastest ocean row within … Continued

Rower Profile: Stuart Manley

Master craftsman Stuart Manley lives on the Wenlock Edge with his wife Marianne and his William – both of whom have supported him during the challenge. Stuart chose to row the Amazon as it felt like the progressive thing to … Continued

Rower Profile: Martin Berry

Martin Berry is Director of Shropshire based LandScope Engineering. A keep proponent of adventure rowing, he has been supported on the challenge by his wife, Sarah, and his three children – Ana, Jake and Giles. Martin has chosen to raise … Continued

Rower Profile: Simon Furnival

Simon Furnival is a progressive dairy farmer from the Shropshire / Staffordshire border. He and his wife, Jennie, also run a children’s day nursery. Despite having only taken up rowing a couple of years ago, he is now a regular … Continued

Rower Profile: Andy Griffiths

As Row the Amazon team enters the final leg of the challenge, we have decided to post a feature on each crew member and give one more push for the donations! Remember – the crew has entirely self-funded the challenge, … Continued

Three Quarters of the Way!

Despite the strong head winds the team is making excellent progress. They sailed past or is that rowed past Manaus and are now at Urucurituba! In fact they are now three quarters of the way through this epic journey. The tracker is … Continued

Meeting of Waters

As mentioned earlier this week, the team is pushing hard and fast towards the Brazilian city of Manaus. In fact, the guys are hoping to reach this waymark over the coming weekend – which will mean that they are on … Continued

Pushing Hard to Manaus

The crew really is flying! Or should we say rowing?! The guys are pushing hard to the next waypoint – Manaus, at the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. However, “extreme heat and wilderness” are starting to take their toll. Do … Continued

Half Way!

Following yesterday’s post, in which we estimated that the crew had completed approximately one third of the journey, we can now confirm that the guys have in fact passed the half way point! The team’s most recent GPS signal was … Continued

Starting to Eat into the Miles

On 14th November crew member Simon reported from the Amazon that a third of the journey has been completed and the team are starting to eat into the miles! He goes on to mention that they’re “all in good heart … Continued

Week One

The crew has now been rowing for about a week. Despite having lost a couple of days due to the longer-than-expected stay in Tabatinga, the guys seem to be making great progress! The team’s most recent GPS location was sent … Continued

Rowing through Brazil

We’ve recently received confirmation that the guys are making their way down the Brazilian leg of the Amazon! For those of you who are keeping all eyes on the tracker, we do now know that there will be somewhat of … Continued

Brazilian Border

Over the past week, the crew has successfully rowed the length of the Amazon between Nauta, Peru, and Tabatinga, Brazil. This involved leaving Peru, passing through Colombia and arriving in Brazil in one single day… That’s some effort! However, the … Continued

And We’re Off…!

The crew has begun to row the Amazon! After a few initial setbacks – mainly involving the Bishop being in and out of customs – the crew were able to set off on 4th November. Remember to follow their progress … Continued

Reunited with the Bishop

The Bishop has arrived! The crew has eagerly been awaiting arrival of the Bishop, which was ever so slightly delayed due to various shipping problems. Thanks to Bespoke Handling and Coqui for ensuring her safe transit. Look at the delight … Continued

Finding Our Feet

The crew has been exploring the town of Iquitos, where they have been staying during the lead up to the row. Simon has certainly been enjoying himself! The team is due to depart from Nauta, a town nearer the source … Continued

Sampling the Local Delicacies

The crew has been spending some time finding their feet in and around Iquitos during the lead up to the row. This has included sampling the local cuisine. Here’s a photo of Simon with a tasty looking grub… Whether he … Continued

Touch Down in Iquitos

All members of the Row the Amazon crew have now safely arrived in Iquitos. Stuart, Simon and Martin arrived on Monday 26th October; Stephen and Andy joined them today (Thursday 29th October). Not long until the row begins…!

Stephen Breaks a World Record

As you may recall, Stephen Harpin, along with his Toby Wallace crew mates, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean last year. Well – the expert within our amateur crew has only gone and bagged himself a Guinness World Record! Guinness World … Continued

Bidding Adieu

The Row the Amazon crew has, this past week, been saying temporary goodbyes to friends and families. Martin and his LandScope colleagues attended post-work drinks on Friday evening; the last they’ll see of him for the next six weeks! Three … Continued

Having a Ball

Last Friday (16th October), we hosted an ‘Amazon Ball’ to thank our wonderful sponsors and bid a (temporary) farewell to our friends and family. Of course, it was also the perfect ocassion for a little bit of last minute fundraising! … Continued

Callao Bound

It was never going to be easy. The Bishop was scheduled to leave Houston for Iquitos (via the Atlantic and the Amazon) on 20th August. However, the booked cargo ship suffered significant engine failure and was, at last check, in … Continued

Stuart Sets the Bar High

Twice weekly time trials on the River Severn are proving invaluable for the Bishop crew. A distance of 10.65 miles against the river flow is a long sprint and Stuart (with carefully selected crew) proudly holds the club record of … Continued

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

Bad Backs and All That..

As one would expect amongst five middle aged blokes trying to fit up for a demanding month in the jungle there are some early signs of physical stress. Stephen, the experience in the team, has pulled up with some lower … Continued

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…!