The Common Oars – update

Please see below an update from The Common Oars.

July 26th

After 59 days, 12 hours, 2 minutes and 50 seconds we made it home, becoming the 6th boat to ever circumnavigate Great Britain, starting and finishing at the incredible Tower Bridge.

It’s hard to know where to start with this blog as it’s difficult to summaries what happened in the early hours of this morning.

The whole of yesterday has become a bit of a blur as it was absolutely exhausting. We were rowing flat out on 1 hour on, 1 hour off shift patterns to try and push for home on the tide.
The previous day had been so rough and we were devastated not to make our original plan of arriving Tuesday evening, but we were determined to make the next tide of the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Rowing up the Thames at 3am after being at sea for almost 60 days is indescribable. With each mile we ticked off we got more and more excited. We assumed it would be a fairly muted affair as it was such an unsociable hour and expected to only see our amazingly supportive families stood waiting for us. But we were blown away to see so many people who traveled to London through the night just to see us home, we just couldn’t believe the number of people stood waiting for us. We rowed the last mile and passed under Tower Bridge letting off hand flares as we passed under. After so many set backs and problems, we had made it through sheer perseverance. There is nothing that can compare to that feeling.

We are truly thankful to everyone who came to see us in and put on such an wonderful welcome home party on the banks of the river Thames at 4am. To be greeted to a heros welcome with beer, champagne and all the cake under the sun was just what we’d been dreaming of for 8 weeks. It’s an experience we’ll never forget.

Today has been a complete blur with us all getting a bit of sleep, seeing family and friends, showering, eating and speaking to the media. But after some rest this evening, hopefully it’ll all start to sink in.

We have a thank you list the size of the Irish Sea and we couldn’t possibly get round to naming everyone now. But please know that we have been blown away by the unbelievable outpouring of support and constant cases of people bending over backwards to help us. We absolutely wouldn’t have got to the start line without the help of so many different people.

Finally, to everyone who followed our journey. While living on a 9 meter rowing boat at sea, things can feel fairly isolated and although we knew people were tracking us we had no idea of the true number of people following us. It’s only now we are home with fully operational phones and time with loved ones that we appreciate just how many people have been on this journey with us. So to all of you who messaged us, donated, sent us pictures or videos and have come out to see us; thank you, thank you, thank you!! You’ll never know quite how much it means to us.

We’ll get ourselves rested, get our photos and videos sorted and upload everything for you guys to see and write a final blog answering all the questions we haven’t got round to answering. But for today it’s goodnight from us and from the bottom of our hearts –
Thank you.

Your favourite ocean rowing team.

TCO