8 Men, 6 Oars, 1 Boat and their own Ale – Raising Money For Dream-A-Way

Dream-A-Way have been truly honoured by 8 gentlemen who have chosen us as their chosen charity to raise funds by rowing in a boat from England to Belgium!!


Rowing from the port of Ramsgate and landing in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

They are fundraising hard with events leading up to the massive challenge.

Lets let them tell you the story of how it all happened…………

What to do when you’re thirty nine and three quarters?

The usual activities came to mind Vegas, New York and other such exciting breaks away but this didn’t seem enough.

6 (8) OARS TO NIEUWPOORT LAUNCH 7TH APRIL 2016We are a group of lads who were born and brought up in Countess Weir, Exeter and we are all in that year when we are about to hit the big 40 ………. We have all moved on, taking different paths in life but still have maintained our friendships.

It was one Saturday morning in the middle of winter 2015 and a single text message was sent saying “shall we row from England to Belgium”.

The reaction was “yes” and that is where the story began.

6 (7) OARS TO NIEUWPOORT LAUNCH 7TH APRIL 2016We as a group, have been very fortunate and have managed to carve a good life for ourselves and family and decided early on that whilst doing this event we wanted to give something back to the community and keep it local to our roots.

It didn’t take long and the decision was quickly made that we would support “Dream-A-Way” a local charity which has touched a large number of people close to us all.

So what does this all mean?

Well we are going to row the channel starting in Ramsgate and landing in Nieuwpoort in Belgium, the distance is a minimum of 56 miles and should take between 14 – 16 hours.

We are going to do this in a Cornish gig which is 6 rowers and 1 cox.

The dates during which we are looking to attempt this challenge are either the 2nd or 3rd weekend in October 2016 weather permitting.

So the team that have been drafted together to pull this off are as follows – at this stage we are looking at very different sizes and sporting abilities to say the least – Kevin McGuinness, Phil McGuinness, George Jays, Phil Jays, Paul Fleet, Andy Spry, Geth Jones and Tony Hughes.

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 12.42.59The talking so far has been easy but now we have to start the real part of all of this, the training.

We have 8 months of solid graft to get fit and learn how to row a Cornish gig, sounds easy but I am sure there will be a few bumps along the way.

Please consider helping us by sponsoring this challenge and remember every penny raised will be used to benefit Dream-A-Way and help them to make the impossible, possible for even more local families


They have been extremely busy with running events in support of their challenge, they even have a beer which money goes to Dream-A-Way for every pint sold.