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Another milestone for transatlantic charity rowers Oar Blimey

Posted onPosted on 2nd Feb

Transatlantic charity rowers George Nelson and Russ Davis are ‘racing’ towards their remarkable charity target.

The Mansfield brothers-in-law, known as Oar Blimey, are now at their most southerly point of latitude, giving them a direct run west into St Maarten aboard Innovation Nottinghamshire Memory Boat.

They said: “It’s incredible to think that we’ve rowed 2,344 nautical miles to get to our current position, way back from Sagres in Portugal.

“That’s quite a distance covered in our small rowing boat. Of course, we had our obligatory whiskey lined up to celebrate!”

They have been enjoying a kinder wind direction, but having to row under the ‘searing heat of the sun’.
They added: “Thankfully, the trade winds are making it bearable by providing us with a gentle cooling breeze.
“Reaching the ‘1,500 miles to go’ waypoint seems that we’re now entering the final stretch toward home (and more importantly, to our loved ones) and we didn’t fully appreciate the positive impact this would have on our morale.”
George and Russ set off on a three-month adventure of a lifetime on 1st December, aiming to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean and raise £250,000 for two dementia charities. They will each row for two hours at a time and then rest in between.
The two men had no experience of a rowing challenge, although George did take part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race in 2015-16. Russ had no previous experience of being at sea.

The 3,500-mile challenge began in front of a small group of supporters in Portugal and the duo want to reach Sint Maarten in the Caribbean.

Team Oar Blimey are rowing in a Rannoch Adventure R20, which is just 6.5m long and 1.2m wide, in their bid to help Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure and Ladybrook Enterprises.

The rowers can be tracked at or download the YB Races app and add their race, “Oar Blimey Atlantic Ocean Challenge 2023”.

To find out more about the rowing challenge or to help support the cause, visit where you can make a donation or find them on Facebook at