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Happy New Year for transatlantic rowers Oar Blimey

Posted onPosted on 1st Jan

Mansfield transatlantic charity rowers George Nelson and Russ Davis have made their third waypoint after resuming their bid to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean, from Portugal to Sint Maarten, on Boxing Da.

The brothers-in-law, who had to make an unscheduled stop in Gran Canaria for repairs over Chtristmas, said they were in good spirits and good health – with the repairs to their solar panel and battery meaning they could give more detailed updates of their progress.


They quickly encountered unexpected stowaways – a cockroach and mosquitos – shortly after leaving Gran Canaria, but they had gone a couple of days later.
On New Year’s Eve they were hoping to take part in a celebration at the Foxglove pub in Forest Town via a satellite phone call and link-up with family, friends, and supporters.


 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 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