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Oar Blimey transatlantic rowers pass another milestone

Posted onPosted on 7th Feb

Transatlantic charity rowers George Nelson and Russ Davis have passed another significant milestone on their 3,500-mile challenge to row unsupported from Portugal to Sint Maarten in the Caribbean.

This week they guided their Innovation Nottinghamshire Memory Boat past their two-thirds milestone – and celebrated with jelly beans!

They reported: “Our next milestone, (waypoint No.10) lies 120 miles ahead of us… following that, the pivotal “1,000 miles to go” waypoint will be only 56 miles in front of us, signifying the transition to the final countdown!

“Assisting us nicely towards our destination is the return of the eastward wind! And with a consistent few days of this, we’ll soon break away from the equatorial currents and head into the Caribbean Sea.”


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