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Oar Blimey translantic charity rowers could complete 3,500-mile challenge today

Posted onPosted on 7th Mar

Mansfield brothers-in-law George Nelson and Russ Davis are aiming to complete their remarkable three-month long transatlantic charity row on Thursday afternoon or evening.

Aiming to raise £250,000 for dementia charities, the duo have rowed unsupported from Portugal to the Caribbean after 98 days at sea in the ‘tiny’ Innovation Nottinghamshire Memory Boat.

Known as Oar Blimey, the duo set off from Portugal on 1st December. They had been aiming for Saint Maarten in the Caribbean, but because of continuing challenging weather conditions and limited food supplies, they re-routed to aim for Antigua and Falmouth Harbour, where they will be greeted by family and friends.

George posted on Facebook on Wednesday: “Guadeloupe is within sight on our starboard side, and Antigua is set to appear on our bow (we anticipate glimpsing Antigua shortly after passing the ’30 miles to go’ marker)!

“In readiness, we’ve unpacked all our remaining food, and we’re eating all the best stuff; not that there’s much left!”
George and Russ – known as Oar Blimey – 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 – and hope to complete their marathon row in mid-March.
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 now want to reach Antigua in the Caribbean, having originally targeted Sint Maarten.

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