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Winds turn in favour of transatlantic charity rowers

Posted onPosted on 22nd Jan

Mansfield transatlantic charity rowers George Nelson and Russ Davis – Oar Blimey – are back on course for their 3,500-mile challenge in aid of dementia causes.

The brothers-in-law, who are aiming to row unsupported from Portugal to Sint Maarten, had endured a second knock down and unseasonal strong northerly winds that pushed them back last week.

However, George was able to report good and bad news on Sunday night: “The wind is currently in our favour (well, for the time being), and helping to push us along nicely. We’re aiming to row 50 miles today.

“But, as you’ve likely gathered, Russ and I don’t appear to have it easy out here! This is what we’ve faced today:

“Water Woes – As we didn’t have enough sustained sunshine to make our water today, we’ve had to dip into our standby stock. Necessary though, as we’re operating with only one solar panel and battery, which need plenty of sunshine to function. So tomorrow we’ll have to produce twice the amount of water when the sun shines and recharges our battery

“It doesn’t stop there because our stove, crucial for boiling water and making food, has fallen into pieces!
“We identified the quick fix within minutes, however the ‘special’ screwdriver needed is sat in my toolbox at home. Between us, Russ and I spent over two hours trying to fix the damn thing, but guess what. We did it!
“To test the functionality (and to mark the victory) we celebrated with pasta al fungi!”
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