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“Wrong weather” frustrates Oar Blimey transatlantic rowers

Posted onPosted on 10th Feb

Transatlantic charity rowers George Nelson and Russ Davis have entered the 11th week of their challenge to row 3,500-miles unsupported from Portugal to Sint Maarten in the Caribbean in their Innovation Nottinghamshire Memory Boat.

The Oar Blimey team, however, have again been frustrated by the “wrong type” of weather conditions.

George joked on Facebook: “This could potentially push our completion date further back into March, so we’ve decided to extend our food rationing and, at last, bring out my fishing rod!

“We spotted an aeroplane today, the first in several weeks; absolutely fascinating how much conversation this generated!
“Let’s stay motivated and keep rowing……eat, sleep, row, repeat!
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.
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