Winning Points with Wynndale Primary School


Thursday 22nd June 2023


09:00 hrs


Wynndale Primary School


Wynndale Drive, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG18 3NY

George from Oar Blimey was warmly welcomed at Wynndale Primary School by Head Teacher, Mrs Rickersay and the children.

At the morning assembly, George outlined Oar Blimey’s Atlantic rowing adventure and the children were really keen to understand:

  • Why Oar Blimey are rowing across the Atlantic
  • How George and Russ are preparing for their adventure
  • The importance of exercising and eating healthy food – fruit and vegetables – to build up fitness
  • What wildlife George and Russ hope to see on the ocean, including whales, sharks, turtles and birds
  • Why it’s important to prevent rubbish and waste waste going into the sea.

After assembly, each class visited the boat in turn and the children asked lots of questions.  In fact, George says he was “literally asked hundreds of questions.”  The most common topic by far was ‘sharks’ with every class asking what he would do if ‘a shark jumps out of the water, lands in the boat and capsizes it!’  

George explained the boat doesn’t have an engine and demonstrated how the carbon fibre oars worked.  He outlined how a tablet device will be used to listen to music, audiobooks and maybe even watch a film.   George explained how the 2 hour shift patterns would work together with the cooking arrangements and the importance of using the compass to keep on the correct course.

There were lots of giggles when the toilet arrangements were discussed…yes…it’s only a bucket!

What a brilliant and enjoyable morning.  Thanks for having us Wynndale!

The boat in the school car park

Partner with us, sponsor us or simply donate – every bit of your help and support is extremely welcome and will help Oar Blimey complete the Atlantic Challenge and raise funds to help people live with dementia. 

Special Thanks and Recognition

Big thanks to ‘Steve Norgate’ for allowing Oar Blimey to park the boat outside your house.  You’re a top man!