congratulations Sean, a fantastic achievement. John/Ursula Delaney. john delaney Désolé nous ne parlons pas Anglais, mais "congratulations" pour votre exploit et contents d'avoir été vos voisins a La Gomera début décembre 2009 Philippe et Francine de NACOUDA a la GOMERA Well done Sean, what determination you had on completeing yor nightmareish journey,it was a great pleasure in meeting you in Antigua and hearing about your battle across the Atlantic what a brave and courageous man you are also a credit to your Family.... All the best Bridget & Kevin Bridget & Kevin Pearce So delighted that you made it safely. Huge congrats....well done. You'll be wibbly-wobbly on land for a week! Sean and Aideen Killaloe Hello Sean, Just to say many congratulations on your achievement. I was there to witness your arrival, as I'd been sailing in ARW. It was an emotional moment for all those witnessing your arrival and I don't even know you! Congratulations again....amazing. Johanna Shaun, you really are a man of steel. Lookin forward to catching you at the prize giving. Tremendous! mike arnold Sean Job well done.!!!!Have enjoyed following your progress and monumental achievement. Good luck. Ian McGlade Congratulations Sean, a job well done.We are in awe at all the rowers achievements.Congratulations to you all.Also admiration of everyone involved on the organising teams.You all did an amazing job, with every competitor arriving safely. Brian King Cardiff Yacht Club,S. Wales. Brian King What an epic journey! It was a pleasure to meet you in La Gomera and I have watched you all the way. Well done Liz Scott (mighty bouche's Mum Liz Scott Comhgairdeas Sean, An maith go Deo. An gaisce deanta agat. Taimid an bhródúil gur as luimneach a Thainig Tu. go maireadh tu i bhfad. Frank Dennison Frank Dennison Abbeyfeale


hotw- thats a wicked beard please dont shave it off we want to see it for real. congratulations to you both, you must be very proud, look forward to seeing you soon james
andy june and ants, 04 Apr 2010 20:09 BST

Tess. Well done Sean, a couple of good days mileage under your belt.Keep at it ,you are now making good progress.Stay safe,we areall cheering you on.B.K. C.Y.C.
Brian King, 04 Apr 2010 18:18 BST

with you in spirit, urging you all the way.may tess bring you home safely
hilary somers, 04 Apr 2010 17:13 BST

Happy Easter Leo,

Wish you were home with us for some ham & cake!

I know it's been a tough couple of days. Keep pushing. We all know you can do it! We are all so proud of you. We'll see you soon!
Renee , 04 Apr 2010 14:31 BST

Sean & Tess, you've made some great progress int he last couple of days. Keep it up, the miles are definitely counting down. We are thinking of you at Cardiff Yacht Club.
Stay focused and achieve your dream.
Sheila Parker-Brown, 04 Apr 2010 11:58 BST

Hello to all you fantastic rowers out there ! your dots are making steady progress and what an achievement .Every day brings you nearer to your goal of crossing that Ocean and the welcome you will have .
Keep safe
All good wishes
Norman Beech's Mum and Jame's grandmother.
Thinking of you all

Corinne Beech, 03 Apr 2010 19:50 BST

Halycon, Boogie Woogie, Speedo and Tess.
Well done this past few days! You are getting there..
I am checking all of ur progress every day!
Jessica Blatter
Jessica Blatter, 03 Apr 2010 14:26 BST

To all rowing boats.

We are still watching your progresses even on Easter holidays!!

Lot of admiration

Jean-Noël, 03 Apr 2010 09:26 BST

Leo, you got it. Under 400 miles. Unbelievable, call me after you get settle down. I have to find out what its like.
Mike Burke
Mike Burke, 03 Apr 2010 06:12 BST

You can all be proud of taking part of one of the toughest Atlantic rowing races.

To all still rowing, keep going you are all doing well. The satisfaction of doing the race is worth the pain and suffering.

To all those who have completed especially those who have not been given a place. Congratulations, you are all heroes.

Kay Shepherd a Beech Boys supporter
Kay Shepherd, 02 Apr 2010 21:25 BST

Hi Sean!
2/3 done - great stuff - on the way home - you nearly must see the finish line - waiting 4 "the" match - Munster against ....... Lenster - Waiting to see you HOME - Joachim
Joachim Wolff, 02 Apr 2010 17:56 BST

hi there ole and brian our boys are safely home thanks for the help we are thinking of you lots and wishing you along we cant stop watching the dots hope to see you soon sam's parents
keith and carole, 02 Apr 2010 16:02 BST

CONGRATULATIONS to James & Sam on HOTW. Awesome achievement, enjoy the celebrations!
The Ketchell family, 02 Apr 2010 13:46 BST

HOTW. Great to speak to you 2 miles from the end and really pleased for you both.
James your beard is far more impressive than mine.........but mine was not ginger. I hope you got sponsorship from gilette to remove that embarrassment!
Looking forward to seeing you, IF you return!
Enjoy Antigua!xx (Jo put kisses. 'French style', one for each cheek apparently)
Andrew JW & Jo Smith, 02 Apr 2010 11:11 BST

Well done James and Sam
Once you're over the hangover, could you send me an account of the crossing, good times and bad, weight loss, strange incidents, sleep deprivation - for The Argus and Sentinel.
Paul Holden, 02 Apr 2010 09:25 BST


You're continuing to blow my mind! A mere 400 miles to go. That is like a casual row for you! Keep going finish strong and finish with a smile on your face! Looking forward hearing all about it!

Jeff W
Jeff W, 02 Apr 2010 02:36 BST

Brilliant!!--what more can anyone say. Coniston is very proud of you lads. Enjoy the celebrations with your family. Look forward to hearing all about it back in the Lakes. How do you follow this?
Our best wishes & hearty congratulations
Phil Glennon & family, 01 Apr 2010 23:15 BST

Yorkshire boys.
amazing achievement !!
Job done ! Whats next ?
xx kaz

kaz , 01 Apr 2010 22:51 BST

coucou mes héros !!

gadbin, 01 Apr 2010 21:16 BST

Hey Roger - Dream it Do It. We are waiting for you in Antigua, but have to leave on Sat night. You have had an awesome race and I really want to congfratulate you. May the last few miles be your best. Peter from Nyamezela
Peter van Kets, 01 Apr 2010 21:11 BST



Kevin N, 01 Apr 2010 20:47 BST

Well done Norman and James

What an achievement! You have done remarkably well!
Looking forward to hearing all about it in May Friends Week.
Have a well earned rest.

Emma, Mark, Dan and Jack
The Fairhursts, 01 Apr 2010 20:43 BST

super génial suis happy to see you so well , et chapeau bas, you can be proud of you !
you looks like film cowboys !
que la fete soit good with all .Yours girls ....; bisous
isa for hotw, 01 Apr 2010 18:32 BST

Sean on Tess and all others

You're all doing so well despite all the adverse weather this year. Keep going, getting nearer each day, what an achievement.
Barrie & Heather Cummings Vision of Cornwall Supporters
Barrie & Heather Cummings, 01 Apr 2010 17:16 BST

Many congratulations on your supreme fete, may you soon find your land legs and step forward into the arms of your loved ones.
Steve & Olive Crosby (Highcliffe), 01 Apr 2010 16:51 BST

Hi Sean, hard going! almost there stay focused See you soon, Trish
Trish Fenton, 01 Apr 2010 16:08 BST

Yorkshire Challenger and HOTW
well done to all four of you amazing the remaining five boats keep going and keep safe and well.Your strength of character and determination to see this through is truly awe inspiring.following your progress every day and salute your courage in the face of to you all .Brit111 supporter.
Sandra Fudge, 01 Apr 2010 14:09 BST

HOTW - James, just seen the pictures of your arrival. Is that a ginger beard you are wearing..

You both look well and I am really really pleased for you both and completely jealous of course..

See you soon.

Jason Coles, 01 Apr 2010 12:59 BST

Dream It, Do It

Firstly congratulations to ALL the boats now safely in Antigua...well done to you all....great achievements!

Rog.....SO close now! I can just imagine how Amanda must be feeling now....soo excited that she will be seeing you soon!...Hi Amanda!!!!
Just keep away from that bloody reef as you row to the line!!!!!

Lots of love,
Lin and Den xxxxx
(Rogers sister/brother-in-law in Australia)

Lin Rayment, 01 Apr 2010 10:48 BST

Friend of Arthur and Roisin and I'm from Florida wishing you well
Audrey Edens, 01 Apr 2010 00:04 BST

Keep going guys, the finish is amazing!! watching all of you very closely...
Dean and Neil
Spirit of MA, 01 Apr 2010 00:04 BST

Hi Sean ,
I ve never got a chance to send
you a message since.
I hope you make sure you land safe.
love sean and Brigid
SEAN LYONS, 31 Mar 2010 23:55 BST

Hi Seán & Tess,
Good to see you on the home stretch and looking forward to seeing you in Antigua. Met very good people and friends in the last couple of days who are now aware of your endeavour, and all of whom wish you well... over 200 and all checking in on you and wishing you the very best. Stay safe
Love Brigid, Adrian, Seán, Rónan & Darragh xxxxx
The Lyons Clan, 31 Mar 2010 23:35 BST



Hi Sean,
I know you can to it,.....
The amount of miles are getting smaller and smaller every step of the way!
Keep going
Wish you luck for the rest of your voyage!
Keep strong and safe
Jessica Blatter
Jessica Blatter, 31 Mar 2010 23:06 BST

great work, Ole & Brian
not too far away from land.
thinking of you.
see you when you get home Ole.
it will be priceless hearing about your fantastic voyage & all the creatures of the sea
talk to you soon
Alfie Collinson, 31 Mar 2010 21:23 BST

Congratulations Norman & James on your amazing achievement!!! So pleased to know you're back safely on dry land, what a tremendous feeling that must have been!!!! Enjoy yourselves in the sun and look forward to seeing you both soon. If you really lose a stone and a half, sign me up for next year. Very much love, Roz, Pat, Betty< Maeve & Mikey xxxxx
Roz Callaghan, 31 Mar 2010 21:17 BST

Hi Sean
Great stuff buddy..under 850 to go.Checking on you every day and interest growing here bigtime.Keep it up and keep safe
Tommy Cradock
Tommy Cradock, 31 Mar 2010 20:53 BST


Still following your progress Roger. Not far now and then what an amazing landing you'll have after all the set backs of last year and all these adventures on the Atlantic.

Team Southern Cross Indian Ocean 2009
Ro Facer, 31 Mar 2010 20:37 BST

James and Sam

Massive effort guys - huge congratulations. Could not be more impressed! You have battled a monster and come out victorious. Looking forward to raising a few glasses when you are back this side of the rather large pond...I am chuffed to pieces for both of you!

All the very best Rich (Symo)
Richard Symonds, 31 Mar 2010 18:42 BST

Wow! Double congratulations - on a fantastic achievement, and also on your engagement! I'm thrilled for you.
Jill xx
Jill Sharp, 31 Mar 2010 16:55 BST

All the Pitchers are thinking of you and following your progress daily.
Keep rowing hard; you're very nearly there. Give an extra PUSH to Shaun! Well done boys!
Love from Charlie's MUM!
jenny Pitcher, 31 Mar 2010 15:18 BST

To the boats still on the water, vasbyt & hang in there. Land is drawing you nearer. Row safe, enjoy the wild life, it will soon be a memory unless u planning on coming back again??? U R all brave heroes of the deep blue & we are encouraged by your bravery. xxxxx Tess from Nyamazela land
Tess Mills, 31 Mar 2010 15:10 BST

Fabulous brave effort HOTW. So hapi that u R safe on land. Congrats on this enormous achievement. Happy memories for a life time xxxx Tess from Nyamazela land
Tess Mills, 31 Mar 2010 15:07 BST

Well done guys - lets meet up when you recover for that well deserved drink.
Chi, 31 Mar 2010 13:41 BST

Hi James and Sam - an amazing achievement well done both of you!!! We cannot wait to hear all about your fantastic journey. We are all so proud of you at Chestnut and St B's. Enjoy some time off and make sure you get a nice cold beer. All our Love from Ali, Sloane and everyone at CTH and St B's. Well done xxx
Ali, 31 Mar 2010 12:42 BST

Hi Tess
I've been following your progress since the start of this epic journey you've undertaken, and are in awe of your dedication, determination and courage. You are truly inspiring and I wish you safe passage.
Stay safe and strong
Best regards from Cape Town, South Africa
Louise Goddard, 31 Mar 2010 12:22 BST

James and Sam

Huge respect and many congatulations on completing this amazing challenge.

Jason Coles, 31 Mar 2010 12:11 BST

Congrats to Stuart, James & Norman and Luke & Alex, amazing effort, though what took you so long? see you at the prize giving
Atlantic Vets, 31 Mar 2010 11:15 BST

Wow - what an amazing acheivement! Dan My parents and I are all so so so proud of you James!!! bug hugs x x x
Rachel Boulahri - waite, 31 Mar 2010 11:09 BST


Fantiastic to hear you have arrived safe and sound. Enjoy the well earned celebrations. Look forward to hearing all about it.

Incredible job well done!

W-W, 31 Mar 2010 11:02 BST

HOTW - Brilliant row, well done Langers, looking forward to hearing all about it when you are back. Snowing here... Tom Ware
Tom Ware, 31 Mar 2010 10:24 BST


James and Sam, a fantastic team achievement for a very worthy cause. Enjoy your celebrations, you deserve every minute of it!
Looking forward to seeing the photos!
Dan Bland, 31 Mar 2010 09:48 BST

Sean & Tess - now following your progress daily. You're doing a great job. Stay focused, stay positive and stay safe. We are all wishing you well at Cardif Yacht Club. Sheila Parker-Brown
Sheila Parker-Brown, 31 Mar 2010 07:15 BST


Less than 500 nm to go! The end is just over the horizon. Think chair on the beach, cigar and a cold frosty brew. When I have difficulty getting on the ellipital trainer I think of you and tell myself," if Leo can still row I can still get on the machine". You're an inspiration to us mere mortals. Keep those oars moving for a while longer.

George, 31 Mar 2010 02:51 BST

Séan I took my eyes off you for a minute and you're in the eights all ready well done you are doing great keep it up positive positive all the way home

Eamon Russell, 31 Mar 2010 00:21 BST

James & Sam... Just prurely brilliant... you know I am envious.. right get a good break, slug a few beers and be the first to row back before you get your land legs.. weather is fab back home..honest..Glad your safe.. so whats next... In 'awe'.!!!.. Paul & Karen
Paul & Karen, 30 Mar 2010 23:35 BST

Congratulations James and Norman, record breakers in every sense! Enjoy dry land and those burgers. See upi in coniston in May.

Andy, Claire, Daniel and Jonah Farrow
The Farrows, 30 Mar 2010 23:11 BST

Congratulations on achieving your amazing challenge Only a mile to go!
Great Aunty Gillian
Gillian, 30 Mar 2010 21:52 BST


We are all so proud of you and your achievement - it is truly unbelievable in terms of magnitude and perseverance. Have a fabulous celebration and James, give your mum a hug from all of us who have been in her classes over the years - she will have gone through so much (fairly willingly!) but will be over the moon it is now complete.

We are all amazed - you are both brilliant!!
David Short, 30 Mar 2010 21:20 BST

HOTW - fantastic, you've done it, well done guys!! Hope you've enjoyed the texts along the way, I was starting to run out of smart arse comments!! Catch you soon, enjoy every moment, you've deserved it.

Joe JW, 30 Mar 2010 21:16 BST

Serious congratulations! So so excited for you. Can't wait to see you and celebrate with you!

Love from Emily and Sam x x
Emily and Sam Tod, 30 Mar 2010 20:40 BST

HOTW: Congratulations Sam and James -glad that you're safely back on dry land again!
Truly amazing!!!
Ros and Michael and all the Gentles, 30 Mar 2010 20:13 BST

HOTW - Fa-bu-lous. What a fantastic result. You deserve all you can get!
Enjoy the celebrations . Great rowing to the end
Avid Admirer, 30 Mar 2010 20:10 BST

Congrats Oceansummit!! Amazing achievement, especially finishing the job on your own Stu!

Look forward to a few beers on your return...
John, 30 Mar 2010 19:54 BST

Yes Leo!
Under 500 to go! Just awesome. Nice consistent daily mileges. Hope your water is good, even if flat is too much to expect. The weather in Massachusetts is miserable, you are not missing a thing here.
We'll be watching for your strong finish.
Mike R-B, 30 Mar 2010 19:02 BST

CONGRATULATIONS Yorkshire Challenger, fantastic achievement. Hope you have great time in Antigua.
The Ketchell family, 30 Mar 2010 17:40 BST

Leo, you're in the home stretch. We are all routing for you. Mimi
Mimi, 30 Mar 2010 17:35 BST

Well done James and Sam you,ve certainly proved you have the HOTW.

Alan, 30 Mar 2010 16:43 BST

You are a True SuperStar!!!! We are so pleased and excited for you. A truly awesome achievement and fitting tribute to your late Dad.
We really hope that some day we can meet up with you, your sister and Catherine.
Fondest Regards and Congratulations
simon and priscilla taylor (france), 30 Mar 2010 16:08 BST

HOTW. As I write this, James and Sam, you have only 13miles to go! So in a few hours you will be home and dry after your amazing adventure. We have enjoyed following you all the way, and send our warmest and heartfelt congratulations to you both on having the courage to fight through every adversity to complete your epic voyage.
Bill and Hilary Jordon-White, 30 Mar 2010 14:16 BST

Well done James!! Huge congratulations from Cape Town, South Africa! What an amazing achievement - very happy for you!!!
Nicky Taylor, 30 Mar 2010 13:26 BST

CONGRATULATIONS Luke and Macca from everyone in the Alumni Relations team at the University of Nottingham - we are very proud of your amazing achievement. Well done!!
Simon Harvey, University of Nottingham, 30 Mar 2010 12:42 BST

To James and Sam on HOTW. Heartiest congratulations from all the Jalleys ! awesome, amazing, remarkable, fantastic, outstanding, tremendous, wonderful (enough now !). Well done. Enjoy the Caribbean. Maryse, Charlotte and Elliot.
Maryse Jalley, 30 Mar 2010 12:40 BST

To James and Sam in Heart of the Warrier. All the French groiups join us in congratulating you on a massive achievement. We are all so proud of you both. We are sending you the energy needed to get over the finishing line.
Pat, Derek & Tim, 30 Mar 2010 12:08 BST

Well done Norman and James - what will I do now I don't have a green dot to check on every morning and evening!
Nicky Smith, 30 Mar 2010 11:45 BST

HOTW - fantastic work!! Can't wait to raise a glass of fizz to your efforts when you're back. Not long left - so impressive, see you soon, Lydia & Mez
LYDIA FETTES NEAME, 30 Mar 2010 11:35 BST

Congratulations Beech Boys - a fantastict achievment. Enjoy your r&r.
Tony Scott, 30 Mar 2010 11:28 BST

yorkshire challenger..Well done - fantastic achievement,you've done us all proud.hope you're enjoying a beer or 2 now! linda and james xx
linda boruszak, 30 Mar 2010 11:21 BST

Sean, what a terriffic run you are on now. This is a marathon and you are the 4 hour guy but the 4 hour guy finishes so keep it going. Richard
Richard Allen, 30 Mar 2010 11:10 BST


Well done a remarkable achievement something to be extremely proud of.

Paul Blanchard. N. Lancing
Paul Blanchard, 30 Mar 2010 10:41 BST

Congratulations Luke and Macca on Yorkshire Challenger. What a fantastic achievement, you have done a really outstanding job.
Enjoy the celebrations!
Love and best wishes
Eddie,Chris and all at Rome Farm.
Eddie Murphy, 30 Mar 2010 10:07 BST

The St Nazaire Society congratulates Norman and James Beech for their rowing across the Atlantic for Water Aid. A feat of courage and endurance by father and son. Well done.
St Nazaire Society, 30 Mar 2010 08:46 BST

Well done Sean. Keep it going. It won't be long before you are drinking some cold pints of the black stuff.
Fintan, 30 Mar 2010 06:49 BST

Hey Uncle Leo,
You have our whole entire school cheering for you we watch you on the computer every single morning. Your looking great out there. Cant wait for you to get back so i can beat you in basketball again. Oh and I got into all of my schools that I applied to.
See you soon,
Nick Vercollone
Nick Vercollone, 30 Mar 2010 03:34 BST

Go team Boogie ... it's awesome how far you made it ... you're so close to finishing Congrats !
Ricardo Ho, 30 Mar 2010 03:25 BST

Hey Leo,

We're so proud of you. Over 2000 nm rowed and a bit of 500 nm left to go! You're nearly on vacation in the lovely Antigua! Great work! Keep pushing.

Renee & Paul, 30 Mar 2010 00:43 BST

hi luke and mac wot an acheivement top lads ya did it! NO REATREAT NO SURRENDER!!!

steve&paula, 30 Mar 2010 00:00 BST


You have done an outstanding job. Keep up the good work. The last 500, keep focused and think of writting a book about your adventure.

Jack B
Jack Brosnahan, 29 Mar 2010 23:33 BST

Everyone else out there keep it up .Fantastic welcome awaits you all .
Colin Pope, 29 Mar 2010 22:57 BST

WOW ! CONGRATULATIONS OLLI AND JAMES! A TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT!EAST ANGLIA CAN BE VERY PROUD OF YOU! YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES!JOLLY WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
charlotte, 29 Mar 2010 22:31 BST

Well done Beech boys and Ocean Summit. Have been following these last few weeks. Christine, hope you are not bored with Antigua!! Have a great party. All best. Charlie
charlie pitcher, 29 Mar 2010 21:32 BST

James and Sam

Go for it you are next in line for a beer!

Enjoy the final moments out on the ocean and then the after party.

Well done on such an amazing achievement.

W-W, 29 Mar 2010 21:19 BST

Kevin N, 29 Mar 2010 21:06 BST


Alex and Luke, what a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to you both. Bob and Jackie Cuthill
Bob and Jackie Cuthill, 29 Mar 2010 21:02 BST

Congratulations Alex and Luke - well done on completing the race that's truly amazing - so happy you made it safe and sound. Love Lyn, Rodger, Blaine and Christopher xxxxx
Lyn Alderson, 29 Mar 2010 20:43 BST

Beech Boys. I am bored and restless and really missing following a green dot each evening and following your daily adventures on your blog. Is there any chance you could get back in that boat and row back? Or perhaps just continue your blog as you work back at Coniston. Although not quite so many humpback whales there sadly.
Well done again and great to hear details about your arrival celebrations. Fantastic!!!
Love T and K
Taff and Karin, 29 Mar 2010 20:30 BST

Well done James and Sam in HOTW. So near and yet it must seem so far.
We are all absolutely amazed at what you have done with no previous experience or training. Worthing should and must be very proud of what you have achieved for St B and Chestnut Tree House.
Pat, Derek & Tim, 29 Mar 2010 20:10 BST

Luke & Macca fantastic acheivement enjoy the celebrations
john, sue & annie
John & Sue, 29 Mar 2010 20:07 BST

Congratulations Norman and James (Beech Boys) - we have been following your progress each day and were so glad that you made land! See you at Coniston sometime.
Peter & Cathy Thornton, 29 Mar 2010 19:42 BST

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