Heritage Explorer So near - fantastic effort ,so proud of my 2 toy boys - Felicity your greatest fan!xx
Felicity Heal, 25 Mar 2010 12:20 GMT
You are so close now Macca and Luke, last push. You have both done so well xx
Sally, 25 Mar 2010 12:13 GMT
Brilliant rowing over the last few days Well Done. Keep up the good work but more improtantly enjoy your last few days free from traffic, traffic cones and people! Watch out for the reefs and hope the engaged couple are keeping calm!
Coniston Heroes are nearly home. Good luck and we pray for the right winds and waves and for no more injuries for the final stages.
Love Kay and Don
Kay Shepherd, 25 Mar 2010 11:19 GMT
Leo, you're amazing. Almost there. I am trying to swing it to be there to come out and swim next to you for the last 4 miles. Trying to get Sam to come along. Be safe.
Mike, 25 Mar 2010 11:17 GMT
Hi James & Norman
I suspect when you read this you will be in for the final "Ton Up". As I said in my last mail I should follow the red/white sea works cones because Carl Hingley told me a Crew was shipwrecked in the last 3 miles. may the Lord guide you safely into harbour for a well earned rest and to re-aquintence with your family. God bless you both
Yours Richard Fasham
Richard Fasham, 25 Mar 2010 10:54 GMT
Jim and Norman
You have done magnificently lads, we hope there are some extremely cold beers on the shore waiting for you when it is over.
All the best for the final push.
The Mahers, 25 Mar 2010 10:35 GMT
To Yorkshire Challenger....
well done boys...fantastic effort...nearly there.
John and Wendy
John and Wendy Knight, 25 Mar 2010 10:26 GMT
Hi Ole and partner(Teamboogiewoogie)
Keep up the good rowing, it s fantastic to follow you on the web, looking forward to hear about your adventure,
Anders, 25 Mar 2010 10:15 GMT
What an amazing few days rowing - you have just eaten the miles up - bet the jelly babies have taken a bashing!
By the time you get this you will be below 100 and thoughts of hot baths and a soft bed will be near reality - you've earned them.
Keep focused to the end
Alan and Glenda
Alan and Glenda Phillips, 25 Mar 2010 10:05 GMT
Yorkshire Challenger so proud of you both amazing, pummel that penultimate 100 x sue x
sue, 25 Mar 2010 06:47 GMT
TOM & WIL
I am sat here in Perth, WA, trying to calculate when i think you will finish!! in about 8 hours i think!! Anyway well done to both of you, absolutely fantastic, what an amazing adventure to have been through. Shame i wont be in Nyewood when you get back to give you both a hug and kiss but dad will no doubt see you at some point. Look forward to seeing any photos you have taken! Take care, enjoy the breakand that bacon sarnie!! Lots of love Lizzi and Bill XXX
Lizzi & Bill Richardson, 25 Mar 2010 05:35 GMT
hi. to everyone still at sea iwas following 1 boat and trying to give encouragement to them but they have finished. so especially for you i want to wish you a more speedy return to dry land and let you know that us land lubbers are now supporting you as you are all very remarkable people, and you too are about to achieve something great regards pete.
bristol balloon pete, 25 Mar 2010 00:24 GMT
hello rob. you are doing so well. cant wait to hear all about your adventure. keep them strokes coming. not far now!
love tash and family xxxx
natasha dillingham, 24 Mar 2010 23:11 GMT
Wow Beech Boys what a day's row (or did you use the outboard motor?) - you are closing in fast and should be home in next couple of days at this rate. So impressed by your achievement and the manner in which you have achieved it. Keep it going. Love Taff and Karin
Taff and Karin, 24 Mar 2010 22:50 GMT
Well done. You've caught up and passed the boat that was in front of you. Hope you gave them a wave on the way past! Looking good for passing the 60 degree mark tomorrow. Get ready to set your landing coordinates. Keep up that great rowing for a couple more days and then you can rest...but don't forget to eat as much as you can pack in!! Hope you still have a few good snacks left but keep your eyes off Bubbles!!. Love & Prayers xxxx
The Murrays (Coleraine), 24 Mar 2010 22:16 GMT
Beech Boys - your speed is amazing - I'm quite out of breath! Loved the flying fish but not the vertical waves. I'm addicted to your blog. All my good wishes for the final spurts and family reunion.
Judith , 24 Mar 2010 22:11 GMT
Wow Beech Boys! What amazing distances you two are clocking up at the moment! You two are awesome!!We will be watching your last few days with great anticiaption!! Keep going!
Colin, Katie, Jason, Gareth and Sarah
The Hodgsons, 24 Mar 2010 21:38 GMT
Congratulations, Dave, on Team Panasonic!
Sorry to be late - just got back from a week away. You have obviously been doing some overtaking.
john Randall, 24 Mar 2010 21:36 GMT
janet and vicky, 24 Mar 2010 21:28 GMT
Séan Tess The KID Time to celebrate again down now to three figures you're sucking diesel Wind again not in you're favour but keep sprits up count down from 999 is much nicer and easy to do Keep it going thinking of you and the home celebrations and interviews to come well done the KID
Eamon Russell, 24 Mar 2010 21:24 GMT
hi Sean and Tess
fantastic effort and its great to see progress keeping steady - each stroke is another in the bag
keep it up and stay safe.
tim cranley, 24 Mar 2010 21:16 GMT
Last few days have been Wow, rowing for nearly 80 days solid, even more amazing! You guys are crazy awesome dudes and we're very proud to be your friends!
Hoving JESTer , 24 Mar 2010 20:39 GMT
Sam & James
It's just incredible what you have both almost achieved. Their can't be many people who can say that they have rowed the Atlantic. I'm in total ore of you both. Land must almost be in sight. It looks as if you should finish over the weekend. I'm sure you'll have an amazing reception from family and friends.
Congratulations to you both.
Katie Michael, 24 Mar 2010 20:31 GMT
Beach Boys - bloody awesome rowing guys, sue x friend of yorkshire challenger x
sue, 24 Mar 2010 20:25 GMT
Hi Uncle Seán & Tess,
You are doing great and your dot is getting closer everyday. Looking forward to see you soon, stay safe!
Love Seán, Rónan & Darragh xxx
The Lyons Clan, 24 Mar 2010 19:52 GMT
Sean on Tess, thinking of you.. Keep battling, keep safe and keep well. Sheila Parker-Brown (Cardiff Yacht Club)
sheila parker-brown, 24 Mar 2010 19:20 GMT
Congratulations Spirit of Montanaro - best of luck on the return crossing!
Alex Cooley, 24 Mar 2010 18:13 GMT
Norman and James!
PS...Do you have a tiny bit of competitive instinct left..?! We virtual Atlantic Rowers can see an overtaking opportunity!! Off you go! Overhaul Ocean Summit!
V and J
vicky, 24 Mar 2010 18:11 GMT
Team Boogie Woogie
so, so close, keep up the great work, talk to you soon.
our hearts are with you.
Alfie Collinson, 24 Mar 2010 18:04 GMT
Norman and James: So exciting now you are so close and keeping up such good speed! Very best wishes for the final few days at sea from all your Indoor Rowing friends at Greens and Hunters Bar School Sheffield! Safe landing! Vicky and Janet
vicky, 24 Mar 2010 18:03 GMT
bravo bravo !! a vous soon beef potatoes.....don t speak aux squals and arrive with triumph ! bisous plenty
isa, 24 Mar 2010 17:56 GMT
Luke and Macca Team JCT600
Full steam ahead now boys !!
Row like you have never rowed before, So many people watching you from all over the world, I am so proud of you. I love you both stay safe see you soon xxxx kaz
kaz , 24 Mar 2010 17:36 GMT
Its getting very busy in that harbour, is there any room left! Huge pat on back to all the teams recently finished. NO FEAR, SPIRIT OF MONTANARO, EXPLORE, REASON WHY and TEAM PANASONIC. Enjoy your triumph, it is truly well earned and deserved!!
The Ketchell family, 24 Mar 2010 16:33 GMT
So near. Keeping close watch. Wondered if your arms ache? Hope good winds continue. First to cross with handbrake on---record?Chris and all McNaughts
Chris McNaught, 24 Mar 2010 15:57 GMT
You are officially the fastest boat on the ocean at the minute.
Closing in on a Top 20 finish.
The Manchester Beech Boys Fan Club salute you !!
Keep on keepin' on !!
Woody,Sue, Billy, Joe and Daisy.
Woody , 24 Mar 2010 15:39 GMT
Well Oli you and Brian are on the home stretch now , row boys row.
And rememberin the words of Long John Baldry "don't lay no boogie woogie on the king of rock and row
Bill Ryan, 24 Mar 2010 15:34 GMT
Phil & Ben (Skippy)
You must both be devastated at having to quit so close to the finish line. In our eyes you are both winners and I bet your families are very proud of you both.
From Jan & co.
St Buryan WI, 24 Mar 2010 15:33 GMT
So disappointed for you both to have been thwarted so near the finish. You are winners in our eyes and I bet your families are justly proud of your achievement.
Well done, from Jan and all the members of St B WI.
St Buryan WI, 24 Mar 2010 15:30 GMT
CONGRATULATIONS ADAM & AL! Such exciting news xxxxx
Georgie Stewart, 24 Mar 2010 15:07 GMT
Sam amd James
For the first time when we look at your progress map we can see a small slither of land to the left of the screen - fantastic job by both of you.
Remember the rhyme row row row your boat (forget the gently down the stream bit), but you will have realised the dream. Well done
W-W, 24 Mar 2010 14:10 GMT
Fantastic! Only another 149miles to go. And you are only 6 miles behind the boat in front of you. Well done. You can catch them up and discuss the game plan for docking!! You should be in by the weekend enjoying the luxuries if Antigua. Well done. Im sure you are elated with your efforts. We are all very proud of your acheivements. Love & Prayers xxxx
The Murrays (Coleraine), 24 Mar 2010 14:00 GMT
Halcyon, You are "GOLDEN" now! Keep your oars in the water and ODE to Joy on the speakers. See you very soon! XO, Spell
Spell, 24 Mar 2010 13:45 GMT
Fantastic effort - hope you're both in good spirits & looking forward to getting back to work!!
Roger Thomas, 24 Mar 2010 13:25 GMT
Well done Team HCL. Met your family at St. James, good to know you finished.
An amazing achievement
steve, 24 Mar 2010 13:20 GMT
well done will and tom almost there we are waiting to see you at the finish!
Harry Dodd and Tom Dodd (richard cliffords grandsons), 24 Mar 2010 13:15 GMT
Hello Beech Boys,
I have never surfed internet as much as last weeks searching daily for your progress. You are fantastic !!!I am proud I can call you first name. Hope to see you in Coniston in June 2011.Your Czech friend
Sýkora, 24 Mar 2010 12:51 GMT
Excellent progress boys! Not long to go now. Dig Deep and you'll easilly arrive in Antigua at the weekend.
Looking forward to seeing the pictures and hearing the untold stories! However, we're going to miss checking the green dot and reading the blogs every lunchtime and evening! What's the next adventure???
Keep smiling and enjoy the last few 'peaceful' days on board Beech Boys Atlantic!
Jude and Doug
Doug and Jude, 24 Mar 2010 12:45 GMT
Vision of Cornwall
Congratulations to you both. Can't believe what I read about the finish. Glad to hear you are both safe and well. So very proud of you. Enjoy the glory.
Love from Cousin Tracy and family
Tracy Dawson, 24 Mar 2010 12:33 GMT
Well done Spirit of Montanaro!
A really Herculian task to get there given the many days the trade winds disappeared. I really felt for you on the days with the high winds.
Peter (Jackson), 24 Mar 2010 12:14 GMT
Your progess this week has been great. Only 700 miles to go and you'll be soaking in a bath tub with NO oars.
Ma is good and everyone else is fine.
Take care. Love & Prayers,
Mimi, 24 Mar 2010 11:55 GMT
WELL DONE BROOKSEY!! congratulations Buddy! cant wait to see u and get a bear hug! your just the most incredible person! celebrate hard and we shall see you back in Devon in a couple of weeks!
Philly Heron, 24 Mar 2010 11:43 GMT
Vision of Cornwall, Congrats Skippy and Phil, dramatic finish, typical! Well done guys.
jan, 24 Mar 2010 11:35 GMT
What will we do with our days when we are not following the green dot?! This week has been so exciting - very well done - not long now!!
PS (Do you think you could persuade my husband and son do do the same trip - I quite fancy waiting for them in Antigua!!!)
Angie, Grasmere, 24 Mar 2010 10:26 GMT
Phil & Skippy - well done you've crossed the Atlantic. Glad you are safe. But you didn't really have to test out the life jacket. Silvia and Ken xx
Silvia and Ken Nuttall, 24 Mar 2010 10:23 GMT
Hi Alex and Luke - almost there - you're doing fantastic! I can see you're little dot and the finish flag you are so close to your goal. Love Lyn, Rodger, Blaine and Christopher xxx
Lyn, 24 Mar 2010 10:23 GMT
Dream It, Do It.
Fantastic progress Rog...especially being hampered with your foot.
Not long now and you will see the the family very soon!!
I know Liv wants you back for her birthday....no pressure...lol!!!
Stay safe and strong,
Lin and Den xxxxx
P.S.Congratulations to all the competitors who have finished the race...must be great to be back on land!!
Lin Rayment, 24 Mar 2010 09:53 GMT
you still made progress despite strong winds. Lets hope you back on target today and the miles slip by. Stay focused on Antigua, we'll all be there to meet you. Stay strong, stay safe,
Natalie McGowan, 24 Mar 2010 09:53 GMT
Well done Dave what a fantastic achievement, we've been following your progress and you have done so well!
The kids are really looking forward to meeting you. Enjoy a well earned break now and drink.
All the best from the Speech and Language Crew x
speech and language group st peters, 24 Mar 2010 09:48 GMT
Well done Richard. You showed No Fear! We've been tracking your progress on the internet so it was great to see you finish! Well done to you and Stephen. A fantastic achievement and one that will live with you forever. Hopefully by now you have enjoyed that could beer you were dreaming of!
Stu & Sue
stu mccletchie & sue chicken, 24 Mar 2010 09:21 GMT
Well done guys your nearly there. The miles are flying off the count now. Hope you get there at the weekend and have a safe landing, Amazing achievement look forward to hearing many tales back in coniston, enjoy antigua and the family reunion,
Katie, DB and Zach
Katie and DB, 24 Mar 2010 09:03 GMT
Hey Luke and Macca its budget day...get a move on... beers going up
love john sue & annie xxx
Sue, 24 Mar 2010 09:01 GMT
Hi Beech Boys - Wow what a day - jet propelled !!! Not far now and making very good progress !
We reckon Joe and Bubbles are going that bit faster and puliing you to get to Antigua for the wedding !
Keep up the good work.
God Bless Mark and Elaine xx
Mark and Elaine, 24 Mar 2010 09:01 GMT
Well done Dave!!!! What a fantastic achievement! Now have a wonderful, well earned rest.
Much love, Kim & Iain xx
kim ritchie, 24 Mar 2010 09:00 GMT
Congratulations Neil and Dean
magnificent achievement - hope to meet up at the airport soon.
Patricia Ollerton, 24 Mar 2010 08:46 GMT
YAHOOO...Congrats Davie Boy. U found land at last. I cant even see yr dot....R u waiting out there for mom & dad to arrive? Excellent performance & what a journey which was never going to be eezi but your safe arrival was all that mattered. You did it. Its party time now......xxxx Tess from Nyamazela land
Tess mills, 24 Mar 2010 08:18 GMT
Well done Mel and Annie!
Congratulations-enjoy some rest on terra firma. Can't wait to see you.
Lorraine, 23 Mar 2010 23:17 GMT
Spirit of Montanaro
wow - what an achievement!
been following the brown dot over the atlantic. What a pair of superstars. Hope you can now enjoy more than just the smell of rum!
mike and joyce worts, 23 Mar 2010 23:07 GMT
Reading your descriptions of the waves has left me feeling terrified!!!!! (and a bit sea sick!) Take it easy you two, and play safe. Thinking of you
Roz & Co.
Roz Callaghan, 23 Mar 2010 22:18 GMT
Will so glad to see you are nearly there.Wish we could have come to Antigua to see you arrive.Many congratulations to you both.Best wishes Richard and Jenny
Jenny and Richard, 23 Mar 2010 21:15 GMT
To the Beech Boys,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Hi James &Norman
Just briliant--it must seem like a lifetime on board, but you will spend the rest of your lives remembering and talking about this awesome achievement--so savour the last few days of peace and quiet!!
You should be proud of what you are doing--an inspiration to others---wow! wow!
get to the finish line safely----our best wishes... Phil and the rest of the family
Phil Glennon, 23 Mar 2010 21:07 GMT
Well done. great rowing this past few days! Congratulations on passing the 200 nm mark. Nearly at that 60 degree mark as well. I'm sure you are able to see the end in sight. Then you will be 'in paradise' as Christine entitled her last e-mail to us saying 'Lydia is in Paradise'. Only a few more days. Take care. Love & prayers xxxx
The Murrays (Coleraine), 23 Mar 2010 20:18 GMT
hi i am reporting to mr Rob Casserole you can do it!!! youb are nearly there!!!!
lots of love murph
Amber, 23 Mar 2010 19:48 GMT
Go Dave! Team Panasonic!
youre so nearly there!!! woo!
keep going and enjoy the celebreations on arrival!
The Hughes family! :) xx
lara and natasha hughes, 23 Mar 2010 19:48 GMT
GO, GO BEACH BOYS ATLANTIC
You have had a great last two days. Todays work has been AMAZING!!!
Keep it up and you will be in Antigua before you know it!!!
Another 208 miles and you will cross the finish..
ps.. hope your back gets better
Jessica Blatter, 23 Mar 2010 19:42 GMT
You 2 are flying - 76 miles in a day!
Guess the prayers for that wind were answered - you must be rowing together as well yeah! If you carry on at this rate we will get in touch with Christine and tell her to put the kettle on.
Alan and Glenda Phillips
Alan and Glenda Phillips, 23 Mar 2010 19:15 GMT
Spirit of Montanaro - well done - really proud of you. Eights Head on Saturday, we are two short - have pencilled you in!! Look forward to sharing a beer with you :-)
Doug & Joe Hodges, 23 Mar 2010 19:07 GMT
Phil & skippy,Glad to hear made it!! Brilliant plan for a bit of extra media coverage! Touch extream maybe but done with style,just couldn't Waite for a surf!! See you soon!! Nods
Nods, 23 Mar 2010 18:57 GMT
Spirit of Montanaro - many congrats from race followers at Financial Times, London
Simon Greaves, 23 Mar 2010 18:22 GMT
mel & annie - explore
wow! what a great achievment you should be very proud of yourselves
when do you start rowing back?
roger perry (clipper), 23 Mar 2010 18:04 GMT
Ocean2Summit. I know you're on your own now Stu but still thinking of you and mentally rowing for you!
Eileen Hall, 23 Mar 2010 17:18 GMT
Well done and congratulation to all who have finished so far. To those still out there your time is coming. Keep up the good work. Especially Dad (Roger) on Dream it, Do it.
Charlotte Fellows, 23 Mar 2010 17:17 GMT
Many congratulations Adam & Jimmy, You guys must had an amazing experience, can't wait to hear the stories you going to tell us. Am looking forward to seeing you down the club once you're fully recharged. Have a wonderful celebration party.
Tom Yu, 23 Mar 2010 17:08 GMT
Amazing Beech Boys! Hope the good conditions continue, keep safe in those waves. Pete & Mim
Mim Kitts, 23 Mar 2010 17:00 GMT
Keep up the good work- well done! I reckon it should be Wednesday or Thursday and you'll be on dry land again. You must be getting excited.
Margaret, 23 Mar 2010 16:53 GMT
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!
CANNOT BELIEVE YOU!!! 20K TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ONE LAST FINAL PUSH!!!
Emma Nettleton, 23 Mar 2010 16:34 GMT
Not long to the finish, so well done,keep up the rythm.
Steve & Olive Highcliffe
Steve & Olive Crosby, 23 Mar 2010 16:32 GMT
Well done Phil and Skippy for building only amphibious boat in the race.
Glad you're OK. Look forward to seeing you at PNYC
Congratulations from Peter and members
Peter Goad, 23 Mar 2010 15:46 GMT
Congratulations, you have done well. Feared that the three contenders nearest to you could catch up. After 77 days I will now put my plotting charts away. It was a pleasure to be able to assist you.
Have a lovely time with your families. Best regards Hans
Hans van Leeuwen, 23 Mar 2010 15:44 GMT
Very relieved you are both OK.
Shows you made a proper job of building the boat! Look forward to seeing when fully recovered - you'd better get some one to drive when you come to Port Navas - free drinks all night. Well Done.
Peter Goad PNYC, 23 Mar 2010 15:41 GMT
cor blimey how many miles are the beech boys clocking up now?!?!
come on luke and alex on yorkshire challenger...so close now, maybe a weeks more rowing and you'll be back on dry land...
keep smiling to the finish...
your such and inspiration to so many people!!!
vic, 23 Mar 2010 14:27 GMT
Spirit of Montanaro boys...think you are absolutely fabulous. Am so proud of you both, what an amazing achievement and to think one of you is my very little (and now very red bearded) brother. Who would have thought I could be related to such a superstar!!! Missing you loads and can't wait to see you back here for some celebrations...if you have any energy left :-) xxxxx
Jeanine, 23 Mar 2010 14:24 GMT
Come on McGowan!! Pull hard!! We are all following you here in Limerick you are doing fantastic out there - If you end up within 3 miles of Kerryhead I will personally take out the rib to bring you in :)
Ballyheigue Rescue, 23 Mar 2010 14:19 GMT
Sean in Tess - tough times out there! Almost a thousand people following your facebook updates - stay strong and stay safe!
sheila and John, 23 Mar 2010 14:15 GMT
WOW! 76 miles in one day. Are you both rowing together now? A few more days like that and you will soon have it cracked!! Hope all continues to go well. The winds and waves appear to be for you at the moment. Safe Landing. Keep up that eating!!!. Love & prayers. Will see you on skype when you get there. Only a few more days. Wonderful!! What are we all going to spend our time doing when you've finished??? xxxx
The Murrays(Coleraine), 23 Mar 2010 14:05 GMT
Sorry I haven't sent any messages for over a week, but we were on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
We had a great trip. Weather was beautiful. We took a small rubber boat with two motors on it out on the Pacific to watch whales. We had huge whales come right up alongside of the boat. It was fascinating. We never lost sight of land, but when I looked in the other direction toward the horizon, all I could see was sky and water and I sure thought of you. I cannot imagine your enduring such a journey.
Only about 700 miles left. Truly amazing.
On the day that we were to leave to go home, I came down with Montezuma's Revenge. Another time I thought of you. I was so sick, I got dehydrated so badly, I had to go to the hospital to have fluids through an IV. Delayed our going home for a day and a half.
After your being so sick last year, you certainly have the will power to do it again.
You're really awesome, Leo.
You'll be home soon, and I'll even cook you a hamburger.
Netta Vercollone, 23 Mar 2010 14:04 GMT
Well done Adam and Jimmy. You have made us all feel very inadequate sat here at our desks. Congratulations and enjoy the party.
Ralph Singleton, 23 Mar 2010 14:02 GMT
Congratulations Mel & Annie! What an amazing achievement - I hope you enjoy recovering on dry land. We will have a toast to you in Bristol! Lots of Love, Becky & Andy
Becky & Andy, 23 Mar 2010 13:55 GMT
Hi Norman & James
You both must be feeling pretty encouraged that you now getting so close with 90% ov the row past. I was amazed at your last 3 days mileage (Get Bubbles & Jo to spy out the speed cameras) or I suppose that they are marked up on your Sat Nav. Top Gear thoughts well I would love to see both Jeremy and the Stig taking on each other on a row in the reasonbly priced boat.. Hope its not made by Toyota the accelerator may stick or the brakes not stop them hitting the Quay. God bless you both and the prayer for hand, back and east wind is still offered.
Yours Richard Fasham
Richard Fasham, 23 Mar 2010 13:55 GMT
Congratulations Spirit of Montanaro
All that hard work finally over and what an amazing last day! Enjoy the celebrations. ...very proud of you both.
Have a glass of Champagne on us
Liz and Mike Nastys
Mike and Liz , 23 Mar 2010 13:47 GMT
Congratulations Paul and Jim!! Fantastic achievment, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Lucy, Andrew and George , 23 Mar 2010 13:14 GMT