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


The Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race 09 has now started

04 Jan 2010 16:27 GMT

After all the delays and set backs to the race over the last month, the crews for the Atlantic Rowing Race 09 have made it off the start line and are now heading towards Cape Shirley off the south coast of Antigua. The official race distance is 2548 nautical miles and is expected to take anywhere between 40 and 90 days. After 2 hours of racing it was reported that QBE Insurance Challenger, crewed by James Croome and Oliver Back, had a narrow lead of several hundred feet. Closely followed by Pygram, Reason Why and No Fear.

Britannia III, the out of class record attempt started their row at 0530 hrs this morning. Having been rowing for 11 hours they are now clear of La Gomera and are 2535 miles from Cape Shirley. While this is only a gain of 13 miles on the official race distance they are on a course of 205 degrees. That is to say, they are heading South South West, towards the stronger trade winds and currents. With this in mind, the first few days may show slower progress towards the finish, where the priority is clearing the islands and getting the boat into a position to make best use of these winds and currents.

Now all the hard work and preparation over the last couple of years takes the back seat and the reward of trying to row an ocean is firmly on the agenda. The priority for all crews now is to settle into their new environment and get into the routine of rowing, eating and sleeping.

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