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


Day 79

24 Mar 2010 16:12 GMT
Day 79 (Tues 23 Mar 1330 - Wed 24 Mar 1330)

79 days completed, and of the 30 crews and 59 competitors that started the race, 20 crews have made land and 10 are still at sea. After an incredible few days it's time to take deep breathe and take stock of what has happened.

So far crews have rowed a combined total of over 72,000nm, which equates 94% of the total race distance. On the one hand we are starting to near the end of this adventure, however on the other there is still a lot of rowing to be done, with 10 crews still to row a total of 4500nm.

Perhaps the closest battle left on the ocean is between the pair's crews of Yorkshire Challenger and Heart of the Warrior. Both crews have suffered set backs and hardship throughout the race but continue to battle on bravely and with just 65nm separating the two crews from the finish, events over the last couple of days suggest that the race is only over when it's over.

Sean McGowan will be hitting another big milestone soon when he passes into the last 1000nm at some point during day 80. Just ahead, James Ketchell, has discovered he has food up until day 100 and so tried his hand at fishing, only to discover the fish seemed to be relatively crafty by taking the bait, without getting hooked itself.

Over the coming days wind speed and direction will become sporadic with the winds moving round to come from the north, before swinging back from the north east. Speeds will drop to approximately 10-15 knots throughout this time.

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