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



24 Mar 2010 16:13 GMT

Solo rower Dave Brooks crossing the finish line of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 on his boat Team Panasonic on Tuesday 23rd March 2010 at 21:53 hrs UTC giving him a race time of 78 days 8 hours and 23 minutes. Dave has finished 18th in the race and takes the final podium spot in the solo class.

Dave's final few miles were very tough - battling big seas, strong winds and heavy rain, but none the less a large crowd of fellow rowers and friends gathered to watch him make land. Sadly Dave's parents missed him make land as they are yet to arrive in Antigua until Thursday, however, Peter Van Kets perform his duties well and escorted Dave off his boat.

Throughout the race, Dave has had a very positive outlook often exclaiming that while the poor weather is slowing him down, what are a few extra days at sea in the whole scheme of things. He has also been fortunate enough to see other rowers at sea, giving him an exceptional psychological boost.

While Dave has gone through tough and testing times, like all of the competitors he has been a guest on one of Earths most incredible aquariums and has been treated to some phenomenal sights. He has even had an amount of success with the fishing line to!

While most ocean rowing races are more than enough for competitors this is just the beginning for Dave, his next venture planned for the end of the year will see him row across the Pacific Ocean.

Congratulations Dave on the success of your first ocean voyage.


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