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


Sean McGowan Crosses the finish line @ 14.44 UTC 2nd May 2010

04 May 2010 09:10 BST

Sean McGowan, onboard Tess arrived in English Harbour, Antigua at 10.44 Local Time, 14.44 UTC on the 2nd May 2010. The overall crossing time of 118D 1H 14M.

After suffering capsize, being knocked off the boat, extensive flooding, water maker issues, power constraints and smashed rowlock – Sean battled on to become the first Irish Solo rower to cross any ocean.

He rowed without assistance from land in La Gomera, Canaries to English Harbour, Antigua. In the World of Ocean Rowing, rarely has there been such shear determination, tenacity and resolve to continue and succeed against all the odds.

The people and visitors of English Harbour (and Shaun’s family members) gave a truly memorable welcome to this historic first.

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