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 5 (Fri 08 Jan 1330 - Sat 09 Jan 1330)

09 Jan 2010 18:21 GMT

The last 24 hours has seen the best rowing yet for the fleet, and the race is really opening up into a game of dare. As it stands the crews leading the fleet, Karukera and Vivaldi (Rames Dames) have opted to head west before the rest of the fleet, so naturally they are getting closer to the finish. But, it is well documented that the winds towards the Caribbean are stronger the further south you go. With that in mind, expect to see the crews that have made further south to lose more miles to the leaders, but when they do turn and head West South West they may have stronger tail winds pushing them along, allowing them to ‘sling shot’ past the crews to the north.


A lot of the crews are now experiencing the beauty of ocean rowing. On the one hand you put your body through physical barriers you never though possible, with sores and blisters appearing everywhere doing the best they can to hamper your progress and get you down. But on the other hand, you see things many people only manage to talk about. The natural beauty of a night sky free from artificial light with stars glistening all around and the appreciation of a clear sky with a full moon lighting up the ocean around you as you row through the nights. Suddenly it is not the early morning latte before work that you count as a luxury; it’s getting through 2 hours during the night without a wave coming over gunnels soaking you while you row, an experience that most of the competitors have now endured.


As it stands, Karukera still lead the fleet by 8nm and the pairs class by 10nm to QBE Insurance Challenger. Vivaldi (Rames Dames) are second in the fleet and lead the fours class by 18nm. While JJ, 19nm behind the fleet leaders, leads the solo class by 16nm. As a fleet they managed to row a total distance of 1303nm of which over 1000nm were made good. These figures are all the more impressive when you realise there have been no updates since 0700 hrs on Saturday 09 January – update to follow.


Britannia III ended their fifth day with 2388nm to go, having made good 62nm over the previous 24hrs, and they were still heading South West.


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