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 16 (Tue 19 Jan 1330 - Wed 20 Jan 1330)

21 Jan 2010 10:25 GMT

After 16 days at sea the fleet are spread across 500nm of Atlantic Ocean. Charlie Pitcher continues to lead the fleet, having extended his lead over the fleet to nearly 50nm (180nm to his nearest solo class competitor), while the crew of Karukera lead the pairs class and Vivaldi lead Mission Atlantic by 100nm in the fours.


The fleet have enjoyed good rowing conditions over the last couple of days with Easterly and North Easterly winds of up to 20 knots pushing them along. However, overnight these winds dropped to 10-15 knots, but importantly are still North Easterly. By the weekend the winds should then pick up to 20 knots.


The additional skills required to row an ocean continue to be tested as several crews make vital adjustments to continue good course and speed. Being in such a damp environment can cause havoc for all the electronics on board that are vital for communication. This often means that crews may end up rewiring equipment due to a minor failure. An example of this may been seen when a crew member leaves a hatch open allowing a wave to breach the cabin – this may well apply to a number of crews in the fleet.


Elsewhere there are several crews reporting the phenomena of ‘falling asleep at the oars’ during a night watch. Somehow, when in the depths of fatigue and tiredness the body keeps going on autopilot while the mind is asleep. At least they’re still rowing and making ground on the finish while in the land of nod.


Finally, Britannia III continue to eat up the miles to Barbados. At the end of day 16 they had 1550nm to Bridgetown, Barbados.



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