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 18 (Thu 21 Jan 1330 - Fri 22 Jan 1330)

22 Jan 2010 16:13 GMT

Today has seen yet another oceanic birthday. This time the celebrations are for Stuart Burbridge enjoying his 34th birthday onboard Ocean Summit. Stuart and Rob will be looking to continue the good progress they have made over the last 24 hours. They are just 20nm behind 6 crews all of whom are within 30nm of each other. No doubt Ocean Summit will be looking to make a summit of there own towards the head of the fleet in the coming days.


As a fleet, the mileage figures at the completion of day 18 are lower than that over the previous record breaking days, but for many crews are still above that required for a new record, including that of Explore hoping to break the all British women’s record over the Atlantic course of 73 days.


It is the solo rowers who seem to be stealing the show at the moment. Charlie Pitcher has now successfully led the fleet for 7 consecutive days and Pete Van Kets, Dave Brooks and Roger Haines continue to leap past the pairs crews. Barring the sporadic position changes of the first few days all three reach fleet highs of 9th, 16th and 21st respectively.


The majority of the fleet have now passed the longitude of 25W marking the western most point of Cape Verde, and will soon adopt a heading of 265-270. With the finish line at 16 58 9N and stretching 1nm South of this, crews will not want to travel to far south and risk crossing that latitude. There will be a careful balance of tactics in deciding how far south to go to make best use of trade winds, against adding to many miles to the race distance.


At the end of day 18 Britannia III found themselves just 124nm from the halfway point of the record attempt. La Mondiale reached the halfway point during their nineteenth day so Britannia III are within a day of the current record. Here’s hoping for a speedy second half.


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