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

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Day 22 (Mon 25 Jan 1330 - Tue 26 Jan 1330)

28 Jan 2010 19:36 GMT

There is no change at the front after day 22. JJ continues to extend his lead over Karukera and QBE Insurance Challenger. However, Pendovey Swift were one of 5 crews that topped 50nm yesterday, and in doing so jumped 2 places up the leader board to position 16 and extend the gap between themselves and their fire fighting counterparts on the Spirit of MA to 6 places and 80nm.

The weather is starting to close in on the fleet as an area of low pressure moves towards them. Early reports suggest that the adverse conditions may affect crews for a week with Westerly winds measuring up to 30 knots hampering progress. Many crews, especially the solo’s, are likely to use their para anchors to help get through these tough conditions and prevent posting negative distances towards the finish.

Some crews have tried to travel further south to miss the worst of these conditions, most notably the crew of Mission Atlantic who are now south of the fleet by 1 degree (60 nautical miles). While they may still be affected by the weather, they will be hoping to stay clear of the worst of it and continue their travel west, as they are now just 60nm north of the finish line.

Elsewhere, many crews have celebrated Christmas day. With the original start date of 06 December crews would have celebrated Christmas within 3 weeks of the start. As it turns out, many crews left the gifts, cards and presents sent from loved ones on their boat until the conclusion of the third week of the race – some even plugged in the festive lights for the occasion.

Finally, Britannia III are inching there way closer to the finish and are now inside the last 1100nm.

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