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 34 (Sat 06 Feb 1330 - Sun 07 Feb 1330)

08 Feb 2010 07:39 GMT

Another  1100nm completed by the fleet through day 34, a drop which is a reflection of the slight change in wind speed and direction over the weekend.  Just 12nm separated the 2 leading pairs crews at the conclusion of day 34, and both had crossed the halfway point within the last 24 hours.  Two more crews, Vivaldi (Rames Dames) and Patience are within 100nm of the halfway point of the race, and this week may see the first half of the fleet pass the same point.

The weekend weather blip is almost over, with the forecast set for Easterly winds until next weekend, when the weather may turn again – however this is still a week away and naturally it is hoped the forecast may alter as the week progress.

Having endured almost 5 weeks at sea many competitors are experiencing the brains trickery during the overnight watch. When in the depths of tiredness and exhaustion, it is very easy for the mind to imagine things - past crews have mentioned these after finishing races and it is no different for crews in the Atlantic now. Indeed, while I am sure this phenomena is not limited to just Annie on Explore it seems some competitors are confusing their oars for ‘sea monsters’ during the night. Perhaps a bit more water and rest maybe in order.

QBE Insurance Challenger continue to close in on the narrow lead of Karukera and may pass them to lead the pairs class during day 35. Beyond the leading crews, Red Arrow have sustained a daily average of 50nm over the past 5 days and in doing so have climbed several places in the leader board and are now in 14th position, their highest since the opening 2 weeks.

Finally, Britannia III move into the last 10% of their Atlantic crossing, with less than 250nm to go at the end of Sunday 7th February and are still on target for making land either late Wednesday 10th February or in the early hours of Thursday 11th February.

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