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



12 Feb 2010 09:15 GMT
Britannia III made land at Port ST. Charles Barbados today, Thursday 11th February 2010 at 1637 UTC. They were at sea for 38 days 11 hours and 7 minutes, having left the Island of La Gomera on 4th January 2010 at 0530 hours.


Britannia III and her crew were hoping to beat the current record set by La Mondiale of 33 days and 7 hours, but poor weather and bad luck stepped in to hamper the record attempt. She was meant to make land at English Harbour, Antigua but earlier in the attempt the skipper Ian Couch and land crew decided to finish in Barbados, hoping that a more favourable forecast would increase their speed and see them challenge for the record. Sadly she never quite had the conditions, but take nothing away from the crew who for nearly 39 days rowed their hearts out to make history.


The crew also endured a series of electrical problems that affected their water maker – limiting the production of fresh drinking water throughout their crossing, but the crew stay strong and pushed through this problem.


The crossing represents the latest successful ocean rowing voyage – just 250 crews have previously made land spanning the last 130 years. Ian Couch has also become one of just 7 people to have made 3 successful ocean crossings, having rowed the Atlantic in 2007 and the Indian Ocean in 2009. Ian has spent 134 days at sea and clocked up in excess of 8000nm.


For the crew and their families now is a time to embrace the moment and celebrate a safe and successful crossing along with some much needed rest and recovery. Congratulations to Britannia III and all her crew for their successful voyage from all the team at Woodvale Challenge.

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