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


Week 6 update

15 Feb 2010 19:31 GMT

Crews have now endured 6 weeks at sea and have battled incredibly bravely to be where they are. To date nearly 39,000nm have been rowed towards English Harbour, Antigua, which represents 51% of the total race distance – the fleet are over half way. Furthermore, with the leading crew just over 600nm from the finish and the crews towards the back of the fleet 1900nm from the finish, the fleet are spread across approximately 150,000nm2 – an area twice the size of the United Kingdom.


Before setting off a number of records were up for grabs. The first that crews look at are the class records – the shortest time between the start and finish for a particular boat. For the fours, pairs and solos these records are 36, 40 and 42 days respectively. Sadly, as this is day 43 there will be no class records. Previous races, including that of 2005 and 2007 have seen the fastest fours finish inside 50 days and the fastest pairs making land a few days later. This year however conditions for the fleet have been far from ideal, with crews losing nearly a week on para anchor so far - little wonder that the class records still remain.


There are several other records crews are vying for. Annie and Mel on Explore Adventure Tours are challenging for the GB Women’s pair record, currently 73 days. Based on current speed they are in front the record by 8 days. Elsewhere Norman and James Beech are trying to eclipse the current father/son record of 78 days, and on current progress will beat this record by approximately 5 days.


The crews have struggled over the past few days with little or no wind to aid their travels, having made good 1600nm over the weekend. Depending on the local conditions some crews have used their para anchors to hold their position. However, the forecast now suggests that most crews in the fleet should benefit from North Easterly and Easterly winds of approximately 10-15 knots, so better progress should be expected for the next few days.



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