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 44 (Tue 16 Feb 1330 - Wed 17 Feb 1330)

17 Feb 2010 16:53 GMT

Day 44 saw another 1200nm made good, 40nm per crew, including a further 79nm for Charlie Pitcher – this sees him move firmly into the last 500nm of the race and means he is almost certain to become the first solo entrant to win an Atlantic Rowing Race. He has suggested he could complete he race within 50 days should the forecast continue as it has done for the last few days, and looking at his mileage, this is a distinct possibility.


In contrast Dave Brooks has declared that he is enjoying the experience and in referring to the weather said that, “If it means staying out here for a day or ten longer then so be it, in fact the more the merrier.” Being in such a positive frame of mind is an excellent attribute to have this far into the race. Elsewhere Roger Haines cannot decide if he is annoyed or jealous at the etiquette of some Dorado’s behaving inappropriately with the hull of his boat – see his latest blog entry for more information.


Double celebrations on the fleet today, with the birthdays of both Chris Brooks on HCL Workforce 1 and James Beech on Beech Boys Atlantic. Chris, who turns 24 today and Joe are enjoying a recent surge of speed, having closed in on a couple of the pairs in front of them and will be looking to get back onto the pairs podium. James Beech turns 19, this is key because not only will he, together with his father become the fastest father/son pair should they cross the finish line before 1430 on 22 March 2010 but James will also become the youngest male to row across the Atlantic Ocean.


Peter Van Kets and Spirit of Montanero enjoyed a brief rendezvous at sea several day ago for which both crews were grateful. Certainly for Pete, the psychological boost he got not just from seeing people but also talking to people would have been significant.


The forecast remains good for the fleet, with just the 2 solos of Sean McGowan and James Ketchell at the back of the fleet suffering for the next 24 hours – by which point both will have Easterly winds and be well on their way.

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