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 49 (Sun 21 Feb 1330 - Mon 22 Feb 1330)

22 Feb 2010 16:13 GMT

Crews continue forward towards Antigua making 1000nm, as they continue to struggle with a lack of wind limiting progress. After 7 weeks at sea the first crew, Charlie Picher on JJ should make land within 3 days, while to date, the combined mileage of the crews shows that 60% of the total race mileage is complete. Remarkably, all crews are still on the water and continue through the tough conditions at sea with the same goal in mind – to make land at English Harbour, Antigua.


Charlie Pitcher not content with leading the Atlantic Rowing Race 09 is now racing a yacht to Antigua. Yesterday Charlie made contact with Da Capo, a yacht just 1.1nm off his port bow and agreed that the first crew to Antigua has an evening funded by the opposing crew, man power against wind power. With 200nm to go this really will be a sprint to the finishing line.


The crew of Limited Intelligence have endured yet another problem at sea. They have had numerous issues with their tracking beacon and water maker but the latest issue was truly the first of its kind. A marlin had tried to feed on yellow fin tuna beneath the hull of their boat, however, the marlins beak punctured the hull and went through the water maker hose. The crew have since had to leave the beak in place and put sealant around it to stop the cabin from flooding, a truly unique series of events. See their latest blog for full details.


It is clear to see that mileage will suffer as a result of less help pushing the boats along, but the lack of wind has another big effect; without the wind, there is no breeze to cool the rowers down, creating an even hotter and more unbearable climate on board. Crews need to find other ways to cool themselves and reduce the body’s line of sight with the sun, a pretty hard task on a boat with no shade.


Finally, 7 weeks into the race, crews are continuing to spread out across the Atlantic Ocean – but they continue to see each other. With the boats sitting no more than 2 metres above the water line, the horizon is no more than 4nm – so when crews see cargo ships they won’t be able to see the point where the hull cuts through the water – due to the curvature of the Earth, but somewhere higher up the hull. That being said, Limited Intelligence were in sight of Mission Atlantic’s navigation light a couple of evenings ago and the crew of the Reason Why were able to make radio contact with Rob Casserley and Stuart Burbridge on board Ocean Summit. The VHF radios on board use line of sight, so the aerials of each vessel must be able to ‘see’ each other to communicate. As has been said on many occasions, being in such a lonely environment is a real test of mental agility but these fortunate continued sightings will mean the world to the crews a sea, and really give them that psychological boost to help their morale.

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