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



26 Feb 2010 10:03 GMT

Having rowed a colossal 2548nm across the Atlantic Ocean, Charlie Pitcher made history this morning by becoming the first solo competitor to win a multi class ocean rowing race. Charlie, in his boat ‘JJ’ crossed the finish line at 2017hrs GMT, in a race-winning time of 52 days 06 hours and 47 minutes. In doing so he has also set a new British record, having eclipsed Sam Knight's record by almost a week.


Back on the 4th January 2010, following a 29 day weather delay, the Atlantic Rowing Race finally got underway. Charlie initially led after the first day, but was soon overtaken when bad weather put pay to the fleet’s progress with many crews, including Charlie, using their para-anchors to avoid losing ground to the finish. However a week later Charlie was back at the front and continued to lead the fleet all the way to the finish line.


In the first few weeks of the race Charlie was showing pace that could have seen him surpass the current solo record of 42 days, but further adverse weather saw him lose too much time in the middle of the race.


After crossing the finish line Charlie had both his young sons join him on the boat to enjoy his final moments at sea having now joined the handful of people that have successfully rowed across an ocean.


Congratulations Charlie on a phenomenal win and a successful crossing from all at Woodvale Challenge Ltd.

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