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 53 (Thu 25 Feb 1330 - Fri 26 Feb 1330)

26 Feb 2010 16:36 GMT

Crews have had mixed fortunes over the last 24 hours, with crews at the front of the fleet currently enduring the brunt of the bad weather, while crews at the back have continued to progress forward. This has meant that for the first time in the race, the second half of the fleet have completed the same number of miles as the first half, so crews maintained their relative distances apart.


The fleet were able to move just 140nm towards Antigua, just 5nm per crew and all crews are now affected by the adverse conditions.


The biggest news at the conclusion of day 53 was that Charlie Pitcher crossed the finish line to win the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009. For more information see the press release – Charlie Pitcher wins Atlantic Rowing Race 2009.


The second significant event for Friday 26th February was the celebration of Neil Gyllenship’s birthday onboard Spirit of MA. Neil and Dean have so far rowed a pretty steady race maintaining both their mileage and their position. For over four weeks they have occupied 16th position in the pair’s class, and in the last 2 weeks moved up a place to 20th in the fleet, having overtaken Dave Brooks in his boat Team Panasonic.


The crew of Explore have struggled over the last couple of weeks, having lost several places in the table. As such they will be looking to make up for lost time as soon as the weather clears to move back up the table and back on track for a women’s GB record.

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