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 59 (Wed 03 Mar 1330 - Thu 04 Mar 1330)

04 Mar 2010 20:23 GMT

Crews continue to make good progress, moving over 1300nm towards Antigua, the best distance for over a month and an average of more than 46nm per crew. QBE Insurance Challenger managed 53nm, bringing them within 46nm of the finish, and are anticipated to make land on the morning of Friday 5th March, following 60 days at sea.

Leo Rosette is the latest oarsman to pass the halfway point, having done so in the last 24 hours. That leaves just James Ketchell and Sean McGowan who are closing in nicely on the same point, being 200nm and 230nm away respectively. They should hopefully pass halfway in the next 7 days, should the weather permit.

Sometimes crews put the race aspect of the event to one side. A great example being Heritage Explorer who, several days ago stopped rowing for a couple of hours to allow the Spirit of MA to catch up – thus allowing both crews the opportunity to see each other again after 60 days of hard rowing.

Today also saw another oceananic birthday – many happy returns to Paul Milnthorpe celebrating his 29th birthday on Reason Why. Paul and Jim managed to move 56nm closer to Antigua, more than most of the crews around them. They are now just 35nm behind Vision of Cornwall who lie in tenth position and as they close in on the final 500nm may look to overtake both Ocean Summit and Vision of Cornwall and hold 10th position themselves.

Finally there was a disaster at sea onboard HCL Workforce 1. A quote taken for their blog reads, “forget the impending weather, forget the half rations, even forget the sore bums. We have run out of Hawiian Tropic factor 5 carrot oil and are forced to use factor 15... it may as well be sun block.” Such a sad day for them both, no one wants to see a good opportunity of a full body tan go to waste.

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