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

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Day 69 (Sat 13 Mar 1330 - Sun 14 Mar 1330)

14 Mar 2010 19:41 GMT
Day 69 saw a repeat of yesterday's averages, with crews completing nearly 900nm between them, 35nm each. With several crews due to make land this week there is more anticipation and excitement gathering in English Harbour, Antigua. HCL workforce 1 look to be the next crew in, but there is a hot contest just behind them with just 3nm between the crews of Red Arrow and Dream Maker.

Slightly further back are the 4 crews of Explore, Pendovey Swift, Ocean Summit and Nyamezela. They have just 10nm between them and at this stage of a race, nearly 10 weeks after starting it is incredible to think that several crews could all cross the finish line within hours of each other - although many will just want the race to be over at the first opportunity and may not be too concerned about their final race position.

Several crews are still commenting on how hot their environment remains to be with Peter Van Kets saying he had to stop his session a few minutes early to "avoid be cooked alive." Elsewhere James Ketchell said he has to move quickly around deck to avoid burning his feet.

Roger Haines spent part of his day engineering a rig for his camera to film the view from a rowers perspective. This seems to entail strapping a video camera to his head which by his own confession didn't work so well, but can be seen on his most recent blog.

The forecast for the next few days suggests that as crews get closer to Antigua, they will have to cope with winds from of southerly direction. This will inevitably make navigation harder as crews battle to stay on the correct course to make land, and as the crew of HCL Workforce 1 point out, "as the finish line looms closer, navigation gets a bit tighter." That is to say that when in the middle of the ocean crews can be relatively flexible with their latitude, but now they are at the business end of the race they must be far more accurate and disciplined with their heading.

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