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 71 (Mon 15 Mar 1330 - Tue 16 Mar 1330)

16 Mar 2010 12:31 GMT

During the night Joe Thompson and Chris Brooks, the crew of HCL Workforce 1 became the seventh crew to reach Antigua. They made land at 00:33 UTC and recorded a race time of 70 days 11 hours and 3 minutes. Furthermore, Sean McGowan on Tess passed through the halfway mark, making this by far the most successful race in the sport of ocean rowing to date.


Richard Hume on Red Arrow continues to suffer, as are many of the competitors at being so close, but unable to row effectively in the current conditions. He recently said that “although we are nearly there, we aren’t there and the slower we go the further it seems.” A very honest and tough statement to make - It really doesn’t matter how far they have come so far, until they reach land, land its itself will feel the world away.


Elsewhere Dave Brooks is looking to make land in 2 weeks, and with that stated that he will have only crossed one thing off his ‘to do’ list. And after yesterday’s news that Dream Maker had run out of toilet paper and are low on food, a member of their land team suggested that running out of food may not necessarily be a bad thing, as they won’t then need toilet paper anyway.


With all of the make shift repairs that are done onboard throughout a race, it is true to say every piece of equipment will have a second use. This time it’s the signalling mirror on No Fear. Usual used to attract attention using the sun – Steve has been using this to assist his ‘necessary beard trimming ritual’.


Most of the fleet now have southerly winds of between 5 and 15 knots for the next 48 hours. Then by Thursday the next hint of easterlies appear and should gradually strength to approximately 20 knots by the weekend.

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