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 72 (Tue 16 Mar 1330 - Wed 17 Mar 1330)

17 Mar 2010 16:37 GMT

Great excitement mounts with the impending arrival of crews into English Harbour, Antigua. Red Arrow are the next crew due in, lying just 20nm from the finish line at the end of day 72. They should make land at some point this evening or the early hours on Thursday morning UTC.


Close behind them, Dream Maker, the mixed pair of Mick Birchall and Lia Ditton are just 53nm from the finish and will be looking to cross the line at some point tomorrow.


Neil and Dean on the Spirit of MA have put in a fantastic performance over the past week. Problems with their tracking beacon have meant they have been manually confirming their position. While their position was not updated for the end of day 72, they had been in front of their fire fighting friends onboard Pendovey Swift and were lying an incredible 12th. They had also been leading a group of 7 crews with just 26nm separating them all from the finish. It will be quite fascinating to see how the last couple of hundred miles plays out for these crews.


Dave Brooks managed to communicate with a German sailor yesterday, though he doesn’t say it in his blog, one wonders if this is the same German sailor that 2 other crews have seen and had trouble communicating with at sea during the race…


Finally many crews have expressed their excitement at the prospect of receiving some strong easterlies in the coming days. As reported yesterday, the forecast suggests easterly conditions from Wednesday night or Thursday morning, and should last through the weekend and possible into next week. These winds will also get gradually stronger, and in places be up to 25 knots so crews will hopefully be able to surf down some waves and make up some of the lost ground over the last few weeks.

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