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 73

18 Mar 2010 15:33 GMT
There is now a couple of days before the next crews are due in, with Limited Intelligence, the now out of class 3 due in over the weekend along with Mission Atlantic, the all female four.

James Ketchell made a harrowing discovery yesterday. Having finished his morning stint on the oars, he went to switch his water maker on only to find it didn't work. He was able to fix the problem - all be it in a frustrating 4 hour effort. Suddenly though there was a very real possibility that assistance at sea may have been required, for if he had not been able to fix the water maker he would certainly have required assistance from one of the support yachts.

On a slightly lighter note, Sean McGowan celebrated St. Patricks day at sea yesterday while Roger Haines saw perhaps the most incredible sights yet with not 1, not 2 but 9 whales all 20-30 feet in length and has no doubt got some excellent footage for David Attenborough.

Elsewhere, time has almost run out for the crews of Explore and The Beech Boys in the quest for fastest British female pair and fastest father and son respectively. The girls on Explore have been putting in extra hours on the oars, and pushing through the pain barrier to try and makeup lost ground, with Annie saying in a recent blog the last thing they want to say when they make land is ‘if only'. While The Beech Boys continued in high spirits with a game of spot the difference.

As was predicted several days ago, crews now have easterly conditions, due to strengthen over the weekend. With this, the next week should be extremely busy on the shores of Antigua with up to 10 crews making land.

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