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



19 Mar 2010 11:26 GMT

Dream Maker, the mixed pair crew of Mick Birchall and Lia Ditton crossed the finish line at 12.59 UTC, claiming a race time of 72 days, 23 hours and 29 minutes.

They have also claimed to be the first crew to finish with a state-of-the-art, marine ‘Fusion' stereo with two sets of 12″ waterproof speakers. Having sacrificed the use of this in favour of using the auto-pilot for much of the race they crossed the line listening to Elgar's ‘Nimrod' - from the Planet Series, played by Chris Davis.

Throughout the race both Mick and Lia had to not only cope with all the surprises the ocean could throw at them, but also share them and overcome them with a stranger, as Lia was only brought into the Dream Maker team during last minute changes in La Gomera.

Mick and Lia had documented several arguments and disagreements during their time at sea but in the end pulled through together and completed the race with heads held higher than high. The two of them have overcome adversity and potential disaster and with it created a bond that is shared by so few.

Congratulations to Dream Maker and her crew, Mick Birchall and Lia Ditton.

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