PRESS RELEASE - NO FEAR CROSSES THE FINISH LINE @ 0843 UTC
Stephen Coe and Richard Hoyland on boat No Fear completed the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 on Monday 22nd March 2010. They crossed the finish line at 8:43 UTC giving them a race time of 76 days 5 hours and 13 minutes and with it secured 14th position overall and 10th in the pair's class.
During the first 2 weeks No Fear were right up at the front end of the fleet, but as the poor weather took hold across the Atlantic they gradually fell back into the middle of the chasing pack. They regularly reported the continued affect that the adverse weather was having on morale, but despite this continued on towards their goal.
Throughout the race they were fortunate enough to see fellow rowers and were in phone contact with others to regularly lift themselves and their competitors.
Just before making land in their final oceanic blog the two rowers paid tribute to all the help and support they have received from many people over the last 3 years and during the race itself. However, all the accolades must go the rowers themselves who for 76 days put themselves at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean and ultimately came out winners. Well done Stephen and Richard and congratulations on your successful voyage.