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



23 Mar 2010 16:19 GMT
Annie Januszewski and Melanie King on Explore completed the Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race 2009 at 16:08 UTC on Monday 22nd March with a race time of 77 days, 2 hours and 38 minutes. They end the race in 16th position overall and 12th in the pair's class, crossing the finish line less than 30 minutes before The Reason Why.

Initially the girls were hoping to break the female pairs record of 50 days and the British record of 75 days, but sadly with the continued unfavourable rowing conditions experience at sea they made land midway through day 78, just missing out on the British record.

Annie and Mel had a phenomenal race having been right up the front end in the first couple of weeks, pushing a number of the leading men's crews and looking for a possible podium finish.

During the latter stages of the race they had pushed themselves to the physical limit by rowing up to 18 hours a day to try and get a British record, but in the end it wasn't quite enough. Having completed the race the two are now reunited with loved ones and resting on the beaches of Antigua.

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