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Australian Team Freedom crewed by Patrick Weinrauch and Paul McCarthy have claimed second place in the Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Challenge today, 21 November 2001. They landed at Port St. Charles, Barbados at 18.35 GMT. 

They completed the crossing in 45 days, arriving in Barbados only 3 days behind their Kiwi rivals Steve Westlake and Matt Goodman in Telecom Challenge 1. The teams have provided an entertaining contest from the start of the race, vying for the lead in the Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Challenge. 

Freedom and Telecom Challenge 1 were neck and neck for the first two weeks polling positions as close as 3 miles apart. Telecom Challenge 1 overtook Freedom on 25 October and never gave up their lead, winning the race after 42 days on 18 November. 

The two leading teams were so far ahead of the rest of the field that it took the safety yacht 5 days to catch up with them! On discovering that they were in second place behind Telecom Challenge 1, Patrick and Paul produced the best quote of the race so far “HMAS Kiwi Hunter is fully operational and we are coming to get you!” 

After reaching Barbados, Paul McCarthy and Patrick Weinrauch from Team Freedom, commented, “It’s great to be back on dry land and see so many of our friends and family. It was a tough race, but we’ve both had a fantastic experience." 

Mike Kenney, Chief Executive of the race sponsors, Ward Evans Group PLC, welcomed Paul and Patrick back onto dry land. "It was great to see the team who injected so much excitement into the Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Challenge come home safely. Team Freedom gave Telecom Challenge 1 a run for their money and exhibited true sportsmanship – well done guys." 

Sir Chay Blyth, Executive Chairman of Challenge Business, the race organisers, said, “Paul McCarthy and Patrick Weinrauch onboard Team Freedom have fought a very exciting and close battle with Telecom Challenge 1 right from the beginning, holding on to first place for over half of the race. However, with no communications onboard, they had no idea how well they were doing until they were visited by safety vessel #47 two weeks ago. Completing the race in just over 45 days is a fantastic achievement but we must remember that as they finish the race and have a well earned rest, some teams still have 1800 miles still to go." 

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