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London, September 4th 2006.

Message from two time oceanrower Michael Perrens.
Micheal Perrens, a corporal in the Parachute Regiment called ORS International HQ today to congratulate Team Hesco on completing of their epic Atlantic crossing and to offer his sympathy and understanding of their feelings for not making landfall.

He said:
"I've been there, I was an entrant along with fellow paratrooper Chris Morgan in the ORS 2004 Regatta, we crossed the finish line off the North Point Barbados but like the Hesco team we wanted to make landfall into The Port St Charles.
We were 1.5 miles straight out from the port and could see it so clearly - we just COULD NOT make any headway in!
To watch landfall slip away after so many days and so much pain was heart breaking...
To go to sea in an ocean rowing boat you do not conquer or defeat any ocean, she sometimes lets you pass"

Michael Perrens rowed the Atlantic East to West twice in 2004.
Won the Pairs Division in ORS Regatta 2004 (in team with Chris Morgan)
European record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic East to West for Pairs (in team with Frank Gargan)

September 3rd 2006   

Liz Bell (wife of Adrian Bell Team Hesco shore team) informed:
They took a tow 1.4 miles off shore of Mevagissey, they let go of the tow just outside the harbour and then rowed into the harbour to be greeted by family and friends.

September 3rd 2006    09:45BST

Falmouth Coast Guard

Statement by James Instance, Falmouth Coast Guard Watch Manager

'We have been in regular VHF communication with the crew of Team Hesco on board Mount Spirit via VHF radio. Also we have been in frequent communication with their radio shore support team. They are now expected to land in Mevagissey, Cornwall later this morning. Besides loosing their sat. comms 2 months ago, last night they lost their navigation lights and they are extremely tired. We here at Falmouth Coastguard are extremely impressed by those who put themselves through these incredible feats of endurance. We are pleased that a team from the British Army have taken the right sought of safety equipment with them and they have come home unscathed. I take this chance to congratulate the crew on being the first British crew to row from USA to UK'.

  September 2nd 2006 10:30GMT

Adrian Bell shore manager for Team Hesco reports that this morning he went to Falmouth Coast Guard where they kindly arranged for Adrian to speak on VHF to Team Hesco. This was the first voice communication he had with them in 2 months.
The crew reported they were doing 4.3 knots and were 15 Miles off the Lizard and off the coast at that time. Their intention was to keep rowing until they reach the mouth of the estuary. Then on to Landfall at Port Pendennis Falmouth. The crew estimated their arrival at Port Pendennis at sometime September 3rd. 'The end is near' said a relieved tired but happy Adrian Bell.

At 6:54GMT the distance to Falmouth was 6 miles (9 km) (5 n/miles)