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Citizen watch sweepstake winner - Marco Cortese

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Thank you to all those who took part in the Team MSS sweepstake, sponsored by Citizen watches.

Marco Cortese of Damovo UK Ltd¬†predicted the closest finishing time for our world record breaking Ocean row.¬†’Flying Ferkins’ crossed the finishing line at 16:40 GMT on Thursday July 30th 2009¬†after 102 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes at sea.

Congratulations to Marco who has won two Citizen dive watches (male and female versions) he has kindly donated the watches back to the charity which sold for over £300.

Thanks again to for everyone who took part and to those involved who made it such a success whilst we were both at sea.

Team MSS out 

Great to be back on UK soil - ‘no really it is actually a good thing’

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Just getting things sorted this end and trying to sort through emails etc.

The thing¬†I keep being asked is ‘How does it feel to have rowed an Ocean??’. All¬†I can say at the moment is that it hasnt really sunk in yet but I am so glad that both Andrew and I have come out of the experience as good friends. That is something that¬†I was always concerned about due to¬†the¬†fact that on so many¬†Ocean rows pairs¬†never speak again.

Loving the great weather and beautiful ‘lush’ English countryside. It is so green here and it is so nice to have email and phone access finally. I will hopefully be a little easier to get in contact with now!!

Anyway, dont feel that you cant keep blogging now its all over, let the addiction continue..

Guy out  

Guy Watts - Arriving in the UK [Monday 10th August]

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I will be arriving at Heathrow on August 10th on flight BA0122 @ 18.40, Terminal 5 for all those who wish to come to the airport.

Guy out.

Team MSS - World records

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

After a successful and safe crossing of the Indian Ocean we felt it was important to explain the records that Team MSS have achieved. There had never been a successful Indian Ocean crossing by a pairs team before Flying Ferkins. We are now recognised as holders of the following world records;

1st Pairs team (assisted or otherwise) across the Indian Ocean
1st Pairs team (unassisted) to have crossed.
The 1st Pairs team (unassisted) to have rowed land to land across the Indian Ocean
Fastest pairs crossing and Fastest Pairs crossing land to land

In addition to these world records we have also achieved a race fleet record 24 hour mileage of 72nm jointly with Pura Vida. Flying Ferkins also managed a 7 day record, rowing 449nm over the 7 days between 19th and 26th July. An average daily mileage of 64nm.

Whilst future attempts to row the Indian Ocean by other pairs may break a number of these records, there is one record that will always be ‘Flying Ferkins’ and that is the land to land record. To listen to an interview with us aired on Mercury FM this morning go to mercuryfm website and click on local news…

Team MSS Andrew and Guy Out

Back on dry land

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hello to everyone who has supported us during our epic adventure. Words can’t describe how important all your encouragement¬†and enthusiasm has been to get us through the last two and a half years - from early fundraising through to race completion.

Mauritius has proved the ideal place for the end of our long journey. We have been joined by close friends and family and I am staying in a hotel with an all you can eat buffet, for those¬†of you that know me, I¬†don’t think I need to say anymore!!!¬†Therefore after 102 days at sea¬†it has been hard to do anything else rowing related.

However we are now¬†back and my head is a little clearer so I wanted to take the time to¬† thank my personal bloggers; Greg ‘Legend’ Charman, Neil ‘U2′¬†Tutton and of course my brother Tom who has held it all together whilst¬†I have been¬†away. Tom’s support has been unconditional and I was able to leave for Australia knowing that things were in safe hands.

We wouldnt be in the position we are today without the help of Jeremy Christey and Timothy Howard. Their role in assisting us to safely cross the Indian Ocean and ultimately achieve 5 world records has been vital. Andrew and I consider them a fundamental part of the team.

We also wish to thank all of our sponsors for their support - we could not have done it without you.

¬†Looking forward to seeing you all back in the UK…¬†I will be arriving at Heathrow on August 10th on flight BA0122¬†@ 18.40 for all those who wish to come to the airport.

Guy out