After 82 days, 8 hours and 40 minutes Tom crossed the finish line, on the 12th April 2012.
He´s the youngest man in the world to do such achievement.
Tom in Port St Charles, Barbados
Roz Tippetts Thursday, 12 April 2012
Chris and Lizzie are planning to set off at 6 a.m. and travel by boat to the North of Barbados to see Tommy cross the official finishing line. They will probably then accompany Tommy as he rows the last leg down to the Port.
I will be waiting at the Port from this time also. Timing is still difficult to establish but I hope to be able to give some warning for those watching the webcam and will do so via this comment section. At the moment ETA is about lunchtime Barbados time.
From my daughter Roz (Lindy)
As some of you know we were amazingly offered a free flight to find Tommy 66 miles out at sea.
Barry Dueck flew us in his Piper Mirage Malibu using his Garmin to navigate to Toms latest coordinates. We flew 150 feet above him once we had found him aided by a flair Tom set off to help us. From what we saw Tom looked v relaxed standing on his boat and waving!
As you may know I am not one for little planes but if it has leather seats, aircon and BOSE headphones it definately helps! The pilot also mentioned he had flown aerial acrobatics so he sounded pretty good. Unfortunately the sat phone would not connect to the boat so we could not talk and we have only one grainy picture as proof. A huge gesture by our new best friend Barry anyhow even though he threw in a few comments as we left like ‘I think we should have enough fuel’ and ‘this plane doesn’t like flying low’ and when we did a warning voice came over the mike! So he dipped the wings 2/3 times to say farewell to Tom and we returned to the safety of the airport where he immediately filled up with fuel. Barry can fly his plane at 25,000 feet as it is pressurised and travels around the islands in it as a hobby.
So now we have instructed the local press who want to cover the story and race up and down to the Sugar Cane Club to get reception on the computer. We can pick up everything on our phones but that is obviously creating a charge.
As with this email it would be great if you could pass everything on or even put it on Facebook please as we get a lot of requests for info. We will attempt to contact as many as possible when we know the exact time of Port entry on Thursday so you can log in to the webcam. You can google Port St Charles
and the camers updates every few seconds.
Hope everyone is well. Lots of love from us all
Chris Roz Lizzie Tom
Tom, my grandson, started his Solo Atlantic row on 21st of Januari 2012.
Follow him at http://www.soloatlanticrow2011.co.uk/
In the book we have a tree of Shakir Pahlawan Family.
Married 1914 to Julie Suleiman, 1892*1969. Without proof it is said that Shakir also was married to Regina Cohen.
Is it true or not?
Visited my dear cousins in Antibes, France.
Gilbert, Elisabeth, Émira and Mike
So the Paris marathon took place on this Sunday just gone and it is a great feeling to have finished
and now have a week or so to relax and not have to train!