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As an experienced meteorologist and Atlantic veteran, John Searson told the JEP how impressed he had been.

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Mr Searson, who was 35 when he crossed the Atlantic as a solo rower in 1997 after his partner Carl Clinton was injured and forced to abandon the race a week after starting it, said it had been particularly difficult for Intrepid to encounter bad weather so close to the finish.

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Peter Wright, who crossed the Atlantic as part of the two-man DragonFish team with partner Steve Hayes a year ago, was equally impressed.

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