Posted by: Helena Smalman-Smith | February 18, 2012


It’s been confirmed. The Tiger team have crossed the finish line in 75 days 1 hours 29 minutes covering a total distance of 2751nm. They’re now accepting a tow from Aurora (support yacht) and we soon be back on land for the first time in more than 2 1/2 months!


  1. Superb effort! I cannot imagine what it must be like to be at sea rowing for so long, and I’ve no intention of finding out!! Enjoy the burgers and the motionless bed! Huge congratulations for such a mammoth voyage!

  2. Congratulations to you both. I still think you’re bonkers but well done. Hope you manage to walk ok! We’re just at heathrow waiting for our flight to Vancouver.
    Tasha & Andy (who’s wandered off to take pictures of the roof in T5 – engineers!)

  3. Congratulations to you both! What a fantastic adventure and a huge inspiration!

  4. Fantastic – congratulations from all of H’s crew. Have now put in entries for Kingston and Vesta as we weren’t going to do them with any other cox!

    Look forward to seeing you when you’ve finished celebrating and got back.

  5. Wonderful news, and huge congratulations. We’ll raise a glass to their achievement this evening , it’s Liz Wray’s leaving the country party so there will be loads of people who know Richard and Helena there. Best wishes to both of them, jmh

  6. Wow! We are in awe of your achievement. Hope you sleep well back on land. Love from the Honeys in Guildford.

  7. Well done to you both! A great achievement, not only rowing across an ocean, but also staying together in a very small boat 24/7 for 79 days!!! Enjoy your stay in Barbados – you have earned it! We (and St Mungo’s, et al) are all VERY proud of you!

  8. many congratulations to you both. a fantastic achievement. hope you enjoy your well earned r&r in barbados. simon gm

  9. Well done to you both on your wonderful achievement! I’m sorry and proud at the same time for getting you both bitten by the Ocean Rowing Bug back in ’97 when Richard was coaching my son Ben at Hampton school and I did my first Atlantic Rowing crossing. I’d like to think I had some influence on your mind (or lack of it), in deciding to finally take the plunge. I just know you will both take those memories with you wherever you go next!

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