Indian Ocean 8 Crew Members: Angela Madsen, Bernard Fisset, Brian Flick, Helen Taylor,

Doug Tumminello, Paul Cannon, Simon Chalk & Ian Couch

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Mauritius Pictures said:   April 29, 2011 6:26 am PST
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Joe and Karen said:   June 27, 2009 7:37 pm PST
Doug -- a little late with the congrats (haven't had internet since Tuesday). You and the rest of the crew are in a class by yourself...what an accomplishment....hope you get home in time for the reunion....we are both in Grand Junction babysitting Grady...having a great time. Again...we are PROUD of you and the rest of the crew....Enjoy your moment to the fullest!

Jimmy Rankin said:   June 26, 2009 4:42 am PST
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are there. I wish that I could have been there to see you at the finish. I cant wait to hear the stories wher you get home. I can only imagine the joy when you saw land. To everyone on the AudEamus.......You are an amazing group of people, and again Congratulations on an amazing feat!!

Ghost_of_Themistokles said:   June 25, 2009 6:55 pm PST
Absolutely Brilliant! Congratulations and enjoy Mauritius :-)

Lesley Bowden said:   June 25, 2009 10:24 am PST
to Simon and all on AudEamus Youv've done it!! well done on completion of Indian Ocean row, you are all fantastic - now enjoy the glory - you deserve it, am raising a glass (or two! ) of Champagne to you, and hope I can do so again when you return to England, enjoy the luxuries of Mauritius - you have so earned it.wish I could be there with you, am there in spirit,so many memories of 2003, take care all of you, and hope to see many of you again, lots of love. Lesley xxx

Paul and Steve Fitzgerald said:   June 24, 2009 1:49 pm PST
Way to go Brian, Angela and Doug! We are really proud of you! What a tremendous accomplishment. In less than 24 hours you'll all be drunk! Burgers are on us when we see you next! You are all legends.

Sally said:   June 24, 2009 12:11 pm PST
Doug and all crew members, You are truly remarkable. I know two children who are so excited to see their father. Congrats to all for continued success and you will be in our prayers for a safe return.

Joe and Karen said:   June 24, 2009 8:02 am PST
Doug---was just looking back over the messages and see that just 16 days ago you had 1000 miles left....the 75 miles left is a walk in the park.....keep up the good work

Joe and Karen said:   June 24, 2009 7:33 am PST
Doug - Did you hear the cheer from Wyoming this morning when we checked your progress and saw you were under 100 miles....we are so you are rowing as hard as you can so you can finally see land...we are SO PROUD....

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Joe and Karen said:   June 22, 2009 8:53 am PST
Doug--If you guys are excited about seeing land as we are for should be there tomorrow...but you should be there day after tomorrow exciting...keep up the good work

Sandra Tumminello said:   June 21, 2009 5:37 pm PST
Wow Doug, It's Fathers' Day and we are hopeful that next Fathers' Day Alexandra and Bowden will be with you! We hope to be with youbefore too long too! At least this row is almost over and we pray the final miles will be safe and in His presence. I wish we could be there to greet you. We leave Sat. for West Point to get AJ checked in. R Day is Mon, June 28, his 18th birthday, so we will head back home Tues. As always, our prayers are with you and your teammates. I pray Godwill direct the steps of every one of you when you return to "normal" circumstances. Mom

Neill & Hazel said:   June 21, 2009 12:46 am PST
Helen and all on Audeamus - Flying out to Mauritius tomorrow. All family and friends are behind you, supporting you all the way and are very, very proud of what you are achieving. We know that this is something you really wanted to do and to see things that very few people have seen before. We have been behind you 100%. We both now have become very addicted to watching the dots and as from Tuesday we will be watching the horizon. So come on Audeamus, pull hard, keep making the puddles and lets give it all for the next few days. See you very soon Much Love Mum & Dad xxxxxxxxxxx

Joe and Karen said:   June 19, 2009 8:53 am PST
Doug---How exciting to think you only have to many DAYS left..not weeks. What an accomplishment that you will share with only an elite group of people. Keep up the good work....can hardly wait to see your "dot" in the lead!!

Joe and Karen said:   June 18, 2009 1:10 pm PST
Doug---keep reading about all the people that are headed to Mauritius to watch you guys cross the finish line. Would love to be there...just know that we will be with them in spirit cheering for you...we are so proud of you and happy to be related to someone like you.....keep up the good work

Neill & Hazel said:   June 18, 2009 12:48 pm PST
Hi Helen and the rest of the guys on Audeamus. The next message we post on this site will we hope be from the hotel on Mauritius.So guys keep going, the finish line is almost in site, keep focused ,keep strong and support each other and success with be yours. All our love mum & Dad ( ps the first drink is on you- oh i forgot you yet again didn't bring your purse)XXXXX

Joe and Karen said:   June 16, 2009 10:07 am PST
Doug - Finally...less than 100 miles behind the leader. You only have to row the same distance I have to drive to see Grady....that's not all that far....we are cheering for you and sending our prayers you will be finished soon and safely. Row hard!!

Ghost_of_Themistokles said:   June 15, 2009 2:42 pm PST
Oh dear, it's eighth week here--spirits are high!!!

Ghost_of_Themistokles said:   June 15, 2009 2:34 pm PST
I can't believe you've covered over two and a half *thousand* miles. That's just absolutely incredible! Great stuff, keep it up. Charlotte Seymour says **fucking dominate this**

Neill & Hazel said:   June 13, 2009 8:29 am PST
Hello to all on Audeamus, hope all the problems have been sorted and you can now concentrate on rowing rather than repairs. Helen we have heard you on BBC Radio Suffolk - you came over very well - lots of people were delighted to hear your voice. Flights are booked, hotel booked started to pack so you can arrive anytime after 23rd. Love you lots Mum & Dad xxxxxxxx- Heather (Ian's wife) can you contact us to make arrangements

Heather Couch said:   June 12, 2009 1:39 pm PST
keep going Audeamus! Ian - you are nearly there - the last few hundred miles will fly by! We are all excited about welcoming you home - can't wait! love Heather and the boys.

Joe and Karen said:   June 11, 2009 12:14 pm PST
Doug -Hear you are having some problems...we are praying things make a turn for the confident all eight of you have the resources and determination to get thru this and complete your journey. Be safe....

Jeremy Strom said:   June 10, 2009 9:50 am PST
Hey Doug and team, running daily in honor of your strength, courage and commitment. love, strength and warmth. love and prayers, Jeremy, Lisa, Benjamin and Rio

Jimmy Rankin said:   June 9, 2009 4:30 am PST guys are so close. It is about time for the final sprint. I cant wait to see you pass Bexhill. My pants are at half mass in anticipation for the last full moon of the race. Keep up the great work.

Ian Couch said:   June 8, 2009 5:26 pm PST
Heather, Your song was inspirational. You are amazing and I am so proud of you! Love, Ian

Joe and Karen said:   June 8, 2009 11:24 am PST
Under 1000 miles to go...what a milestone....everyone here is so proud of you....keep up the good work.

DON TAYLOR said:   June 8, 2009 10:57 am PST
Hello Helen glad to hear everything is going ok you are doing well, not many more miles to go now, try not to arrive before your Mum & dad get there! Cousin Mary left for Nepal today for 6 weeks work in a hospital before her final year. Push hard to catch Bexhill but whatever, you are all fantastic so don't take chances and come home safely all my love Grandpa XXXXXXX

bribosia said:   June 8, 2009 6:07 am PST
Bon courage à Bernard Fisset qui est en plus le seul "non native speaker". Il porte haut les couleurs de son pays. Un compatriote admiratif. d

Joe and Karen said:   June 5, 2009 12:44 pm PST
Doug - The weekend is you have a calendar marking off the days so that you actually know it is a weekend. Will be checking your progress first thing Monday morning and am sure you will have closed the gap between you and the leader. Row hard and fast.

sandra Tumminello said:   June 4, 2009 5:57 pm PST
Hello Doug, Dana was happy to get your call. I get happy when I see your progress on the chart. We are so thankful you're speeding right along. We get our plumbing in the new bathroom tomorrow, Yea! Love and prayers for all of you, Mom (Sandra)

Neill & Hazel said:   June 4, 2009 1:25 pm PST
Helen and crew of Audeamus - by now you will have reached the magical 2000nm. Well done. Stay safe and keep rowing hard. Just spoken to Craig and he sends you his love and is very impressed by your progress. Love you very much. Mum & Dad xxxxxxxx

Marty and Elaine Cardwell said:   June 4, 2009 2:41 am PST
Doug and crew: We have been staying current talking with your Mom and Dad. Finally sorted out how to get a message to you directly. We're still not sure this is a good idea for a vacation ... hopefully the pictures you bring back will convince us otherwise. Fair winds, seas and currents are our wish for you all ... you're due a "downhill run"!

Phil & Bobbie Smith said:   June 3, 2009 5:18 pm PST
Hi Doug-- We're friends of your parents at church. Were praying for your safety & success-- and that the Lord will use your amazing drive to His glory!

Joe and Karen said:   June 3, 2009 12:15 pm PST
Doug - hear you are good at bucketing...great we need our cistern cleaned out and we have to bucket it out when it gets towards the bottom. Guess we will wait until you get home and can come help us! Keep up the good work....we think about you alot!

Trevor said:   June 2, 2009 11:17 pm PST
Helen - attagirl. What has been called "one of the most beautiful small rivers in england" will feel very narrow when you come back!! SRC continues, Sam and I in the 2x and no other regular mens crews. Andy is coxing, in your absence, a motley collection of less experienced types but enjoying the innuendo hugely. From the map it looks like you are "almost" home! Godspeed and keep knocking them out, as Pete would say: lay down some puddles!!! T xx

Joe and Karen said:   June 2, 2009 1:29 pm PST
It is raining here....we are glad to get it....grass is green...maybe it will grow enough Joe can cut hay. Chris has moved up to Wright for the summer...he was at a fire camp this weekend. He is the only person I know who hopes for fires! Keep up the good work...looking forward to seeing your dot in the get closer with every stroke.

Sandra Tumminello said:   June 2, 2009 10:03 am PST
Audeamus folks, Ever so often I stop and really ponder on how long you 8 have been stuck on that tiny boat and just shake my head! It's real reason to row like crazy to get to land! You're getting there so keep up the good work. Love you, Doug, Mom

Neill & Hazel said:   May 31, 2009 12:59 am PST
Hi Helen, Went to Summer eights yesterday very hot and tiring day but good rowing, even though it was cup final day (unfortunately the blues of Chelsea beat the blues of Everton 2 - 1 ) Teddy Hall still reign supreme at Oxford and your old womens crew retained the "headship for the fourth year running" . the girls all send their love and best wishes and look forward to seeing you when you get back. Other results mens 1st + 2 -2nds -BLADES - 3rds +1 Womens 2nsd - 1 We went direct from Oxford to Walsham for a birthday party most of the people there were more interested in you and you crew so we will send a happy 60th birthday to Heather via the site!!!! All send their best with the same message row hard and get back quickly and safely All our love as always, take care, Mum & Dad XXXXXXXXX

Lesley Bowden said:   May 30, 2009 2:09 am PST
Hi everyone bit concerned that your speed has dropped off - is it due to bad weather again and all on board are ok its football Cup Final day - Everton v Chelsea - hope the blue side of Liverpool win!! Simon - Major Phil Packer has raised £1 million for'Help for Hero's' (that cold overnight in Feb was worth it) well done to him love to you all and hope you pick up speed again very soon Lesley xxx

Jimmy Rankin said:   May 29, 2009 7:35 pm PST
How many rowboat motors does it take to get across the Indian Oceanâ?¦â?¦.I havenâ??t a clue, but if I ever want to give it a try I want all of you with me. You all are an amazing!!!! I wish I could be there to meet you at the finish. There is only one problemâ?¦.YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY!! You need to hang a left, and head in a westerly direction. Are you having troubles with your compass? According to the owners manual of my Ford truck you need to make 3-5 tight circles at less than 3 mph (2.61 knots will require to slow down for a moment) to recalibrate a compass. I do not know if this information will be of any help, but I thought that I would offer it up. Anywayâ?¦..keep up the excellent job and ROW HARD. You guys are doing great.

Gloria and Corky Brooks said:   May 29, 2009 1:22 pm PST
Doug, we are keeping an eye on your progress daily and a prayer said for your safety. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you return to Virginia for a visit. Love always, Gloria and Corky

Joe and Karen said:   May 29, 2009 6:28 am PST
Glad you got the wrong number the other night and we got to talk to you. The cows are headed to Tonys this weekend...then we can relax a little. Keep up the good are on the down hill side.

Paul & Delilah Folse said:   May 29, 2009 4:00 am PST
Doug, we are following your progress daily. We are very proud of you. Row hard.

Sandra Tumminello said:   May 28, 2009 12:22 pm PST
Looking at your dot, it appears you are headed for the South Pole but the distance between you and Bexhill keeps decreasing so just possibly you know what you're doing and don't need mom's advice. If you do, just call. Doug, we missed your calls but got the messages. I hoped all of us at "the cabin" could talk with you but the mountain is a "no cell phone coverage area". Keep up the hard rowing. It's paying off. Mom (Sandra Tumminello)

Don Taylor said:   May 27, 2009 12:21 pm PST
Hello Helen, I am at your Mum & Dads for tea tonight catching up on all your news. Glad to see you are now in second place. Your Dad said you will be in the lead in another 7 days ( if you use my boats engine) he has got it all worked when you will arrive at the finish line, right down to the day and time !! i wonder if he will be right ??? Anyway keep up the good work row hard and you will soon eat up those miles. see you soon all my love Grandpa XXXXX

Sandra Tumminello said:   May 27, 2009 10:06 am PST
Doug and rowing buddies on Audeamus: Over half way and in second place! You're making great time now so hopefully (prayerfully) you will be able to maintain the great speed you're so skillfully accomplishing. I'm sure all of you are missed as much as we miss Doug. We're ready for you to be on land, safe, warm, well fed, and grateful for an awesome God who created and sustains this fantastic creation! Hugs Doug, Mom

Sandra Tumminello said:   May 27, 2009 10:06 am PST
Doug and rowing buddies on Audeamus: Over half way and in second place! You're making great time now so hopefully (prayerfully) you will be able to maintain the great speed you're so skillfully accomplishing. I'm sure all of you are missed as much as we miss Doug. We're ready for you to be on land, safe, warm, well fed, and grateful for an awesome God who created and sustains this fantastic creation! Hugs Doug, Mom

Hazel said:   May 26, 2009 9:19 am PST
Hi Helen,Angela,Brian,Ian,Simon,Bernie,Paul and Doug - It was a lovely surprise this morning having a telephone call from the middle of the Indian Ocean wishing me a happy birthday and the tuneful rendition from the entire crew was very uplifting and very special. Thank you all very much. The next call you get could be Simon Cowell inviting you all onto the X Factor !!!!!!! As promised, first drink when you arrive is on me.Great to see you in 2nd place, now for Bexhill., Love to all, Hazel (Helen,s mum)

Joe and Karen said:   May 26, 2009 7:22 am PST
Doug-Audeamus- you guys really got in gear. What a surprise this morning when I saw you were in 2nd place. The entire office was excited. The cows are now peacefully grazing at Keeline. One girl got bucked off her horse, another had a couple close calls, and Chris managed to make it 3 for 3 on his colt. Not as exciting as the year your horse tried to kill himself tho. Keep up the good work..we are proud of you and excited to hear all about it.

Ghost_of_Themistokles said:   May 25, 2009 2:15 pm PST
The tracker says you've just about crossed the ocean ridge now. Great stuff! Keep it up, this is remarkable progress :-)

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