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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Lin - Barbara Ivy Atlantic 2007 said:   April 25, 2009 1:01 am PST
Good luck on Monday. Hope you manage to set off ok and I'm sure you'll be passing the others very soon. Looking forward to watching your progress. Simon, you rock getting this race together. Just wish I could be out there too. All the best, Lin xxx

Scott Palmer said:   April 24, 2009 6:19 pm PST
Doug and crew - All of us on Buckthorn Drive wish you and the crew a safe and successful voyage! We'll keep tabs on your progress (and I'll mow your lawn while you are away!) God Bless.

Tim, Debbie, Jen, Nick, Mike, Maddie Cooper said:   April 24, 2009 9:22 am PST
Hi Helen. Uncle Don and granny are with us today and we all wish you good luck and we will all be watching you row, good luck! Love Uncle Don or grandpa, granny, Tim, Deb, Mike, Nick, Jen and Maddie xx

orlando said:   April 24, 2009 8:04 am PST
good work pirates! Regards and best wishes to chalky and angela! From orlando, just back from afghanistan. xxx

Ray said:   April 23, 2009 3:13 pm PST
Brian .. All the best for a fast and safe journey. I know how much this means to you and I know that you can handle anything that comes along. Be safe .. we need you for part two. - Ray

Kelly Nothstein said:   April 22, 2009 9:26 pm PST
Not saying this means anything, but I just noticed, that with the three boats that had to 'exit' the race for one reason or another, there are only 8 teams now, Aud Eamus is the 8th to start and the boat number is 88. Hmmm. Anyway, best of luck to you all, all 8 teams. All 11 teams really. My heart goes out to those that put their soul into doing this and now will have to wait for another time. Godspeed everyone.

Shell said:   April 22, 2009 4:51 pm PST
Oh Caveman I'm so sorry to hear you are no longer on the team. After knowing you for all these years and adventures I know just how much of an asset you are to any team, I'm sure they will miss you. To the rest of the team I hope all goes well. Cheers Shell

Neill & Hazel said:   April 22, 2009 11:16 am PST
Helen and the crew of Audeamus. Let's hope the weather abates and you will soon be on your way. We have got into the tracking mode and can't wait to see your dot moving. Look after each other, protect each other and work as a team for each other. Out of adversity you will become a strong unit. We will celebrate with you in Mauritius. Our love to you, as always Mum & Dad xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Abbey said:   April 22, 2009 9:59 am PST
Bri Bri!!! I miss you already! Hurry back so I can school you at the rock gym :) Be safe friend and if you get into trouble just scoot away, I heard you were pretty good at scooting ;)

Tim said:   April 22, 2009 4:55 am PST
Having at the last minute been replaced as a crew member for reasons that are not entirely clear, I wish you all the very best in your venture. I have no doubt in each and every individual's ability to achieve your own personal goals. However, I hope that the deficiency in the organisation and obvious lack of leadership jells together because this is what it's going to take to get everyone safely across the ocean. It has been a great pleasure to meet you all and I sincerely wish you the greatest success.

Kelly Nothstein said:   April 21, 2009 11:48 pm PST
I love this quote: "Most people spend their entire lives dreaming of adventure, of leaving the safe and familiar and doing something that probes their limits, their deepest fears, and experiencing the rush of triumph reserved for only those who confront risk. Most people live their entire lives never acting on that dream." -- Sir Chay Blyth Simon, Where is that guy anyway these days???

Kelly Nothstein said:   April 21, 2009 11:44 pm PST
I'm getting 'butterflies' thinking of you 8 getting off to a great start. Please watch over one another, I think you have a great team and have no doubt in my mind you will make it. You will all have such stories to tell everyone for generations! Remember, you are all in this together, so even in closed quarters, love one another, keep a level head, and enjoy the ride! GODSPEED EVERYONE!

Keith and Lynda and all. said:   April 21, 2009 1:53 pm PST
Good luck Helen. We are with you all the way. Enjoy your trip and we hope your bum dont get too sore. Ha Ha x x x x x x x

rené magdalenic said:   April 20, 2009 5:13 am PST
To all of you, especially Bernard, we wish a very very good start on April 22nd. We cross our fingers here in Belgium.

Deb-Landsupport said:   April 19, 2009 4:56 pm PST
Thanks for all the messages. Thanks to the Shepard family for coming out. all of the other boats got off yesterday and I will have pics up soon. The Internet is slow in Geraldton. The Eight will be leaving on the 22nd at 11AM. They wanted to let the other boats get clear of the islands before setting off. The row out with the other boats for their start proved to be good for Adeamus as she rows fast! The auto rudder appears to be working well.

Mark Silver and family said:   April 19, 2009 1:43 pm PST
Hi Paul, will be watching your progress, good luck and lots of love

CJ Jaffe said:   April 19, 2009 9:59 am PST
Good luck to you all. Paullie...we will be tracking you and I will let everyone know how you are doing. be safe! Have fun!!! Smiles to you all -CJ

Shepherd Family said:   April 19, 2009 5:01 am PST
We were down at the foreshore to see you off today Angela - what a great spectacle! Wishing all the very best - will be thinking of you as you make your way into the record books.

Doyle said:   April 18, 2009 8:42 pm PST
I only know Angela but I'm sure the rest of you must be extraordinary athletes and great people if she's willing to get in the boat with you. I'll be following your journey and pulling for you. GoGoGo!

Mike Klunzinger said:   April 18, 2009 6:37 pm PST
It was good to see some of my fellow American countrymen/women setting off on this epoch vaoyage. You have my support! I'll be watching from my Australian home of Geraldton, WA. Good luck.

Larry said:   April 18, 2009 9:19 am PST
Doug and Team, We are thinking of you and know you will have a wonderful adventure. Rigsby Family

Trev said:   April 18, 2009 5:14 am PST
Hi Debbie, just want you to know I think you're doing an (oar)some job as Ground Support, you're a real wiz on the web and thanks for keeping it so up-to-date and for your assistance with the photos. Good luck with all the luggage (lol) and have a safe trip home. Keep in touch, Trev

Trev said:   April 18, 2009 5:07 am PST
Dear Tim, Angela, Helen, Simon, Bernie, Brian, Paul & Doug - I wish you all great success on this exciting and challenging adventure It's going to be a pain in the butt (literally) but will be worth it. I was a real pleasure spending time with you all. Best wishes, Trev (Sue)

Sue said:   April 18, 2009 4:53 am PST
To dearest Tim, I wish you a wonderful safe journey. I have every confidence in your success - you have an amazing mind and strength. I will miss you. All my love, Trev (Sue) xxx

Zeus said:   April 15, 2009 11:13 pm PST
Hey Doug, thinking of you back in Denver - hope you and crew have a blast! This should be like a walk in the park compared to Shackleton's trip, right? Will follow your progress and look forward to another celebration at The Palm! Vaya con Dios, amigo. Jesus

Kassie Fischer said:   April 15, 2009 8:20 pm PST
Hey Doug & Crew!! thinking of you as the start date draws near!! Safe travels, what an awesome adventure! Looking forward to your record breaking voyage.

keith & von said:   April 14, 2009 7:35 pm PST
take care tim have a great trip looking forwood to hearing all about it when you get home

Craig Taylor said:   April 12, 2009 3:23 am PST
Good luck Hel, wishing you all the best of luck on the sea. Love Craig xxxxx

Joe and Karen said:   April 11, 2009 10:22 am PST
Good Luck Doug....we will miss you at branding and trailing but will be thinking about you and following your trip...Love Ya....

Jeremy Strom said:   April 9, 2009 8:25 am PST

Barb Hammerquist said:   April 6, 2009 10:50 am PST
Best of luck; we'll be watching!

Shell said:   April 5, 2009 7:39 pm PST
Go Caveman - you crazy dude, will keep a watch out for where you are, and if I see the dots separate then I know they've made you swim for it. Please please don't make them throw you overboard!!! have a great time XXX

don taylor said:   April 4, 2009 6:30 am PST
Good luck Helen ,safe journey, be careful. will be thinking of you all the way. All my love grandpa xxx

Boy About Town said:   April 1, 2009 5:41 am PST
Here we go again!!! We are so proud of you all! All of our readers will be following you row by row or stroke by stroke...or whatever it is!! Boy About Town

Zoe Allen said:   March 28, 2009 5:35 am PST
Message for Tim aka totu tim of those troubled truck tours of africa. Its 'Bruiser' of the snoozer/bruiser era if you remember that. well just been on the row site cos my brother (Ian Allen)is in the race as well in the mens 4 'the bexhill challenger'. Just to let uou know!! Good luck and may even be in mauritius when you there - would be rude not to go dont you think. xxxx

Deb said:   March 27, 2009 9:36 am PST
Neill and Hazel, Good to hear from you. email me at we need to start a support group for people addicted to dot watching. You will understand what I mean when they leave.....Woodvale updates the tracking 4 times a day. Each boat has a dot, Indian Ocean 8's dot is a blue/green color. During Angela's Atlantic crossing I got addicted to checking the green dot's progress 4 times a day. When they arrived in Antigua, I went through dot withdrawal! Please do email me as I would like to start a family list so we can communicate while they are gone. PS: I will also be updating the website and blog with info and pictures from Australia.

Neill & Hazel said:   March 26, 2009 12:10 pm PST
Good luck and best wishes to you all. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and grab it while you can. We will be tracking you every day, so we can book our tickets to come and meet you in Mauritius. Look after each other (Helen's Mum and Dad)

Sofie said:   March 25, 2009 1:49 pm PST
A first message from Belgium! D-day is very very very near now. I think a lot about you all... as well a little a lot jealous. I suppose everyone is packing bags. Don't take too much, try to be light ;-)! One thing is sure, my buddy Bernard won't be the big weight in the boat. I hope you will all take good care of each other. Good luck! I'll be on line during your indian ocean trip. hug, Sof

STEVE THE ROOFY said:   March 23, 2009 3:05 am PST
good luck guys im sure your gunna need it. tim needs plenty of vb to drink better have spare boat full

Festor said:   March 21, 2009 5:55 am PST
good luck and good luck. I will follow you throughout the course. Franck Rowoflife

Deb said:   March 20, 2009 10:03 am PST
Thanks Sarah! I am sure we would not be here without you! Unfinished Business was so helpful to RowofLife in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2007, it would have been difficult to make it to the start without all your support and valuable advice, oh and Tara's endless supply of underwater patch. Deb, RowofLife and PirateRow

Sarah Kessans said:   March 20, 2009 9:56 am PST
Best of luck to the 8 of you!!! I'll be following you guys and wishing you the best in the coming months... although I'll be jealous :). Definitely miss the ocean, but will just have to live vicariously through you guys. Fair winds and following seas! Sarah, Unfinished Business '07 & American Fire '05

Angela said:   March 19, 2009 9:48 pm PST
Hey thanks everyone for showin us some love. We appreciate all of your continued support and will appreciate all the fun messages we know you will be sending us while we are at sea. Thanks deb for the awesome website! xxoo

Beth Sanden said:   March 18, 2009 7:52 pm PST
You are AWESOME, Angela. You have opened the door to the world so they might see our capabilites as Spinal Cord Injury peole ,and what we can do! I do the land, you do the SEA! GO, GIRL, GO! I'm proud of you!

David Bowling said:   March 12, 2009 9:04 am PST
Angela and Crew Wishing you all great success with your awesome row. With Angela's focus and determination you are in great hands. I look forward to hearing of all your adventures en route. Bon Voyage David (Margaret Bowling's father)

Larry, Virginia &Layne said:   March 2, 2009 7:05 pm PST
Go Doug ~ No Limits!

Kassie Fischer said:   February 19, 2009 7:57 pm PST
Go Doug!! The boys of Pack 742 will be cheering for you and your team!

Shannon said:   February 17, 2009 8:51 pm PST
GO ANGELA !! Looking forward to this.

Ricki Alvarez said:   February 9, 2009 11:24 am PST
Can't wait for April!!

Angela said:   January 25, 2009 9:17 pm PST

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