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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Indian Ocean 8 Crew

Age 48
Long Beach, CA 
Angela Madsen is a 48 year old Grandmother of three from Long Beach, CA who loves to surf.  She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a life member of both the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  Angela also enjoys working with newly injured vets to get them involved with adaptive sports.  In February of 2003, the Amateur Athletic Foundation named Angela as a recipient of the Women Who Inspire Us Award; in September of 2003, she received the Leo Reilly, Jr. Award for outstanding spirit and determination. 

On February 7, 2008, she became the first Differently-Abled woman to ROW across the Atlantic Ocean.  Her rowing partner, Franck Festor, an amputee from France, did not speak English and Angela does not speak French.  They rowed nearly 3000 miles in 67 days, coming in 8
th place in the pair’s class. They flew the flag of the United Nations on their boat and rowed to raise awareness about Human Rights. There were 22 boats in the race and they were the only physically challenged athletes.


Angela is also on the US Rowing Team and competed in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.  She is a 4 time World Championship Gold Medalist and a Level 3 Rowing Coach.  She is the Founder and Director of the California Adaptive Rowing Program, a non-profit program which teaches differently-abled people to row. 


Angela will be rowing the Indian Ocean in April of 2009.  She is the only one of the Indian Ocean 8 with Ocean Rowing Experience and will be the Skipper.  Angela is the only differently-abled crew member.


Donate to the California Adaptive Rowing Program as we need new boats, fixed seats, oars and pontoons or more grey tape.  Paypal available through the
CARP website  and below at the Donate button or mail a check to CARP at:
50 E. 7th St #231,
Long Beach, CA 90804
If you wish to donate to the Angela's Indian Ocean Rowing Project expenses, indicate "Ocean Rowing" on your donation to CARP


Age 22
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  UK
  • Age 22
  • From Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
  • Chemistry graduate from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
  • Learnt to row at uni - went on to row for Oxford at Women's Henley and other regattas
  • Captain of St Edmund Hall Boat Club, ranked #1 in Oxford and 'Head of the River'
  • Now on a gap year and back at home rowing for Sudbury Rowing Club
  • Other main sporting interests include cycling and football (soccer). I play pretty much everything though!
  • Planning to go back to uni in Sept to study Sports Biomechanics and Coaching
  • Raising money for Scope in Bury St Edmunds - a respite centre for children with cerebral palsy

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Age 23
Portland, OR

Brian is an entrepreneur who started his own Chocolate business as a teen.  Brian rowed in college. He graduated from Portland State in 2007.  Brian is an adventurer and a mountain climber.

Ian Couch
Age 39

Owner-Adventure Hub Ltd.

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Location:    Suffolk

Employer:    Adventure Hub Ltd. 


Ian from Norfolk, England has served for 17 years as a British Army Officer and has now gone on to establish his own company, Adventure Hub Ltd, providing ultra endurance events, training and support to expeditions and individuals wanting to push their limits.

In his 17 years of Army Service Ian has travelled widely and has considerable experience in organizing, delivery of training and operations and events that test the boundaries of physical and mental endurance. Now 39, a husband and father of two small boys Ian comes to the ENDURE expedition from a wide range of activities including ultra running, ocean rowing, scuba diving, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and the martial arts.




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Age 45
Brussels, Belgium

Bernard is a physical therapist, nutritionist, and trainer.  He has competitive rowing, climbing, marathon and swimming experience.

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Age 43
Denver, CO

Doug graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987.  After graduating from West Point, he served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer at Fort Carson, Colorado.  Already an avid skier, he began rock and ice climbing in the Colorado Mountains.

After leaving active duty in 1992, Doug spent over a year climbing in Alaska, Argentina, Colorado and Wyoming.  He then entered the University of Denver, College of Law, and graduated in 1996.  Since that time, he has been an attorney at the Denver law firm Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, where he is a partner.

Doug has maintained his love of mountaineering throughout his legal career and has led mountaineering expeditions to and summited Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, and Argentina’s Cerro Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America.  During one expedition to Mt. McKinley, his team was awarded a commendation by the National Park Service for the assistance they gave to a climber during a severe storm high on the mountain.

In 2006, Doug was the team leader of Team No Limits, which scaled Mt. Everest via the Southeast Ridge, the route made famous by the 1996 disaster reported in John Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air.  Despite experiencing great difficulties, including the death of two of his sherpa teammates in an avalanche, he stood atop Mt. Everest’s summit early in the morning of May 23, 2006.

Doug is married to Lisa Renee Tumminello, who is also an accomplished athlete as a professional road cyclist.  Lisa Renee and Doug have two children.

As for future expedition plans, Doug is planning a re-creation of Ernest Shackleton’s desperate open-boat crossing of the treacherous Southern Ocean between Antarctica and South Georgia Island, east of the Falklands.

In his spare time, Doug is a public speaker to corporations, civic groups, non-profits, churches and schools.  Doug's message is to use your God-given talents to live lives of boldness and persevere through the tough times.




Age 44

  • Sailed Trans Atlantic Luderitz to West Palm Beach
  • Sailed South China Sea   HK to Singapore
  • Sailed Bass Strait Hobart to Adelaide (in a 140 wooden tall ship.  Yes, I got to climb up the mast on to the yard arm and work the sails.)
  • Climbed Kilimanjaro.
  • Did a 5 month rock climbing expedition from London to HK putting up many new routes on the way.
  • Worked as a flying trapeze catcher and coach for the last 10 years.
  •  Have run a marathon and a triathlon. ( Olympic distance)
  • Other activities Rock climbing, Horse riding flying trapeze, adventure travel.
  • Have been to 50 odd countries.
  • Have one son, Ben, age 5

Simon Chalk
Age 36

Owner-Woodvale Challenge Ltd.

Location: Devon
Employment: Woodvale Challenge Ltd

In 1994 Simon was selected to represent BT in the BT Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race 1996/97 - he joined the crew of Save the Children taking on the most infamous leg and being the first boat to round Cape Horn.

In 1997 he took part in the inaugural Port St Charles, Barbados Atlantic Rowing Race with rowing partner George Rock.

Their boat was called 'Cellnet Atlantic Challenger' and they finished the race in 13th Place in a time of 64 days, 5 hours and 11 minutes.

After being bitten by the ocean rowing bug Simon, and rowing partner Bill Greaves, put a campaign together and made their first attempt to row the Indian Ocean. However, only a few days out from their start location in Western Australia, they capsized after hitting something large submerged in the water, and had to be rescued.

Undeterred by his experience Simon returned to Australia in 2003 to attempt the crossing again, this time solo. This time he and his boat True Spirit would be successful and after 107 days at sea Simon became the first British person and youngest person ever to row across the Indian Ocean.

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