'Indian Ocean' Crew

The Indian Ocean Expedition.  Photos and short ‘bios’ for some of our crew members.

Leven Brown, Skipper

Avalon’s skipper leads this ocean rowing team from Geraldton, Australia to Africa.  One of  ‘Trade Winds’ expedition crew members have joined Leven again for this next extreme sport ocean challenge.   Read more about Leven ›

Leven shares Jamie's STE Charity 

(just mention Leven's name when you donate)

Tim Spiteri

Also on the Trade Winds Expedition 2013, Tim was 2nd Stroke and had already had lots of rowing experience.  The ocean conditions were very different from rivers and in spite of carrying an injury, Tim doggedly carried on regardless showing great strength of character, an attribute to be admired.

Tim's Blog

Tim's Charity


Fiann Paul

This Icelandic rower already hold two ocean rowing records, he rowed the ‘Trade Winds’ route as a team member of the successful Sara G expedition skippered by Matt Craughwell in 2011.  Not only is Fiann an adventurer and sportsman, he is also an extremely talented photographer.

Fiann's Blog

Fiann's Charity

Jamie Douglas-Hamilton

Jamie is a keen rower and ultra-endurance athlete having run many marathons. He won the Scottish Islands Peaks race and he has also undertaken extensive coastal rowing training on skiffs this year. Jamie is excited to fulfil his childhood dream of being part of a world first expedition like his grandfather who was the first man to fly over Mount Everest in 1933.

Jamie's Charity

Cameron Bellamy

Cameron has both South African and Australian heritage. He spent most of his early days rowing and briefly competed at International U23 level.  He has cycled across China, Central Asia and India as well as swimming the English Channel.  Rowing an Ocean is a life’s dream and to row literally from one home to the other makes this expedition special.

Cameron's Blog

Cameron's Charity


Shane Usher

Shane is a dedicated club rower from Melbourne, Australia, training in the shadows of Olympic athletes at Melbourne University Boat Club.  He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and works as a Research Fellow at Melbourne University.  Shane hopes to combine his rowing experience and scientific background to make a valuable contribution to this epic physical and mental challenge.

Shane's Blog

Shane share's Tim's MS Charity 

(just mention Shane's name when you donate)

Heather Rees-Gaunt

Heather’s passion for sea-rowing began with competitively racing Celtic longboats up and down the Welsh coast and inspired her to compete in the Celtic challenge, rowing across the Irish Sea. In June 2013 Heather got her first experience of ocean-rowing life whilst competing in GB Row and she never looked back. Heather's aim is to prove that with hard work and determination ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary.

Heather's Charity




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