Atlantic 2015 Crew

The Atlantic Ocean 'Trade Winds' Expedition.  Photos and short ‘bios’ for our eight crew members - read about them below and view more action photos on the Atlantic 2015 Gallery

Leven Brown, Skipper

An experienced rower & skipper, Leven has faced many tough challenges on the oceans. He leads with a quiet but strong competent manner and is looking forward to this next challenge with eager anticipation of a chance to cross this ‘Trade winds’ route in a record time.  Read more about Leven ›

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Nikki Brown

Nikki comes from an ex-military background and has shown great determination in the pursuit of his goal ‘to row an ocean’ or several!  Recently he has become a key member of ORE, where his doggedness and sharp wit make him a man who will get things done.

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Stuart Connacher

Stuart has real knowledge of the sea, navigation, rowing and all the challenges that lie ahead. He is looking forward to this journey of discovery and learning. This expedition will allow him to discover, not only a new world out there, but about himself, fears, the beauty of the oceans that the humans are busy destroying and hopefully the thing that means the most to us all, Living Life! This is a huge privilege. 

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Caetano Altafin

Cae is from Brazil & combines his love of sports with honourable causes. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Brazilian Harbour Master’s Office & Harvard. He hopes to fulfil his dream of rowing an ocean & helping Osteosarcoma research. Cae believes leaders are not driven to lead people but to serve them. He hopes to put his best on every stroke and be a true team player.

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Julie Dunne

Julie Dunne is from Portarlington in Ireland but has been living in London for the past nine years. Julie has rowed competitively for five years and is currently a member at Twickenham Rowing Club. The most recent endurance race Julie took part in was the 24 hours Three Peaks Challenge and will be fit for this forthcoming challenge!

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Don Lennox

ORE core crew Don has rowed many ocean miles with Leven, La Mondiale ‘Blue Riband’ 2007/08, 2009 & the North Atlantic Challenge 2010. Between rows he has been running in the USA raising money for charity. His enthusiasm and dedication to getting the ‘job’ done is second to none and he looks forward to this next challenge.

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Thato Mabelane

Thato is an accomplished sportswoman with successful rowing experience.  She represented South Africa at the FISA Team Cup international regatta and competed at the World University Championships in Brive La Galiarde, France in the coxless 4 event. Thato competes in cycling and running events and her athletic ability and disciplined yet laid back attitude makes her an incredible asset for this expedition.

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James Robins

James currently works as a doctor in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and he is also a Captain in the British Army Reserve. He rowed for Sheffield University and has travelled extensively through Eastern and Southern Africa. He enjoys a good joke and is looking forward to this fantastic expedition!

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