'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 Carnarvon, Australia to Durban, South Africa.  Some of  ‘Trade Winds’ expedition crew members will join Leven again for this next extreme sport ocean challenge.   Read more about Leven ›

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bruno Rodi

Bruno Rodi may be the most widely travelled person on the planet.  He completed a massive world tour covering almost every UNESCO World Heritage site bringing him to every territory imaginable. He also climbed the highest mountain on every continent, ski to North and South Poles, cycled Tour de France, and is now ready to row across the Indian Ocean!

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.


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