Rowing from California to Hawaii

California to Hawaii
"My Name is Angela Madsen and I am going to row a solo ocean rowing boat with no support boat from California to Hawaii".
California to Hawaii
“My Name is Angela Madsen and I am going to row a solo ocean rowing boat with no support boat from California to Hawaii”.

THUNDER BAY – “My Name is Angela Madsen and I am going to row a solo ocean rowing boat with no support boat from California to Hawaii.  What this means is that I will stay on my little boat the entire time, no one will give me any food or water, I will have to have enough provisions on board to sustain my life for as long as the journey takes.  I will row as many hours a day as I possibly can and will try not to drift too far off course while I sleep. I will start this rowing expedition June 8, 2013 from Santa Cruz, California…2,300 miles to Waikiki, Hawaii …”

Angela Madsen is a 51 year old Grandmother of three, veteran of the United States Marine Corps and breast cancer survivor.

California to Hawaii Rowing Endurance Quest

In 2008, she became the first paraplegic woman to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean; since then she has broken a slew of records and won numerous awards.

In 2011, Shebafilms filmed the departure from Morocco and the arrival in Barbados of the Big Blue trans Atlantic team of 16 rowers led by skipper Angela Madsen. The 54 day journey was documented by rower Dylan White. Shebafilms is completing the feature film about that row which will premiere in the fall of 2013 when Canadian rower, Charlie Wilkins will launch the book he wrote about the adventure.

Local Film Crew Seeks Funding Help

You can check out Angela’s resume of rowing achievements at  and follow the row on Facebook.

What We Need:

We need enough cash to enable a 2 person film crew to document Angela’s departure and arrival. We need funding for the crew’s travel and accommodations and a small per diem. We would love to be able to pay our crew a small honorarium for their hard work. We also need some cash to pay for hard costs like DVD reproduction, and artwork and music.

Shebafilms is donating production and post production equipment. We will raise money to edit the film. If we do not reach our goal, all funds will go directly to Angela Madsen’s row of Life project to help pay her expenses for the row. 

Who is Shebafilms?

Kelly Saxberg is a film producer, director and editor who has worked in the film industry for the past 30 years. She has traveled the world with film crews and also enjoys telling local stories. Her dedication to making films that both educate and entertain has resulted in a number of award-winning productions you can read about at and watch at

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