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Paraplegic rower leaves California on 80-day voyage to isles

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:37 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2013

Paraplegic rower Angela Madsen left Santa Cruz Harbor early Sunday morning for what she anticipates will be an 80-day solo journey across the Pacific to Hawaii.

Madsen was scheduled to leave on Saturday but delayed her departure due to high surf.

The 52-year-old grandmother has previously completed crossings of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, as well as a trip around Great Britain.

Madsen is undertaking the 2,300 trans-Pacific crossing with the benefit of an escort boat.

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copperwire9 wrote:
Wow. What an inspiring task. May you be safe and happy, Angela, and may the wind be ever at your back.
on June 9,2013 | 10:54PM
serious wrote:
With an escort boat she will be safe and happy. As we said in the military: it's easy to be a hero from a safe distance.
on June 10,2013 | 06:08AM
copperwire9 wrote:
An escort boat doesn't diminish the power of her commitment, or her determination to overcome the limitations of paraplegia.
on June 10,2013 | 07:26AM
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