The Team

Paul Lore

Paul Lore

U.S Marine Veteran

Rowing Veteran Team Foar From Home -

Taliskey Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2021

Team Ohana-Worlds Toughest Row Pacific Challenge 2023

Position: Retired Air Traffic Controller, Ocean Photographer, Bartender, and Nonprofit Director.

Location: Fernandina Beach, Florida

Rowing Experience: Coached by Jason Cottingham under the direction of Jacksonville University. Also, Paul is an avid Paddler on his Outrigger Canoe, completing numerous 20 and 50-mile paddles.

Endurance Experiences: Rowed the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera, Spain to Antigua  2021/2022. Cross the mid Pacific ocean from Monterrey CA to Kauai, HI 2023

Best Sporting Moment: Paul’s best moment was sitting out in a Surf Line-up in Indonesia with his Son and with his daughter in Florida. Just smiling at each other, knowing life doesn’t get any better!!!

Worst Life Moment: Paul misses not being able to ‘Talk Story’ with his Mom and Dad.

Biggest Fear for The Row: Paul’s biggest fear is getting hurt or sick during or prior to the row and not being able to complete the Oarsome Expedition.

Reason For The Row:  At the moment I’m rich in time, and I want to give my time to others!  I want to make a difference in a Veteran’s life because they make a difference in my life by protecting us every day.

Most missed item at Sea: Fruit Loops and milk.

Who is Paul: Born in Brooklyn, NY, raised on Long Island, and now a resident of Fernandina Beach, Florida. Paul served eight years in the Marines as an Air Traffic Controller and the next 30- years as a controller in the Federal Government. Paul is a Graduate of the University of Michigan and completed a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Paul has four beautiful children two sons and two daughters. Paul is very active in the community; he serves as the Nassau County Representative for the Veteran Fire Watch Program and the St Marys River Management Committee. Paul is a founder of a Veteran Nonprofit Organization. In his spare time, Paul loves to longboard, bodyboard, ocean photography, and bartend on the weekends. Paul’s latest endeavor is a current restoration of an 1872 home in historic Fernandina.

 

Jayme Linker

Jayme Linker

Rowing Veteran

Team Aloha Kai-Worlds Toughest Row Pacific Challenge 2023
Team Tropical Blue Wave-Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2021

Hello, My name is Jayme Linker and I am a proud Colorado native. I was raised on a farm and grew up with the most wonderful and loving family who to this day we do most things together.

How did I get to rowing the ocean from a landlocked state you may ask?...well, when I was twelve I started struggling with an eating disorder and now having struggled with it for over 2/3 of my life. I dedicated to take my experience to help others by pushing every last boundary I have to find my breaking points and push past them. Finding ones limitations and learning to overcome obstacles is where I find my strength and support to be able to help others from suffering like I have. This is why my charity is Eating Disorder Awareness and why I want to help make a difference.

In light of this, I have been an extreme adventure athlete for 12 years and what started off in the Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) realm propelled me into seeking out some of the world's hardest events, among them was the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, and that is how I met Owen and Marianne.

Though the experience of the Atlantic and Pacific voyages, I got to know Paul and where his drives and passion for others aligns with mine, so I discussed with Paul about rowing all three oceans.  I get to now once again extend my family to become apart of theirs and I am thoroughly looking forward to the adventure that awaits us on the Ocean.

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Matthew Wagoner

Matthew Wagoner, originally from VA, now lives in Colorado and works as an Outdoor Educator for 5th graders.

His interests are in: dirt biking, camping, rock climbing, and really any outdoor activities.

He has participated in several adventure races, multi-day backpacking events, and is always looking for new ways to push himself and help others.

Matthew will be joining Oarsome Expedition on the: Atlantic, Mid-Pacific,  Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

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Emma Wolstenholme

Royal Airforce Veteran

I grew up in Burnley and, although it's quite inland, I was a real water baby and completed a 5km swim when I was just 8… and every badge you can think of by the time I was 10, including Personal Survival. I think this is why I'm so comfortable in the sea — be it ocean rowing, kitesurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding or just swimming — I feel relaxed and at home there. By the time I was 13, I had joined the Air Cadets and absolutely loved the adventures we got up to — from shooting and orienteering to flying and abseiling, I learned that if you say yes to every opportunity, you will grow and become stronger for it.

I then served for 16 years in the Royal Air Force as a commissioned officer, and realised I wanted to have more adventures and independence so I set about doing just that as soon as I left. In less than 4 years I have been to Western Sahara teaching people how to kitesurf; the Middle East teaching women how to march (in Arabic!); climbed Kilimanjaro in the rainy season in 5 days; worked on the future nuclear submarine programme; sailed from Iceland to Greenland on an all-female crew making a documentary about climate change which was shown at COP26; and prepared for and attempted to cross the Atlantic by rowing solo and unsupported from Tenerife to Barbados. The latter ended in a dramatic rescue at night in big seas by a 210m cargo ship due to a catastrophic electrical failure, but the stories of inspiration that ensued by the thousands of RAF Air Cadets that were following my journey and others across the globe was worth every bit of disappointment I had felt. I raised over £91,000 for the RAF Air Cadets and they made me their Honorary Ambassador, which was the most amazing gift of all. I was then asked to join Team Sea Legs to row around GB but we experienced the worst storm in the Irish Sea in 38 years and our journey ended half-way around. This year, I was asked to join Team Ithaca as their skipper, and we smashed the World Record by over a week, rowing non-stop around GB.

Bud Brasier

Bud Brasier

U.S. Air Force Veteran

Bud was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, and grew up enjoying and appreciating everything the ocean has to offer. He has traveled the world and lived in numerous locations, including an island in the South Pacific named Kwajalein.

Bud is a US Air Force veteran, joining the military right out of high school. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Park University and a Master's Degree in Marketing and Finance from San Jose State University, California. He has started numerous businesses and considers himself a serial entrepreneur, with more than 15 companies created, including: software development company, martial arts schools, scuba diving business in Hawaii, weekly newspaper in Colorado, wedding photography, and many others.

Bud currently is focused on providing luxury sailing charters around the Amelia Island area and international sailing adventures in the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Sicily, Croatia, Naples/Amalfi Coast, Greece and other locations. He is also a PADI Master Scuba Instructor, a 100-ton Licensed US Coast Guard Captain, and a 5th Degree Black Belt/Instructor in Combat Hapkido. Bud loves adventure and challenges — rowing the Indian Ocean will definitely meet that definition!

Jon Sauer, Jr.

John Sauer, Jr.

We are excited that John wants to share his time and experience with our Team and Mission! John is an adventurous person with a great attitude.

John knows first hand the challenges ahead in navigating a body of water with no definable current pattern. John is looking forward to crossing the Gulf of Mexico for others!

Scott Sherman

Scott Sherman

Scott Sherman was an employee of the United states federal government. He worked 27 years with the Department of Justice, Department of Treasury and Department of Homeland Security, retiring in September 2017.

Scott grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, taking advantage of the area’s countryside. Scott could be described as an outdoor enthusiast enjoying each season’s recreational activity.

Since his retirement he has been an avid cyclist, completing a Florida ride from Fort Clinch on Amelia Island, FL to the southernmost point in Key West’s new line. Scott is a board member for the local Cross the Line Foundation, which raises awareness for veteran suicide and PTSD.

Scott is committed to working with Oarsome Expedition team members to complete the mission of rowing the Gulf of Mexico and Mid-Pacific Ocean.

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Jorge Martin- Alternate Rower

Jorge was born in Cuba and migrated to the US in 1962 At the age of 8 with his parents.  He attended grade school  in South Florida, attended the University of Miami and Barry University, where he received his BS in 1995.

Growing up in Miami, Jorge always had an attraction to the ocean.   Swimming, Scuba Diving and Kayaking were some of the activities he participated in and still does.  He also ran in Organized Races for 25 years (Marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks)

His professional career was in Sales and Sales Management in the Human Resources Arena.   He worked for several National and International Companies during those 44 years.

Jorge has been married to Alexandra for over 32 years, has 3 daughters,

He enjoys a good cigar, a good glass of rum and helping those that can’t help themselves.

 

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Miriam Zoole - Alternate Rower

Miriam "Mir" Zoole was born and raised in landlocked St. Louis MO but has always had a passion for the ocean, inspired by her WWII Navy and USCG grandfathers. She was quite adventurous and daring as a child but then took a break from that life for 20 years while she raised her children. Not until the age of 40 did she realize she had been missing out on the life she had dreamed of and began finding her joy of adventure again.

Believing that old dogs not only can learn new tricks but excel at them as well, Mir began traveling, learned how to scuba dive and snow ski in the same weekend, jumped out of an airplane, learned how to sail, golf, became a martial artist, became ordained, and started several businesses. Skipping forward 15+ years later; Mir has lived on 3 continents, visited over 30 countries, holds the rank of 5th degree black belt and has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of honors (twice), is a USCG certified boat captain and a member of the Merchant Marines, is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has taught several hundred students how to breathe underwater, and co-owns Follow That Dream Sailing; a 41 foot luxury sailing catamaran charter business. She is both a Captain and Executive Chef for both local and international charters.

She has worked for the federal government on and off since 1987, and is grateful to be able to continue her family's heritage of service to the U.S. Mir and husband Bud have 5 children and 1 grandchild and currently live in Fernandina Beach Florida.

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Sarah Corbitt - Alternate Rower

Sarah is a Fernandina Beach native. She has a love of travel and adventure.  Her favorite trip was Tibet. When Sarah puts her mind to a task, there is no quitting.  She is currently remodeling her cottage home from the ground up.  She has also assisted with a Habitat for Humanity build.  Sarah has been with the same employer for 23 years. She is an Ironman 70.3 finisher and an ultra marathon finisher.  Sarah loves the outdoors and is always looking for the next adventure!

Land Support Team

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Ruth Maestre

Expedition Manager
Ruth is retired from the Federal Aviation Adminstration and resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida. She is Pauls partner and they have 3 dogs (Banks, Bodhi and Molly) She attended Purdue University. She currently volunteers on the boards of 2 non-profits,  Cross The Line Foundation and Koa Kai. Ruth is a former board member of Women In Aviation International.
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Kevin Maines

Web Master
Julie Higbee

Julie Higbee

Social Media Strategist
Julie Higbee is the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach. She’s bringing her storytelling and social media skills yo the team. Julie is married James, a pharmacist, and they support this mission in honor of their family. Both Julie’s father and stepfather are military vets, as are James’ father and stepfather. She's a graduate of The University of SC and Columbia Theological Seminary. Julie loves anything to do with the water, cooking new recipes, and traveling. She and James are expected their first child this spring, and can’t wait for “Uncle Paul” to start surfing lessons.
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Hupp Huppman

Safety Officer
Row veteran
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Rick Bell

U.S. Boat Transportation 
Rick Woodruff US Navy Veteran, Rick has worked for 20+ years as a successful National Account Manager in the wireless industry. Rick grew up in Texas/Louisiana area and now reside in Fernandina Beach, FL. Rick’s passions include anything that has to do with speed and has been part of various racing teams over the years. Rick is married to Stacey Bell and they both support the mission in honor of military family and friends.
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Mat Steinlin

Safety Officer
Row veteran
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Marsha King

Donor Corespondence
Marsha, originally from Virginia, now lives in Fernandina Beach, FL with her husband Danny. She has previously supported fundraising projects during the FOAR From Home (Atlantic) and the Ohana (Pacific) ocean rows. In her spare time, Marsha loves to travel (visiting six continents so far) and also loves to volunteer with Seniors vs. Crime, Amelia Shells, and First Baptist Church.
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Joseph Selden

Trainer
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Larry Vanscoy

Boat Inspections
Born in United Kingdom – England, moved to United States in 1965.  He trained in marine machinery for DoD -U.S Navy ships and submarines .  Graduated Chapman School of Seamanship, Stuart, FL. 1994   Independent Accredited Marine Surveyor - Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors – Yachts and Small Craft, American Boat and Yacht Council. Among regular vessels, he preforms vessel marine surveys for U.S based Ocean Row teams beginning  “FOAR FROM HOME”, continuing with “Shut Up and Row”, “Team Guardian”  “Team OHANA” and currently preparing for the 2024-26 Ocean Circumnavigation crossing of  OARSOME EXPEDITION.
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Whitney Hunt

Mile Coordinator