Disabled Marine breaks record for fastest solo row of the Atlantic


Lee Spencer, a former Royal Marine who lost his leg in a car accident, has completed the fastest ever solo row of the Atlantic.

Mr Spencer docked in French Guyana at around 3am GMT after a gruelling 61 days at sea, beating the previous world record by a huge 36 days.

He set off from Portimao in Portugal on 9 January on a personal mission to “challenge perceptions around disability” and row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Speaking to Sky News after his mammoth journey, he said that the record attempt was the culmination of two-and-a-half years of his life and that he was “so glad to have got it…it’s just beginning to sink in that I’ve got the record”.

Reflecting on the three-month journey he said “the thing that kept me going has been proving that no one should be defined by disability and no one should be defined by something they’re not good at”.

He added that “bits of it were amazing, and bits of it were a bit traumatic and tricky”.

A keen wildlife fan, he said he spotted sea turtles, sharks and dolphins out at sea, and he even had sperm whales swim under his boat, which he said was “amazing”.

But he said that the most difficult part was spending the journey alone – saying he had no one around to be able to talk to about how he was feeling.

Mr Spencer served in the Royal Marines for 24 years. He lost his leg after being hit by debris whilst helping a motorist at the side of the M3 in 2014.

His feat has so far raised £49,000 for his chosen charities; the Endeavour Fund and the Royal Marines Charity.

(c) Sky News 2019: Disabled Marine breaks record for fastest solo row of the Atlantic

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