Posted on March 12, 2019
Lee Spencer, also known as the ‘Rowing Marine’, set out to become the first physically disabled person to row solo and unsupported across the Atlantic, east to west, from Europe to South America.
“The overwhelming emotion I’m feeling having finished is relief,” says Mr Spencer. “I didn’t allow myself to think I was going to be completing it until I could literally see the finish line.”
The veteran had his right leg amputated below the knee following an incident in January 2014. The former Royal Marine was injured outside of service, when he stopped to help a stranded motorist on the M3 and was hit by debris.
As well as achieving his goal of becoming the first physically disabled person to row solo and unsupported across the Atlantic, the veteran also beat the able-bodied record for crossing the ocean by 36 days. He took on the challenge in aid of the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund. As he neared the end of his 3,500-mile challenge, the England football team manager, Gareth Southgate, sent a “good luck” message. Mr Southgate said: “Keep digging, we’re all very proud of what you’re doing.”