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  • Writer's picturePhil Packer

Lee Spencer, the Rowing Marine, joins Row Britannia

In 2015, Lee set-off to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in just a rowing boat. The Row-to-Recovery team, a team of four injured veterans had just 3 legs between them. In February 2016, some 46 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes later the team rowed into land as the first British military all amputee team of four to row an ocean.

Lee, a single leg amputee, is the first physically disabled person to have rowed solo across the Atlantic. He smashed the previous able-bodied record, set by Stein Hoff in 2002, by over a month and gained two new World Records.

Leaving Portugal on 9 January 2019, Lee crossed the line on 11 March 2019 in French Guiana, South America, in 60 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes on the 12th of March having rowed solo and unsupported for a total of 3,500 miles. 

He faced waves of up to 40 foot, four 15-metre sperm whales swimming beneath him, being pursued by large sharks, a bout of gastroenteritis and various technical issues. He slept for just two hours at a time, all while battling the daily routine at sea and the challenges of being a single leg amputee.

The goal behind Lee's mission was to enforce his message to the world; that no one need be defined by their disability, mental or physical.

Lee Spencer, the Rowing Marine, joins Row Britannia


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