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Lee Spencer, 'The Rowing Marine', sets off on an epic challenge

Lee Spencer is preparing for his epic challenge.
Lee Spencer is preparing for his epic challenge. / Ocean Village Gibraltar
  • The former serviceman, who lost a leg in an accident, plans to row single-handed and unsupported across the Atlantic to South America

Lee Spencer, known as 'The Rowing Marine', is back in Gibraltar to prepare for his latest challenge. On Wednesday 12 December this former Royal Marine plans to set off from the Rock and row 3,800 nautical miles, solo and unsupported, to South America.

He aims to become the first physically disabled person in the world to row the Atlantic, east to west, and beat the current able-bodied record which is held by Stein Hoff of 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. Lee hopes to be able to complete the feat in 60 to 70 days, but is taking supplies for 90 days just in case.

Lee, who was in the Royal Marines for 24 years and served in Afghanistan, lost a leg when he was off duty and went to help a motorist on the M3 in 2014. On this epic journey of extraordinary physical and mental endurance, he will battle 30-foot waves, sleep deprivation, extreme fatigue, fear and solitude, but he will be keeping wounded servicemen and women in people's hearts and minds and raising money for the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund at the same time.

He is looking forward to Wednesday: "I just want to get in the boat now! I've done this before, when I rowed across the Atlantic with a team in 2015, so I know what's ahead of me. But I still can't think about the whole thing, I am just going to take it day by day and be in the moment. I'm looking forward to reaching the other side, seeing my wife and showing people that we're all capable of achieving anything we put our minds to. Nobody should be defined by disability," he says.

Further information can be obtained from Lee's website www.leespencer.co.uk

To donate to his cause, visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeeJSpencer