The Rowing Marine Smashes Two World Records

Lee Spencer has successfully completed his challenge to row solo and unsupported across the Atlantic, making him a double world record holder.

In an incredible 61 days, Lee has not only become the first disabled person to complete this epic challenge, but he has also beaten the existing record, held by an able bodied person, by an astonishing 36 days.

The solo voyage saw Lee travel 3,500 miles from mainland Europe to mainland America. Determined that ‘no-one should be defined by disability’ Lee made the crossing in a seven-metre boat, overcoming 40-foot waves, extreme fatigue and technical difficulties.

Sharples Group Joint MD Mark Brocklehurst first met Lee at a Royal Marines Charity Gala and having undertaken a transatlantic rowing challenge himself, Mark immediately understood the sheer scale of Lee’s undertaking.

Mark said, “As soon as I heard about Lee’s attempt to row the Atlantic, I knew we had to sponsor him. The whole team has been behind him, tracking his journey and we are extremely proud that Lee has proved to us all that with courage and determination, anything is possible. Lee is a true role model and teaches us that first and foremost we should focus on ability not disability.’

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