The Rowing Marine finally gets home

Ross Bryant
Ross Bryant

The Rowing marine and amputee Lee Spencer and has smashed the record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 60 days.

Lee rowed solo 3,500 from mainland Europe to the American continent arriving in Cayenne, French Guiana where he was welcomed by his wife Claire, son Billy and a call from Prince Harry. Lee from Horrabridge rowed unsupported in a record time beating the previous able-bodied record of 96 days. He arrived back at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon only to find the head gasket had blown on the van taking Lee and his family back to Horrabridge and while waiting for the RAC to turn up, Lee spoke to The Moorlander.

“I’m looking forward to getting home and to my bed, once we eventually get there in the early hours of the morning. It was great; one particular highlight was seeing sperm whales. For now, I’m just looking forward to seeing friends and family and going down the pub.”

The London Inn, Horrabridge, are planning a big party for Lee and his family in the near future.

Lee had amazing luck with the weather during the crossing but suffered from
sleep deprivation, fatigue, sea-sickness and solitude, being alone for so long. Lee Spencer served in the Royal Marines for 24 years and did a number of tours of Afghanistan but lost his leg in a car accident when he stopped to help a motorist on the M3 in 2014.

“It’s about rediscovering who you are. Not redifining who you are.”