Lee Spencer Atlantic row record for the route by 36 days

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Lee Spencer Atlantic row record for the route by 36 days.

A former Royal Marine who lost his leg in an accident has completed the fastest unsupported solo row across the Atlantic.

Lee Spencer finished the crossing from mainland Europe to South America in 60 days, breaking the able-bodied record for the route by 36 days.

Mr Spencer, 49, from Horrabridge, Devon, said he wanted to prove “no-one should be defined by disability”.

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He became the first disabled person to row from continent to continent.

Mr Spencer, who served in the armed forces for 24 years, plotted his epic journey to raise money for the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund.

He arrived in Cayenne, French Guiana, at 04:06 GMT (01:06 local time) on Monday, having faced 40ft waves and a bout of gastroenteritis during the voyage, while sleeping for just two hours at a time.

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The married father of two said he was “exhausted” and looking forward to having a beer and relaxing.

The former Marine said: “If I can beat a record, an able-bodied record, as a disabled man … that is the reason why I wanted to do this – to prove that no one should be defined by disability.”

He set off on the 3,800-mile crossing from Portugal on 9 January but was forced to stop in the Canary Islands to fix his navigation system.

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The previous able-bodied record for the east to west route was 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes, by Stein Hoff in 2002.

Mr Spencer encountered whales, dolphins and turtles, and gathered some big-name supporters along the way, including Prince Harry, Ross Kemp and Joanna Lumley – who gave him a goodbye kiss.

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