A former Royal Marine from the U.K. who lost his leg in an accident has finished the fastest solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Spencer finished crossing from Europe to South America in 60 days, shattering the able-bodied record for the route by 36 days.
Spencer, 49, says he made the roughly 3,800-mile journey from Portugal to French Guiana to prove “no one should be defined by disability.” He left Europe on January 9th, but had to stop at the Canary Islands to fix his navigation system. But he still beat the previous record and became the first disabled person to row from Europe to South America.
“If I can beat a record, an able-bodied record, as a disabled man,” Spencer explains, “… that is the reason why I wanted to do this.”