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'The Rowing Marine' Is Close To Finishing World Record Row

Lee Spencer has 850 miles left to row as he looks to become a world record holder.

A former Royal Marine is “about two weeks out” from completing his world record transatlantic row.

Lee Spencer, also known as ’The Rowing Marine’, is attempting to become the first physically disabled person to row solo and unsupported 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Mr Spencer is now two-thirds through the row and is close to his target.

"I’m approximately 2,200-and-something miles in and I’ve got 850 miles to go," he explained.

“I’m about two weeks out.”

Video: Mr Spencer spoke to Forces News from the Canary Islands while his boat was being repaired. 

His first attempt at the record was scuppered last month after technical issues with the boat’s navigation system meant he had to stop in the Canary Islands after just four days.

Since re-embarking on his journey, Mr Spencer has continued to find trouble.

He said: “It’s been quite difficult to get any miles.

“I’ve been rowing really hard but apart from that, overall I’m feeling quite good.”

Lee Spencer The Rowing Marine (Picture: Getty Images).
Mr Spencer rowing (Picture: Getty Images).

Mr Spencer has history with the Atlantic Ocean. In 2015, he was part of the Row2Recovery team that made the trip and set a record.

In his solo effort, Mr Spencer is raising money for the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund and expressed gratitude for the support people have shown.

He said: “People have been getting on rowing machines and posting pictures of themselves rowing.

“I’ve been really blown away by the support from everyone.”

Despite losing a leg in January 2014, Mr Spencer is also hoping to beat the existing able-bodied record of 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes.