On 8th January 2019, ex-Royal Marine Lee Spencer set out on an unsupported solo rowing attempt 3,750 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, starting from Portimao, Portugal and ending in French Guiana.
Lee will fight against 30-foot waves, sleep deprivation, extreme fatigue, fear and solitude. He is also an amputee. He will be the world’s first physically disabled person to row this route solo and unsupported. If successful, he will set a new Guinness World Record – making it his third record.
At UNYQ, we want to empower those with physical disabilities and celebrate their achievements. People with physical disabilities innovate and adapt to meet their challenges in new and inspiring ways. Their disability does not stop them from living – in fact, they manage to develop new and, sometimes, even stronger skills and abilities. UNYQ is designing a personalised prosthetic leg cover for Lee, which the Company will hand over upon his arrival in FrenchGuiana.
Lee represents what UNYQ stands for: self-belief. Having served in theRoyal Marines for 24 years, Lee lost his right leg after being hit by flying debris as he was helping a motorist who crashed on a highway in southeast England. Lee began planning his future during his recovery and, in 2014, he was shortlisted for the Pride of Britain award.
Lee proves that there is life beyond injury. In 2015, he was part of the Row-to-Recovery team, the first British military all-amputee team – four veterans with just three legs between them – to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. Now, he aims to be the fastest man, able-bodied or not, to row this route and beat the current able-bodied record by Stein Hoff, who in 2002 was the first solo ocean rower to complete the trip in 96 days 12 hours and 45minutes.
In Lee’s words, physical disability is “about rediscovering, not redefining who you are. Life has given me these challenges, but I just have to get on with it and make the most out of every situation.”
All of us at UNYQ wish Lee a safe send-off and we look forward