More people have climbed Everest or been to space than they have rowed the Atlantic. To date an all amputee team has never attempted to row an ocean.
The first all-amputee team to row an ocean in the world’s toughest ocean rowing race, row2recovery, successfully completed their mission last month.
The team, capatained by serving Light Dragoon Lance Corporal Cayle Royce, MBE. Cayle comprised of former RAF Flight Sergeant Parachute Jump Instructor Nigel Rogoff, serving Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Lee Spencer, and Former Irish Guardsman Paddy Gallagher.
They spent over 40 days at sea, setting off on 20th December to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean unaided in just a rowing boat. Their purpose: to raise awareness of life beyond injury for injured service men and women and to set a new world record for the first all amputee team to row an ocean.
Weather conditions meant the race was delayed and the team endured storms which force them into their air tight cabin for days at a time during the course of the first 2,000 miles. Two members of the team have been injured due to the grueling shift of 2hrs on 2hrs off and one member broke his prosthetic leg during the first few weeks of rowing. Despite all this they remained in the top ten boats to make it to land first. They are well known for being referred to as 4 men with 3 legs taking on 1 mighty ocean.
Row to Recovery are made up of four injured service men, where two members of the team were actually injured out of service doing good deeds. They are part of the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge which saw 26 teams from around the world leave from La Gomera to row 3000 miles across the ocean to Antigua unaided.
Together the team rowed in aid of Row2Recovery, The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA), Help for Heroes and the Endeavour Fund. United they wanted to spread the message that there is life beyond injury and help keep raising awareness and funds on behalf of all injured service men and women.