Amputee ex-servicemen third of the way through 'World's Toughest Row'

For two rowers from Devon, the New Year began a little differently with crossing the 1,000 mile mark on their rowing challenge across the Atlantic.

Lee Spencer and Cayle Royce, are part of Row2Recovery, a team of all-amputee ex-servicemen which is taking on the so-called world’s toughest row race - the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Devon based Lee Spencer and Cayle Royce​, and their teammates, are currently following a strict regime on board. Credit: Rupert Frere

The journey is taking them from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is 3,000 mile rowing race. Credit: ITV News

teams competing in the race


miles to reach the finish line


calories being burnt every day

We spoke to Lee Spencer about the team's journey so far:

The team is up against 25 other groups of rowers hoping to make it to the end of the race by mid-January.

Lee and Cayle seen here with the other members of their rowing team, hoping to cross the finish line in January. Credit: Rupert Frere