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Disabled rower to finish journey

March 4 2004

A disabled man is hoping to become the first person with cerebral palsy to row the Atlantic unassisted.

Stuart Boreham, who has spent four months rowing single-handedly across the ocean, is expected to finish his gruelling journey on Thursday.

The 37-year-old, from Long Compton, in Warwickshire, will be greeted by yachts off the north coast of Barbados.

He began his adventure in the Canary Islands in November and has battled against heavy seas and wind changes.


Mr Boreham, who also studies in Worcester, said before he left that conditions on board his 24-foot purpose-built rowing boat MacMillan Spirit are cramped, so he did not expect to get much sleep.
But he hopes his Atlantic challenge will have raised at least 25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief, enough to fund a nurse for a year.

Mr Boreham has had several operations to improve his walking

Mr Boreham was inspired to tackle the 3,000-mile row after taking part in the 1996/97 BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race.

Mr Boreham's family are at the port in Barbados awaiting his arrival.

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