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Rower Set to Complete Atlantic Challenge

March 4 2004

By Alex Thompson, PA News

The family of a disabled oarsman who has spent four months rowing single-handedly across the Atlantic were waiting anxiously for him in the Caribbean to complete his challenge today.

Stuart Boreham, from Long Compton, Warwickshire, was due to cross the finishing line this afternoon where he will be greeted by yachts off the north coast of Barbados.

The 37-year-old, who is hoping to become the first person with cerebral palsy to row the Atlantic unassisted, started his adventure aboard the 23ft MacMillan Spirit in the Canary Islands on November 15 last year.

Organisers said heavy seas and wind changes were threatening to blow him off course and on to Barbados’s dangerous east coast.

But plans are afoot to tow his vessel from the rendezvous point to the sheltered Port St Charles in Speightstown.

Stuart’s father, Philip, who heads his support team, said: “We cannot afford to have him drifting onto the east coast where the beaches are exposed to heavy surf and rocks.”

Stuart’s brother, Stephen, who is waiting with other relatives at the port, said yesterday: “It was incredible hearing Stuart’s elated voice on the phone just after he sighted land.

“It has provided a massive adrenalin boost for him, given him new strength, and of course brought great joy to us.

“However, the next few hours could be very difficult and his safety is what’s important. Right now we are worried for him.”
 

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