man with cerebral palsy is attempting to become the first physically
disabled person to row across the Atlantic unassisted.
Stuart Boreham, 37, who lives in Milton Keynes, says he is determined
his disability will not stop him from completing the 3,000-mile trip.
Mr Boreham left La Gomera in the Canary Islands to row to Barbados in
The journey is expected to take 80 to 90 days.
He says conditions are on board his 24-foot purpose-built rowing boat
MacMillan Spirit are cramped, so he does not expect to be getting much
Because the rowing boat is so small, a large tanker might not see me
in the water
"Probably no more than an hour because I am on my own and I do have a
responsibility to look out for shipping and so forth," he said.
"Because the rowing boat is so small a large tanker might not see me
in the water, although I should be able to sleep for several periods
of an hour at a time at night."
The Clerical Medical investment manager has had several operations on
his legs and feet to improve his ability to walk since his cerebral
palsy was diagnosed as a child.
He hopes his Atlantic challenge will raise at least £25,000 for
Macmillan Cancer Relief, to fund a nurse for a year.
Mr Boreham was inspired to tackle the 3,000-mile row after doing the
1996/97 BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race.
"I was able to help to generate a momentum to show both able-bodied
and disabled people alike that having a disability didn't mean you
couldn't achieve something in your life."
He chose to try to row the Atlantic when he realised no-one with a
physical disability had rowed an ocean unassisted before.
His progress will be followed by a BBC documentary team and updates
will be posted on his website