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Last Updated: Friday, 5 March, 2004, 19:51 GMT
Record success for disabled rower
Stuart Boreham celebrates his success
High winds meant Mr Boreham and his boat had to be towed to shore
A disabled oarsman has become the first person with cerebral palsy to row the Atlantic alone and unaided.

Stuart Boreham, from Long Compton, Warwickshire, arrived in Port St Charles, Barbados, on Friday afternoon after spending four months at sea.

He crossed the finishing line off the island's north coast shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Heavy seas and high winds meant Mr Boreham and his boat MacMillan Spirit had to be towed to shore.

The 37-year-old, who also studies in Worcester, was greeted by family and friends aboard a support vessel.

I've been at sea for 109 days, 12 hours and nine minutes, so it's wonderful to be reunited with my family
Stuart Boreham
He said he was looking forward to "sharing some very precious time" with his family.

"I've been at sea for 109 days, 12 hours and nine minutes so it's wonderful to be reunited with my family.

"I'm also looking forward to getting reacquainted with life on dry land."

Stuart's brother Steve, who was part of the welcoming party, described the journey out to meet the voyager.

"Half of those on board became ill and we obtained a very small insight into the conditions that Stuart has not just tolerated, but lived through, rowed through, and kept faith in his ability and his boat through, for 109 days," he said.

Mr Boreham's adventure started in the Canary Islands on 15 November last year.


SEE ALSO:
Disabled rower to finish journey
04 Mar 04  |  Coventry/Warwickshire
Disabled man starts Atlantic row
16 Nov 03  |  Beds/Bucks/Herts



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