The Friends of MV Freedom have to report with great sadness, that Lee Spencer has made the difficult decision to postpone his rowing challenge following the death of his mother as he was in the final preparations for departure. We send Lee and his family our deepest condolences on this tragic turn of events.
Friends of M.V. Freedom, support inspirational, Lee Spencer aka
'The Rowing Marine'
On the 18th January 2018, Lee will be undertaking an unsupported solo rowing attempt 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Starting from Gibraltar and ending in Venezuela. The attempt will raise money for the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund.
Lee will be the world's first physically disabled person to row this route solo and unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America - setting a new Guinness World Record, proving there is life beyond injury.
To donate please go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeeJSpencer
The following web link lead directly to his web sites:-
"I always enjoy the trips, the crew are very good and helpful, it is lovely to be to have the sea breeze in your hair, we have had some wonderful trips, I would fully recommend it to anyone".
"I felt very safe, you are fully fastened in and provided with a life jacket. We went to Lulworth which was beautiful, they certainly know the best places to take you".
Quotes from some of our passengers from the Acorns day centre.
We are a charity called, ‘Friends of M.V. Freedom’ that has been registered since 1984. We provide an opportunity for people with disabilities, the elderly and young people to experience a trip to sea.
M.V. Freedom is the second vessel to be operated by the charity and has been adapted to safely carry a maximum of 12 passengers including six wheelchair spaces. The boat is moored in Weymouth Harbour and is accessed by ramp opposite the council buildings. She is Skippered and Crewed by trained volunteers.
Our sole intention is to provide a very special adventure for our treasured passengers. We sail on the stunning Jurassic Coastal waters of Dorset and provide sightseeing, fishing and picnic opportunities. Our trip destinations vary between Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Portland Harbour depending on sea conditions. In 2016 we sailed with over 1,350 happy passengers and our aim is for you to help us smash that this year.
Our regular passengers include people from residential homes, day centres and special needs schools throughout Dorset and the surrounding counties. We are also happy to carry less able holiday makers and day trippers from our community.
Our voluntary Crew and Skippers aim to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our passengers with tales of monster Mackerel and Moby Dick sightings a regular feature.
M.V. Freedom was recognised for her work with the disabled, by being trusted with the privilege of carrying the Olympic Flame for the 2012 Paralympic sailing events held in Portland Harbour. An extremely proud moment for all of our volunteers and passengers.
The charity is completely reliant on fund raising to survive. Every penny donated is spent on the running, maintenance and promotion of M.V. Freedom. We are currently raising funds for a new boat.