Today we have a special blog post focusing on 4 (extra) ordinary working Mums from York, who went from doing the school run to being just days away from breaking an ocean crossing world record.

Yorkshire Rows are Niki Doeg, 44, Helen Butters, 45, Frances Davies, 47, and skipper Janette Benaddi, 51, and they are one of only 2 all-female teams competing against 25 others in this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They are also the oldest all-female team in the race, which means completing the journey will see them row into the record books.

The ladies have each left 2 children at home with their partners, with plenty of meals prepared and frozen for them to tuck in to. Christmas dinner was also arranged in advance, as well as gift-wrapping all of the presents. They really did think of everything!

The support that the fantastic four have received has been incredible, from friends and family to the more high profile. On the morning of their departure to La Gomera, the team were surprised by a visit from former Atlantic rower and Olympic gold-medallist James Cracknell, who gave them a few words of wisdom before they set off.

Competition has never been an important factor for the foursome, and Helen rather candidly explained “It’s more important to us to enjoy it and get to the other side than to fall out and be competitive and want to beat other people”.

Yorkshire Rows have been incredibly dedicated from the start, getting up at the crack of the dawn to make television appearances, followed by magazine and newspaper interviews, organising their home life, going off to work then training!

“We just want to finish friends”, Helen said in an earlier interview. ”The words “epic” and “awesome” get bandied around rather flippantly these days, but in the case of Yorkshire Rows, we cannot think of more accurate descriptions!

Keep going, ladies! We’re very excited to see you on dry land.

Yorkshire Rows are one of 8 amazing teams still out there on the water heading for Antigua.

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Atlantic Buoys

Atlantic Answer

Square One Atlantic

Thrift Energy Atlantic challenge

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Rowing 4 Rascals

Atlantic Endurance

Today we have a special blog post focusing on 4 (extra) ordinary working Mums from York, who went from doing the school run to being just days away from breaking an ocean crossing world record.

Yorkshire Rows are Niki Doeg, 44, Helen Butters, 45, Frances Davies, 47, and skipper Janette Benaddi, 51, and they are one of only 2 all-female teams competing against 25 others in this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They are also the oldest all-female team in the race, which means completing the journey will see them row into the record books.

The ladies have each left 2 children at home with their partners, with plenty of meals prepared and frozen for them to tuck in to. Christmas dinner was also arranged in advance, as well as gift-wrapping all of the presents. They really did think of everything!

The support that the fantastic four have received has been incredible, from friends and family to the more high profile. On the morning of their departure to La Gomera, the team were surprised by a visit from former Atlantic rower and Olympic gold-medallist James Cracknell, who gave them a few words of wisdom before they set off.

Competition has never been an important factor for the foursome, and Helen rather candidly explained “It’s more important to us to enjoy it and get to the other side than to fall out and be competitive and want to beat other people”.

Yorkshire Rows have been incredibly dedicated from the start, getting up at the crack of the dawn to make television appearances, followed by magazine and newspaper interviews, organising their home life, going off to work then training!

“We just want to finish friends”, Helen said in an earlier interview. ”The words “epic” and “awesome” get bandied around rather flippantly these days, but in the case of Yorkshire Rows, we cannot think of more accurate descriptions!

Keep going, ladies! We’re very excited to see you on dry land.

Yorkshire Rows are one of 8 amazing teams still out there on the water heading for Antigua.

Please show your support for:

Atlantic Buoys

Atlantic Answer

Square One Atlantic

Thrift Energy Atlantic challenge

Coventry 5-0

Rowing 4 Rascals

Atlantic Endurance