British all-female four, Yorkshire Rows, (Janette Benaddi (49), Helen Butters (43), Niki Doeg (43) and Frances Davies (45)) has crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as the world’s toughest row. The four working Mums have overcome adversity – a broken watermaker that left them hand pumping saltwater to convert it to drinking water and power failure that affected their autopilot and GPS tracking system, forcing them to steer by hand using a compass – to prove to their families that the seemingly impossible is possible. The team has set a Guinness World Record for the oldest all-female crew to row across any ocean and finished 22nd in the race overall.

Yorkshire Rows took on the arduous challenge to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Centres. It took the team 67 days 5 hours 2 mins.

Skipper Janette comments on the race: “It feels like a dream to have arrived. This race truly deserves to be called the world’s toughest row; it felt like we were battling against the ocean and we are so proud to have achieved something that we originally thought was way beyond our capabilities.  Less than one hundred women have rowed an ocean and now we as four Mums have added to that and achieved a world record. What an incredible feeling to share as four best friends.”

The four mums all met at the playground and Frances, inspired by the female ocean rower, Deborah Searle, later convinced the other three members of the team to take part in the Challenge. Alongside the psychical and mental training for the Challenge, the team had to prepare for leaving their families and children behind over Christmas. The mums all had to fit in their training alongside working full time and stocked up their freezers with family meals before setting off. The Yorkshire village of Burn has kept their Christmas lights on during the crossing and will keep them alight until the team return home in the next couple of weeks.

British all-female four, Yorkshire Rows, (Janette Benaddi (49), Helen Butters (43), Niki Doeg (43) and Frances Davies (45)) has crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as the world’s toughest row. The four working Mums have overcome adversity – a broken watermaker that left them hand pumping saltwater to convert it to drinking water and power failure that affected their autopilot and GPS tracking system, forcing them to steer by hand using a compass – to prove to their families that the seemingly impossible is possible. The team has set a Guinness World Record for the oldest all-female crew to row across any ocean and finished 22nd in the race overall.

Yorkshire Rows took on the arduous challenge to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Centres. It took the team 67 days 5 hours 2 mins.

Skipper Janette comments on the race: “It feels like a dream to have arrived. This race truly deserves to be called the world’s toughest row; it felt like we were battling against the ocean and we are so proud to have achieved something that we originally thought was way beyond our capabilities.  Less than one hundred women have rowed an ocean and now we as four Mums have added to that and achieved a world record. What an incredible feeling to share as four best friends.”

The four mums all met at the playground and Frances, inspired by the female ocean rower, Deborah Searle, later convinced the other three members of the team to take part in the Challenge. Alongside the psychical and mental training for the Challenge, the team had to prepare for leaving their families and children behind over Christmas. The mums all had to fit in their training alongside working full time and stocked up their freezers with family meals before setting off. The Yorkshire village of Burn has kept their Christmas lights on during the crossing and will keep them alight until the team return home in the next couple of weeks.