Four women from North England have completed their crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, almost 68 days after setting out from the Canaries. The crew, known as the Yorkshire Rows, are now the oldest all-female crew to cross the Atlantic.
Niki Doeg, Helen Butters, both 45, Frances Davies, 47, and Janette Benaddi, 51 began their row in December and travelled through storms, freak conditions and clothes shortages to reach the finish line of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The crew were raising money for a cancer care centre in Leeds.
“It feels like a dream to have arrived,” Benaddi, the skipper, told BBC. “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 100 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”.
Photograph credit Ben Duffy