25 August 2015

Yorkshire Rows Atlantic Rowing Race 2015

An all-women rowing team, who have recently become the first women to row across the North Sea from Southwold in Suffolk to Holland, are taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.


The rowing team, who will be sponsored by JM Finn & Co amongst others, is made up of four determined working mothers, all over the age of 40, and their boat – christened ‘Rose’. Rose was built and designed by Charlie Pitcher, the current world record holder for the fastest solo row across the Atlantic, in 35 days. The state of the art R45 rowing boat is just eight metres long and one and a half metres wide, and the Yo rkshire Rows will spend at least 50 days in the boat when completing the Atlantic race.

The team members, all from Yorkshire, each have their own personal reasons for taking on the challenge, but all four are united by common goals; to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities, and to inspire others to believe that, if four working mums can row an ocean, with determination and hard work, anyone can achieve anything.

Whilst completing the challenge, the team are fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. One team member, Francis Davies, comments: ‘Raising money for the charities is a key driver for undertaking this challenge and will motivate us to continue when I am sure there will be many moments when we will want to give up.’

To find out more about the team and the Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge, or to sponsor them for their incredible efforts, visit their website: www.yorkshirerows.com