26 February 2016

Yorkshire Rows break world record in Atlantic Challenge

The Yorkshire rows have completed their race across the Atlantic, after just under 68 days of rowing.

The team, comprised of four working mothers from Yorkshire, began their race in La Gomera, in the Canary Islands in December. 67 days, 5 hours and 2 minutes later they crossed the finish line in Antigua, on Thursday 25th February. 

Greeted by eagerly awaiting family and friends, the team have broken a world record - they are the oldest team of all female rowers to have rowed across the Atlantic.

Skipper Janette Benaddi (51) said: "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 Yorkshire Rows, who were sponsored by JM Finn & Co amongst others, have been posting regular updates where possible on their Facebook and twitter accounts, and have reported encountering punishing weather conditions, severe salt rash, a pod of whales, not to mention extreme tiredness, and missing their family and friends back home.  

Crossing the Atlantic is known as the world’s toughest row, and the challenge involved 26 teams this year. To read more about the challenge, and latest news about the race please visit the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge website.

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