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The world’s toughest row

In December, 26 teams will be setting off on a herculean challenge to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. It is no surprise that more people have been into space or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation. That is why this race is one of the toughest races on earth.

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

The team’s boat, which will bear the JM Finn & Co logo amongst others, is made up of four determined working mothers, all over the age of 40, and their boat – christened ‘Rose’. The Yorkshire-based crew 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, Frances 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 Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge, or to sponsor the Yorkshire Rows for their incredible efforts, please visit their website

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