Yorkshire Rows is a team of four working mums who dared to dream. They are the first women to row across the North Sea and holders of the Guinness World record for rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean during the world’s toughest rowing race.
I’m joined by Niki Doeg and Janette Benaddi, two members of Yorkshire Rows. They share their story about life-changing adventure, witnessing the beauty of the elements, and discovering who you really are.
With corporate and medical backgrounds, spouses and children at home, these women committed to an adventure. They challenged themselves to prepare the finances, take the exams, and train themselves to row across the ocean.
How Janette and Niki began their careers and got interested in adventure
Meeting at a rowing club and becoming good friends
Deciding to embark on a challenge and getting family support
What their children had to say about their adventure
Being very passionate in order to accomplish a dream
Racing finances, learning about the ocean and taking exams
Supporting charities through their challenge
What it cost to row across the ocean
How long it took Yorkshire Rows to execute their idea
Transporting the 30 ft long boat
Preparing for the launch date
Recognising the danger of being out on the ocean
What it was like for Jeanette being the skipper
Dealing with the pressures of the row
Mentally preparing for the challenge
Getting annoyed with each other and dealing with it
What a typical day looked like during their row
Being bored, experiencing highs, and missing family
Finding comfort in the middle of the ocean
What it was like seeing land in the distance at the finish
Shouldering responsibility during the row
Celebrating their amazing crossing
Learning to be more relaxed about life and not be so cautious
What’s next for Niki and Janette
Coming out with a book about friendship and adventure
Last words of inspiration and not making excuses
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