Yorkshire Rows Crew

A group of four working mums from Yorkshire made history and achieved their dreams, by crossing the Atlantic in 67 days and picking up a world record: the oldest women to row any ocean, all to raise money for charity and inspire others. Janette, Helen, Niki and Frances became friends when they joined the same Saturday morning rowing club. As they rowed Yorkshire’s freezing River Ouse, they dreamt of going on a life changing adventure. But with eight children between them, full-time jobs, households to run, it would be completely ridiculous, impossible, irresponsible…or would it? Four Mums in a Boat is a truly uplifting story about the power of will, friendship and stamina that will inspire anyone to take up the oars of life and get rowing toward their ambitions.

The rowers:

Janette Benaddi is a 52-year-old business woman from Leeds. She is married with two children and lives in North Yorkshire.

Helen Butters is an NHS Communications expert from Cawood, in North Yorkshire. She is 46 years old, married with two children and lives in North Yorkshire.

Frances Davies is a solicitor in Leeds and runs her own law firm. She is 48 years old, married with two sons and lives in York.

Niki Doeg is a business owner and qualified rugby coach. She is 46 years old and lives in York with her husband and their two sons.