Four Yorkshire mums, (pictured left to right) Janette Benaddi, 49, Frances Davies, 45, Helen Butters, 43, and Niki Doeg, 43, ditched their husbands, children and clothes to go on a 3,000-mile odyssey across the Atlantic‘Frankly, I saw enough naked bodies on the Atlantic to last me a lifetime.
I still have visions of Helen walking towards me naked except for her socks and her life jacket.’Our games and little in-jokes entertained us for hours and made us laugh until the tears rolled down our cheeks. We’d been warned that they were dangerous; one flick of the tail and the whole boat would go under. We just felt immensely privileged to see something so beautiful in the wild — particularly when we were visited by a mother and her calf one day.‘’The baby came over, right next to the boat, and lifted its head and blew,’ says Helen.
We have no clean clothes to wear (didn't bring much anyway), alas we are naked.
It's good for our skin and also when waves hit we dry quick.
From left to right: Frances Davies, 47, Helen Butters, 45, Niki Doeg, 45, and Janette Benaddi, 51, who are attempting to row 3000-miles across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, revealing they are rowing naked after running out of clean clothes Who are they?
Four working mothers - friends Niki Doeg, 45, Helen Butters, 45, Frances Davies, 47, and Janette Benaddi, 51- are one of 26 teams taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, attempting to row the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.
"It's like a nudist camp on this boat (of course we wouldn't know what that is like but can imagine)." She added: "We have not washed our hair now for four weeks since leaving land.
Personal hygiene consists of a wash down with baby wipes and application of surgical spirit to our behinds and hands after each shift and that's it." During their month at sea, the women have encountered Hurricane Alex and suffered a power failure, which left them steering by hand, using a compass and manually converting sea water into drinking water.
But the women have now embarked on a new challenge after running out of clean clothes – they are rowing naked. Mrs Benaddi, from Burn, North Yorkshire, wrote on their blog: "Things are starting to get a little smelly.
Writing in their blog, Mrs Benaddi, from Burn, North Yorkshire, said: "Things are starting to get a little smelly.
"It's good for our skin and also when waves hit we dry quick.
The women, each a mother-of-two, said it was hard being away from their families and thanked them for their support.
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