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AUDIO: Yorkshire Rows bursting with pride after epic adventure

AUDIO: Yorkshire Rows bursting with pride after epic adventure

Published at 6:06am 8th March 2016. (Updated at 12:35pm 8th March 2016)

Four mums from Yorkshire have arrived home after their record-breaking voyage on the high seas.

Helen Butters, Janette Benaddi, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies - otherwise known as the Yorkshire Rows - became the oldest all-female crew to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

They were one of 26 teams who took part in the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which is regarded as the toughest rowing race on Earth.

The ladies, from York and Selby, arrived in Antigua on 25 February after setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 20 December.

Despite battling through a hurricance, being hit in the face by flying fish, equipment failures and other hair-raising moments, they say the experience was "amazing" and "a privilege".

Niki and Frances have been telling Stray FM about the trip of a lifetime:

The Yorkshire Rows were supported by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.

Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: "It's outstanding, it's inspirational, it's incredible, it's extraordinary and four ordinary ladies that have done that, so we salute them, take our hats off to them and every other accolade that could possibly go their way - they deserve it all. It's quite, quite remarkable.

"They're great ambassadors for the county. We're in awe of what they've done and what they're going to do in the future. They came into the office four months ago and said would we help and support, and it was the easiest decision I've had to make in eight years here."

Yorkshire Rows

The Yorkshire Rows with Sir Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire