wilderness LECTURES

Four Mums in a Boat

The Yorkshire Rows: Janette Benaddi on 07/03/2018 19:30

Advance £10.50, Door £11.00, Concession £10.00

Chemistry Theatre, University of Bristol
The Yorshire Rows (c) Ben Duffy

In 2015 Janette Benaddi, along with 3 other Yorkshire mums, Niki Doeg, Helen Butters and Frances Davies, became the first women to row across the North Sea. A year later Janette was Skipper of the Yorkshire Rows Team and with the same 3 women successfully rowed 3000 Nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean to gain a Guinness world record for being the oldest women to do so.

Despite poor performance at school Janette eventually qualified as a nurse, a teacher and a counsellor. She is also a very successful business woman, but she is not an adventurer and would never have dreamed that one day she would row across an ocean in a small rowing boat. The taste of an adventure has inspired her and in 2020 Janette will set off with her husband Ben to sail around the world. Janette is co-author of the book “Four mums in a boat” and is currently writing a book about her business adventures. She is passionate about helping SMEs to flourish and grow as well as enjoying her work as a Non-Executive Director. Janette Benaddi is a business woman, international speaker and consultant to the life science industries.


Arriving in Antigua (c) Ben Duffy

Yorkshire Rows is a team of four formidable mums from Yorkshire who are the first women to row across the North Sea and who also hold a world record for rowing across the Atlantic. First impressions of these courageous women is that they are not professional sports women, rather they are ordinary working mums who "dared to dream". The women, all from Yorkshire, took up rowing at a local club 4 years ago. Each week after taking their children to school they would venture out onto the river Ouse and learn to row, rounded off with tea and cakes and then straight back to work in the afternoon. In January 2013 they decided to take on the herculean task of entering the world's toughest rowing race, the 3000 nautical miles from The Canaries to Antigua. It took almost 3 years to plan and prepare for the voyage. Their story is incredible, inspiring, motivating, humbling and funny. Janette is typically “Yorkshire” she tells the story with honesty and passion whilst sharing valuable life lessons and a convincing pitch that anyone no matter who you are can have an adventure. You will leave this lecture wanting to cross your own ocean

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