The incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way, proving it's never too late to go on a life-changing adventure, experience the beauty and power of the elements, push the very limits of your abilities and rediscover who you are.
Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women, all juggling full-time jobs alongside being mothers to each of their two children. They could never be described as athletes, but they were determined to be busy, and the local Saturday morning rowing club was the perfect place to go to have a laugh and a gossip, get the blood pumping in the open air and feel invigorated. Brought together by their love of rowing, they quickly became firm friends, and it wasn't long before they cooked up a crazy idea over a few glasses of wine: together, they were going to do something that fewer people than had gone into space or climbed Everest had succeeded in doing. They were going to cross 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Yes, they had children and husbands that they would be leaving behind for two months; yes, they had businesses to run, mortgages to pay and responsibilities. And there was that little thing of them all being in their 40s and 50s. But two years of planning, preparation, fundraising, training and difficult conversations later, they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, petrified, exhilarated and ready to head up the race of their lives. This is the story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life but for life not to escape them.
If this book doesn't make every Mum out there look at themselves and see how amazing they are and what they can do if they really put their mind to it, then nothing will. I laughed and cried my way through this book - thank you ladies for shaking off the shackles of everyday life and going on this adventure. You reminded me of the adventures I went on when I was younger and whenever I get in that slump about motherhood/wife hood/work, I now remember what I was and am and am looking for my next big adventure!!
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didn't want it to end . loved following their journey through the up and down of the waves
Nice to listen to a good adventure what these ladies had, a lot of hard work and determination paid of in the end,and they did it. Well done ladies. The book is good to listen to on audible, feels like your at sea with them. Would definitely recommend this book to either read or in audible.
Incredibly uplifting, inspirational story with a hefty dollop of yorkshire humour! A lovely change from the usual adventure tales.
I felt inspired listening to the account of these 4 women who rowed the Atlantic. It is very interesting to hear about their preparation, struggles during the journey and the adjustments they had to make to life back on land afterwards.
A fantastic book. Makes me want to get out there and have an adventure of my own. Realistic, funny, inspiring. Well done ladies you should be very proud.
What an inspiration, if you think you can't do something, read this book.#thisgirlcan. Had me laughing, crying and all emotions in-between.
Such a story of ordinary lives with characters we recognise who develop the yearnings of contemporary life, the desire for self fulfillment, into real ambition and determination. And ofcourse it is about four women, who are professionals and mothers not men...where the fact they are fathers would never get a mention or be questioned. It is told so well with humour, honesty and true emotion. Wonderful - laughed out loud and moved to tears with them at the end. I challenge men to read it and understand women a little more! And ofcourse celebrate more amazing sporting prowess from not just 'England' but that special place Yorkshire!
This book is amazing and an absolute inspiration for women of all ages but especially women of a 'certain age'! I have laughed and cried with this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Best line ever in a book " I'll have the diclof***its"! Really loved it and sorry it ended. Well done ladies!!