Having already passed the halfway mark, The Yorkshire Rows now have less than 1,300 nautical miles to go to the finish line in Antigua. Aiming to become the oldest all-women crew to row an ocean, the friends have faced a hurricane and attacks from flying fish along their journey.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.The phenomenon started four years ago with the Warwick Rowing men's squad.Then, the following year, the Warwick women's team joined the fray.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.There was de facto discrimination, and the feeling was that women might belong on paper, but they were far from belonging in the most important ways.simultaneously removed their clothes in front of administrator Joni Barnett." data-reactid="43"So the Yale women, led by a rower named Chris Ernst, wrote “Title IX” on each other’s backs in blue felt-tip pen, and simultaneously removed their clothes in front of administrator Joni Barnett.Then Ernst read a letter that began, “These are the bodies Yale is exploiting.”[Related: Elena Pirozhkova’s improbable journey from Russia to become an American wrestler]" data-reactid="45"[Related: Elena Pirozhkova’s improbable journey from Russia to become an American wrestler]The New York Times picked up the story, as did newspapers around the world. The rest is sports and societal history, as rowing has become one of the major beneficiaries of Title IX.
Title IX was about four years old by then, but new laws don’t automatically bring change.Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news RIO DE JANEIRO — Forty years later, 40 years after the naked protest, a group of the finest American athletes got into boats in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer on Sunday, and rowed to glory. women’s eight – coxswain Katelin Snyder, Amanda Elmore, Elle Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Tessa Gobbo, Lauren Schmetterling, Amanda Polk, Kerry Simmonds and Emily Regan – won the 998th Summer Games gold medal in American history Saturday.It was not the climax of decades of change, because the change keeps coming, but it is a fitting place to stop and look back. There on the sunlit Brazilian bay, they added another brick to their rising reputation as one of the top dynasties in Olympics history.Mrs Banaddi added they have not washed their hair during their month at sea and personal hygiene now consists of a wash down with baby wipes and application of surgical spirit to their behinds and hands. Along with a power failure that left them steering by hand, using a compass and manually converting sea water into drinking water, one of the team suffered from seasickness while Ms Doeg, who celebrated her 45th birthday on the boat, suffered a bruised coccyx in a fall.But they described an “amazing” highlight - rowing with a whale and a pod of dolphins. The team are raising money to build a Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in Leeds and for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.