News from NAG – April 2016
Mention nudity and you can bet your bottom dollar that the British press will pounce on it, often to the delight of their readers. The Telegraph (21/02/2016) was just one newspaper among many that reported the four women of Yorkshire Row were rowing the Atlantic naked. Four weeks into a trans-Atlantic challenge, they blogged they had run out of clean clothes, so their boat was like a ‘nudist camp’. Well, nearly. They were still wearing their safety harnesses and lifejackets.
Rowing naked is more common than you might imagine, as shown by a Daily Mail article from 2011 when Naomi Hoogesteger was the only woman in a crew of six on another Atlantic crossing.
There is a good reason for being naked on these occasions, however, as the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge website explained, it means the rowers are not