Oops moment for Atlantic rower Helen Butters on BBC Breakfast


The all-female Yorkshire Rows team ended up revealing more than expected when they joined BBC Breakfast to talk about their record-breaking trip across the Atlantic.

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted that one clip of the foursome at sea briefly showed Helen Butters, 45, naked from the waist down.

The four Yorkshire mothers - Butters, Janette Bennadi, Frances Davies and Niki Doeg - did not notice the slip but told Breakfast hosts Dan Walker and Louise Minchin that being naked was an occupational hazard.

Bennadi, 51, said: "It was so wet all the time - to wear clothes all the time was a bit silly really because they'd just get wet and they'd take a long time to dry so it was easier (to be naked)."

But it was unfortunately the exposed Butters who was hesitant about stripping in front of her friends.

She admitted: "I was the last one to embrace my nakedness."

The accidental flash was not missed by viewers, particularly men, who took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Chris Saunders tweeted, "Was it really necessary for such a gratuitous naked crotch shot of Yorkshire Rows at 6.46am today? Nearly put me off my coffee."

But Robert Currey wrote, "Congratulations to wonderful, naked Yorkshire Rows ladies who rowed the Atlantic. Surprised & admittedly delighted at BBC Breakfast uncoverage."

Another asked the important question: "Who is going to play her part in the imminent movie? ... Sharon Stone?"

Yorkshire Rows set a Guinness World Record as the oldest all-female crew to cross an ocean when they arrived in English Harbour, Antigua, on February 25, 67 days and five hours after leaving La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

They were competing in the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Butters said: "It was such an amazing experience, it was such a tough challenge and that's probably the fun side (shown in the clip) ... It was more survival than a rowing race."