Patricia Carswell |

‘You can talk about the races and the competitiveness, but it’s about the camaraderie between your pals’

As we get back to rowing on the water, Patricia Carswell talks to four rowers about the last few months and the enjoyment of being part of a rowing community

The last year has been a bizarre mix of mastering new technology, exercising over Zoom and experimenting with new forms of fitness. We catch up with four rowers from different areas of the sport and find out how they’ve coped with lockdown, what they’ve missed and what they’re looking forward to most about rowing on the water.  

Julia Garritt, skiff rower

Julia started rowing at university about 30 years ago and has rowed on and off ever since. She now lives in Dundee and rows St Ayles skiffs on the River Tay – both social rowing at Wormit and competitive rowing at Broughty Ferry.

“They are very beautiful areas,” she says. “It’s gorgeous – you get lovely sunsets and lots of wildlife. We have beavers, herons, otters and lots of sea birds.”

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