On a typical Wednesday
we’ll go down the jetty after school
with wellies and life jackest
get the boat out,
footrests in, pegs for the oars.
The cox shouts. The bow works hardest.
The stroke at the stern
sets the pace, leads the speed, keeps the time.
The two middle seats
are where the power comes from.
We’ll do exercises, starts, turns, sprints
sometimes go right across the loch.
In races it’s competitive.
We always get blisters.
But when we’re practicing
it’s just good fun.
Obviously if we had an engine
we wouldn’t have to work as hard
but it wouldn’t be the same.
We’ve accomplished something
and we’re really good friends.
(With thanks to Ania Lintern, Lexie MacAskill, Bronia Adrian and Laila Inglis, from the Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club and congratulations on their successes in various national and international rowing competitions)