Dundee Kindness celebrates some of the people, organisations and businesses who have gone out of their way to help Dundee during the present pandemic. David Scott, who is a rower at Wormit, was instrumental in WBC being included in the exhibition.
Catalina Rowing at Wormit Boating Club, 07 November 2020
Margaret Brown, Joan Cunningham, Alex John, Dai John and Jock Owen take to the water in The Flying Boat early on a foggy Saturday morning.
Named after the Catalina Flying Boats used by 333 Squadron of the Royal Norwegian Air Force while based on the River Tay, Catalina Rowing at Wormit Boating Club is part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, an organisation formed in 2010 to encourage community boat building, rowing and racing around the Scottish Coastline. With a membership of over 70 people, most with little or no previous boating experience, Catalina Rowing row socially all year round while also competing in regattas across the country. Before the pandemic free taster sessions were offered every Saturday alongside larger events like the Dundee’s International Woman’s Day celebrations which saw woman of all ages try coastal rowing for the first time. After lockdown they were among the first clubs back on the water going to great lengths to ensure Covid safety and in September won East Fife Sports Council Club of the Year in recognition of their generous, inclusive community spirit.
“It’s been a great experience and to me three things are important. The sport itself is a growing, vibrant, pan-Scottish international organisation which is both fun and competitive giving people a real sense of shared endeavour. The second thing is the community which is all inclusive and welcoming of people from all walks of life and all ages who have in common a desire to do something challenging and rewarding. The final thing is the setting, this is putting people in the community back in touch with their river and more broadly with the Scottish coastline and countryside. That is a really important part of the overall benefit that people derive from this sport in terms of their well being and their awareness and enjoyment of the country that they live in.”
Dai John, Catalina Rowing
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