Zooming: DIANE MARA and BARB PREVEDELLO
Rowing is the kind of sport that takes over your life. Dilettantes need not apply. It’s a full-body workout that demands strength, a strong core, good balance, co-ordination and endurance. Masters races are 1,000 metres long; “head” races, where boats start 10 or 20 seconds apart, may be four kilometres. Barb Prevedello instantly fell in love with it during a visit to the Hanlan Boat Club in Toronto when she was in her 40s.
You row facing backwards, so it’s Di Mara, a retired realtor, at the stern of this double scull. Prevedello, in the bow, helps run her family’s business, including Prevedello and Mathews, a wine importing company. But she admits she’s focused on rowing all summer. She has to be on the water just after dawn.
“There’s a serenity on the water at that time of day. We’re a mile off Toronto. It’s a great way to start your day,” she says.