A forecast of rain and wind didn’t stop hundreds of rowers from throughout Florida and beyond from competing in the 39th annual Miami International Regatta Sunday.
Almost 70 races were held with winners getting trophies in the 24 major competitions. Among the 780 rowers who competed were everyone from novices to those in serious varsity competitions, with both male and female races.
The event is sponsored by the Miami Rowing Club and is one of the oldest high school regattas in the country, its popularity bolstered by the fact that few rowing hot spots – many of which are in the northeast –can hold races during winter months.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is the only high school in Miami with a rowing team, and participated in the event.
The Belen team is made up of 58 students, from grades 6-12.
For many on the Belen team, rowing represents the only time they totally disconnect from technology and other modern aspects of life. The sport tests teamwork as much as strength.
“We are very proud of crew team and wish them the best of luck as they represent Belen at this prestigious Regatta,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President, before the races.
The races took place in the waters just off 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, with the start the rowing club at the end near the Rusty Pelican Restaurant.
Rowing is considered a legacy sport, one of the oldest intercollegiate sports in the country and world.