On November 3rd and 4th, Belen Jesuit crew's varsity and freshman teams traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to compete in the annual Head of the Hooch, the last of the most prominent and competitive fall regattas.
Chattanooga is a beautiful, charming southern town which is split by the meandering Tennessee River. The entire waterfront has been redeveloped allowing for a multitude of points from which to watch the boats—from various bridges, the finish line, or even from your hotel room. And just as you know you will be treated to spectacular colors of foliage, you can also bank on Belen Jesuit Crew putting on a dominating performance.
Despite the team being comprised of many lightweight rowers, Coach Yunian elected to race in open weight categories were Belen captured several top-10 finishes. Perennial rivals—Miami Rowing Club and Miami Beach Rowing, as well as Ransom Everglades where all present, but Belen Jesuit Crew continued to lead all lightweight events, notably the LW8+ which took the gold for the 5th time in the last 6 years, and the LW4+ which earned a bronze.
Thanks to all crew parents and families that made this a truly memorable weekend of racing and as always, a special thank you to Coach Yunian and Coach Waya for their leadership and unwavering faith in our boys. Next up, the Middle School team will travel to Tampa to compete in the Fall Sprints on December 8.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.