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Waterway claims victory at Palm Beach Rowing Regatta

By Rachel Leigh bio | email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - Seasons 52 won the Bartender's Cup for the Palm Beach Rowing Regatta this past fall; however, Capital Grill, Panama Hatties, Outback and Waterway are ready to give them a row for their money.

The PGA restaurant teams met Saturday on the Intracoastal between Waterway Cafe and Panama Hatties. Captain Bill VanDresser ran back and forth with each heat making sure the competition remained friendly and fair.

When do they start getting tired? "This crews start getting tired in about 10 strokes," said VanDresser.

How many strokes do they have to take? "Well, it's 750 meters, so there's a lot."

But the teams are prepared as they've been practicing for months. And Seasons 52's Ricardo Diaz-Irizarry and Larissa Jones are pretty confident all they're practicing will pay off.

"We're Seasons 52, and we're here to stay," Ricardo said.

His teammate and coworker, Larissa, added, "We're not going home with anything other than first prize."

They sure had their work cut out for them. "It was neck and neck pretty much the whole time, but at the very end, you just pulled it through," said Rachel.

"It took everything we could do to make it happen," replied Ricardo. "We just kept saying, 'Go'! We just gave it a 100 percent the whole time."

"It's all about working together," Larissa chimed in.

Unfortunately, Seasons 52's assistant general manager Troy Boane got stuck with me as a partner. Troy quickly learned this isn't my speciality. Three out of three isn't so bad.

So, Troy and I aren't the greatest example of teamwork, but Ricardo and Larissa have it down, "A lot of practice," said Ricardo. "Get the timing right, getting good rhythm and pushing ourselves every time."

In the end, however, it was Waterway who took home the Bartender's Cup. Seasons 52 will try to win it back on the next Rowing Regatta set for October 10.

Regardless of who crosses the finish line first, however, the real winners are the young rowers at the Palm Beach Marine Institute which is what this rowing is all about.

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