Ocean to Ocean, a luxury regatta

Amidst floral bouquets, the girls of Nossa Vitoria laughed, hugged, and toasted with glasses of champagne to celebrate their performance as the big hit of the aquatic event.

The Ocean to Ocean regatta, Centenary Cup, organized by the Balboa Rowing Club, witnessed the female supremacy of Nossa Vitoria, the four-queen team who won yesterday, after three days of competition, with a time of 5 hours, 24 minutes, and 44 seconds.

María Antonia Vergara, Nimia Gómez, Nicole Stump y Cristel Correa completaron más rápido las 47 millas náuticas que comprendía el recorrido en la edición 61 de esta regata.

María Antonia Vergara, Nimia Gómez, Nicole Stump, and Cristel Correa were the fastest to complete the 47 nautical miles of the 61st edition of this race.

"It was tough. The hardest part was on the lake (Gatún). We suffered extreme conditions: the current overtook us and the canoe filled up with water, but we worked together to overcome it," commented the girls.

Asked for the key to their victory, they assured that they couldn't have done it without teamwork, which is what they always try to do in competitions.

Along with Nossa Vitoria, another canoe team that signed the book of winners was Joey Rock, in the men's division of the same category.

Alfredo Herrera, one of their rowers, indicated that this was their third time winning this event.

Joey Rock came in first by clocking in at 4:48.13.

In the open mixed category, Saga was victorious with a time of 5:29.16.

Chava, in the juvenile division, took the championship title as predicted with a time of 5:28.10.

"This victory means a lot to us, after the number of months we've been training, all of the effort we've put into it, and it was pretty monumental since it was during the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. We are really pleased. The current Chava team retires this year but will be coming back for the next race with new members," expressed Alfredo Orillac, a member of the triumphant rowing squad.

In the female category, the Río Teta canoe recorded a 6:01.55 time to win.

In the mixed youth division, Almost won with a time of 5:42.39.

The regatta began on Friday in the province of Colón and the race route was the length of the interoceanic waterway. In celebration of the Panama Canal's 100 years of service, the boats were allowed to pass through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks.

Source: Panamá América