The history of the Windermere Cup goes back to 1987 when a local Seattle entrepreneur set out to raise the bar of competition for rowing in the Pacific Northwest. The first event matched UW men's and women's crew against rowers from the then Soviet Union. Since that time, the cup has been a spring tradition for UW Crew and for locals who like to turn out and see some of the best rowers in the world compete on the beautiful Montlake Cut.
That tradition renews today with the running of the 29th Windermere Cup Regatta. Washington will be hosting some stiff competition in this year's contest including rowers from the current world champion New Zealand national team, Colombia University and the University of Virginia.
Washington's Men's team is currently the top ranked program in the country and is the reigning four-time National Champions. The Women's team is currently ranked 4th in the country and is coming off a split with its long-time rival, #2 Cal.
The matchup between Washington and New Zealand's under-23 team, the "Kiwi 8", is particularly interesting given that many of these same rowers faced off with one another in last year's U23 championships. The Kiwi's boast a strong program that has won those championships two straight years.
If you can't get out to the Cut but are interested in following the audio of the race results online, you can do so right here.
The Windermere Cup Regatta will begin at 10am PT. The Opening Day Boat Parade follows the regatta starting at around noon. You can find a full schedule of events right here.
Here is a map to help you plan your day should you decide to head out to enjoy the boats and root on your Huskies: