April 29, 1998
1998 WINDERMERE CUP RACES
The University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate present what has become a showcase of competitive rowing -- the 12th annual Windermere Cup races. The Windermere Cup Races are the feature event of the 29th annual Opening Day Regatta on Lake Washingtons Montlake Cut, held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Clubs annual celebration of the opening of yachting season. This year, Washington again welcomes top international competition as the Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association mens crew and the British National womens crew will compete in the Windermere Cup. Both teams are among the best in the world, according to UW mens coach and rowing program coordinator Bob Ernst, and Nottinghamshire was sole crew to hand the Husky mens varsity a loss in 1997. In addition, the University of Virginia will compete in the womens Windermere Cup. The schedule also features a 16-race lineup that includes the seventh annual Windermere Cascade Cup, featuring Washingtons mens and womens junior varsity eights in a 2,000-meter race against the varsity eights from top colleges in the Northwest. A second boat from Nottinghamshire along with varsity crews from Gonzaga, Oregon State, Pacific Lutheran, and Western Washington will compete against Washingtons junior varsity eight in the mens Windermere Cascade Cup, while the womens competitors for the Cascade Cup include varsity eights from Gonzaga, Oregon State, and Western Washington.
For the first time ever, the lineup includes the Windermere Challenge Cup - pitting the mens and womens United States and Canadian National teams against each other.
The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the opening of yachting season since 1970, and womens intercollegiate races were added to the schedule in 1976. The regatta is the preliminary event to the yacht club parade, sponsored annually by the Seattle Yacht Club. Tie-up moorage for boats is available on both sides of Montlake Cut, extending out from the Cut toward the start line of the race in Lake Washington, providing an ideal setting for spectators to view both the regatta and the parade of yachts which follows. Thousands of spectators line the cut, both on land and water, to enjoy the water activities.
THE COURSE: All races cover 2,000 meters on the Montlake Cut course. The course runs east to west, parallel to the Governor A.D. Rosellini (Evergreen Point) Floating Bridge. The finish line is on the Portage Bay end of the Cut. Lanes are numbered from South to North, with Lane 1 being the furthest South, closest to the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge.
CREWS ARRIVALS: The British women arrived April 27 and are practicing here at UW. The Nottinghamshire crew will arrive Wednesday evening, after their Monday flight was cancelled. The US National teams arrive Wednesday evening. The Virginia women are set to arrive Thursday morning and the Canadian national teams will arrive that afternoon. All crews depart Seattle, Sun., May 3.
1998 Windermere Cup Races
Live Race Coverage on
KOMO Radio AM 1000
9:15 a.m. - noon
Bring your portable radios to the Cut. KOMO Radio (AM 1000) broadcasts the Windermere Cup / Opening Day Regatta live as part of its KOMO Radio Presents Opening Day 98 and Greatest Spectacle in Rowing coverage of the 29th Annual Opening Day Regatta. Novice women's coach Eleanor McElvaine joins Chuck Nelson and KOMO broadcasters Bob Rondeau, Paul Tosch, and Mark Allan (also a fromer Husky oarsman) in providing the primary description of the crew races. KOMOs coverage of the Windermere Cup begins at 9:15 a.m.
Delayed Race Coverage on Fox Sports Northwest
Saturday 9 p.m.
Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast a one hour recap of the Windermere Cup Races, with features about Washington rowing and the Windermere Cup participants and festivities Saturday night at 9 p.m. Recaps will also be shown May 10 at noon, May 11 at 9 p.m., May 21st at 3 p.m. and May 30 at 10 a.m. Tod Pickett of Fox Sports Northwest will team up with Betsy Beard, and former Washington rowing coach Dick Erickson.
Montlake Bridge: The Montlake Bridge, which spans the Montlake Cut race course, will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 10 a.m., making it an ideal vantage point to view the races which begin at 10:20 a.m. The Montlake Bridge will be raised at the conclusion of the rowing regatta, at approximately 11:40 a.m., and will remain in the raised position throughout the Seattle Yacht Club's yacht parade, which lasts approximately two hours. Motorists and pedestrians alike will have to use alternate routes.
East Montlake Park: Located at the southwest end of the Cut, is a good place to watch the finish of the race, but crowds along the Cut will prevent viewing much more than the last 200 meters of the 2,000-meter race.
The University of Washington Property Along the Cut: The north side of the Cut, or the side nearest the University, is available for public viewing. The east end offers a view of the shells as they enter the Cut. The west end offers a view of the shells as they approach the finish line.
Lake Washington Ship Canal Trail: The Ship Canal Trail, running parallel to the Cut on the south side of the Cut offers a view similar to that on the University of Washington side of the Cut. It is accessible by stairway or trail from the Montlake Bridge, or via sidewalk at the end of Shelby Street near the Museum of History and Industry.
Boat Moorage: Tie-up moorage for boats is available on both sides of Montlake Cut, extending from the Cut toward the start line of the race in Lake Washington. Moorage is generally available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but is dependent on boat size as to where on the log boom space is available.
University Parking Lots, supervised by the University Parking Division, will be available for public parking for $5 per vehicle. This includes parking lots around Husky Stadium (E11, E10, E12) and the Montlake Parking Lot (E1) north of the Intercollegiate Athletics and Intramural Athletics buildings. Cut Closure
The Montlake Cut closes to boat traffic during the Windermere Cup Races and the Seattle Yacht Club Parade of Yachts. The Cut opening on the west end closes to boat traffic at 9:45 a.m. and on the east end at 10 a.m. The Cut reopens to boat traffic at 4 p.m.
1998 Windermere Cup Race Schedule
Sat., May 2, 1998
Time Event Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 10:20 Mens Masters 8 (30+) SYC LWRC UBRC SRA 10:22 Mens Masters 8 (50+) LGRC MRA PRC GLC 10:24 Mixed Masters 8 (40+) SYC MBC VIRC FRC 10:26 Womens Masters 8 (40+) MRC LWRC SYC CRC 10:28 Womens Masters 8 (50+) IRC MM GLC MRA 10:33 Mens Varsity 4+ UW-A OSU UW-B SPU 10:35 Womens Varsity 4+ UW-A GONZ WSU UW-B SPU 10:39 Womens Open 8 UW-A UW-B UPS UW-C 10:43 Mens Open 8 UW-A UO OSU NW 10:45 Womens Jr. 8 ORU MBC GL GORG 10:49 Mens Jr. 8 GLC OS BRENT NW JR. 10:51 Womens Novice 8 UW-A PLU UW-B WWU 10:55 Mens Frosh 8 UW-A OSU UW-B GONZ 10:57 Womens Windermere Cascade Cup UW GONZ PLU WWU 11:07 Mens Windermere Cascade Cup UW CRRA OSU WWU GONZ 11:10 Womens Windermere Challenge Cup CAN USA 11:14 Mens Windermere Challenge Cup USA CAN 11:22 Womens Windermere Cup UW GB UVA 11:32 Mens Windermere Cup UW NCRA
Legend BRENT - Brentwood College WWU - Western Washington University CAN - Canadian National Crew WSU - Washington State University CRC - Conibear Rowing Club VIRC - Vashon Island Rowing Club FRC - Falcon Rowing Club UVA - University of Virginia GB - Great Britain National Team UW - University of Washington GLC - Green Lake Crew GONZ - Gonzaga University GORG - The Gorge-Canada IRC - Interlachen Rowing Club, Seattle LGRC - Los Gatos Rowing Club, Calif. LWRC - Lake Washington Rowing Club MBC - Mount Baker Crew MM - Marthas Moms MRA - Marin Rowing Association, Ca. MRC - Moonstruck Rowing Club NCRA - Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association, Great Britain NW - Northwest Qualifier TBA OS - Oakland Strokes, Calif. OSU - Oregon State University PLU - Pacific Lutheran University PRC - Pocock Rowing Center SPU - Seattle Pacific University SRA - Sammamish Rowing Association SYC - Seattle Yacht Club UBRC - Union Bay Rowing Club UO - University of Oregon UPS - University of Puget Sound USA - United States National Team