March 19, 1999
Class Day: Washington opens the 1999 crew season with its traditional Class Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut, Saturday, March 20 beginning at 10 a.m.
The Class Day Regatta is a competition between the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes which celebrates the start of the racing season. Crews are formed to represent each class, with the mens fastest freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior eights competing for the Geroge M. Varnell Cup and the womens fastest freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior eights rowing off for The Seattle Times Cup. The race schedule includes a mens varsity/novice challenge and a womens varsity/novice challenge as well.
The Montlake Course: The start line for home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Governor A.D. Rosellini (Evergreen Point) Floating Bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of Montlake Cut, or from the Montlake Bridge.
San Diego Crew Classic: The Huskies travel to the 24th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, March 27-28. The event, this year held a week early than usual, is the second largest rowing regatta in North America and features over 80 races during the two days of competition. It is the traditional kickoff for racing season and features a number of the top collegiate crews from around the country.
Both the Husky mens and womens varsity eights will be defending their titles in the premier races of the regatta; the men aim for fifth straight Copley Cup while the women look to extend a streak of seven straight Whittier Cup titles. It was a clean sweep for the Husky women last year, as they also will be defending titles in the junior varsity and novice eight races.