Nov. 10, 2006
Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington will wrap up its fall rowing season on Sunday at the annual Head of the Lake Regatta. The Huskies will enter boats in eight events. Competition set to begin at 8 a.m.
The Regatta is hosted by the Lake Washington Rowing Club, will take place on Sunday with more than 2,500 rowers competing in 57 separate events in some 500 boats.
The 2-mile course begins at the east end of the Montlake Cut and takes crews through the Montlake Cut, Portage Bay, around the spectator viewing area at Gas Works Park and to the finish line just west of the Fremont Bridge in the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Spectators can view the Head of the Lake Regatta free of charge from anywhere along the 3-mile course, but the best spot for viewing the race is at Gas Works Park on the north tip of Lake Union where crews enter the final mile of the race.
The "head" races are a break from the straight, 2,000-meter courses customarily contested by collegians. Teams begin from a single-file line with boats starting at approximately 15-second intervals apart. There will be brief breaks between events of approximately one minute.
Numerous collegiate crews will compete along with the Huskies at Sunday's Head of the Lake competition, including Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia. In addition to athletes representing west coast rowing clubs, athletes from many of the top East Coast rowing clubs including the New York Athletic Club (New York, NY), Potomac Boat Club (Washington DC) and Undine Barge Club (Philadelphia, Penn.) will compete in the 2006 event.
Free parking is available at Husky Stadium (Lot E-12) with a free shuttle running every 15 minutes to Gas Works Park and the finish line in Fremont. The shuttle runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Husky rowers competed in one other head race this fall, with the men's varsity taking the collegiate title at the Head of the Charles and the women's varsity finishing in fourth place among the collegiate competitors.
This weekend's races complete Washington's brief fall racing season. The 2007 season gets underway March 24 with the annual Class Day Regatta.