Nov. 13, 2008
SEATTLE - The competition field for the 2009 Windermere Cup Regatta has been set and will include the Brazilian national team, marking the first time a South American team has ever rowed the Windermere Cup.
"This is very exciting for the University of Washington, the Windermere company and the Seattle Yacht Club," said women's head coach Bob Ernst. "It's totally new. We've had teams from the southern hemisphere come out before - Australia and New Zealand have both raced the Windermere Cup - but never a team from South America."
The Brazilian Rowing Confederation will compete against the men's and women's varsity eights.
In addition to the Brazilian national team, the University of Miami (Fla.) will send a women's varsity eight and a women's second varsity eight, while Oregon State will send a men's varsity eight, a men's second varsity eight and a freshman eight.
The Hurricanes are coached by Robbie Tenenbaum, an assistant coach at Washington during the 2006-07 season. He left the UW to become the head coach of Miami, where his crew finished fifth at last year's ACC Championships and his varsity eight won the C final of last year's Aramark South/Central Regional Sprints.
"Robbie [Tenenbaum] is building his program in Miami," said Ernst. "As a former Washington coach, he knows this is a cool event and he wants his kids to be a part of it. I think it's great that they're coming out."
The Windermere Cup began in 1987 and has been contested every year since. The Husky men's varsity eight has won 16 times in the regatta's 22 years and two straight since 2007. The Washington women's varsity eight has taken 14 of 22 races, including back-to-back victories in 2007 and 2008.