March 28, 2013
SEATTLE- Washington officially kicks off its 2013 racing season this weekend with the 112th Annual Class Day Regatta. It’s a long-standing tradition in Husky Crew history, featuring races between boats filled with oarsmen and oarswomen representing their graduating classes and competing to earn bragging rights in the shellhouse. The races begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the Montlake Cut.
The weekend’s festivities include more than just the main event on Saturday morning. On Friday evening the Huskies will host the Varsity Boat Club banquet in the Conibear Shellhouse dining room. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m. Eric Cohen, Washington Rowing Class of 1982 and master Husky Crew historian will be the guest speaker at the event. Please contact Al Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Space is limited.
Before the races on Saturday morning, alumni from the women’s rowing program will be facing off against each other on their old stomping grounds. The alumni event begins at 8 a.m.
Following the conclusion of the races there will be an awards ceremony on the dock at Conibear Shellhouse. Ed Guzman, assistant sports editor for the Seattle Times, will be presenting the awards to the winning classes. During the ceremony the Huskies will announce their 2013 Captains and the Most Inspirational award winners, as well as name the recipients of the Schaller and Dick Erickson Scholarships. A new shell will be dedicated after the announcement of award winners.
The annual Class Day “Cruise with Croissants” on the Argosy Boat “Goodtime II” will set out on Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m. with a tour around Laurelhurst, Sandpoint and across to the east side of Lake Washington. Guests on the cruise will have an up close and personal view of the races and will disembark to catch the award ceremony after. Space is very limited. Please contact Dwight Phillips at 206-550-0254 to find out more information.
In conjunction with the Class Day events the Huskies will also be hosting an Open House for all high school athletes and their parents at Conibear Shellhouse. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Satuarday. The program includes an informational session with the coaches and academic staff at the University of Washington. The athletes and their parents have a chance to learn more about the collegiate recruiting process and how to become a part of Washington Rowing. The program will conclude with a tour of the boathouse. To RSVP click here.
The forecast is calling for Sunny skies this weekend so it should be a great day to get out and support Washington Rowing as the begin their 2013 campaign.
Class Day Race Schedule
Race 1: Women’s Varsity/Novice Challenge 10 a.m.
Race 2: Men’s Varsity/Freshmen Challenge 10:10 a.m.
Race 3: The Seattle Times Women’s Eight 10:20 a.m.
Race 4: George M. Varnell Men’s Eight 10:30 a.m.