Nov. 11, 2007
SEATTLE - The Head of the Lake Regatta was delayed, then the course was shortened and finally the Washington crews withdrew from the event Sunday due to high winds on the Lake Washington Ship Canal course.
Last year's Head of the Lake competition was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions in Seattle that caused unsafe rowing conditions.
On Sunday, 15-mile-per-hour winds swept across the course. The races were delayed for over an hour and eventually regatta organizers decided to shorten the course, ending just past Portage Bay.
The original three-mile course started at the east end of the Montlake Cut and traveled through Portage Bay before going into Lake Union, past Gas Works Park and to the finish line just west of the Fremont Bridge.
By the time race officials opted to shorten the course and resume racing, the UW coaches had already decided to take their crews off the water.
Sunday marked the final event on UW's fall racing schedule. The Huskies' 2008 season gets underway March 29 with the annual Class Day Regatta.