Nov. 12, 2004
SEATTLE - The University of Washington concludes its fall competitive rowing season this weekend during the annual Head of the Lake Regatta.
Hosted by the Lake Washington Rowing Club, the Regatta takes place Sunday with a busy 35-race schedule involving over 400 crews. Racing begins at 8 a.m. on a 4,800-meter course.
The events start at the north end of Lake Union, continue through Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut into Union Bay, where a wide 180 degree turn points boats toward the finish line, near the Huskies' Conibear Shellhouse.
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 join the Huskies at Sunday's Head of the Lake competition, including Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, UCLA and Washington State.
The Head of the Lake Regatta showcases collegiate rowers, as well as junior and masters competitors. The 35 races range from single sculls, doubles and fours to eight-oared crews. The featured events are the men's and women's open competition for eight-oared crews.
The Husky rowers competed in one other head race this fall. All four UW crews that competed won their events Oct. 30 at the Portland Loop Regatta on the Willamette River.
This weekend's races complete Washington's brief fall racing season. The 2005 season gets underway March 26 with the annual Class Day Regatta.