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The University of Washington has participated in a regatta as part of the Seattle Yacht Club's opening day of boating season since 1970. In 1987, John Jacobi, founder of Windermere Real Estate, was inspired by a Seattle Timesarticle written by Blaine Newnham, that called out a need to increase the level of competition for the event. Jacobi called a meeting with UW coaches Dick Erickson (men's crew), and Bob Ernst (women's crew), and asked the questions "who are the best rowers in the world?" and "what will it take to get them here for this event?"
Bob Ernst, who was also the national team coach at the time, suggested the Soviet Union, whose men and women's teams were the defending world champions. Jacobi and Windermere, agreed to sponsor the cost of bringing the teams to the US for occasion. Ernst worked his connections to make it happen, and the Windermere Cup, which has since become a Pacific Northwest tradition, was born.
Men's Windermere Cup Results
Year First Second Third Fourth 2012 WASHINGTON Argentina Virginia Oregon State 2011 WASHINGTON Stanford Cambridge 2010 WASHINGTON Syracuse Oxford 2009 WASHINGTON Oregon State Brazil 2008 WASHINGTON Poland Naval Academy 2007 WASHINGTON Purdue Waikato University-New Zealand 2006 Russian National Team WASHINGTON Michigan 2005 WASHINGTON Czech Republic Cornell 2004 WASHINGTON Navy Italy 2003 WASHINGTON Northeastern Poland 2002 WASHINGTON Stanford China 2001 Croatia Olympic Team University of Victoria WASHINGTON 2000 WASHINGTON Navy Egyptian National Team 1999 WASHINGTON New Zealand National Team 1998 WASHINGTON Nottinghamshire County Rowing 1997 WASHINGTON Australian National Team 1996 WASHINGTON Yale Russian National Team 1995 WASHINGTON South Africa 1994 WASHINGTON Dutch National Team Stanford 1993 WASHINGTON Dartmouth Humboldt (Germany) 1992 WASHINGTON Lithuania Cambridge University 1991 WASHINGTON Cornell Czechoslovakia 1990 People's Republic of China Navy WASHINGTON 1989 Italy WASHINGTON New Zealand 1988 Australia WASHINGTON Princeton 1987 Soviet Union WASHINGTON
Women's Windermere Cup Results
Year First Second Third 2012 WASHINGTON Gonzaga Argentina 2011 WASHINGTON Oklahoma Cambridge 2010 WASHINGTON Syracuse Oxford 2009 WASHINGTON Miami Brazil 2008 WASHINGTON Naval Academy Melbourne University (Australia) 2007 WASHINGTON Waikato University - New Zealand Purdue 2006 Russian National Team WASHINGTON University of Central Florida 2005 Czech Republic WASHINGTON Cornell 2004 WASHINGTON Italy UCLA 2003 Belarus WASHINGTON Notre Dame 2002 WASHINGTON Stanford Great Britain 2001 WASHINGTON Romania University of Victoria 2000 WASHINGTON Navy Egyptian National Team 1999 WASHINGTON Brown New Zealand National Team 1998 British National Team WASHINGTON Virginia 1997 WASHINGTON Northeastern Australian National Team 1996 WASHINGTON Russia Yale 1995 WASHINGTON Princeton South Africa 1994 WASHINGTON Dutch National Team Stanford 1993 WASHINGTON Boston Humboldt (Germany) 1992 WASHINGTON Lithuania Cambridge 1991 Czechoslovakia Cornell WASHINGTON 1990 People's Republic of China Cambridge WASHINGTON 1989 New Zealand WASHINGTON California 1988 WASHINGTON Australia 1987 Soviet Union WASHINGTON California
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