SEATTLE - The teams are set for this year's running of the 28th anniversary of the Windermere Cup, the annual spring rowing event on the Montlake Cut that signifies Opening Day for boaters in Seattle. The world championship caliber senior crews of the Great Britain National Team will join the Huskies out on the Cut, with races beginning at 10:20 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 3.
The event is held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club and is sponsored by Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real-estate company on the West Coast. Last year tens of thousands of fans lined the Cut and packed the Montlake Bridge to see the Huskies sweep all four races for the second consecutive year. The free event has become one of the largest sporting events in the area, connecting the Seattle community to the sport.
"Opening day of boating and the Windermere Cup are a rite of passage for spring in Seattle," said OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. "We look forward to it every year and are so proud to have this 28-year-long partnership with the University of Washington and Seattle Yacht Club."
The Windermere Cup Regatta began in 1987 when the World Champion Soviet Union crews came to race as part of the community's effort to highlight the unique racing venue the Montlake Cut offers rowing. This year the races will get back to their roots of hosting one international team after hosting two teams for the last several years.
"We want to encourage the very best teams to come race in the Pacific Northwest and Windermere's sponsorship has allowed us to do that," said men's head coach Michael Callahan. "We're really excited to have such a high caliber team coming to race us."
The 2014 Windermere Cup continues the tradition of attracting premier rowing teams to Seattle for this special event. The crews coming from across the pond won more medals at the 2012 London Olympics than any other team and have since had brilliant showings at World Cups and World Championships.
"Over the years it's always been the goal of Windermere and the University of Washington to get the best level of competition here for the Windermere Cup," said head women's coach Bob Ernst. "This year we have definitely achieved that. Great Britain has the best National and Olympic rowing Team in the world, winning more Olympic medals in London than any other country, and we are honored to have a team of this caliber coming to Seattle to race our Huskies. We have not faced a team this good since the Soviets visited here in the very first Windermere Cup in 1987!”
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About Windermere Real Estate and Windermere Cup
Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico.
Windermere's heritage of supporting collegiate crew racing began in 1987, when the company sponsored the first annual Windermere Cup regatta in Seattle. More than 800 athletes a year from around the world come to Seattle to participate in the Windermere Cup title races. Held in partnership with the University of Washington and the Seattle Yacht Club, the Windermere Cup has become one of the largest community events in Seattle, welcoming national and international crew teams for exciting competition while commencing the official opening day of boating season for the waters of the Puget Sound.