Event Details


Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington are excited to host the men’s and women’s crews from Shanghai, China as the challengers for the 31st annual Windermere Cup Regatta on Saturday, May 6th. The regatta is held as part of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season and is followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. This year’s regatta will include 21 races featuring athletes ages 14-70. More than 1000 rowers earn a spot to compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races.


Following the regatta, fans are invited to stick around for one of the largest boat parades in the world with more than 300 boats in 23 classes. The theme of this year’s parade is “Emerald City Aahs”. 


Admission to the event is free. You can watch the regatta from the shores of the Montlake Cut or by boat, with moorage available on a log boom anchored in Lake Washington on either side of the race course. Reserve moorage by submitting a Moorage Form.