About the Regatta

Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington are excited to host the 34th annual Windermere Cup Regatta. Scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, 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 23 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



Where is the best place to watch the races for free?

The viewing areas along the north and south shores of the Montlake Cut on race day are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also watch from the Montlake Bridge. The bridge closes to car traffic at 9:40 - 3:00 PM and you can watch the races from the bridge from 9:40 -11:45, but you need to be off the bridge by noon when the cannon blast signals the beginning of the Boat Parade. That is when the bridge goes up to let the boats through.


Is there food available?

Yes, there are a select group of food and beverage vendors on the north side of the Cut west of the Montlake Bridge.

Enjoy a bowl of chowder Ivars, a brat from Dantes Inferno Dogs, and a foamy latte from Pilgrim House Coffee, or fresh donuts from Mini the Dough-Nut.

Can I take the bus?

The area around the Montlake Cut get very congested on the morning of the races. Consider taking Metro, Light Rail or riding your bike down to the event.

When is the best time to arrive?

The Windermere Cup races begin at 10:00 a.m. but the Montlake Bridge closes to car traffic at 9:40 a.m. It is best to arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to get a spot on the Cut to watch the races.

Will I get to see the athletes after the races?

After the races, all of the competing crews, with the exception of the teams competing in the Windermere Cup and Erickson Cascade Cup, will wait at the west end of the Montlake Cut in Portage Bay until all the races are over and then they will row back through the Cut to the Conibear shellhouse to put their boats away. This creates quiet a spectacle every year. Afterward there is an awards ceremony on the JumboTron Stage on the North side of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge, where awards are handed out, approximately between 12:30 - 2:00 PM. Many of the athletes gather there after the races.

2020 Race Schedule Coming Soon!

University of Washington

The University of Washington Department of Intercollegiate Athletics prides itself on excellence in every facet of operation. For the more than 650 student-athletes competing in 22 varsity sports, the standards are set high in competition, in the classroom, and beyond. Husky Crew exemplifies these values. The 34-year partnership the UW and Windermere Real Estate have developed through the annual Windermere Cup regatta is a strong one because of a mutual commitment to excellence. Husky UW Athletics is extremely pleased to be part of such a wonderful event and partnership and is looking forward to many more years to come.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 3: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Windermere Real Estate)

Seattle Yacht Club

The Seattle Yacht club partners with the University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate to put Opening Day of Boating Season, one of Seattle’s most-loved Spring traditions.

This year’s theme for the 2020 Opening Day Boat Parade is "Rock Around the Dock". Many changes that have taken place since 1913 when the Montlake Cut opened Lake Washington to Lake Union and the first Opening Day celebration was held. Today Washington is one of the top ten boating states in America and the Seattle’s Yacht Club’s Opening Day boat parade is one of the biggest in the world.

Look for more information on the Boat Parade to come.

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