About the Regatta



This year competitors for the Windermere Cup trophy are still being determined, they will include the men and women’s varsity eights from the University of Washington.


University of Washington Teams


Men's Team

Coach: Michael Callahan 

The Washington men have won seven of the last 12 Intercollegiate Rowing Association varsity eight national titles, while also winning the Ten Eyck 12 of the last 13 years.


Women's Team

Coach: Yasmin Farooq

The Washington women head into the 2020 season as the defending NCAA Champions, having swept the 2019 national championship regatta's three grand finals to win the UW's second NCAA crown in the last three seasons.

Race Schedule

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Boat Parade

SYC Statement

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

Many changes have taken place since the first Opening Day celebration in 1913, when the Montlake Cut opened Lake Washington to Lake Union. Today, Washington is one of the top ten boating states in America and the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade is one of the biggest in the world.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 7: 30th Annual Windermere Cup on the Montlake Cut. (Photo by Christopher Mast)

Log Boom - Saturday, May 2nd

For those of you that want to watch the races from your boat, you can tie your boat to the log boom that lines the course. You must complete a 2020 boat moorage application to reserve your spot.

For all the early birds out there, tie up to the log boom begins on Thursday, April 31st at noon. But all those who donate in advance will be assured a place on the boom if they arrive before 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd. Location along the boom is allocated or assigned (you pick) on a first-come, first-served basis within the reservation area. Staff will assure your boat is tied up in a safe location based on its size. Boats wanting to be next to specific boats MUST arrive together - no exceptions.

For more information contact uwharbor@uw.edu


Shore Attractions

Awards Stage – Starting at 12:30 p.m. there will be an award ceremony on the north side of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge

Bouncy House for Kids – Children 10 and under can enjoy the Pirate Ship bouncy house

Build a Boat Station - Presented by The Home Depot, children can build their own souvenir boat to take home

Dawg Pack Student Section – Current University of Washington students have access prime seating for races and parade

Food & Drink Vendors - There will be ten food and drink vendors on the north side of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge

Merchandise – Windermere Cup gear and commemorative items will be for sale on the north side of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge and on the log boom

Photo Booth – Jump in the photo booth for lasting memories


Food & Drink Vendors

We will have food and beverage vendors on the north side of the Cut west of the Montlake Bridge. This year we are excited to welcome the following vendors at Windermere Cup:

Chayen Coffee Trailer

Crew Cup Coffee Roasters 

Dante's Inferno Dogs

Island Blends Acai


Mini…The Dough Nut

Munch Munch

Pilgrim Coffee House

Sugar + Spoon

Wood Shop BBQ

Stay tuned for more! If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact us at events@windermere.com.

WC Day Food Vendor Graphic 02.18.20

Windermere Cup Merchandise

2020 Windermere Cup Merchandise Coming Soon!

WC merchandise


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 from 9:40 AM - 3:00 PM and you can watch the races from the bridge from 9:40 AM -11:45 AM, 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.


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

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

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 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. to get a spot on the Cut to watch 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.

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