Our personal favorite event of the year, the 33rd Annual Windermere Cup is happening this weekend, Saturday May 4th. Washington Rowing, along with Windermere Real Estate welcomes the German men’s and women’s national teams, the Boston University men and the UCLA women to this prestigious Northwest tradition.
The annual spring rowing event takes place on the Montlake Cut and will also celebrate the beginning of boating season in Seattle with the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day parade. The Windermere Cup races begin at 10:00am and the last race will take place at 11:45am. Attendees are welcome to watch the races along the north and south shores of the Montlake Cut, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Montlake Bridge will also be closed to car traffic for attendees to view the races beginning at 9:40am. At noon, the canon will blast which signals the beginning of the Boat Parade. Between 12:30pm-2:00pm, there will be an awards ceremony on the JumboTron Stage on the North side of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge. To best plan your afternoon, you can view the complete schedule of events online.
The theme for this year’s Opening Day Boat Parade is “Boating through the Decades”. This theme allows attendees to look back on the many changes throughout the years, since 1913, when the first Opening Day Celebration took place. Today, Washington is one of the top ten boating states in the U.S. You can view the order of boats in the Boat Parade online.
There will be a select group of food and beverage vendors on the north side of the Cut west of the Montlake Bridge including Ivar’s, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Pilgrim House Coffee and Mini the Dough-Nut.
Don’t miss out on this memorable community event! Though parking will be available, it is recommended to take the Metro, Light Rail or ride your bicycle down to the event. You can view directions and parking information online. We hope to see you there!
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