One of Seattle’s unique outdoor spectator events returns on Saturday, May 7 with the 30th Annual Windermere Cup. The Montlake Cut will be the site for the event, which immediately precedes opening festivities for Seattle Yacht Club, which in turn signal the opening of Seattle’s boating season.
This year’s historic event benefits from last year’s historic restoration of diplomatic ties with America’s Caribbean neighbor Cuba. Cuban Men’s and Women’s National Rowing Teams will be the headlining opponents. Among the homeland favorites will be the rowing men of Stanford University and women of the University of San Diego.
This is the 30th year for the Windermere Cup, which was created in 1986 by Windermere Real Estate founder John Jacobi, in partnership with the University of Washington, which is still our event co-partner along with the Seattle Yacht Club. In 1986, the goal was to bring the best team in the world to Seattle’s Montlake Cut, which at the time was the Soviets, writes Windermere’s Shelley Rossi. The Soviet Union brought its men’s and women’s crews and won both races.
It is now one of the world’s premier rowing events and a staple of Seattle’s rowing community. The Windermere Cup will include a number of events during the week leading up to race day. The Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day parade through the Montlake Cut will immediately follow the racing.