Bearcat Crew Invited TO Race in Windemere Cup Regatta on May 6; Team Prepares With Exhibition for Fans This Friday on the Willamette River

The Willamette University Crew team will row exhibition races for fans this Friday morning from 6 am to 7:15 am as they prepare to compete in the prestigious Windemere Cup Opening Day Regatta on May 6 hosted by the University of Washington.

Friday's event on the will offer fans a chance to view the team from the shore of the Willamette River. The best viewing is from the Salem shore along the Willamette River, near the "Willamette Queen".

It is suggested that spectators arrive by 6:10 a.m. for a good viewing spot. All races will be completed by 7:10 a.m.

At the Windemere Cup on MAy 6, The WU women's crew will race Western Washington University, and University of Washington in the Open Women's 8+ race at 10:39am.

The WU men's crew will race Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington and Everett Rowing Club in the Open Men's 8+ race at 10:43am.

An international team from the Russian Under-23 National Team will also race against the University of Washington.

The Windermere Cup races are the headline events of the 37th-annual Opening Day Regatta and are held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club's annual celebration of the opening of yachting season. This year
there are 19 events on the racing schedule, including races for masters and junior crews.

Windermere Real Estate will commence the weekend's festivities with a fireworks display over Lake Washington's Union Bay, Friday, May 5 at 9:30 p.m. The Windermere Cup Sky Light Celebration will be arranged to music broadcast live on KMTT FM (103.7 "The Mountain").

The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the beginning of yachting season since 1970, and the women's intercollegiate races were added to the schedule in 1976. The regatta is the preliminary event to the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade. The theme for this year's boat parade is "Caribbean Carnival," featuring more than 20 classes of boats adorned with tropical decoration.

The Windermere Cup regatta, along with the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade, combine to mark the beginning of the region's much-anticipated boating season with one of Seattle's largest free public events. Huge crowds annually line the shores of "The Cut" and position their boats along the racing and parade course to witness the stirring displays of competition and pageantry.

Spectators are encouraged to view the Windermere Cup races from the shores of the Montlake Cut on Saturday, May 6. This is a free community event with parking available at surrounding University of Washington lots. The Montlake Bridge will be closed to car and pedestrian traffic from 9:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The races begin at 10:20 a.m. and are followed by the boat parade.