Willamette to Host Puget Sound at Governor's Cup Regatta

Best Viewing is from Wallace Marine Park and WU Boathouse

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University rowing teams will host the University of Puget Sound at the Governor's Cup Regatta on Saturday, March 12, in a battle of Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) rivals. All of the races will be contested on the Willamette River in Salem.

Due to high water levels, Willamette and Puget Sound will be competing on the alternate course, which runs from just south of Wallace Marine Park to the Willamette Boathouse near Edgewater Street NW. Action will get underway at 9:30 a.m. (PST).

Starts will take place near Wallace Marine Park. Finishes will occur at the Willamette Boathouse.

Complete Schedule

The complete schedule is included at the end of this story.

A Key Match-up in NCAA Division III:  Willamette vs. Puget Sound

In recent years, Puget Sound and Willamette have fielded the top NCAA Division III women's rowing teams in the Pacific Northwest. UPS has consistently qualified for the NCAA Championship Regatta several times, while Willamette earned a berth into the NCAA Championship Regatta in 2009.

With only one automatic bid from the Northwest into the NCAA Championship, every match-up between the Bearcats and the Loggers is important. The key event is the women's varsity 8+, which will feature two races at the Governor's Cup, with the times averaged to determine the winner. The men's varsity 8+ also will feature two races, with the winner determined by the average.

The women's second varsity 8+ also can impact the NCAA selections later this spring. The NCAA Championship features seven "team" berths of two eights each (varsity and second varsity), plus two at-large entries with one varsity eight apiece.

Also on the Governor's Cup schedule is the women's open 8+ and the men's varsity 4+.

In addition to the races, the Governor's Cup will feature a boat-naming ceremony at 12:30 p.m. (PST). Willamette is adding a four-person racing shell that will be named after Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton.

Directions and Parking

NOTE:  Parking at the boathouse is for the University of Puget Sound trailer only.

To get from downtown Salem to the WU Boathouse, follow Marion Street west over the bridge toward West Salem. Stay in one of the two left-hand lanes toward Dallas/Ocean Beaches. Take the Rosemont Avenue/Capitol Manor Exit to the right. At the first street/light, go straight or turn left onto Edgewater. Find parking in the area and then proceed on foot to the boathouse at 1750 Edgewater St. NW.

Walking from near the Safeway parking lot (1455 Edgewater St. NW), go south along Edgewater on the river side of the street, through the Eola Street stop light. On the river side of the street is Pumalite Building Products with a chain link fence. When the fence ends, there is a dirt road that goes under the overpass of Highway 22. This leads to the Willamette boathouse.

Viewing the Regatta

Spectator viewing is poor with the alternate course that will be used. In general, the best viewing will be from Wallace Marine Park for the starts and from the Willamette Boathouse for the finishes.

Willamette encourages spectators to wait until the boats have finished launching before entering the boathouse. Then, spectators may view races from the dock or carefully from the deck.

When boats return to the boathouse, all spectators should exit the boathouse and wait in the parking lot. There will be tents in the parking lot for shelter. Drinks and snacks available for everyone while supplies last.

Spectators also may view the races from Wallace Marine Park and from Riverfront Park to see boats warming up and preparing to race. During the race, spectators will be able to follow some of the action from Wallace Marine
Park at the foot of the Marion Street bridge and from Riverfront Park near the dock for the Willamette Queen.

The race course runs upstream, starting south of Wallace Marine Park until the finish line at the Willamette boathouse. Crews will not be rowing through the bridges, so the pedestrian bridge is not a good viewing spot this year.

2011 Governor's Cup Regatta
Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m., Women’s Second Varsity 8+ (W2V8+)
9:45 a.m., Men’s Varsity 8+ (MV8+), 1st race of two
10:00 a.m., Women’s Varsity 8+ (WV8+), 1st race of two
10:15 a.m., Men’s Varsity 8+ (MV8+), 2nd race of two
10:30 a.m., Women’s Varsity 8+ (WV8+), 2nd race of two
10:45 a.m., Break
11:15 a.m., Women’s Open 8+ (WO8+)
11:30 a.m., Men’s Varsity 4+ (MV4+)
11:45 a.m., Women’s Varsity 4+ (WV4+)
12:30 p.m., WU Boathouse, Boat dedication in honor of President M. Lee Pelton; Awards to follow

The Willamette women's 4+ competes last spring.

The Willamette women's 4+ competes last spring.