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Opening Day Regatta

May 5, 2007

Montlake Cut, Seattle, Washington, USA

Opening Day for Boating in Seattle

Opening Day brings the 21st annual Windermere Cup crew competition. University of Washington will host New Zealand's Waikato University and Purdue University to compete in the 2007 Windermere Cup races. Windermere Real Estate sponsors the Windermere Cup as well as the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic in Redwood Shores, California.

University of Washington JV will race crews from Gonzaga University, Oregon State University and Western Washington University for the Cascade Cup.

The University of Washington has published complete details of the regatta and crews at CSTV.com.


JAMCO will be provide live results of the Men's and Women's Windermere Cup and Cascade Cup races. Additionally, JAMCO will be posting delayed split times and results for the Novice and Freshman races due to scheduling conflicts (explained below*).

All times are Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDT) [UTC-7]

Time Event Winner Race #
10:54 Women's Novice Eight Gonzaga 01
10:58 Men's Freshman Eight UW 2nd Frosh 02
11:00 Women's Cascade Cup Gonzaga 03
11:10 Men's Cascade Cup UW Frosh 04
11:15 Women's Windermere Cup Washington 05
11:25 Men's Windermere Cup Washington 06

Finish times for other races are posted at the University of Washington web site.

Live Webcasts

This regatta was covered by a University of Washington live video stream through CSTV as well as broadcast by KJR-AM radio in Seattle.

The Course

The Montlake Cut is narrow channel connecting Lake Washington and Lake Union (Portage Bay). The race course is spectator-friendly and thus is one of the most exciting venues in rowing. [ Course map at Google Maps ]

The racecourse begins about a mile out into Lake Washington, due East of the UW Huskie's football stadium. For the first 1500 meters, the course is open on the starboard side to Union Bay, a large portion of Lake Washington directly in front of the UW Shellhouse. The port side of the course hugs the shoreline of Lake Washington after the first 500 meters.

Crews are aligned in their lanes somewhat beyond the start, and brought forward to the start line together on commands from the starter in a launch. The actual start is a floating start, i.e. no fixed stake boats. The referee in the launch makes the final determination of satisfactory alignment, and starts the crews.

With slightly more than 500 meters to go, and with the Husky Stadium even with the crews on the starboard side, the crews enter the famous Montlake Cut, a straight passageway in a deep gorge cut between towering banks on both sides. Once in this cut, the crews pass directly under the Montlake Bridge overhead, which is usually closed during racing and packed with spectators. The end of this cut is the finish line of the 2000 meter course, just as it opens up into Portage Bay.

About JAMCO Race Bulletins

Unofficial Times — JAMCO takes its own finishing times and those are the first finishing times to appear on JAMCO's real time race result pages. Those pages are marked "unofficial" because the Regatta Committee is also taking finishing times, and its times are the "official" times. The Regatta Committee provides JAMCO with its "official" times after the races are over, and JAMCO then enters the "official" times on its reports. Therefore, there may be a considerable delay in replacing the "unofficial" times with "official" times, but the order of finish should not change."

Color Coding — Real time movements by crews during each 500 meter interval are highlighted by different colors. Gold (yellow) crews are closing on the leader in the current 500. Silver (light blue) crews are closing on the second place crew, but falling further behind the leader. Bronze (orange) crews are closing on the third place crew, but falling further behind the leader and the second place crews. White crews are falling further behind all three leading crews. Quite often, when a crew turns gold, it takes the lead in the next 500.

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Automatic Refresh — During the race, JAMCO updates race results every 500m. JAMCO web pages showing real-time results are designed to automatically reload or refresh every 30 seconds. If you are viewing a race in progress and the page does not automatically reload, please press the "Refresh" or "Reload" button on your browser.


JAMCO is completely run by volunteers, for the benefit of the rowing community. Today, these people were on the race course to bring you split times: Anyka, Chris, Dana, Eric, and Joann. Special thanks to Mike Callahan for recruiting and coordinating the volunteers.

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