Huskies face big challenge in Windermere Cup

SEATTLE — Great Britain’s acclaimed men’s and women’s national crews go head-to-head with the University of Washington’s nationally ranked shells in today’s 28th annual Windermere Cup races on the Montlake Cut.

The No. 6-ranked UW women’s varsity eight shell and Great Britain face each other in the women’s Windermere Cup at 11:35 a.m. The No. 1-ranked Husky men’s varsity eight and Great Britain row against each other in the men’s Windermere Cup at 11:45 p.m. Both races are just two-shell fields.

“Great Britain has the best National and Olympic rowing Team in the world, winning more Olympic medals in London than any other country, and we are honored to have a team of this caliber coming to Seattle to race our Huskies,” women’s coach Bob Ernst said. “We have not faced a team this good since the Soviets visited here in Windermere Cup No. 1 in 1987.”

The men’s Windermere Cup is a rematch of the Grand Challenge Cup final at last summer’s Royal Henley Regatta. The Huskies tied the previous course record in that race, but British national team set a new mark in beating the Huskies.

UW holds a 17-6 record against visiting national teams and an overall record of 21-6 in Windermere Cup history, including a current seven-year winning streak for both the men and women.

Today’s racing, which features more than 30 different schools and rowing clubs, including the Everett Rowing Association, gets underway on the MontLake Cut at 10:20 a.m.

The free regatta also marks Opening Day for boaters in Seattle.

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