Two Weeks ‘til the 30th Annual Windermere Cup!


Let the countdown begin…

Saturday, May 7 marks the 30th anniversary of an event that is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. The Windermere Cup, held annually on the first day of boating season, is both an international sporting event and an opening day celebration, followed by the world’s largest boat parade. But more than that, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.

This year, taking on the Husky men and women will be crews from Russia, Stanford University, Cambridge University, and the University of San Diego. The regatta is held as part of the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day of Boating Season which features over 20 crew races followed by the infamous parade of boats through the Montlake Cut. Windermere Cup is a free, family-friendly community event that offers food vendors, children’s activities, and booths to purchase UW apparel and Windermere Cup commemorative gear.

To learn more about the Windermere Cup, visiting teams, and event schedule, go to and follow us at and @WindermereCup. Join in the fun by adding our hashtag #WindermereCup to your photos at the event!

#YourStoryIsOurStory: How Windermere Cup Changed Jenni Hogan’s Life

Since 1987, Windermere Real Estate has partnered with the University of Washington to put on a one-of-a-kind rowing event called the Windermere Cup. For the last thirty years, Windermere and UW have brought some of the best rowers from around the world to Seattle to compete in this premier sporting event, and in the process, changed the course of some of the athlete’s lives.

Australian native, Jenni Hogan, is one of those athletes.

In 1997, Jenni was eighteen and selected to row for Australia’s Olympic Crew Team. She was competing in pairs at the time, but at the start of the Australian National Championship, her partner’s knee gave out, dashing her hopes of a chance at the Olympics.

But tragedy turned into opportunity when Jenni was asked to row with the Australian National Team at the 1997 Windermere Cup. She came to the University of Washington prepared to row, but the course of her life was changed forever.

During her visit, Jenni was offered – and accepted – a scholarship to the University of Washington, and went on to row in four more Windermere Cups as a UW Husky. But her story doesn’t end there. Jenni’s choice to stay in Seattle led to her meeting her husband, a successful media career, and eventually a growing family.

Jenni credits the Windermere Cup with changing the entire trajectory of her life. It also taught her that when one door closes, another one opens, and it could be even better than you planned.

“That one phone call to come to the Windermere Cup changed my life. What I thought was the worst moment of my life turned into something that has made my life so great.” –Jenni Hogan


Throughout the year we will be posting some of our favorite #YourStoryIsOurStory videos, photos, and blog posts. Please take a minute to share your experiences, and follow #YourStoryIsOurStory on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and Pinterest pages.

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Windermere Welcomes Cuba to 30th Annual Windermere Cup

Photo 1Along with our partners at the University of Washington, Windermere Real Estate is excited to welcome the Cuban Men’s and Women’s National Rowing Teams as the headlining opponent for the 30th annual Windermere Cup, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016. Rounding out the event will be the Stanford men’s and University of San Diego women’s teams.

The annual spring rowing event on the Montlake Cut is held prior to Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day festivities which signal the beginning of boating season in Seattle. The entire event is a joint effort between the University of Washington, the Seattle Yacht Club, and Windermere Real Estate.

Windermere Cup History and 30th Anniversary

The 2016 Windermere Cup matchup with Cuba is significant due to the reestablished diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba on July 20, 2015. It also marks one of the few times a Cuban National Team has competed in the United States since the U.S. and Cuba severed diplomatic relations in January of 1961 during the Cold War, roughly 55 years ago.

The matchup is a fitting tribute to the history of Windermere Cup, which got its start 30 years ago when Windermere Real Estate founder, John Jacobi, joined up with the University of Washington to create the annual rowing event. They wanted to bring the best team in the world to Seattle’s Montlake Cut, which at the time was the Soviets. That occasion marked one of the few athletic competitions for the Soviets inside the U.S. in 25 years, since relations were strained during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The Soviet Union brought both its men’s and women’s crews Sovietsand won both races in convincing fashion. After that, the precedent was set for what has become one of the world’s premier rowing events, and certainly 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.

You can follow all events and find future announcements on the Windermere Cup Facebook page and on Twitter @WindermereCup.

Don’t Miss Windermere Cup 2015!


Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here: OPENING DAY OF BOATING SEASON! And what would Opening Day be without its headliner event, the Windermere Cup? On May 2 head on down to the Montlake Cut for the 29th annual Windermere Cup Regatta and watch the University of Washington men take on New Zealand (current world champions) and Columbia University. The UW women will test their stuff against the University of Virginia. After we watch our Huskies win, stick around for the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. This year’s regatta will include 21 races featuring athletes ages 14-70. More than 800 rowers earn a spot to compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races. Basically, the only reason not to come is if you’re allergic to fun.

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