Windermere Welcomes China to 31st Windermere Cup This Saturday

For the past 31 years, Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have joined together to host the annual Windermere Cup rowing regatta, which brings the world’s best crews to Seattle to compete against the nationally acclaimed UW men’s and women’s teams. Held annually on the first Saturday in May, the Windermere Cup is both an international sporting event and opening day party, followed by the world’s largest boat parade.

This year’s event will see the Huskies take on the Shanghai men’s and women’s High-Performance Rowing teams from China on Saturday, May 6. This matchup will mark the third time that a team from China has travelled to Seattle to compete in the Windermere Cup. Their first appearance came 27 years ago when the People’s Republic of China took home the Windermere Cup ahead of Navy, Washington, and Cambridge. Twelve years later the Chinese men’s rowing team returned for the 2002 Windermere Cup.

In addition to the crew races, the family-friendly Windermere Cup event also includes food vendors, booths to purchase UW and Windermere Cup apparel and commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house for the kids.

Windermere Cup App:

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The crew races start at 10am and end around noon. Following the final Windermere Cup race is the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. Download the Windermere Cup App to access schedule and team information, and for live race results: https://event.crowdcompass.com/windermerecup17


Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo Party:

A new addition to this year’s event is the Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo party down along the north shore of the Montlake Cut. Twenty dollars gets you into the beer/margarita garden where you can listen to Spike and the Impalers while munching on food from one of three Mexican food trucks. For more information and to buy tickets go to Brown Paper Tickets.

Windermere Cup Book:

This book is about the athletes, colorful characters, and brilliant people the Windermere Cup rowing regatta has featured every first Saturday in May since 1987. Through interviews, original documents and pages upon pages of breathtaking photographs, author Gregg Bell captures this event’s more than 30 remarkable years, its spirit and its soul.

The Windermere Cup is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. Not only is this an international sporting event, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and community – and truly great tradition that we are honored to be a part of.

For more information please visit windermerecup.com and follow us at Facebook.com/WindermereCup and @WindermereCup on Twitter.

Windermere Cut Party – Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is nacho average holiday and this year the Windermere Cup has planned the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in Seattle in conjunction with one of the world’s premier rowing regattas. What do they have lined up? Let’s taco bout it!

The party will take place along the north shore of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge. Here you’ll have access to a Beer and Margarita Garden, while enjoying live music and a stunning waterfront view overlooking Portage Bay.

Brian DiJulio and The Lovejacks will kick off the event, playing from 6pm to 8 pm. Following them, the always entertaining Spike & the Impalers will take the stage and play out the evening till 10pm.

Food Trucks will be on hand with three of the most popular and sought after Mexican food vendors in the Seattle area; El Camion, Taqueria Tonita, and Tacos La Flaca.

Don’t lay there and siesta – It’s time for a fiesta! Purchase your tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets. And don’t forget, you can come back down to the Montlake Cut on May 6 for Seattle’s biggest free sporting event – The Windermere Cup. More info on WindermereCup.com.

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Join Us This Weekend at the 30th Annual Windermere Cup

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This Saturday, May 7 marks the 30th anniversary of the Windermere Cup rowing regatta – an event held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club on the Opening Day of boating season. This year is an especially exciting year as we celebrate 30 remarkable years of an event that was started by Windermere founder John Jacobi and the University of Washington, who came together to turn Seattle’s opening-day rowing regatta into something that could attract the highest caliber crews from around the world.

Over the years, countless universities and more than 20 countries have rowed in the Windermere Cup, including England, Germany, New Zealand, China, Australia – and the former Soviet Union, who raced in the event’s historic first year during what were very politically unstable times between the U.S. and USSR. Thirty years later, the Windermere Cup has invited Russia back to compete against the Husky men, bringing the event full circle.

“The very first Windermere Cup saw the former Soviet Union take on the UW in an epic matchup that would ultimately make international sporting history,” said OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. “Bringing Russia for the 30th anniversary is as close as we can come to recreating that celebrated first race of this storied event.”

In addition to Russia, the UW men will face Stanford, while the UW Women will go up against the University of San Diego and wccCambridge University.

To celebrate this year’s milestone anniversary, Windermere has released a coffee table book that tells the story of the Windermere
Cup. Through insightful interviews, original documents, and breathtaking photography, the book captures the historic moments and colorful stories that have turned the Windermere Cup into an enduring, world-renowned rowing event. For more information and to purchase a copy of the Windermere Cup book, please visit http://windermerecup.withwre.com/ourstory/

We hope to see you along the shores of the Montlake Cut on Saturday, May 7 for this free, family-friendly community event. Races start at 10:20 ending with the Windermere Cup around noon, and followed by the Opening Day boat parade. There will also be food vendors, booths to purchase UW and Windermere Cup gear, as well as a bouncy house. More information can be found atwww.windermerecup.com. You can also follow us at www.facebook.com/WindermereCup and @WindermereCup.

 

Two Weeks ‘til the 30th Annual Windermere Cup!

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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 www.windermerecup.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/WindermereCup 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

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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.

This blog was originally posted on the Windermere.com.

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.

Countdown: Two Days Until Windermere Cup 2015

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This Saturday, May 2 marks the 29th 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 party, 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, we invite you to join us as the Husky men’s varsity eights race down the Montlake Cut against Columbia University and current world champs, New Zealand Rowing Team, while the UW women will face off against the University of Virginia. In addition to the competition, the Windermere Cup is a family-friendly community event that will include food vendors, booths to purchase Washington apparel and Windermere Cup commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house.

To learn more about the Windermere Cup, visiting teams, and event schedule, go to www.windermerecup.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/WindermereCup and @WindermereCup.

Shaping the Future, One Stroke at a Time

The upcoming Windermere Cup regatta on May 2 is – without a doubt – our biggest event of the year. Teams from across the country, and around the world, come to compete in this incredible rowing competition. But one of our favorite parts of Windermere Cup has nothing to do with the race itself. Every year, a few days before big event, we invite a gaggle of kids to spend time with rowers from the University of Washington and visiting crew teams, for our annual Windermere Cup community outreach event. This year, 56 fifth-grade students from Martin Luther King Elementary came to spend some time at the University of Washington for a fun-filled day like no other.

As soon as they arrived, the kids were taken on a small tour, which started with a visit to the Alaska Airlines Arena to see the Husky Hall of Fame. I don’t think we’ve ever heard “this is so cool!” so many times as we did at that moment. They were in awe; taking pictures, pointing at the trophies, soaking it all in. After that, the real fun began as we let them all loose inside the UW football stadium. What next? Lunch, of course. We all had to refuel.

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Then came the rotations which allowed for some up-close time with the New Zealand World Champion and UW National Champion rowing teams. The kids rotated from racing each other on the rowing machines, to stretching and exercising, to a Q&A session about nutrition, to actually getting in a shell on the water – all led and taught by the athletes. And although it was raining, it hardly seemed to affect anyone; there was nothing that could put a damper on the excitement.

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Last but not least, the kids were able to grab a 2015 Windermere Cup poster and get all of the New Zealand and UW rowers to sign it. It’s something they can keep forever and hang on their walls as a reminder of such an incredible day.

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The significance of an experience like this might be lost on some of us, but for these kids, it can be life changing. A day like this allows their dreams to grow; dreams they can one day achieve. Whether it’s rowing at UW, becoming a doctor, or just attending college, days like this remind these kids that it’s all possible. These children represent our future; it’s crucial to help them build one we can all be proud of together.

Don’t Miss Windermere Cup 2015!

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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.

Visit windermerecup.com for more info.