Class Day Returns As 2021 Season Gets Underway
At long last, rowing returns to the Montlake Cut this Saturday, March 27, as the Huskies host the 120th annual Class Day Regatta.
Fans are encouraged to view the races regattas via live stream on the Washington Rowing Facebook page, as no one will be permitted to gather along the Cut, due to local health regulations.
Class Day events are centered around the main men's and women's races, which pit an eight-oared crew each of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors against each other in a standard, 2,000-meter race that ends in the Montlake Cut.
Last year, all spring sports activities were canceled, nationwide, just prior to Class Day. Putting the fall, 2019 Head of the Lake Regatta aside, it will have been a whopping 693 days since the UW last raced on the Montlake Cut course, dating back to the 2019 Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta on May 4, 2019.
This Saturday's schedule includes just three races: a "classless" race, featuring crews with a mix of rowers from both the men's and women's programs, followed by the George M. Varnell Men's Eight and The Seattle Times Women's Eight:
10:00 a.m. PT – Classless race (mixed crews)
10:15 a.m. PT – George M. Varnell Men's Eight
10:30 a.m. PT – The Seattle Times Women's Eight
Along with the live video stream, fans can follow live results at HereNow.com.
Class Day was first held in 1901 for the men and in 1907 for the women (after a long period of dormancy, the women's races returned in 1976).
In recent years, both teams had seen a streak of juniors winning one year, then again the following, as seniors, and that pattern repeating. That cycle had held for the last eight men's races and the last seven women's (though the Class of 2020 was unable to keep it alive last March due to the cancellation).
Following Class Day, the next event for the UW men is a dual regatta vs. Oregon State at Dexter Lake, just outside of Eugene, Ore., on April 3. Two weeks later, the Huskies will compete for the Andrea and Everett Peter Paup Cup at the Stanford dual in California.
The UW women will have a couple of weeks to prepare for the Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Women's Invitational, April 10-11, at Lake Las Vegas, where the Huskies already opened the 2021 season with a sweep of Washington State on March 6. Two weeks later, the UW women will compete at the Dexter Lake Invitational in Oregon.