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Class Day Regatta Marks Tradition Start Of Season

Mar 16, 2022

The traditional start to the Washington rowing season comes this Saturday as the UW hosts the 121st annual Class Day Regatta on Montlake Cut.
For the first time since 2019, fans will be encouraged to line the Cut to watch the races. For those unable to make it in person, however, there will be a live video feed. Check back later here, or on the men's or women's schedule pages for a link to the video coverage. A link to the program and Facebook Live video is located at the top-right of this page.
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, in the first rowing competition in nearly 700 days, thanks to the pandemic, Class Day returned after not having been held in 2020. The senior class won the men's race, while the juniors won the women's.
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 Seattle Times Women's Eight and the the George M. Varnell Men's Eight
10:00 a.m. PT – Classless race (mixed crews)
10:15 a.m. PT – The Seattle Times Women's Eight
10:30 a.m. PT – George M. Varnell Men's Eight
Along with the live video stream, fans can follow live results at
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 10 men's races and the last nine women's (with the 2020 cancellation notwithstanding).
Following Class Day, the next event for the UW men is a dual regatta vs. Washington State March 26 on Montlake Cut. That same weekend, the Washington women compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, March 26 and 27.