Row for the Cure - Seattle

  • Hosted By: Row for the Cure
  • 2022 Registered Regatta

Regatta and Referee Headquarters:

5800 Meter Head Race (Maps below)

Rowers, Paddlers Dragon Boaters start in Lake Washington Ship Canal near Seattle Pacific University
boat dock (end of 3rd Ave W off W. Nickerson St.), follow shoreline to south Lake Union, make a
long sweeping turn around the permanent red buoy and head north toward the yellow speed buoys. FINISH LINE: College Club Seattle boathouse.

Launching begins at 6:40 a.m.

Racing starts at 7:30 a.m.

1000 Meter Sprint (Maps below)

The 1000 meter sprint will start just southwest of Pocock Rowing Center and finsh just north of Gas Works Park point. 


Launch/trailer sites: Below are the official launch sites for the Seattle Row for the Cure.

There is trailer parking at LWRC and SPU. Please contact the registrar by Wednesday, September 14, 2022 if you are bringing a trailer. We will assign you a parking spot at one of the sites.

Due to construction in multiple areas around the lake, parking is limited.  Please carpool, walk or ride a bicycle! 


Lake Washington Rowing Club

Launching: Pull away from the dock with caution and row towards the Fremont bridge. Then enter the warm-up pattern described in the next section.

Return: Clear the finish line and cut across towards Gas Works Park.  Follow the shore back to LWRC.  If the race is in progress, wait for permission from the officials’ launch to cross the course. Please return bow numbers to the Pocock Rowing Center or the dock masters at the official launch sites.

Seattle Pacific University

Launching: Wait for referee permission before leaving the dock. Head immediately West towards the Ballard bridge and follow the warm up pattern.

Return: Again wait for referee permission to dock.  If the race is in progress, wait for permission from the officials’ launch to cross the course. Please return bow numbers to the Pocock Rowing Center or the dock masters at the official launch sites.




  • Crews come up hugging the north shore of the ship canal.
  • The warm-up pattern runs counter-clockwise around the buoys.
  • All crews must go around the buoy on the east side, of the Ballard bridge
  • Crews must be at the staging area 4 minutes before their start time.
  • Crews should line up in order of bow number. Take care not to block the warm-up pattern.
  • A course marshal will call crews in pairs in order out of the staging area.
  • Cox’ns and scullers must keep 15 seconds between boats.
  • A second course marshal will instruct your boat to proceed and then to increase the pressure 100m before the start.

HEAD RACE COURSE (Full Screen Map)

To enter the warm-up pattern at the start, hug the north shore of Lake Union. Be mindful of other crews in the ship canal. It is narrow so hug the shore.

Passing IS allowed on the race course in the ship canal.

  1. No passing zones in the warm-up lane. Any crew or individual rower entering the warm up lanes (while racing) or racing lanes (while warming up) may be excluded.  Referee will determine this based on the circumstances.
  2. Boats must keep to the right/starboard side of the waterway at all times during the race and follow the established buoy marked course. In areas where there are no buoys, boats should keep to the right of the waterway. Traffic patterns should be observed during practice just as during the race. (Please refer to the regatta map).
  3. A boat may pass on the port side with exception to the turn at the South end of Lake Union. Boats must pass on the starboard, or outside of the buoy.
  4. Crossing a buoy. Where buoys mark the boundaries of the course a crew or individual rower will be penalized 10 seconds for each buoy they pass incorrectly.
  5. Navigational buoy at the South End of Lake Union. If a crew holds down (port side) while making this turn the crew will be excluded. All rowers must keep rowing!  NOTE: If a crew has to hold down to avoid colliding with another crew the referee stationed there will take note and make an allowance for this. Again, pass on the starboard side, or away from the buoys.
  6. Interference. Interference with another crew either failing to yield safely to allow a boat to pass (blocking their path intentionally) or the passing boat not allowing time for the crew they are passing to yield to the passer safely will result in a penalty being assessed. It will be at the referee’s discretion as to the penalty assessed.
  7. A detailed review of the race course and traffic patterns will be presented at the coach/coxswain meeting. It is crucial that at least one representative from your organization attends this briefing. There is always the possibility of last minute changes in the course layout and/or implementation of regatta procedures neither of which will be covered here.


10 seconds

  • Late to the start
  • No bow number
  • No bib number

30 seconds

  • Failure to yield

60 seconds

  • Interference with another crew
  • Each missed buoy



The 1k Rally will begin 40 minutes following the start of the final boat in the head race.

Please row through the Ship Canal and University of Washington bridges into the Portage Bay warm up and holding area. The Marshall will call you through to proceed to the start line. Racing shells will be aligned 2 to 4 boats wide using quick starts, and will STAY BETWEEN THE START/FINISH BUOYS AND THE SHORE.

1k rally start, marked with ONE orange buoy will be near the ferry parked on the north shoreline close to Ivars. The course will run southwest along the shoreline. The finish line, marked with ONE orange buoy will be at Gas Works Park.


First Aid:  Should there be a need for First Aid, please report to Regatta headquarters at the Pocock Rowing Center or dock masters at official launch sites.

Bow Balls:  Each rowing shell must have an intact bow ball, bow clip and heel ties where applicable. 

Regatta Safety Plan: Download a copy of the RFTC Safety Plan for your own reference.