March 15, 2011
SEATTLE - Ham n Eggers has been a part of the storied tradition of winter training at Washington since the 1950s.
To break up the monotony of indoor workouts, the Huskies take to the water in randomly-drawn "scratch" eights and race a 2,000-meter course down the Montlake Cut. The coxswains of each boat pull tongue depressors out of a hat - with the rowers name scribbled on - to fill out the boats. It's aimed as a fun event, a way to augment training but also take to the race course. Each rower/coxswain in the winning boat receives a star on their blade, and once they reach four stars their blade is retired.
Ham n Eggers are especially important for coxswains, who have the opportunity to hone their racing skills with randomly assigned rowers.
Recently, GoHuskies.com took a video camera and went behind-the-scenes of the final "Ham n Egger" of the winter. The finished product features interviews with rowers, coaches and coxswains about why the event is such an important part of the program's fabric.
The video is available on the Comcast All-Access player as well as the Washington crew official YouTube page.