This year we again supported the oldest rowing race in the world. The Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager now in its 304th year!
The race (started by actor Thomas Doggett in 1715) takes place over 7,400m from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier, Chelsea. It is contested by up to six new waterman who have completed their apprenticeship to transport goods or people on thames and organised by the Fishmongers Company.
Simon McCarthy Immediate Past Master & Rowing Officer For the Waterman’s Company Talks About the History of The Doggetts Coat & Badge Wager
Not only is it a race, it is a test of determination and endurance for these young apprentice watermen, some of whom may have only been sculling for a few months, or even weeks and take on the tricky waters of the tidal Thames in a WinTech fine racing shell.
This year the race was contested by Alfie Anderson from Poplar, Blackwell & District Rowing Club and George McCarthy of Globe Rowing Club. Alfie Anderson took the lead between Southwark Bridge and Millenium Bridge and went on to win the race 19 seconds ahead of McCarthy in a a time of 25 minutes and 27 seconds.
The prize is a “Coat & Badge” which represents the costumer of an 18th century waterman complete with silver arm badge.
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