WinTech Racing in collaboration with our UK distributor Oarsport have been proud supporters of the oldest rowing race in the world since 2015. Each year we have provided a WinTech Racing International single scull for all competitors to train and race in.
On Friday 24th June 2021 James Berry won the delayed 2020 306th Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager. Only the second world war has previously led to the postponement of the annual challenge, from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier, Chelsea.
This historic race was founded by Thomas Doggett Doggett, an Irish actor, in tribute to the skill and bravery of newly-licensed watermen, the London cabbies of their time, who rowed him home along the course route late one night in bad weather, when he would have otherwise been left stranded in the City.
The race was first contested on 1 August 1715 to commemorate the first anniversary of the accession of King George I to the British throne. The 4 mile 5 furlong (7.44km) race passes under a total of 11 bridges a gruelling test of the participants’ knowledge of the river and sporting prowess.
The winner’s prize is a traditional watermen’s red coat with a silver badge added, displaying the horse of the House of Hanover and the word “Liberty”, in honour of the accession of George I to the throne.
A full race report can be seen on Hear The Boat Sing.
The 307th Doggett’s Race for 2021 should take place on 8 September 2021.
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