The forthcoming Doggett’s Coat and Badge Rowing Race on the Thames sees young Watermen apprentices contest the sculling race for the Doggett’s Coat & Badge. The race is a 300+ year tradition celebrating social history whilst also being the oldest continually run annual sporting event in the world.
The historic race is steeped in Pageantry; the winner will receive Doggett’s famous scarlet Coat and Badge outfit, a regular sight in city events and beyond.
The 303rd race takes place on the 25th July 2017 at 11:30 AM, during which time the PLA closes the iconic Thames river for the duration of the course as this sporting spectacle unfolds. The race is to be live streamed, as well as having hordes of gathering spectators on the banks of the Thames.
Each year, up to six watermen who have recently completed their river apprenticeships take part in the race, which has been held on the River Thames each year since it was founded in 1715 to commemorate King George I's accession to the throne.
This year the four contestants will be first timer Jack Keech, 22, from Hextable; George McCarthy, 22, from Welling; Alfie Anderson, 22, from Hammersmith and Perry Flynn, 24, from London Kennington.
Robert Prentice, Company Barge Master, Queen’s Waterman and record holder as the fastest ever Doggett’s winner and umpire at this year’s race said, “It’s a wonderfully exciting race steeped full of history. The four boys have been preparing hard all year and this is their chance to join one of the most iconic group of sportsmen in the world, a Doggett’s man.” He is pictured alongside last years’ Doggett’s winner Ben Folkard.
The race, sponsored by Tideway, Harold Pinchbeck and Oarsport will start at London Bridge and finish in Chelsea.
Presenting the Winner their prize will be Heather Stanning, double Olympic, World and previously European Champion rower.
For more information about the race, visit www.doggettsrace.org.uk/about-the-race/