Thames awaits 2013 Doggetts Coat and Badge

On Friday afternoon (12th July) , what is thought to be the oldest rowing race in the world will take place on the River Thames – the Doggett’s Coat and Badge.

Now in its 299th year, the prestigious race will see six apprentice watermen of the River Thames race in single sculls over a 7,400m course between London Bridge and the Cadogan Pier, Chelsea.

Winners of the event are entitled to wear a traditional waterman’s scarlet coat, and are awarded a silver arm badge engraved with the white horse of Hanover, along with their name and the date of their victory.

The race remains free for spectators, with the best views available from the Millenium and Golden Jubilee footbridges, as well as from London Bridge (the start of the race) and Albert Bridge (at the finish).

The race gets underway at 12.45pm, with the rowers expected to cross the finish line at around 1.10pm.

For more information about the Doggett’s Coat and Badge – including the history of the race, the route, and facts and figures about recent competitors – visit