Sunday, July 20, 2014

Doggett's Coat and Badge Race

The Doggett's Coat & Badge Race takes place annually on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea).  It is the oldest rowing race in the world with up to six River Thames apprentice watermen taking part in a race which has been held every year since 1715.

 Here we see the traditional watermen's red coat with a 
silver badge being worn by previous winners of the race.

The rowers are followed by the umpire's motorlaunch 'Panache'.

 This year the race was watched by The Duke of Duke of Edinburgh, the first time since 1951.

 The flotilla of small boats follow the race upstream to the finish at Chelsea.

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