Thames Historic Barge Driving Race

This event has finished Took place on: Saturday, 30th Jun 2018

 Free

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Annual mass barge pull along the Thames from Greenwich to Westminster.

Starts at Greenwich at noon, and finishes at Westminster around 2:30pm.

This unique event is rowed over a course of seven miles between the Palaces of Greenwich and Westminster. Each barge is manned under oars by crews of Freemen and Apprentices of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen.

The event is designed to showcase the skills of Watermen and Lightermen in navigating under oars, using only their own strength, experience and the tide to propel their craft, which can weigh up to 30 tonnes. No more than three crew members can row at any time using the 20ft oars, known as "sweeps". Two of the rowers power the craft whilst the third uses a sweep at the stern to steer the barge with the tide.

The event is very popular for spectators, who line the route, watch from bridges and other vantage points along the way or watch from one of the many Thames pleasure craft that follow the course.


Contact and Booking Details

This event has finished Took place on: Saturday, 30th Jun 2018

 Free

Booking details and information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

2018-06-30 2018-06-30 Europe/London Thames Historic Barge Driving Race Annual mass barge pull along the Thames from Greenwich to Westminster. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/06/30/thames-historic-barge-driving-race-172061 Meeting point to be confirmed,,,London
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