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Thursday September 5, 2019

Doggett’s Coat & Badge 2019

The 2019 Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race took place on Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 2pm, with four newly-qualified River Thames watermen all making their race debut.

In Station 1 wearing Red was Patrick Keech, in Station 2 wearing Light Blue was James Berry, in Station 3 wearing Green was George Gilbert and in Station 4 wearing Dark Blue was Jack Finelli. All four were racing in brilliant Oarsport/Wintech boats.

In a thrilling race that saw Patrick and James battle it in the final few furlongs, with Patrick Keech then drawing ahead and taking victory. Patrick celebrated his win, alongside the other three competitors on the fantastic Cadogan Pier where he was presented with his magnificent Harold Pinchbeck winners watch and magnum of Champagne.

The race which is the oldest rowing race in the world, takes place on the country’s most famous and busy waterway, the Thames, from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier in Chelsea. The race is run in conjunction by both the Company of Watermen & Lightermen and the Fishmongers Company, with assistance from the PLA , who ensured that the river is clear of traffic for the duration of the race.

Founded in 1715 by Thomas Doggett, an actor, in tribute to the skill and bravery of newly-licensed watermen, who rowed him home along the course route late one night in bad weather, when he would have otherwise been left stranded in the Square Mile. The race forms part of the icnoic Totally Thames festival.

Patrick will receive his scarlet ceremonial Doggett’s coat and badge at a dinner held this evening at the Hall, attended by previous winners.

For more information about the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, click here to visit its website.

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