Historic Barge Driving Race

Saturday 30th June 2018

Watch around 11 teams of Watermen, Lightermen and Apprentices row 30 tonne barges over a 7 mile course from Greenwich to Westminster. Considerable skill is needed to pilot unpowered barges rowed by oars or sweeps on the tidal Thames.

The event commemorates the skills of Lightermen who moved freight in this way in the 1940/50’s.

Please note we will be sailing at 1000hrs.

Watch the highlights of 2016’s evert here – Thames Barge Driving Race Highlights

See the image below of the Princess Pocahontas Barge: