Four apprentices will contest the world’s oldest rowing race on 4 September. Held every year since 1715, the 4 mile 5 furlong Doggett’s course between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passes beneath a total of eleven bridges and is a real test of the scullers’ watermanship.
Tickets for places on board the “Mercia”, to follow the 2019 race, include a reception glass of Pimms on arrival, followed by wine with light bites, and afternoon tea will then be served on the return leg after the race. Boarding will take place at St Katharine’s Pier from 1300 hrs, to leave sharply at 1330 hrs for the race itself at 1400 hrs, and “Mercia” will return at approximately 1630 hrs. There will be a cash bar on board for other drinks. Live commentary on the race will be available on board from Past Master Ken Dwan (himself a former winner of Doggett’s in 1971) and Craft-Owning Freeman Robert Treharne Jones.
Applications for tickets should be made by clicking here and returning the form to Martin Laws by Friday 16 August, and your tickets will then be sent to you.
The Draw for stations took place at Watermen’s Hall on 9 July by the four apprentices taking part, all of whom will be contesting Doggett’s for the first time. The lane order was:
1 Patrick Keech – Red
2 James Berry – Light Blue
3 George Gilbert – Green
4 Jack Finelli – Dark Blue
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