The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

The Alex Hickman Memorial Race – 14th August 2021

The Alex Hickman Memorial Race will take part on Saturday 14th August 2021 between Greenwich Reach & Westminster Bridge. The race will see apprentice waterman rowing traditional Thames lighters along a 7 mile course passing beneath London’s bridges & past some of London’s most famous sights. One Freeman will be aboard each barge to provide the apprentices with support & a fleet of tugs & safety boats will be in attendance.

The race consists of three to five teams of Apprentices and reminds them of the traditional skills of lightermen who moved freight using just their own personal strength and ride the best possible tidal flows.

The Thames Barge Driving Trust’s official following boat will also be covering the race route providing unique views of the race. For details of how to join the following boat go to