A Thames Barge Match is like no other. Steeped in rich tradition, the historic barge matches of the East Coast have been running for over 150 years, with the barges pushed just as competitively today as they were in the days of commercial barges.
Photographic opportunities will abound as the barges sail within feet of one another and for those keen sailors who wish to take part in the handling of the gear, the race crew will be happy to provide some instruction.
There are 8 Thames Barge Matches in total, as follows (nearest town in brackets):
Blackwater (Maldon, Essex)
Thames (Gravesend, Kent)
Passage Match – River Medway to River Orwell (Ipswich)
Pin Mill (Ipswich)
Whitstable Harbour Day
Points are awarded at each barge match, with the best performing barge declared Champion at the end of the season. Recent results can be found on the Championship webpage.
We advise contacting us before booking, as each barge match has it’s own characteristics – there may be early starts, dinghy trips, overnight stays and prizegiving suppers involved.
Before booking, please read the General Information page.
Full details of the day will be emailed once each match Committee has released the full race information.
Pin Mill: 2nd
Swale: Match cancelled due to poor weather