- Racing Barges
13th July 2013
Start from Mucking No. 3 buoy, Lower Hope Reach, River Thames to South East Leigh buoy, returning to the finish off Erith Pier.
MATCH SUPPER AND PRIZEGIVING
A Supper for the Owners, Crews, Organisers and Guests, followed by the prize-giving, will take place at the Erith Yacht Club.
Prizes will be presented by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, RD, first man to circumnavigate the globe under sail, single-handed and non-stop, in 1968 aboard his 32 foot Suhaili, and the oldest solo circumnavigator when he did it aged 68 in 2007.
He is a past President of the Sail Training Association, was a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, and remains a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum – Cornwall, where Suhaili is an exhibit. He is also a past President of the Cruising Association and remains that organisation’s Patron. Through his Clipper Ventures organisation and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race he has introduced hundreds of people to competitive sailing, a pastime enjoyed as much by barge crews in the Thames Barge Match as those aboard his Clipper fleet in the Southern Ocean.