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The Thames Match

Posted in England, Gravesend by folkestonejack on July 3, 2010

A bit of random web surfing the other day brought up some information about the Thames Match, an annual race for sailing barges first established in 1863 which also holds the distinction of being the world’s second oldest organised sailing race after the America’s Cup. This year’s event was the 80th race.

I was sufficiently curious to take a trip out to Gravesend this afternoon to catch the end of the race, wandering down to the waterfront just in time to see the first of the barges appear in the distance. It was a beautiful setting to spend an hour or so watching each barge cross the finishing line (to the sound of gunfire from the shore and a whistle from the steam tug Portwey).

The results of this year’s race can be found on the website of the Sailing Barge Association at Thames Barge Match – Results 2010.

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