Saturday 8  September 2018

The Great River Race, London’s river marathon, will take place on Saturday, 8 September 2018.

The race which attracts competitors worldwide starts at Millwall, London Docklands at around 12pm with the first boats finishing at Ham, Surrey from around 2pm onwards.

The winners will receive the coveted Challenge Trophy of The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames.

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Great_River_Race_boats_at_Richmond_lockWhat will be happening on the day

    • Free ferry running from Richmond to Ham House from 12.15pm with the 16 piece jazz band Tartouffe playing on board


    • Full Turks bar open from 12.30pm  till late
    • Food stalls
    • Plenty of entertainment for kids
    • Winners ceremony 6.00

Please note: The Turks daily tripping service to Richmond will not be operating on Great River Race day.


The diverse 300-odd fleet will comprise traditional-style, fixed-seat craft from curraghs to cutters, galleys to gigs, lifeboats to longboats, shallops to skiffs, whalers to wherries and many, many more. The Race is run on a ‘slowest away first, fastest last’ pursuit handicap basis, so all will be attempting to maintain their various handicap advantages over Cam and Old Balliol, the fastest boats in the Race and faithful replicas of the fixed-seat gigs which were rowed in the inaugural Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race in 1829.

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For more details, please go to, contact or telephone Stuart at  020 8398 8141.
Stuart Wolff
The Great River Race
Taggs Boatyard
44 Summer Road
Thames Ditton

Photos – Ray Little/The Great River Race.

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