Thames Sailing Barge Match 2016

Thames Barges GravesendThis year’s Thames Sailing Barge Match takes place on Saturday 25 June.

The first Thames Barge Match took place in 1863, which makes it the world’s second oldest organised sailing race after the America’s Cup, which was first held in 1851.

Many of the barges taking part will lie overnight off Gravesend on Friday evening, ready for an early start on Saturday.

The races begin at 8am from Lower Hope, Gravesend and barges will be preparing for the start from around 7am.

Barges will return to the Town Pier, Gravesend during the afternoon.

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