Anniversary Thames Match attracts 16 Barges

It was a great achievement to gather 16 barges for the Thames Match on Saturday.   ThamesMatch2013 (DBrooks)It would always have been a special occasion as the 150th anniversary of the first match, but was made more special  –  and more poignant  –  by the sudden death at the end of last year of Mark Boyle who had re-started the matches in the 1990s and done so much to drive them forward.   All credit then to the Committee who picked up the reins, (oh dear, we are into horse metaphors now!), and provided such a special 2013 match.    Not least, mention must be made of Richard Walsh, our own SSBR Vice Chairman, who stepped in as Match Secretary.

The weather was lovely for spectators and those taking part, but the lack of wind at the start caused big problems.   This year the match finished at Erith rather than Gravesend and the winners of the three classes were:-

Coasting Class  –  Cambria

Champion Staysail Class  –  Niagara

Champion Bowsprit Class  –  Edme

SSBR Committee member and Cambria Trust Secretary, Dave Brooks, has published an excellent report of the match on the Cambria website.   As he says, he had defected for the weekend to Lady Daphne, but he can’t resist watching out for Cambria!   Here’s the link to the report on the Cambria Blog.   The splendid picture was taken by Dave Brooks.

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Posted on 15/07/2013, in Barge Matches, sb Cambria, sb Lady Daphne, Thames Barge Match and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Lady Daphne is now featured in my new book, The History Of St Katharine’s. I am launching the book and giving a Talk on The Lady Daphne on Monday 28th April from 5 to 7 pm; she is the perfect venue for this. If you would like to come along, tickets are £5 and available from thestoryofstk@outlook.com or my website http://www.historyofthedocks.net.

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