The Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge is a highly prestigious yet little documented boat race that has been fiercely competed by newly apprenticed Thames watermen every year since 1715. It is considered to be the oldest continually competed sporting event in the world.
Last year’s heritage project The World’s Oldest Boat Race delved into the race through a documentary film, oral histories, original photography by Hydar Dewachi, a series of exhibitions, and archive material made accessible to the public for the first time. We spotlighted the steep family rivalry and fierce traditions that has ensured Doggett’s has continued for so many years
So get your oars at the ready and dive in to the history behind this much loved and little known race…