The Rowing Race – Doggett’s Coat and Badge


The Boat Race by Teresa Chlapowski
The Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

Medium: Fused and slumped glass, sandblasted details, on slate

Dimensions: 56L x 32H x 7W cm (including base)


1 in stock


Doggett’s Coat and Badge is the prize and name for the oldest rowing race in the world. Up to six apprentice watermen of the River Thames in England compete for this prestigious honour, which has been held every year since 1715. The 4 miles 5 furlongs (7.44 km) race is rowed on the River Thames upstream from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passing under a total of eleven bridges en route. Originally, it was raced every 1 August against the outgoing (falling or ebb) tide, in the boats used by watermen to ferry passengers across the Thames. Today it is raced at a date and time, often in September, that coincides with the incoming (rising or flood) tide, in contemporary single sculling boats.