James Berry, 23, from Whitstable in Kent, can usually be found captaining one of our catamarans. However, last Friday James was in a very different type of vessel – a single scull. Every year, apprentice watermen take part in the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Wager, rowing over 4 miles between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier. 

The oldest boat race in the world, Doggett’s was first raced in 1715 and has now been contested by watermen and lightermen for more than 300 years, potentially making it the oldest continuous race in any sport. Last week was the 306th race, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was subsequently delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 race will take place this September.

We have a rich history of Doggett's champions at Uber Boat by Thames Clippers including our co-founder and CEO Sean Collins (1990).

This year, James was able to follow in their footsteps! This is what he had to say about his victory:

“It’s an amazing feeling for my hard work and determination to have finally paid off! Now it’s on to the next challenge!”

Congratulations to James from all of the team at Uber Boat by Thames Clippers! Also, a big well done to Coran Cherry, another one of our captains who took part in the race on 25 June. This was Coran’s first attempt at Doggett’s and though he did not win the coat and badge this time, he hopes to on one of his remaining two attempts.

James Berry (credit: Port of London Authority)

2020 Doggett's podium. Left to right: Coran Cherry, Max Carter-Miller, James Berry and George Gilbert (credit: Port of London Authority)
Find out more about the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Wager: watermenscompany.com