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Saturday 8th July 2023 The Thames, Gravesend, DA11 0BJ

The Thames Sailing Barge Match (Races) plus Thames Forts

A great opportunity to photograph these wonderful old barges from the water while they are put through there paces during a full day of racing, plus a visit to the Thames Forts and sunken ship.


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About this event

Sailing barges have been seen on the River Thames for well over a 100 years, originally the mainstay of the Capital when it came to moving goods around. Nowadays however these wonderful craft are more likely to be seen in private ownership for leisure and pleasure with a number of them coming together each in the pursuit of 'Match Racing'. We will also be visiting the Thames Forts (subject to weather conditions) so there will be an opportunity to take some fantastic images of them as a bonus of the day.

Our day on the river will start from Gravesend (time to be confirmed, likeley to be before 7am), where we will set sail on the spacious Jacob Marley to witness the spectacle of Thames sailing barges under full sail racing against each other down the Thames to Southend and return to Erith. So many great photo opportunities at close quarters will be on offer throughout the day as we sail amongst the competitors to capture images otherwise not possible from the waters edge. 

Anyone who has sailed with us before will know we always get close to the action with our very experienced skipper, Richard in charge of our 'photo boat'. The Jacob Marley is a roomy vessel with plenty of covered inside space and seating areas, useful for storing our equipment and of course us if the weather turns.  

Start & finish point for this trip will be a Pier at Gravesend and will see us out for around 7 hours.

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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