The 2018 Race for Doggett's Coat and Badge

One of the highlights of our year is the annual Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge. This historic rowing contest has taken place on the River Thames every year since 1715. Organised by the Fishmongers’ Company it is a fascinating, but little-known, part of the City of London’s rich history, and is thought to be the oldest event of its type in the world. This year there were just two competitors, making for a tightly-run contest, between George McCarthy and winner Alfie Anderson, with just 19 seconds between them. As always, part of the prize is a limited-edition Harold Pinchbeck Lambeth Reach watch. Alfie is shown here following the presentation by Paul Pinchbeck. 2017 winner Jack Keech looks on, wearing the impressive Doggett’s Coat and Badge, which Alfie will soon wear himself for the first time at a Livery Dinner at Fishmongers’ Hall. Congratulations to both contestants.