• Match Date: Saturday 1st June 2024
  • Starting From: Gillingham Pier


Gillingham Pier to the Medway Buoy or other outer mark with the finish off Gillingham Pier.

Viewing Points

View start and finish line off Gillingham Strand, Pier Approach Road, or the footpath around St Mary’s Island, Chatham. The race also passes close to Garrison Point, Sheerness on Sheppey.


Barge racing has taken place in the Medway since at least 1872. In 1949 the Marina Club at Hoo organised the first of five matches for yacht barges, and commercial craft raced again from 1954 until the Centenary Match. The modern series started in 1965.