Queens Platinum Jubilee Race

Queens Platinum Jubilee Race

Race Date: Saturday 21st May 2022

Race Route: Greenwich Reach to Westminster Bridge

The 45th Annual Historic Barge Race will take place on Saturday 21st May 2022. This year’s race is called the Queens Platinum Jubilee Race in honour of her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queens Platinum Jubilee Race will consist of about 12 teams of between four & six crewmembers. Each crew will drive (steer & row) 30 ton Thames barges over a seven mile course for approximately 90 minutes between Greenwich & Westminster Bridge.

Considerable skill is required to pilot unpowered barges ‘rowed under oars’ or sweeps & ride tidal river currents alone. The race not only commemorates the Platinum Jubilee but also the skills of Thames lightermen who moved freight this way along the River Thames up until the 1930′. In a wider context the race encourages ongoing interest in moving cargo via water as a way to recruit younger people back into traditional river trades.

Where to Watch the Race

The apprentice race covers 7 miles of river from Greenwich Reach to Westminster Bridge. The barges row under ten of London’s Bridges & eight of these are accessible to pedestrians making them excellent vantage points to see the race.

M.V Mercia passing the City of Westminster
The saloon onboard M.V Mercia

Boarding: 12:15

Departure: 12:30

Return: 16:15-16:30

Vessel Name: M.V Mercia

Embark / Disembark Location:
Greenwich Pier, Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT

The best views of the race are from the Thames Barge Driving Trusts official following boat. This year the following boat will be M.V Salient, a large passenger vessel with a spacious saloon & open deck, toilet facilities & a fully licensed bar. Salient’s upper deck is the perfect vantage point to see the race & London’s landmarks. Salient will embark passengers at Greenwich Pier at 12:00. At 12:30 Salient will depart & cruise for four hours following the race from Greenwich upriver past Canary Wharf, through the City of London & into the City of Westminster. The well-stocked bar will be open for the duration of the cruise serving a range of beers, ciders, wines, spirits & soft drinks at pub prices. After the race Salient will return to Greenwich between 16:15 -16:30 to disembark passengers.

Tickets for the Salient are £45.00 per adult & include a light meal. The proceeds from ticket sales help to support the Thames Barge Driving Trust. The following boat can be very popular, we recommend booking your ticket online to avoid disappointment.

Ticket Prices

Adult (16+): £45.00

Child (5-15 Years): £22.50

How to Take Part

The Queens Platinum Jubilee Race is open to all apprentices, if you are interested in rowing the race please contact John Potter on the number below.