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Port of London Challenge

The Port of London Challenge was first held on 18th July 1996. It was started by Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons, and was arranged as a curtain-raiser for the famous Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race later the same day. It also showcased the then growing sport of Waterman’s Cutter racing and is now an established event in its own right.


Run on a July summer’s evening, the Port of London Challenge is rowed over a 4.4 mile course from HQS 'Wellington' to Chelsea Harbour. The cutters are crewed by six rowers, carrying a cox and passenger.

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Port of London Challenge 2013