TTRA Events Schedule

The Thames Traditional Rowing Association are pleased to announce the following events.


Current Events

Events for 2024

Tuesday 01 October 2024

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Events for 2024: Tuesday 01 October 2024

TTRA AGM                        Monday 26th February, 

1830 for 1900, Watermans Hall: AGM. Please forward any agenda items by the end of January.

Oxbridge Challenge and Festival of Rowing (Pre Boat-Race event)             Saturday 30 March: 

Tudor Pull                                   Sunday 19 May

Admiral of the Port Race           Tuesday 18 June

Port of London Challenge        Wednesday 17 July

It is possible that other events will be added during the year and
notifications will be sent out via email as soon as any date are confirmed.

Please hold Monday 17 February as the date for the 2025 AGM.


Events for 2023

Thursday 13 July 2023

2023 Events List

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Events for 2023: Thursday 13 July 2023

TTRA - Oxbridge Challenge: Sunday 26 March 

TTRA - Tudor Pull: Sunday 16th April

TTRA - Admiral of the Port: Tuesday 13 June

TTRA - Port of London Challenge: Thursday 13th July


Watermen’s Company Doggett’s Coronation Pageant – Wednesday 19 July 2023

As previously notified, The Watermen’s Company is organising this daytime event which, if successful, could be repeated in years to come, so I urge you to take part. If you are only able to raise a partial crew please let me know details to enable us to combine crews, and also inform Julie Lithgow, the Watermen’s Company Clerk ( if you can provide a cox . Entries can be made online here: and must be received by 30 June. The pre-meeting will take place in early July and any queries should be directed to Julie.

Jubilant Trust  “Celebration of Time” – Jubilant’s 21st Birthday – Saturday September.   6 oared, No canopy, Huge flags 

I append an invitation to participate in this event, which the TTRA would very much like to support and is a good warm-up for the Great River Race that takes place the following Saturday. 

Roger Mutton is the contact person at the Jubilant Trust to whom entries should be sent: Entries close on 18 July.


Tudor Pull 2023 Timeline

Sunday 16 April 2023

Time Line

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Tudor Pull 2023 Timeline: Sunday 16 April 2023

The Royal Watermen’s 

Tudor Pull 


Updated Timetable - Sunday 16th April, 2023

No boats will take part on the river above Richmond Bridge

09:50                          Royal Watermen process to main gate Hampton Court Palace

10:00                          Ceremony of the ‘Stela’ and take the ‘Boating Cup’

11:15                         Crews arrive at Richmond to Prepare boat regalia  

12:00                          Victuals supplied by Richmond Bridge Boat Club

12:15                          (Coxes Briefing)

12:45 (prompt)          Leave Richmond 

14:30                          Pass Putney

16:15 (approx.)         Arrive Tower Bridge Quay                          

16:30                          Process to H.M. Tower of London 

16:45                          Pass through East Gate, H.M. Tower of London

16:50                          Ceremony of the ‘Stela’

17:00                          Leave the Tower

17:30                          Cutters leave for tow back up and down stream

17:30                          Rowing Crews Arrive ‘Dickens Inn’ for refreshments 


AGM 2023

Monday 20 February 2023


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AGM 2023: Monday 20 February 2023

Our AGM will be held on Monday 20 February at Tallow Chandlers Hall, 

Refreshments from 1830 for 1900 start

Address is

Tallow Chandlers Hall

4 Dowgate Hill


This event is for fully paid up members only 


Events for 2022

Thursday 17 February 2022

Planned events for 2022

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Events for 2022: Thursday 17 February 2022

Thursday 17 February, 1830 for 1900 start, Watermen’s Hall
Oxbridge Boat Race (Participation to be confirmed)

Sunday 3rd April - 1700hrs HW Putney

Tudor Pull 
Saturday 11th June - 1248 HW Richmond 
Admiral of the Port
Thursday 23rd June 1610 LW London Bridge
Port of London Challenge
Monday 25th July - 1840 LW London Bridge
Great River Race 
10th September 

Platinum Jubilee Flotilla

 ‘Reflections’ - white lights aboard 300 boats at twilight, Chelsea – Tower, modelled on the Olympic Torch Event.  
24th September
Lord Mayor’s Show


EVENTS - 2020

Monday 24 February 2020

Here is our latest list of events for the coming year - 2020

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EVENTS - 2020: Monday 24 February 2020

Sunday 29/03/2020          Oxbridge Watermens Challenge

Sunday 19/04/2020          The Tudor Pull

Wednesday 17/06/2020    Admiral of the Port

Friday 17/07/2020             Port of London Challenge

Full details to be circulated to our members in due course.



Past Events

EVENTS - 2019

Tuesday 31 December 2019

Here are the listed Events for the year - 2019

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EVENTS - 2019: Tuesday 31 December 2019

There is a Lord Mayor's River Progress flotilla on September 28th. 

Members are reminded that in order to win prizes at the Admiral of the Port event, the crew is made up of FOUR rowers, two passengers and a cox; the boat must be a Thames Watermens Cutter; it must have full regalia.

In the Port of London Challenge however, it is for SIX rowers, a cox and one passenger.  Full regalia is not required but a company flag should be displayed.  Prizes can only be won by FULL members and the boat must be a Thames Watermens Cutter.

Prizes may also be given to boats of other classes for the fastest time of the day and to members in boats other than ‘Thames Watermens Cutters’.


Port of London Challenge

Monday 29 July 2019

Our Final Annual Racing event, Entry Forms out soon

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Port of London Challenge: Monday 29 July 2019

Entry Forms out soon

Departing from Coin Street Shaol and racing to Chelsea Harbour Pier.  

Prize giving will take place on board Salient once again.


Tudor Pull, 2019

Saturday 29 June 2019

Ceremonial Flotilla from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London

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Tudor Pull, 2019: Saturday 29 June 2019

Departing Hampton Court Palace escorting the Queens Row Barge Gloriana at 10:30 to arrive at the Tower of London around 16:30


Timetable - Saturday 29th June, 2019
09:00 Boats & crews muster at Hampton Court Palace (Briefing)
09:50 Royal Watermen process to main gate Hampton Court Palace
10:00 Ceremony of the ‘Stela’ and take the ‘Boating Cup’
          Boats & crews also muster at Richmond
10:30 Flotilla leaves Hampton Court Palace
11:15 Arrive Teddington Lock
11:30 Leave Teddington Lock (HW RLock 12:50 BST)
12:00 Arrive Richmond (victuals supplied by Richmond Bridge Boat
Club) (Briefing)
13:00 (prompt) Leave Richmond (Timed to catch the lock gates).
14:30 Pass Putney
16:15 (approx) Arrive St. Katherine’s Pier (LW LB 18:20 BST)
(prepare boats for tow back)
16:30 Process to H.M. Tower of London
16:45 Pass through East Gate, H.M. Tower of London
16:50 Ceremony of the ‘Stela’
17:00 Leave the Tower
17:30 Cutters leave for tow back up and down stream
17:30 Rowing Crews Arrive ‘Dickens Inn’ for refreshments


Admiral of the Port, 2019 - RESULTS

Thursday 13 June 2019

6 Women's Crew. 1 Mixed Crew and 9 Mens crews took part.

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Admiral of the Port, 2019 - RESULTS: Thursday 13 June 2019

Results are now available.

Event Information

No places left in this event

This event has been such a success over the years we have become a victim of its popularity.

This year we have six Women’s crews that will set off first.

We also have two Mixed crews and two in skerries.

There are nine Men’s crews on a river just wide enough for six abreast.

This means we have had to take the last three Men’s teams to submit their entry forms and place them in another Division.

The plan is to set the two skerries and Mixed crews off as a second Division with the three additional Men’s crews. This should allow the racing crews time to thin out the space on the river allowing the skerries to adopt a more sedate pace. Our Timekeepers will really need their wits about them in identifying boats as they cross the line as some will be setting off before others.

The final Division will be the first six Men’s crews that got their forms back first. By the time they start, it is anticipated the previous Divisions will be clear of the busiest part of the river. This should allow the Men’s crews to overtake the two skerries if needs be, with a degree of safety.

We ask that the skerries make way for the racing crews if they are being overtaken.

All of this will be repeated and final instructions given at the Coxes Briefing on the waterfront immediately prior to going on the water.

Remember to bring a life jacket or buoyancy aid for everyone on your boat. Westminster Boating Base have this as a requirement for everyone landing and using their pontoons.

Coxes and passengers MUST wear their life jacket / buoyancy aid at all times when boarding, alighting and when in the boat. Rowers MUST have a life jacket / buoyancy aid available for use in an emergency at all times.


Oxbridge Watermens Challenge (OWC), 2019

Sunday 07 April 2019

This years event was attended by 22 boats racing and an 11 boat flotilla!

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Oxbridge Watermens Challenge (OWC), 2019: Sunday 07 April 2019

Head of the Flotilla this year was The shallop, Jubilant.


Port of London Challenge, 2018 - RESULTS ARE IN

Monday 09 July 2018

Our Final Annual Race

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Port of London Challenge, 2018 - RESULTS ARE IN: Monday 09 July 2018

This event is for SIX rowers, one passenger and a cox.  NO REGALIA.

It starts from HQS Wellington, finishing at Chelsea Harbour Pier and once again is divided into four categories.  The fourth will be for non - TTRA members.

It is open to all comers but TROPHIES can only be won by FULL members of the TTRA.  The winning boats will have a crew of six, with one passenger and a cox.

Certificates will also be given to every crew member of the fastest boats in each Division (whether TTRA members or not).

An Entry Fee will be charged for all non - TTRA members.

The first division will start at 19:00 and then at five minute intervals thereafter.  All crews will be clear of the water by 20:30.  Prize giving will take place aboard the Crown River's vessel, SALIENT.

Entry Forms have been sent out and if any member has not received it yet, please contact the secretary immediately so that you do not miss out.

REMINDER:  Will those that have trophies from last year, bring then back so they can be handed out once more at the Prize Giving on board SALIENT.



Monday 11 June 2018


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LW London Bridge 19:20

The race is for four oared Watermen’s cutters which must be carrying a coxswain and TWO passengers (cox & passengers to wear lifejackets and ALL crew MUST have a life jacket available in the boat).

The boats must be dressed in full livery regalia and where possible have either the Company Master, Senior Liveryman or Clerk on board.

For non livery entries two representatives of the owning organisation should be on board.

You MUST ALL wear life jackets when boarding and moving around in the boats.

If you know of any supporters, friends who will be attending Westminster Boating Base could you let me have numbers for catering purposes.


The Tudor Pull, 2018

Sunday 13 May 2018

A splendid event where numerous traditional rowing boats accompany the Queens Row Barge Gloriana from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London each year.

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The Tudor Pull, 2018: Sunday 13 May 2018

This annual event has five boats escorting QRB Gloriana from Hampton Court Palace to Richmond, where a further eight will join them for the remainder of the journey to the Tower of London.


The Oxbridge Watermens Challenge, 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018

A wonderful day to see traditional rowing boats escorting the QRB Gloriana over the Boat Race Course, and to witness even more traditional rowing boats racing against each other over the same course as a prelim to The Boat Race proper.

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The Oxbridge Watermens Challenge, 2018: Saturday 24 March 2018

This year a great number of Traditional Rowing Boats have already booked their place to escort the QRB Gloriana, and a further THIRTEEN will take part in various divisions to race against each other.

Prize giving will take place during the post event festivities at the University of London Boat Club.



Monday 15 January 2018

Minutes now available (click on Event Report below)

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 2017/18: Monday 15 January 2018

This year our AGM will be held at the WC Information Technologists Hall

39a Bartholomew Close, EC1A 7JN

Please be there from 18:45 ready to start proceedings at 19:00.

The Agenda will be published here in due course.



Saturday 11 November 2017

Event Report now available. This year saw twenty five rowing boats surrounding the Queens Row Barge Gloriana with the Lord Mayor of the City of London on board.

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LORD MAYORS FLOTILLA: Saturday 11 November 2017

HW London Bridge 06:38
LW London Bridge 13:11

Starting at Westminster Boating Base, Pimlico

25 Traditional Rowing boats will accompany the Queens Row Barge Gloriana, as she carries the Lord Mayor Elect to HMS President with his friends and guests.

There will also be a number of motorised launches to accompany the entire fleet, making it quite a spectacle.

Departure is timed for 08:35 and will pass under Tower Bridge at 09:25 when the Bridge is scheduled to open in his honour as the Admiral of the Port of London.

Following this procession, a number of rowers that have already rowed downstream from Pimlico, will be invited to row the QRB Gloriana back to the Houses of Parliament to commemorate those fallen service personnel at the eleventh hour, on the the eleventh day in the eleventh month.

"When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.  We Will Remember Them".



Wednesday 19 July 2017


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PORT OF LONDON CHALLENGE: Wednesday 19 July 2017

LW London Bridge 16:20
HW London Bridge 22:50

This event is for Watermen’s six oared coxed cutters (NO canopies) carrying one passengers.  Please ensure all passengers/coxswains are wearing life jackets. There will be a crew briefing at 18:15 - coxswains must be present.

Crews to be boated at 18:45. The races will start at 19:00 (LW @ LB 16:20 BST).  We will have a multi Division start. 

Division 1          TTRA Women and Mixed together.                                                                       19:00

Division 2 & 3   Skerries and Non TTRA members of all groups. (Men Women and Mixed).     19:10

Division 4          TTRA Men                                                                                                              19:20

Divisions 2 - 4 will hold positions close to the Southbank until each is called forward by the support boats.

The course will be from HQS ‘Wellington’, King’s Reach to Chelsea Harbour a distance of 4.4 statute miles.

Each Division when called forward, will form up line abreast of HQS ‘Wellington’ under the instructions of the Umpire aboard ‘Molly Brown’.  When the boats are level the Umpire will give the order for each race to commence by “Attention, GO!”.

The finish line will be marked by the PV ‘Salient’ at Chelsea Harbour.  Crews will disembark to the ‘Salient’ and arrangements made for the boats to be towed away as soon as possible.

On board the PV ‘Salient’ the bar will be open and light refreshments available. The prize giving will take place during the return cruise and we will arrive back at Embankment Pier at approx. 21:30.


Admiral of the Port, 2017

Monday 19 June 2017

This event is for 4 oared cutters in full regalia, with two passengers and a cox

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Admiral of the Port, 2017: Monday 19 June 2017

The event begins from HQS Wellington and finishes at Westminster Boating Base.

Prize giving takes places while the rowing crews and their guests enjoy the hospitality of the base.

For the results from this event, please view the attached file.



Sunday 23 April 2017


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TUDOR PULL: Sunday 23 April 2017

HW Richmond Lock 12:20
LW London Bridge 17:32

On the 23rd of April the Queen’s Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ rowed by the Royal Watermen and escorted by craft from the City Livery Companies, City Organisations and Clubs will carry the Stela from Hampton Court Palace to HM Tower of London.

A ceremony will be held at Hampton Court Palace when the Stela will be given in to the custody of the HM Queen’s Barge Master to be transported under oars to HM Tower of London.

The route will be on the River Thames from Hampton Court Palace, through Teddington lock, Richmond and down to HM Tower of London finishing at St. Katherine’s Pier (distance of 25 miles).

HM Queen’s Barge Master will then process to HM Tower of London and present the Stela to the Governor of HM Tower of London.


OWC Challenge

Sunday 02 April 2017


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OWC Challenge: Sunday 02 April 2017

LW Richmond 14:19
LW Chelsea Bridge 12:21

This year, there will for the first time in our history, be TWO Classes of boats racing - Classic Watermen’s Cutters and Skerries For six oared Watermen’s cutters (no tilts). For six oared Skerries. In all boats the cox and passenger must wear lifejackets and ALL rowing crew MUST have a life jacket available in the boat. To win the race, entries must be FULL members of the TTRA.

The race will be in three Divisions. SIX boats only in each Division.

  • Women’s crews
  • Mixed crews
  • Men’s crews

The Oxbridge gigs will then follow.

A separate flotilla will process along the full course in escort to The Queen’s Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ for all other boats NOT wishing to race – please remember you MUST contact for details as the flotilla is also numerically restricted.

Full timetable provided after applications have been received.
Start from 15:00 at Putney (LW @ CB 13:21 BST)
Spectators / supporters are welcome at the finish point at 16:00


The entry fee for paid up TTRA full members is included in the annual subscriptions (this includes the tow up or downstream, morning breakfast and drinks at ULBC and post event buffet and drinks for the crew). 
Additional boat(s) and Non-Members of the TTRA will pay an entry fee in advance, of £50 per boat. This covers food and drinks before and after the event.

The Non - TTRA FULL members will be responsible for getting their boats to ULBC for launching and recovery post event. All Other Guests are expected to make a payment of £15 per person to receive food and drinks at ULBC during the after-row celebrations only.


View galleries from previous events TTRA have been involved in: