Southend-on-Sea Sailing Barge Match
with us the 50th Southend Barge Match
Match Date: Sunday August 26th 2013
Sailing barge races have been part of the Regatta scene at Southend
for many years.
These classic sailing vessels once played a vital role in the distribution of all types of cargo round the East Coast, before being superceded by rail and road transport. Thnaks to the work and dedication of the owners and crew who have lovingly restored the surviving examples of this craft, the interest in barge racing was revived in 1964 as part of the celebrations
With the renewed interest in barge racing, once these fine vessels ceased their tradional cargo carrying role, and have been lvoingly restored and maintaiined by enthusiastic owners and crew, the current series of Barge matches at Southend was set up in 1964 as part of the celebrations to coincide with Southend's Jubillee celebrations
The 2013 Southend Barge Match will be sailed on Sunday August 25th, with the first start schduled for 1000.
Andrew Areaoff photos 2009