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Every year, the barges compete in a series of races, with the barge securing the most points being declared Champion Barge for that year.

There are three classes – Coasting, Staysail and Bowsprit.

(NOTE – The definitions may vary in the different matches)

Races are held on the Medway, Blackwater, Thames, Colne, Swale, Orwell, at Southend and a Passage Rally from the Medway to the Orwell. There is also an unofficial match at Whitstable every year.

All barge matches have been sailed for 2018 and the final championship points allocations follow.
May 25th Medway Barge Match
8th June Blackwater Smack and Barge Match
22nd June Thames Barge Match
20th July Passage Rally
27th July Pin Mill Barge Match
10th August Swale Smack and Barge Match
Southend Barge Match – No race 2019
7th September Colne Barge Match

other events:
22nd June Rowhedge Regatta
6th July Wivenhoe Town Regatta
27th July OGA East Coast Race
3rd August Whitstable Harbour Day Barge Race
8th September Mersea Dredging Match
21st September Maldon Regatta

CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE 2018

BARGEMEDWAYPIN MILLBLACKWATERTHAMESSWALECOLNETotal PointsTotal Points with 1 discardPosition in ClassPosition Overall 
ADIEU1788511=
DAWN64161037=
EDME87567343411=
KITTY222621=
MARJORIE4533151525
MIROSA459949=
EDITH MAY444517=
IRONSIDES3366414=
MELISSA222621=
NIAGARA866775393411=
REMINDER5388311=
REPERTOR346444252224
ARDWINA777513
BLACKTHORN2355716
CAMBRIA464141426
CENTAUR532101037=
GEORGE SMEED4448=17=
LADY DAPHNE666614=
LADY OF THE LEA6685252513
ORINOCO4448=17=
PUDGE4239949=
THALATTA3331020

Breakdown of points awarded::

MEDWAY 2018
EDME: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, and 1 point for seamanship
MARJORIE: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place

EDITH MAY: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place
NIAGARA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, and 1 point for fastest start overall
REPERTOR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 1 point for third place

LADY OF THE LEA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
PUDGE: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place

PIN MILL 2018
ADIEU: 1 point for starting (retired)
EDME: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in class, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
MIROSA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place

MELISSA: 1 point for starting and 1 point for finishing
NIAGARA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
REMINDER: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for third place, 1 point for fastest start in class, and 1 point for fastest start overall
REPERTOR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place

ARDWINA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in class, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
BLACKTHORN: 1 point for starting and 1 point for finishing
CENTAUR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place. And 1 point for seamanship

BLACKWATER 2018
CAMBRIA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place
EDME: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
KITTY: 1 point for starting and 1 point for finishing
MIROSA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for third place, 1 point for fastest start in class, and 1 point for fastest start overall

NIAGARA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
REMINDER: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 1 point for third place
REPERTOR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place, 1 point for fastest start in class, and 1 point for seamanship

BLACKTHORN: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 1 point for fastest start in class
CENTAUR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 1 point for third place
GEORGE SMEED: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place
LADY DAPHNE: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
PUDGE: 1 point for starting and 1 point for finishing

THAMES 2018
MARJORIE: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 3 points for first place.
ADIEU: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for fastest start overall, 1 point for first round outer mark in class.

NIAGARA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in classs and 1 point for first round outer mark in class.
REPERTOR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place.
IRONSIDES: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing , and 1 point for third place.

CAMBRIA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in class
LADY OF THE LEA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, and 1 point for seamanship.

SWALE 2018
EDME: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
DAWN: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place, 1 point for fastest start in class and 1 point for seamanship
MARJORIE: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 1 point for third place

NIAGARA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in classs and 1 point for first round outer mark in class.
REPERTOR: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place.

LADY OF THE LEA: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for fastest start overall, and 1 point for first round outer mark in class
ORINOCO: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 2 points for second place
PUDGE: 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, and 1 point for third place

COLNE 2018
EDME 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for fastest start, 3 points for first place bowsprit
DAWN 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place bowsprit
Marjorie 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for third place bowsprit

NIAGARA 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place fast staysail
Repertor 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place fast staysail
Ironsides 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for third place fast staysail

Lady of the Lea 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first place coasting/slow staysail
Cambria 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second place coasting/slow staysail
Thalatta 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for third place coasting/slow staysail
Centaur 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing coasting/slow staysail

2017 CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE

BargeMedwayBlackwaterPin MillThamesSwaleSouthendColneTotal PointsTotal points with 1 discardPosition in ClassPosition Overall
Adieu346316163=6=
Marjorie2334416163=3=
Mirosa7344181824+
Edme6896887524611
Edith May15521313410
Ironsides2466516
Melissa2355617=
Niagara6664675403612
Reminder42274191923
Repertor332343181834
Ardwina777715
Blackthorn45994=12=
Cambria77216161=6=
Centaur54994=12=
Cygnet561111311
Dinah333919
Lady of the Lea347216161=6=
Pudge4488614
Thalatta555817=

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