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St Katharine Docks

Leg 1 | Race 1 | St Katharine Docks | United Kingdom GB

23 Aug 2013 - 01 Sep 2013

St Katharine Docks

When the crews leave St Katharine Docks - central London’s only marina – they will be surrounded by 1000 years of history and some of the UK’s most historic buildings.

More than 100,000 people will line the streets to bid the crew farewell. The boats will be berthed in the central basin for more than a week before they lock out four at a time and parade down the River Thames on Sunday, 1 September. 

The race village will host live music, international cuisine from the Good Food Market,Old Pulteney whisky sampling and the Harken coffee grinder challenge at the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust stand. Free boat tours of the fleet are also available from 1100 until 1800 daily.

The departure of the fleet will be streamed live online, as well as to a big screen in the village. 

Visitors to St Katharine Docks will not be dissapointed. It dates back more than 1000 years, to when it is recorded that King Edgar gave 13 acres of land to 13 knights. In 1825, nearly £2 million was raised to construct St Katharine Docks – a king’s ransom at the time – and the foundation stone was laid two years later.

In 1828, St Katharine Docks opened and the revolutionary design by engineer Thomas Telford featured two connected basins that created an exceptionally long quayside for a relatively small area of enclosed water, with warehouses built right on the waterfront.

And Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has also been the docks’ harbour master having helped regenerate it during the 1970s.

Today, St Katharine Docks is a destination that incorporates international businesses, luxury homes, individual retailers, waterside dining and a 160 berth marina, enveloped within a picturesque historic setting by the Tower of London and world famous Tower Bridge.

The central London location of St Katharine Docks provides a unique opportunity for boat owners to be very close to everything London has to offer.

Throughout 2012 St Katharine Docks took part in a number of prolific events, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

During the London 2012 Games, Visit Denmark selected St Katharine Docks as their Olympic home for the Danish, presenting a fun floating TV studio for live links as well as various activities.

Since 2009, St Katharine Docks has taken part in the Mayor’s Thames Festival. The marina’s heritage provides the optimum backdrop for the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival, a selection of historic vessels each with its own story to tell.

St Katharine Docks has attracted many iconic vessels over the years and is currently the London home to The Queen’s Row Barge, Gloriana and Havengore, the vessel used to transport Winston Churchill during his state funeral in 1965.

During summer 2013 St Katharine Docks will host the re-commissioning of the Dunster for the Vine Trust. The vessel will be re-named Jubilee Hope by its Royal Patron before it embarks upon a new career in Tanzania, providing a floating clinic.