Sharp's Big Swim

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The team at Sharp’s Brewery are encouraging locals and visitors alike to sign up for the Big Swim, which takes place on Sunday, August 5.

Created by local resident Sarah Coates, the event inspires locals and visitors to utilise the amazing natural resource on their doorstep, taking to the open water to push boundaries and create a fun personal challenge while raising money for local charities that support Cornish coastal communities.

The 2016 Big Swim raised £16,000, with hundreds of participants, and year on year the fundraising increases as the local community comes together for the post-swim party on the Port Isaac Platt.

Swimmers and supporters will head to the area to spend the day in the beautiful coastal villages of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne, and entrants are able to choose from a range of challenging races. Those who have entered before can head back to beat last year’s personal best or challenge themselves to go up a section and complete a longer race.

After the swimming, the party continues until midnight with some fantastic bands and musicians, and Sharp’s will be serving up beers from its bar on The Platt in Port Isaac.

Sarah said: “We are always extremely appreciative of Sharp’s support and sponsorship. Year on year we all work together to develop the event and make it the best one yet. Thanks to Sharp’s Brewery, each of our lucky swimmers over 18 will receive a refreshing free pint of Doom Bar after their race, and we look forward to joining them for the after-party.”

James Nicholls, Sharp’s Brewery’s senior brand manager, added: “We are proud of our home here in Cornwall and sponsoring the Big Swim enables us to be at the heart of that community.

“We in Cornwall are great at supporting local charities, and this year we’re delighted to see all the money raised going to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat Station and The National Lobster Hatchery. Good luck to everyone competing in all of the races, and well done on being part of this great Cornish sporting initiative.”

• Registration for the event is now open at www.thebigswimcornwall.co.uk