Sharp’s Brewery has announced that its flagship beer brand, Doom Bar, will sponsor The Atkinson Race, taking place on August 2 in Newquay. The race is one of Newquay Rowing Club’s most exciting and highly regarded pilot gig races.  

Taking place on the highest spring tide, the race is contested by four gigs which are towed by boat round to the Gannel estuary. The gigs will line up and race back along the coastline before returning to the club’s home and the race end at Newquay Harbour. Some 15 supporter boats will also be out on the water providing encouragement.

The Atkinson Trophy was given to Newquay Rowing Club in the 1960s, by Jack Atkinson, a leading town jeweller and big supporter of the club. Sharp’s Brewery will be sponsoring the 2019 race for the first time with Doom Bar.

Christine Hunter, chair of Newquay Rowing Club, said: “This race is a great spectacle as the crews fight to be the first home. We love seeing all the community come out and watch the race from the clifftops and the supporter boats.

“It is a true test for rowers and coxes as they fight to take the best line near the uncompromising rocks and navigate the currents around Newquay. We are hoping for good weather so as many as possible come out and watch the race. Newquay Rowing Club wishes to thank Sharp’s Brewery for its sponsorship of the race.”

Sharp’s Brewery’s marketing controller, James Nicholls, added: “The Atkinson Race is one of the most prestigious gig rowing races in Newquay and we are thrilled to be supporting this exciting summer sporting event and Newquay Rowing Club. We look forward to seeing all the gigs out on the water on August 2. Best of luck to all rowers, coxes and volunteers involved.”

The race starts at 6pm approximately, tide and weather conditions permitting.

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