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Sharp’s Brewery announces oar-some sponsorship of Newquay Rowing Club’s Atkinson Race

Its been great to help Newquay Rowing Club link up to Sharp's Brewery who have announced that its flagship beer brand, Doom Bar, will sponsor The Atkinson Race taking place on the 2nd of August 2019 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 consists of four gigs who 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. Approximately 15 supporter boats will also be out on the water providing some much-needed encouragement and morale-boosting cheer.

The Atkinson Trophy was given to Newquay Rowing Club by Jack Atkinson in the 1960s, a leading town jeweller and big supporter of the club. Sharp’s Brewery will be sponsoring the 2019 race for the very first time with the UK’s number one cask ale brand, 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, said, “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 the 2nd of August. Best of luck to all rowers, coxes and volunteers involved.”

The Atkinson Race takes place on the 2nd of August from 6pm approximately, tide and weather conditions permitting, and spectators are encouraged to come and cheer the rowers on during this gruelling and exciting event.

To find out the latest updates on sea conditions and the race on the day, please visit the NRC Gig Rowing Club Facebook page. To find out more about Newquay Rowing Club and The Atkinson Race, please visit or call 01637 876810.

The Newquay out at Sea , credit Karl Risely