Sharp’s Brewery has ensured that gig rowers from Rock Rowing Club have fresh racing oars for the 2017 race season, thanks to ongoing sponsorship.
The club, which has over 60 members, rows from Rock in the Camel Estuary, the home of Sharp’s Brewery, and has two traditional wooden Cornish Pilot Gigs, two training gigs, a skiff and three flash boats.
The club can now add a set of six brand new race oars for the Men’s A-Team to its equipment list, thanks to the support of Sharp’s.
The oars were presented to the club by Dave Haskell, General Manager, and Ali Burgess, Brands Co-ordinator, at Sharp’s Brewery.
Geoff Davies, Chairman of Rock Rowing Club, said: “Sharp’s Brewery is our number one sponsor and it has very generously bought a set of racing oars for the men’s A-Team. The first time they will be used with aggression is in the Isles of Scilly at the World Championships this year.”
Geoff continued: “Sharp’s Brewery has been our sponsor, virtually since we opened, it is our longest and biggest sponsor, together with Nathan Outlaw and The Mariners. We have a really great relationship with the brand.”
The racing oars will be a welcome addition to the club, as due to the wild conditions on Cornwall’s doorstep and the heaving Atlantic swells, equipment wears out fast and needs replaced. The oars will be kept in pristine condition until the major gig rowing events of 2017.
James Nicholls, Sharp’s Brewery’s Senior Brand Manager, said: “At Sharp’s we are passionate about our home in Rock, and Cornwall, and we are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of Rock Rowing Club.
“Rock Rowing Club is really well respected in the gig rowing fraternity and we are proud to be able to help them by helping fund equipment for the men’s A Team’s efforts on the water.”
Sharp’s Brewery has a history of supporting gig racing and rowing in Cornwall, rowing in to sponsor the on-the-water photography at the World Pilot Gig Championships, on the Isles of Scilly in 2016. Sharp’s Brewery also supported the Atlantic Buoys with a boat as they undertook the challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West.