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Bristol to host first ever Power8 Sprints rowing event

13th February 2018

Categories: Latest News

Bristol will host the first ever Power8 Sprints event, a brand new sprint rowing event from British Rowing.

Power8 Sprints will be the headline act on the water at the annual Bristol Harbour Festival on Sunday, 22 July

The sprint event will see teams from eight cities – Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Oxford – battle it out, head-to-head over 350m in a bid to be crowned Power8 Sprints champions.

Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing, said: “This is another hugely exciting moment for rowing in England. We hope to bring rowing to sports fans like they’ve never experienced before in the heart of cities across the country. Short, fast, and dramatic, Power8 Sprints will entertain fans and showcase this awesome sport to a broader audience. It’s going to be great to watch for any sports fan.”

The Power8 Sprints event will see men’s and women’s teams racing in eights – the blue riband events at the Olympic Games – with the Bristol city team featuring top club rowers from across the region. It will be high-octane rowing, where technical skill combined with raw power will be critical to crossing the finish line first.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We welcome the Power8 Sprints to Bristol and look forward to hosting this exciting and innovative new rowing event. I’d like to thank British Rowing for engaging with the city and choosing Bristol and the Harbour Festival to host the first of these events. As a city with a strong maritime and sporting heritage I know Bristol will provide a memorable beginning to the next chapter in British rowing for both spectators and competitors.”

Each city crew will race in a unique and vibrant colour, allowing fans to get behind the team of their choice. Fans will be able to get to know the personalities in the boats through special behind-the-scenes profiles shot in the build-up to and during the event. Specialist technology will also be used during the races to bring fans closer to the action as it unfolds on the water.

In a change from traditional 2,000m rowing regattas, spectators lining the harbourside in Bristol will be able to watch all the action, from the explosion of power off the start line to the glory of crossing the finish line, all from the same spot.

As well as getting down to the harbourside to support the Bristol crews, there are also a number of sponsorship opportunities for local businesses who want to support the Bristol Power8 Sprints team or the wider event.

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