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Power8 Sprints

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A brand new and exciting feature for this year's Bristol Harbour Festival will be Power8 Sprints, 350m high-octane rowing action that will be the headline act on the water.

The event will see crews from eight cities go head-to-head, in a knock-out tournament, with the winners of the men's and women's event crowned Power8 Sprints champions.

Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Oxford will all be represented by crews at the inaugural Power8 Sprints.

Crews will race in eights - the blue riband event of the Olympic Games - over 350m, where technical skill combined with raw power will be critical to crossing the finish line first. Each race is expected to take around one minute, with high-octane rowing from start to finish.

Spectators lining the harbourside in Bristol will be able to watch the action on the water, from the explosion of power off the start line to the glory of the finish line, all from one spot. For anyone who can't make it down the Harbour Festival, Power8 Sprints will be broadcast live on the Power8 Sprints Facebook page and BT Sport.

As well as the rowing action on the water, British Rowing will be hosting a fan zone, located next to the MShed where there will be giveaways, prize draws and the chance to give rowing a go. The City Champions will also be there on the day, including Olympic champion Matt Gotrel who is the Power* Sprints City Champion for Bristol.

Gotrel said “I’m looking forward to being involved and hope that we can see Bristol get as close to that trophy as possible."

In the build-up to the festival, British Rowing is running a city-wide indoor rowing challenge, the Powers Sprints Gym Challenge. Simply row 350m as fast as you can on an indoor rowing machine, enter your time on the British Rowing website and be entered into a free prize draw to win British Rowing Mizuno kit and the opportunity to be a VIP guest of British Rowing at the Bristol Harbour Festival and meet some inspiring and awesome Olympic and Paralympic rowers.

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