This month you will see the world’s biggest sailing event, the 10th Volvo Ocean Race will arrive in Galway for the first time on the 23rd of May 2009. Visit www.galwayvolvooceanrace.com for updates of estimated arrival times from 24 hours prior.
Following the transatlantic leg, racing from Boston, it will stay in Galway for a two week stopover before leaving on the next leg to Göteborg in Sweden. The Volvo Ocean race, also known as the Round the World Race, is run every four years and will cover 39,000 miles.
This stopover is set to attract the most visitors to one area of Ireland since the Ryder Cup!
• 1.8 billion global TV audience
• 2 week free festival
• 750 volunteers
• 200,000 visitors
• 500 spectator boats
• 10,000 school children
• 5km of bunting flags
• 1000 performers
Galway has the reputation already of being one of the most exciting cities in Ireland at any time of the year. Galway Bay will be ablaze with traditional welcoming bonfires. Each boat will receive a rousing Galway welcome with a fanfare of drumming and pyrotechnics and a presentation on the main stage. Fine Foods, Crafts, Retail and Exhibitions will be in the Race Village. So it is well worth a visit.
In the Race Village you can get Connemara Smokehouse products from Galway’s top Fish Merchant, Duane’s Seafood Retail & Wholesaler, which is positioned next to the Guinness Tent (which goes well with seafood) approx. 200 yards from the Topaz Main Stage, here you will see bands such as the Stunning. On Duane’s Seafood stand you can get the true taste of the sea with Connemara Smokehouse Organic Smoked Salmon and Organic Smoked Trout. Duane’s fresh crab claws, prawns and oysters and more. So do stop by and say hello to Thomas and Colin on the Duane’s Seafood Stand in the Race Village.
Green Dragon Racing Team Crew landing in Galway this weekend are:
1) Ian Walker (GBR) Skipper
2) Ian Moore (IRL) Navigator
3) Damian Foxall (IRL) Watch Leader
4) Justin Slattery (IRL) Bowman
5) Neal McDonald (GBR) Watch Leader
6) Guo Chaun (CHN) Media Crew Member
7) Tom Braidwood (AUS) Driver/Trimmer
8) Andrew Mclean (NZ) Bowman
9) Phil Harmer (AUS) Driver/Trimmer/ Sailmaker
10) Freddie Shanks (GBR) Bowman
11) Anthony Merrington (AUS) Pit/Trim/Helm