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The Volvo Ocean Race is Coming to Galway

Galway Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is coming to Ireland this weekend and to celebrate, Galway is hosting a 15-day festival of sailing, music, culture and craic and all for free! Highlights include free concerts, street performance, an attempt to break the world record for Céilí dancing, a Red Arrows air display, markets, interactive exhibits including a simulator and the opportunity to be winched to the top of the mast of a Volvo Open 70 racing boat.

Photo Competition


And a festival wouldn’t be a festival without teaming up with Pixie to host their photo competition... Sponsored by LookWest.ie, the Galway Volvo Ocean Race is asking everyone to upload their photos to the official photo sharing group.

...and of course we have some goodies:

The festival runs from the 23rd May to the 6th June and during that time there are a bunch of cool things happening. Firstly when the boats arrive from Boston USA, there will be huge reception to receive them in. The world’s media will be covering the arrival and Pixie have secured a couple of VIP passes (well 10 actually...) for Pixie members who’d like to get a better position to see the boats and take photos as they arrive.

AND two lucky photographers will get media passes to go out with the world’s media on the VIP media boat in order to photograph the boats as they arrive from Boston. Whooa!

What do you have to do to get on board...? Get blogging and spread the word of course!

If you are interested, blog, tweet let people know the festival is on, remind them to upload their photos, and then leave a comment below indicating when you'd be interested in coming down. We'll be making selections in the usual way, so sit tight and get ready for a great opportunity :)


Prizes include 3 digital cameras with a total value of over €1,500! So don' forget to enter your festival photos.


  • May 23/24/25 – Boats arrive (exact date and time will be known closer to the time).
  • May 30 – In harbour racing day (did I mention we have 2 passes for the media boat on this day too?)
  • June 6 – The boat depart!



# by iamsteph on on 2009-May-19

Looking forward to it! Hoping to get some shots from the different perspective of across the bay in Ballyvaughan: http://pix.ie/iamsteph/927731/in/album/340328

# by Dave on on 2009-May-19

I was going to bring a kayak up on the 30th and paddle out amongst the boats but if there's an offical spot going.....

I'll go any day for a VIP pass.


# by morrisseeee on on 2009-May-19

I was looking for something to do on Saturday, this would be nice ! I'll spread the word via e-mail.


# by MikeyP on on 2009-May-19

Will be soo much fun having such a prestigous event like this coming to Ireland for a change. Hats off to the organisers for doing what they done!!!

Hoping to catch them going past here - http://pix.ie/mikeyp/945518/in/album/316028 as they come into Galway


# by Dave on on 2009-May-19

I'm up for a day out.

This is what happened the last time I went kayaking http://pix.ie/vidcon/617494

RNLI practice rescue session.


# by greeneyedspirit on on 2009-May-19

Saturday morning out with the boats? What better way to spend it... shooting out an email right away!

Can't wait for the VOR, should be 2 good weeks.


# by georgie on on 2009-May-19

Sailing and photography, the perfect mix for me! I was at the America's Cup in New Zealand in 2003. It was a fantastic atmosphere (I'm an American and I met my Irish husband there, too)! Going to book our hotel now.


# by dernish on on 2009-May-19

 Vrooming around with the volvo crew on the shores of galway bay on a may morning , bring it on !

(I'm free any day )


# by dakar on on 2009-May-19

Posted on www.sligocameraclub.org hopefully should spark some local West of Ireland interest and maybe even some local winning entries!

# by Des on on 2009-May-19

Wahay!  I'm on for a look at this if it's a possibility.  I'm emailing the world as we speak!


# by soccerc on on 2009-May-19

Nice one Marcus, more hard work on behalf of us mere snappers.

# by Cathal MacFadden on on 2009-May-19

This would make an amazing start of my 10 days off work. Taking pics on the open seas, well galway bay anyway. haha.


# by desegan on on 2009-May-19

Sorry, comment above for Des is for me!


# by kensutz on on 2009-May-19

VIP on the media boat would be ideal


# by BFassassin on on 2009-May-19

Wow what a great opportunity for 10 lucky people.

Would love to get my hands on one of the passes.


# by Treasa Lynch on on 2009-May-19

Link love given Marcus. Wish I could go but frankly it's going to clash with too many things.


# by magdalukas on on 2009-May-19

Fantastic - looking forward to this. Well Done Marcus!

Posted on: www.magdalukasiewicz.com


# by bstone on on 2009-May-20

That's great news Marcus. it's any change, i can get that pass? :D



# by Valentia on on 2009-May-20

Swweet J.... Thats a fantastic opportunity. Unfortunately it's hectic election wise for me otherwise it would be a dream to win something like that. Fair play Marcus. I hope someone that appreciates it wins the passes. I'll give it a mention anyway too.


# by Deaglancb on on 2009-May-20

Cool!It would be a great opportunity for somebody my age!

If I get one..........

# by Wanderley Wagon on on 2009-May-20

It would be a great opportunity to get up close. I have been taking photographs of all the changes since the Green Dragon hit town last year


# by Marcus on on 2009-May-21

Thanks everyone for your interest in the Volvo Ocean Race stopover!

I have forwarded contact details of those who expressed interest in VIP passes to the festival organisers who will be in contact shortly.

Good luck!


# by MikeyP on on 2009-May-21

Marcus - you should Pixie rucksack badges made so these and other other event winners will be spotted!!  :-)))


# by OisinG on on 2009-May-21

Cool, I'll be in town for the event (and some sailing myself :) )


# by Deaglancb on on 2009-May-21

Cool thanks marcus!


# by JohnSmyth on on 2009-May-21

Sounds like a great opportunity - I'd love something like that.


# by danwaters on on 2009-May-22

Very interesting in Dock Side passes to Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, Daniel

# by Nuala on on 2009-May-22

Am I too late to enter?? Have just been on Facebook trying to persuade my family & friends (they love me really) to come West to visit me & check out the action . . .


# by Acos on on 2009-May-24

The West is alive and it's great!!  Have been up saturday and sunday from Roscommon and got my family to come from Monaghan.  Would be over the moon if I could get the chance of a pass before they leave our shores.   Would be so grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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