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.
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!