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Galway To Bid For Third Volvo Ocean Race Visit In 2020

12th January 2014
Galway To Bid For Third Volvo Ocean Race Visit In 2020

#VOR - Among the future plans for Galway as part of the masterplan for the city's port submitted last week is the intention to bring back the Volvo Ocean Race for the third time, as the Irish Independent reports.

Galway harbour master Capt Brian Sheridan says 2020 would be the earliest that Galway could bid for a stopover place in the event that it previously hosted in 2009 and 2012, the latter reportedly generating some €60 million for the local economy and attracting a global audience of over 1 billion.

What's more, Galway Harbour Company chief Eamon Bradshaw has intimated that the idea of integrating the harbour with the city, which lies at the heart of the masterplan, only took off with the first visit of the round-the-world yacht race to the City of the Tribes.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the new harbour development scheme will see land reclined from Galway Bay to provide much needed berthing space for expansion, as well new projects like a proposed "mii Sydney Opera House" that would host VOR-related events should the next bid be successful.

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