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Galway stopover site goes live

29th May 2008

The organisers of Ireland's Volvo Ocean Race stopover have launched their website for the event as the countdown passed the one year mark.

Lets Do It Galway, chaired by Enda O Coineen, is now seeking volunteers and spectator craft for the event.

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John Killeen TD, Chairman of Let's Do It Galway with Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism at the official launch of the one-year countdown to the arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race. Pic: David Branigan

The site, www.letsdoitgalway.com, features details on the Galway area, suggestions on how schools can get involved in the event, and a facility for volunteers to register their interest, or merely register for updates as they happen.

It also contains the full schedule of events for the time the boats are due to be in Galway.

Ensuring the backing of the city of Galway and the Irish population in general will be a key element in making the stopover the spectacle that it should be.

Organisers will be hoping that the on-the-water events will resemble scenes like Sydney's annual Sydney-Hobart race, where the harbour is swarming with spectator craft and the shores are lined with onlookers.

It has already been mooted that the Irish Cruiser Racer Association should consider moving next year's ICRA nationals either to Galway to somewhere within a reaonable distance, a move that might encourage sailors to venture further and spend time in and around Galway during the event. However, a shortage of viable marina spaces, and a reluctance to travel from traditional racing hubs along the south and east coasts might make that prospect unrealistic.

The Irish Marine Federation recently called on the government to invest more heavily in Irish marine resources for just such a reason.

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