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What a difference a year makes! This year's running of the Cong-Galway sailing race was a very different affair to last year in many ways - timing, weather, wind and a new holder for the coveted title.

Bright sunshine and a gentle north-easterly breeze greeted the competitors as they prepared to launch from Lisloughrey pier at the northern tip of Lough Corrib. With three-in-a-row champion Yannick Lemonnier unable to race following an unfortunate dismasting while returning from racing in Brittany, a new champion was guaranteed, and speculation was rife as to who would be the likely contenders. Unlike last year, when boats were buffeted by wind and rain approaching the start line, this year's entrants had a chance to relax and admire the beautiful scenery of the upper lake and the imposing edifice of Ashford Castle as they prepared to start. There was a bumper field with 37 boats crossing the start line under the watchful eye of race officers David Vinnell and Aoife Lyons. The main fleet consisted of 31 catamarans and racing dinghies sailing under the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system, while for the first time in a number of years, there was a fleet of six cruisers amongst which were two traditional gleoiteogs from the Galway Hooker Sailing Club. In order to ensure a windward start, the boats headed back towards Cong from the start line, before rounding the windward mark and accelerating southwards towards Kilbeg.

The Cong-Galway Lough Corrib yacht race courseThe Cong-Galway Lough Corrib yacht race course

With the wind behind them for most of the race, crews tried to keep all available canvas aloft. This suited the more traditional designs including the Fireballs and 420s, which made impressive headway under symmetrical spinnakers. In striking contrast to last year when catamarans ruled, the leading positions at the end of the first leg were dominated by monohulls. Despite the pleasant conditions, the crews managed to work up a healthy appetite by the time they pulled into Kilbeg pier, outside Headford, where GCSC provided a tasty lunch. After recovering their energy, the boats had a fast downwind start into the narrows for the second leg. However, with the wind at their backs for much of the way, the narrows didn't seem quite as narrow as previous years when boats were beating into a strong breeze.

Congratulations to the winners of this years Cong-Galway Sailing Race 2021 Rob Talbot - Cumann Seoltóireacht an Spidéil, and Rain De Bairead - Galway City SailingCongratulations to the winners of this years Cong-Galway Sailing Race 2021 Rob Talbot - Cumann Seoltóireacht an Spidéil, and Rain De Bairead - Galway City Sailing

The trip through the lower lake was quick and while Tim Breen's Formula 18 catamaran was out in front, it was the Fireballs, Lasers and 420s who were leading the way on adjusted time as they entered the sheltered confines of the lower lake. Here frustration descended as crews meandered from side to side in search of every puff of air that could be found for the final push to the finish line at Corrib Village, egged on by vociferous onlookers from the banks. Once across the line, there was the final crowd-pleasing capsize for the dinghies to get under the Quincentennial Bridge as the larger boats dropped their masts and switched to engines and oars.

Back on dry land, the calculations started while the competitors took advantage of outdoor dining at the CRYC, compliments of McHugh Properties. When the computations were completed, the overall winners in the main dinghy fleet were Rob Talbot of GCSC and Rian De Bairéid of CSS in a 420, who earned themselves a luxurious stay in the Lodge at Ashford Castle.

As Afloat reported earlier, second place went to Frank Miller and Imail Inan in a Fireball, while Damian Lord brought his Laser home in third. Winner in the cruiser fleet was Ed Butler in his Drascombe Lugger "Egret" while Tina Concannon and her crew had the first Hookers across the line in "An Lon Dubh".

The event involves a huge volunteer effort and the organisers - Galway Bay Sailing Club, Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club, Galway City Sailing Club, Galway Hooker Sailing Club and Cumann Seoltóireacht an Spidéil - would like to thank everyone who contributed both ashore and on the water. The race officers and race committee, crews of support boats from all of the organizing clubs, the safety officer and safety team, beach master crew, everyone who was involved in or, publicity team, transport social media and catering ensured the long tradition of the event, dating back to 1882, continues for another generation of sailors to enjoy. With the generous sponsorship from McHugh Properties and the Lodge at Ashford Castle, and despite the vagaries of wind and weather which makes each year a new and unpredictable challenge, the event continues to grow in popularity while retaining its idiosyncratic charm.

A big thank you to the five clubs involved Corrib Rowing & Yachting Club, Galway Bay Sailing Club, Club Seoltóireacht Húicéirí na Gaillimhe, Galway City Sailing Club and Cumann Seoltóireacht an Spidéil, RO Team, Beachmaster, Safety Boats, Results Team, lunch provider, Buffet providers, Competitors, without which this would not have been such a successful event. The Media for covering the event and our two sponsors The Lodge at Ashford Castle and McHugh Properties.

Race results here

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On May 13th (not a Friday) Dun Laoghaire based Fireball sailor Frank Miller got the following WhatsApp message from Turkey - " Cong - Galway Race on Saturday 26 June. Can we do that? Pleaaasee :))". The message was from global-hopping friend and sometime crew Ismail "Iso" Inan.

The response was immediate, the famous race was also on Miller's bucket list but the logistical challenges and stories of Jurassic rocks on the route were off-putting. So, the first decision in taking on the 30 nautical mile race was to agree that shared costs would include costs of any repairs to whatever craft was used. After a little head-scratching and consideration of asking to borrow the DMYC club Wayfarer the decision was made to use Miller's Fireball. While 20 years old the boat had been continuously maintained was fully race fit while not gleamingly new. The Winder built Fireballs happily remain stiff, light and competitive well into their 20s. The modern construction is foam reinforced glass and Kevlar, stiff but also liable to damage from any contact with, for instance, the ragged rocks which litter the narrows of Lough Corrib. Conversations with friends reinforced feelings of nervousness about that section. Fellow Fireballer Alan Henry who has sailed the race three times, speaks of one year trying to beat up through the narrows between the rocks in strong headwinds, with the channel less than 30 feet wide in sections. 

While the Fireball has a very shallow draft it has a deep centreboard and rudder. Happily, the rudder is held down by a hinging Cam cleat designed to flip open if it hits an obstacle, to save the pintles and/or transom from being torn off. So, the die was cast, come hell or high water the pair were sailing the race in the Fireball, and delighted that Alan Henry was doing it also this year in his Fireball. A nudge to Miller’s regular Fireball sailing partner Ed Butler and son Ed Jnr saw the pair enter a Drascombe lugger, to be sailed with wife Mary and partner Julia respectively.

Some of the greatest challenges of this, the longest inland waters sailing race in Europe, are around the logistics before the race even starts. How to ensure your launching trolley is at the destination, assuming you ever get there. How to set the boat up safely at the start point and launch without a trolley. Wondering if your crew would even get to Ireland on time. The latter adventure included 2 weeks of hotel quarantine and, thankfully, a vaccine. Next getting your head around the trolley/trailer logistics.

The Cong-Galway Lough Corrib yacht race courseThe Cong-Galway Lough Corrib yacht race course

After several conversations with friends who had experienced the race Miller opted to drop the Fireball at the starting point, Lisloughrey Pier at Cong Co Mayo, the day before. Setting off early to get to the destination and rig and park was a good idea as the first drama of the event took place on the Athlone Bypass when one of the trailer tyres blew out. Happy Ed Butler wasn't far behind and with Ed's help and his mother of all jacks the pair got the spare onto the trailer and Miller went into Athlone to replace both tyres. Luckily the local tyre people had the right size in stock and an hour later the Fireball was en route again to Lisloughrey. The lesson learned in Athlone is that even if a tyre has excellent thread it needs to be replaced every seven years or so as the rubber perishes and hidden cracks in the wall can lead to disaster. At the pier, Miller managed to rig the boat and with plenty of padding and fenders and some rope secure it safely near the slipway while Alan Henry opted to park his afloat amongst the reeds and tied to a tree. Thence to Galway to drop the combi-trailer and collect Iso who had been detained by work and a delayed van service.


The boat was launched safely the following morning thanks to several helping hands. The scene at Lisloughrey pier was somewhat chaotic but extremely friendly. The assortment of craft was quite astonishing – traditional Gleoiteogs, Dart Catamarans, an F18 Cat, small bilge keel cruisers, Wayfarers, several 420s, Lasers and many more including a home-built craft which looked like a square canoe. While this was a race it was of the friendliest variety and the common goal was to reach the destination in one piece with body and boat intact.

The Sailing Instructions spoke of a start line and a windward mark to be rounded to port but with the North North East wind direction, this didn't appear to make a lot of sense as the destination was directly South. So it was that Miller/Inan decided to start on port at the pin, as did half the fleet. The pair managed to lead to the windward mark which in effect was a roundabout mark, and head more or less due South. This is where the fun started as the exact course in the wide expanse of Lough Corrib was hard to spot. While the Cats and particularly the F18 soon overtook the monohulls they were carving a zig-zag course downwind so it was hard to work out a precise course.

Refreshments are served at the Kilbeg stop of the Cong Galway RaceRefreshments are served at the Kilbeg stop of the Cong Galway Race

The chasing monohulls were the best guide and in particular the Fireball of Alan Henry and crew Sinead Mongan who were soon snapping at their heels. Somehow Miller/Inan managed to preserve their lead while arguing their way to and between the channel marks. Several times Henry/Mongan came within feet of overtaking especially during a near capsize from a sudden extreme gust which appeared from nowhere. Wind conditions varied especially between the islands but generally the course of part one was a run, sometimes a reach and with a small bit of beating thrown in. Typically, on the reaches and fetches the dinghies enjoyed full trapezing conditions but there were also zones of quite light winds. With Henry/Mongan close behind Miller/Inan, after a final argument about channel marks (which Iso correctly won), arrived at the halfway stage finish at Kilbeg Pier to win that leg as first monohull and also on PY handicap.

Quayside at the halfway point of the Cong Galway Race and the boats are raftedQuayside at the halfway point of the Cong Galway Race and the boats are rafted

Rafting up the sensitive Fireball between the F18 and a Laser involved padding from buoyancy aids and a couple of fenders supplied by Miller's wife and the pair's one-person support team Ena Prosser. Ashore there was a terrific welcome with refreshments and a long break to allow the slower PY and cruisers to catch up. A conversation there with sailor and entrepreneur Enda O’Coineen gave some of the background to the event. Originally an elite race for the wealthy from 1882 it went from Galway to Cong and back, over 60 nautical miles. That hugely popular sporting and social event petered out over the war years but was revived in 1972 by O’Coineen and other young sailors as a more egalitarian affair. This year’s race was limited to 40 boats due to Covid restrictions.

Cong Galway sailors take a well earned halfway break at the QuaysideCong Galway sailors take a well earned halfway break at the Quayside

After a break of about two hours ashore the teams were sent out again for the second start. If the first leg looked daunting in terms of direction the next looked scary in terms of rocks, islands and very narrow channels. The start was a fetch and with the gusts coming in from the pin end two Fireballs fought for pole position there, a battle which Henry won leaving Miller struggling to catch up with the 420s and other PY contenders before the first channel markers as the once-promising wind faded on the left side. Now started the really scary portion of the race, through narrows with fearsome rocks and minute islands scattered throughout. Alan Henry’s Fireball led the way by a good 30 boat lengths from Miller until a small innocent looking island stopped Henry, and surrounding Darts, in their tracks. The wind headed then stopped, then reversed, then reversed again back. While Miller caught up to within a few feet he too was stranded as Henry/Mongan sped away and soon had regained that 30 boat length lead. This gap looked quite secure for most of the rest of the race as the fleet wriggled between the buoyed channel. Miller’s rudder hit something mid-channel but popped up unscathed. Then on a wider section of the lower lake, the wind filled slightly from astern with the fleet on a broad reach. Miraculously Miller, sailing somewhat lower, caught a stiff patch of breeze and held onto it to pass Henry to leeward though the pair were neck and neck as they entered the river channel for the final section of the race. This sector was not for the impatient as the wind went from light to non-existent and the boats moved only by the flow of the river. Miller however edged towards the leeward bank and managed to pick up a tiny bit more breeze to slip away from Henry.

The final task was not to get caught in the lee of the large Dart sails also ghosting through this section. Finally, the finish line came into sight and the finishers were greeted by a good crowd on the banks applauding them as they approached. It was an emotional sight seeing that kind of support from the local community see the fleet through the finish, though word afterwards was that people mainly gathered to see the boats capsize to get under the Quincentennial Bridge! Once under that final obstacle sailors ashore at the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club were treated to a socially distanced buffet, kindly sponsored by McHugh Properties.

Awaiting the prizewinners of the 2021 Cong Galway RaceAwaiting the prizewinners of the 2021 Cong Galway Race

There followed a long period while the boffins calculated the PY results. In the dinghies/cats category Rob Talbot and Rian De Bairead, sailing a 420, emerged triumphant with Miller/Inan second in their Fireball while Damien Lord in a Laser took third place. And in a final boost for Fireball morale, Ed Butlers Senior and Junior and team won the cruiser section on handicap. All in all, this was and is a remarkable event, while not for the faint-hearted it is deserving of ongoing support from the dinghy community.

The Overall Cong Galway PY winners were 420 team Rob Talbot and Rian De BairéadThe Overall Cong Galway PY winners were 420 team Rob Talbot and Rian De Bairéad

The Butler Fireball team of Ed and Ed SeniorThe Butler Fireball team of Ed and Ed Senior

For the Fireballers taking part it was a challenging lake outing and a prequel to the Fireball Worlds which come to the wider, rock-free expanse of Lough Derg in August next year.

The intrepid Fireball team of  Frank Miller and Ismail "Iso" Inan and team Butler with their Cong-Galway Race mugsThe intrepid Fireball team of Frank Miller and Ismail "Iso" Inan and team Butler with their Cong-Galway Race mugs

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Several Galway hookers will join a fleet of finely tuned sailing dinghies on Lough Corrib for Europe’s longest and oldest inland yacht race this weekend.

The Anam Cara and Lon Dubh gleoiteogs which have been restored by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club will participate in the historic race which starts out from Lisloughrey near Ashford Castle on Saturday (June 26).

It is the second year that the club has entered century-old gleoiteogs in the handicapped contest, which follows the old steamship route from the top of Lough Corrib right into the heart of the city at NUI Galway.

Such has been the level of interest in the Cong-Galway that entries had to be capped and a waiting list compiled.

Father and son duo of Yannick and Seán Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing ClubFather and son duo of Yannick and Seán Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club are reigning Cong Galway champions

Reigning champions have been the father and son duo of Yannick and Seán Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club.

Yannick Lemonnier (50), managing director of West Coast Sails, is a five-time Figaro sailor with over 90,000 miles sailed mostly solo.

In spite of a dismasting in the English Channel earlier this week, organisers of the Cong Galway race say although he expects to return in time for this year’s event he cannot participate due to COVID quarantine regulations.

Instead, Sean and his best friend Kilian Maithieu will defend the title in a DART 16 catamaran. 

Amongst last year's larger boats to complete the Cong-Galway, Cóilín Óg Ó hÍarnáin was first across the finish line in Asurnaí.

The traditional vessel has been in the family for over 50 years and was left to him by his godfather.

Five Galway clubs are hosting this year’s event - Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club, Cumann Seoltoireachta an Spideil, Galway City Sailing Club, Galway Bay Sailing Club and the Galway Hooker Sailing Club.

The race dates back to 1882, when, as organisers point out, the lake was a vital economic artery into the port of Galway and the wider world. The starting point at Lisloughrey reflects the close connections with the Guinness family, former owners of Ashford Castle, as Arthur Guinness was a member of the Royal Galway Yacht Club.

The 30 nautical miles course is split into two legs, crossing the wide expanse of the upper lake and sailing south to the narrows at Kilbeg, near Headford, where crews will come ashore for a lunch break.

The start line for the second leg at 2 pm leads into the “tricky middle section of the waterway”, the organisers state, with the channel being only three feet deep in places and often narrower than a single boat length.

“Unforgiving rocks all around stand ready to ruthlessly punish any errors,” the race organisers warn.

Vantage points for spectators include Knockferry pier, opposite Kilbeg, at 2 pm, and sails will also be spotted from Bushypark, Dangan and Menlo Castle – the castle once being where “the great and the good of Victorian society would gather to cheer home the boats in days of yore”.

One last obstacle which the Victorians did not have to think about is the Quincentennial bridge.

This involves one final capsize for the crews – to ensure their masts are under the bridge structure - before finishing at the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club near NUIG.

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Europe’s oldest and longest inland sailing race is part of the history of the West Coast of Ireland.

The history of Galway itself claims that Ptolemy, the astronomer and mathematician born in 100 AD at Alexandria in Egypt and who began the belief that Earth was at the centre of the Universe even referred to Western Lakes in the 2nd century and that was before, as Galway people will tell you, Columbus arrived in Galway Port to recruit sailors for his explorations!

Archaeologists have discovered boats and artefacts in Lough Corrib which date back to pre-historic times while the unique race that is held there in two parts on one-day dates back only as far as 1882, but is still the oldest and longest inland sailing race in Europe. When started by the then Royal Galway Yacht Club from the Fisheries Field it went to Ashford Castle and back, a distance of 61 nautical miles. That continued annually until 1914 when it was affected by the rigours of the First World War and was last sailed in 1931.

Boats of all shapes and sizes, including catamarans, compete in the Cong Galway RaceBoats of all shapes and sizes, including catamarans, compete in the Cong Galway Race

The race is now known as ‘The Cong-Galway’ and Galway Bay Sailing Club, 50 years old is involved in organising it with the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club, Galway City Sailing Club and Cumann Seoltoireacht and Spideil. The Galway Hooker Sailing Club will be racing in those iconic boats. Revived back in 1972, it will be sailed on Sunday, June 27.

My Podcast guest this week is John Barry of Galway Bay Sailing Club, one of the organisers of the race:

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After a tremendous race last year, despite challenging conditions both on and off the water, another hugely competitive fleet has been assembled for this year's Cong Galway Race on June 26th.

The historic race from Lisloughrey in the shadow of Ashford Castle to the heart of Galway City has been attracting the cream of sailing talent in the West since 1882.

This year's unique historic event - the oldest and longest inland sailing race in Europe 30 nautical miles - will take place on Saturday, June 26th.

As Afloat reported last year, taking the top spot in 2020 was Sean and Yannick Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club, making it three-in-a-row for the father and son duo, who won a luxurious night at the 5-star Ashford Castle for their skilled sailing endeavours.

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Taking the top spot this year at the annual Cong Galway Boat Race was Sean and Yannick Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club, making it three-in-a-row for the father and son duo, who won a luxurious night at the 5-star Ashford Castle for their skilled sailing endeavours.

The Race, sponsored by Ashford Estate, took place last weekend against a backdrop of challenging weather conditions.

Second place was awarded to Gary Mangan and Thomas Mills of Blessington Sailing Club, who won a night at the sister hotel, The Lodge at Ashford.

Cong-Galway Race 2020

Setting off a day later than planned, the high winds and choppy water didn’t put racegoers off, with a bumper fleet of 40 boats registered for the competition. There was strong representation from local clubs including Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club, Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil, Galway City Sailing Club and Galway Bay Sailing Club.

The dinghies underway in the 2020 edition of the Cong Galway raceThe dinghies get underway in the 2020 edition of the Cong Galway race

The longest inland boat race in Europe, The Cong Galway Boat Race started in the picturesque shadow of Ashford Castle at the northern end of Lough Corrib and followed the old steamer route to the city of Galway. Strong winds greeted the competitive fleet as they set off from Lisloughrey Pier. There were very few dry sailors as the boats picked up speed from the windward mark and made their way to the halfway point at Kilbeg.

First across the line at Kilbeg Pier were Yannick and Seán Lemonnier in a time of 54 minutes and 34 seconds, pipping Gary Mangan and Thomas Mills by 28 seconds. Amongst the larger boats, Cóilín Óg Hernon led the way in the gleoiteog Asurnaí, ahead of the Manta 19 of Connor Little and the second gleoiteog, Anam Cara, where Jonathan Curran was at the helm.

After a well-earned break at Kilbeg, the boats faced into the tricky, twisty narrow channel to the lower lake. With no sign of the winds abating, there were several altercations between rock and boat, with the rocks invariably coming out better. After navigating the lower lake and moving into the river Corrib, competitors quickly made their way to the finish line with help of favourable winds.

The 2020 Winners: Yannick and Sean Lemonnier

The winners in the dinghy fleet were determined based on the Portsmouth handicap scheme with Yannick and Seán Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) awarded first place. As the overall winners, Yannick and Sean were presented with the CRYC trophy as well as a stay in Ashford Castle, presented by Paula Carroll, Director of Sales and Marketing, Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford.

Peter Fergus, Thomas Mills, Gary Mangan, Paula Carroll, Leo Leonard (President, CRYC)Peter Fergus, Thomas Mills, Gary Mangan, Paula Carroll, Leo Leonard (President, CRYC)

Second place, and winner of a stay in the Lodge at Ashford, was Gary Mangan of Blessington Sailing Club and his crew Thomas Mills. The prize was presented by Peter Fergus, Hotel Manager of the Lodge at Ashford.

Third place and first monohull was awarded to Rob Talbot of Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil and NUIG alongside his crew, Rian De Bairéad of Galway City Sailing Club.

LR Peter Fergus, Cóilín Óg Hernon (skipper of Asurnaí), Paula Carroll, Leo LeonardPeter Fergus, Cóilín Óg Hernon (skipper of Asurnaí), Paula Carroll, Leo Leonard

First gleoiteog /cruiser was awarded to Asurnaí, skippered by Coilín Óg Hernon of the Galway Hooker Sailing Club.

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John Barry, Secretary of Galway Bay Sailing Club, is quite right! Racing down the Corrib from Cong to Galway is "not for the faint-hearted."

There are plenty of challenges and obstacles along the route. From my own experience, the Cong to Galway Race is both highly competitive and a special maritime occasion, with a great variety of scenery as boats speed down the Upper and Lower Loughs, that's if the crews have time to notice it!

To complete what is the longest race on inland waterways in Europe and the oldest such race in Ireland is a great achievement. It once rivalled the equine Galway Races!

As Afloat reported previously, next Saturday, August 22, it's due to be held again, the 137th race. Four Galway maritime clubs are organising it and Ashford Castle is involved, all connecting with the great maritime history of Galway and the Corrib, which there was once a plan to link with Lough Mask by a canal. The first canal in Ireland was cut in the 12th century. The Friar's Cut allowed boats to pass from Lough Corrib to the sea at Galway. Lough Corrib also had its own steamboat ferry services.

The Cong to Galway Race start is from Lisloughrey Pier in Cong, Co. Mayo and is scheduled for 10.30 a.m. on a course through Upper and Lower Lough Corrib to the finish line at Corrib Village on the River Corrib in Galway. Transport will be available to take participants from Galway to Lisloughrey for the start so that sailors can leave trailers and cars in Galway for recovery and transport after the event. The race will make a stop for lunch at Kilbeg Pier, approximately half ways, where timings will be taken for the restart.

If the weather forecast for Saturday indicates that the race cannot be run safely, it may be postponed until the same time on Sunday or another later date. A decision will be made, the organisers say, by midday on Friday. Covid 19 provisions relating to sailing will be in effect and entrants must also abide by the "Check, Clean and Dry" principles when transporting boats to and from Lough Corrib. Portsmouth Yardstick 2020 handicap numbers will apply.

John Barry is my guest on this week's Podcast, discussing the history of the Cong to Galway Race which dates back to 1882.

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The Cong-Galway: Ireland’s oldest inland sailing race

The annual Cong – Galway Sailing Race is Europe’s oldest and longest inland water sailing race.

The original Cong-Galway Race started at the Royal Galway Yachting Club in Galway City and travelled to Ashford Castle in Cong before returning to Galway City, a race distance of 61.5 nautical miles.

The 2020 race is the 137th such race. 

The Cong-Galway Race was a huge social event in Galway until 1914. It never recovered after the First World War and was last held in its old format in 1931. The race was later revived in 1972. Now half the original length, the race starts at Lisloughrey pier, near Ashford Castle, and ends just past the Quincentennial Bridge in Galway City.

Cong Galway Race Winner

The winner, which will be determined based on the Portsmouth handicap scheme, will be presented with the CRYC Trophy, a treasured possession of the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club. 

Cong Galway Race Course

The Cong to Galway Race start is from Lisloughrey Pier in Cong, Co. Mayo and is typically scheduled for 10.30 a.m. on a course through Upper and Lower Lough Corrib to the finish line at Corrib Village on the River Corrib in Galway. The race makes a stop for lunch at Kilbeg Pier, approximately half way, where timings will be taken for the restart.

Cong Galway Race Organisers

Corrib Rowing & Yachting Club, Galway Bay Sailing Club, Galway City Sailing Club and Cumainn Seoltóireacht an Spidéil.

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