The Royal Air Force (RAF) has turned down a request by event organisers to bring its aerobatic display to the City of the Tribes citing 'operational reasons'.
It is understood that the RAF is reducing the number of Red Arrows performances this year due to a shortage of pilots trained to do air displays.
The Red Arrows flyover was one of the highlights of Galway's 2009 hosting of the yacht race.
However, their proposed return was opposed by anti-war campaigners the Galway Alliance Against War, who issued a statement last week declaring the the RAF and another "war outfit" were lined up as entertainment for the race week.
The Galway Sentinel has more on the story HERE.