Galway

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Galway set to win lucrative last leg in 2012 Volvo Ocean Race

With news due on Tuesday, Galway bid is ‘ten points up, with ten minutes to go,” says John Killeen

There is growing confidence in Galway that not alone will the city will be named as a stopover port for the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race, but that it is in with a great chance of hosting the finish of the race — an award that would multiply the massive coverage it received last year.

The third and final European stop - and also the finishing leg of the round the world race - is expected to be named on Tuesday after both Lisbon and Lorient were named as the first two European ports.

However Galway is still in with a chance to beat off the competition which includes the traditional ports of northern Europe, including Amsterdam and the Swedish cities of Gotheburg and Stockholm that are the home ports of sponsors Volvo and race favourites Ericsson. To secure the finish of the race would have been thought to have been beyond the wildest dreams of the Galway backers, but in the past few days, it has become a strong possibility. However, the route and the individual inter-port races has yet to be finally decided.

Let’s Do It Galway chairman John Killeen says the intense lobbying that has taken place throughout Europe in the last six months is now over, and all Galway can do is wait and hope until next week’s announcement.

However he still remains “reasonably confident” the decision will be in Galway’s favour.
“We are nearly there, but not yet, and while I am reasonably confident, there are always pitfalls.
“The Volvo officials are keeping their cards close to their chest on this one, but the official announcement is expected next Tuesday,” he says.

Whatever the option, if Galway is chosen, it will be the last stop in the race which takes place in 2011-12.
The previous race finished in St Petersburg after 37,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Kochi, Singapore, Qingdao, around Cape Horn to Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Gotheburg and Stockholm…

After Galway hosted one of the most successful stops in the race history, John Killeen says he will be extremely disappointed if the decision goes against its return.
Mr Killeen also confirmed that the Green Dragon, Ireland’s entry in last year’s race, will compete in the next event - whether or not Galway gets the nod to host this stopover.

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Limerick were once up 5 points with 5 minutes to go…it didn’t work out well. Be warned!

#3

Great news. 2012 - you will be running marathons by then Laz

#4

:clap: :clap:

Lovely stuff. Heard about this last week. The hosting last year was more successful than they could ever have imagined.

Cracking week’s boozing it was too.

#5

Great stuff Laz mate it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people…

#6

Nothing good ever tends to work out well for Limerick though, does it really?
Galway, however, and other leader cities around the world tend to have a lot going for them, like round the world ocean races for example

#7

The esteemed international yachting community would appear to agree with these sentiments Dunph my good man

Re WTB
Last year was fookin unreal. Imagine what will be like if we actually get the last leg :barcasmile: :pint:

Re KIBman
I am back training again believe it or not. Must go rooting for that blog

#8

Galway is a dystopian hell of rain and roundabouts.

#9

Tut tut

You’ll never be happy anywhere with that attitude

#10

Still bitter over Amber I see. The first cut is the deepest I suppose. :stuck_out_tongue:

#11

Shower of cunts gave Paddy Casey a living, cunts one and all.

#12

Does Galway have an Opera House?

#13

It’s been confirmed that Galway will host the final leg of the race.
Fair play to them. It’s always been a dream of mine to witness the final leg of an around the world boat race, hopefully I have nothing else on that weekend.

#14

Hello?
Yes?
Is this Flano?
Hm.
What do you think of the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race?
The what?
The 2012 Volvo Ocean Race?
Never heard of it.
Me neither bro.
Yeah I call it bullshit.

#15

Ah lovely :clap:

http://www.volvooceanrace.com/images/Assets/VOR09rt_GAL4285_600x400.jpg

#16

I remember being in http://www.thefreekick.com/board/public/style_emoticons/default/barca.gif one time when this thing was passing through. The Catalonians didn’t seem very excited about it.

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:lol:

:lol:

That would be my reaction. What happened over there last year when this thing was on? Were birds giving hand jobs willy nilly or something because a boat was docked in the harbour?

#18

Oh indeed :clap:

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[quote=“Bandage, post: 448308”]That would be my reaction. What happened over there last year when this thing was on? Were birds giving hand jobs willy nilly or something because a boat was docked in the harbour?
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I have a good name for one of the boats - “Bandage is a Mong”

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Great to see the world’s third biggest sporting event will be returning to Galway :clap: :pint: