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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race

This morning (Sunday 12th June) at 04:18 hrs Galway Harbour owned by Martin Breen arrived in Dingle as overall winner under IRC of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race.  Crewed by a strong 10 man team, Galway Harbour set off well from Dun Laoghaire and leading most of the fleet south, hugging the coastline towards the corner at Tuskar.

The crew had a great race, making few mistakes if any but it wasn’t all plane sailing.  Two spinnaker blow outs and a tear in the main sail kept the western sailors on their toes while pushing Galway Harbour to victory.

Galway Harbour – The Blue Playground is the strap line, generating many comment from members at the National Yacht Club is part of the Galway Harbour Company’s vision to turn Galway into a commercial and leisure port second to none said Harbour Master, Captain Brian Sheridan.  The west is certainly awake and with wins such as this it points more and more to the utmost need to provide facilities to promote sailing and to attract major sailing sporting events such as the successful Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 and the Powerboat Championships in 2010.

This year alone the Harbour has played host to the J80’s and the Coastal Kayaking event which attracted 28 boats.  In June the harbour again opens its historic gates to welcome the SB3 championships to Galway of which 35 boats are already confirmed.  The return of the Volvo Ocean Race in July 2012 and the inaugural Galway to Rockall Offshore Race are just some of the waterborne events that are becoming almost commonplace in out maritime city said Captain Sheridan. 

Galway Harbour Plans to rejuvenate Galway into a waterfront city and a marine leisure hub for the west coast which can be view at www.galwayharbour.com . CEO Éamon Bradshaw said the port company was on target to lodge a planning application with An Bord Pleanála towards the end of July this year after a lengthy process to deliver a modern shipping facility in keeping with Galway’s strong maritime history.


Galway Harbour was crewed by owner Martin Breen, Aodhan FitzGerald, John Murphy, Neil Spain, Conor Baynes, Nigel Moss, Cathal Clarke, Ruaidhri De Faoite, Brian Phelan & Rachel O’Toole.

Owner, Martin Breen paid tribute to all onboard. He said the  crew continued to tweak the sheets and rigging throughout each watch in driving the yacht forward. While tactically making the right decisions from the gun to gun.


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