Volvo Ocean Race Stopover – Galway

I went down to the race village last night for the first time, to see the Hothouse flowers and generally get a feel for the place. I have to say, I’m very impressed. They’ve done a great job, it was a lovely evening and there were loads of people just milling about.

One thing I noticed, food stands. Everywhere. And we’re not talking just your usual burger and chips. Every stand had something different, pies, spuds, organic teas, anything you can think of. A great selection.

After seeing them on TV, my main priority was to take a look at the boats themselves. especially the green dragon. I got some photos too.

green dragon

green dragon

They are really impressive things the boats, and apparently loaded with tech.

Of course, there’s only so much looking at boats you can do (check out my flickr page for more photos) and we moved then toward the big main stage to see the entertainment, and the Hothouse Flowers put on a great show.

Hothouse Flowers

Hothouse Flowers

We then retired to a local establistment to consume some recreational beverages. But not before I took this photo of the Ocean Race boats’ masts with the moon in the background.



All in all, it’s a great event, the team behind it, Let’s Do It Galway have done a brilliant job in creating a real party atmosphere and something Galway can really be proud of.

Of course, 70% of people there have never set foor on a sailing boat in their lives, any old excuse for a party eh?


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  1. I was at the Hothouse Flowers as well! 🙂

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