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03-05-2012, 12:25   #121
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we live in the west of ireland, - its gonna rain. We should be used to it by now - why would you let it enjoy your fun - think of it as "summer rain". Its part and parcel of living here - sunny weather is a bonus - don't bank on it, but if it comes, you can be extra happy. otherwise, just bring an umbrella - that should sort it.
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If they need 2,000 volunteers, what are the paid staff doing?
Collecting a paycheck for one.


Something about yachts and unpaid volunteers that does not sit very well with me.
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Unpaid volunteers... and everybody else involved trying to cream it for as much as possible. Who'd do it.
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Certainly not for the 8+hour shifts anyway. That's a bit much!
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The volunteers were one of the main reasons for the resounding success of the last VOR stopover here. The weather certainly helped, but to say that was the main reason is a tad naive. It seems a few people have an issue with "unpaid volunteers" - surely the word volunteer suggests that pay is not a factor. I took two weeks off from work to volunteer last time around and it was one of the most enjoyable fortnights I've had in Galway. It's extremely cynical to suggest that only the bored, mad or those that are so "in need of experience" that they'd be the only ones to apply. How about those that want to be involved and play an important role in a huge sporting event coming to Galway again?

The 8 hour shifts are quite long, but I worked longer shifts last time around and the time flew by - the work that the volunteers will be doing is for the most part quite varied and if you have a decent team leader you'll get moved around often enough so that you won't get bored or frustrated. There was a great team atmosphere amongst the volunteers that I worked with last time and met people from all over the world who had come to Galway to be a part of it. As for the breaks, in my own team we all got at least one break in addition to the "lunch" break, where sandwiches, fruit, hot drinks etc were all provided - hardly the unpleasant conditions that some have suggested in previous posts.

I'm not volunteering this time around due to other work & family commitments but fully intend to get into town and enjoy what I can of the few days that it's here for. It's a great thing for Galway, and it should prove to be a real success again.
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Fair play to you galwayspur but you must be in the minority. If I was taking a week off for the ocean race it would be spent enjoying it, on the beer around town, relaxing etc etc. I dont think you will find too many people willing to use up their holidays to work 8 hours shifts at an event which would be much more fun if you were just attending it rather than working at it.
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Fair play to you galwayspur but you must be in the minority. If I was taking a week off for the ocean race it would be spent enjoying it, on the beer around town, relaxing etc etc. I dont think you will find too many people willing to use up their holidays to work 8 hours shifts at an event which would be much more fun if you were just attending it rather than working at it.
galwayspur would fall into the aforementioned 'mad' category

FWIW I'm on decent grade. Yeehaw don't volunteer for nothin'.
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Skyped Pete again there. He's on board. Expect an announcement in the coming days.
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Pete sure has an awful lot of time for being on Skype for a man organising a tour at the moment
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You can tell he's legit due to the fact he calls Peter Gabriel Pete. I apologize for doubting you yeehaw. Me and Phil are jealous of your relationship.
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The volunteers were one of the main reasons for the resounding success of the last VOR stopover here. The weather certainly helped, but to say that was the main reason is a tad naive. It seems a few people have an issue with "unpaid volunteers" - surely the word volunteer suggests that pay is not a factor. I took two weeks off from work to volunteer last time around and it was one of the most enjoyable fortnights I've had in Galway. It's extremely cynical to suggest that only the bored, mad or those that are so "in need of experience" that they'd be the only ones to apply. How about those that want to be involved and play an important role in a huge sporting event coming to Galway again?

The 8 hour shifts are quite long, but I worked longer shifts last time around and the time flew by - the work that the volunteers will be doing is for the most part quite varied and if you have a decent team leader you'll get moved around often enough so that you won't get bored or frustrated. There was a great team atmosphere amongst the volunteers that I worked with last time and met people from all over the world who had come to Galway to be a part of it. As for the breaks, in my own team we all got at least one break in addition to the "lunch" break, where sandwiches, fruit, hot drinks etc were all provided - hardly the unpleasant conditions that some have suggested in previous posts.

I'm not volunteering this time around due to other work & family commitments but fully intend to get into town and enjoy what I can of the few days that it's here for. It's a great thing for Galway, and it should prove to be a real success again.
Fair play for volunteering last year and glad you enjoyed it but it's not something I'd put myself forward for TBH
I do volunteer work myself but I would find a minimum 8 hr shift for at least 2-3days at such a huge event and with a massive crowd pretty gruelling!
At the end of the day, it's a sporting event where I'm sure big bucks are gonna be made by many, many people. I'd think differently (just on the volunteering side of things) if it was a charity event or fundraising for a worthwhile cause
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So entertainment aside... does anybody know who is actually winning or likely to win the race, or does it matter?
Team.............................................. Skipper............ Overall Points

Team Telefónica............................... Iker Martínez.......... 149

Groupama sailing team..................... Franck Cammas....... 133

CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ........ Chris Nicholson........ 124

PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG..............Ken Read................ 117

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.................... Ian Walker................ 58

Team Sanya..................................... Mike Sanderson.......... 25

The Irish interest… Justin Slattery is the bowman on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Damian Foxall is the Helmsman / Trimmer on Groupama sailing team.

At Present:

Five boats are exiting the doldrums to the east of the Carribean Lesser Antilles islands heading north to Miami, with the top three boats split by just three miles at times over the last few days. They are two thirds of the way through leg 6 of 9 legs, with visits to Lisbon, Lorient and Galway to go after Miami.

PUMA and CAMPER have been duelling it out for the lead with Telefónica 'smoking along' in third and ready to pounce on any mistake from the top two.

Meanwhile over 100 N miles behind, Abu Dhabi and Groupama have been locked in their own battle for fourth and fifth, with Groupama ahead of Abu Dhabi.

Team Sanya, who retired from Leg 5 after losing a rudder, will rejoin the fleet in Miami for the in-port racing and start of Leg 7.

Further info: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

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05-05-2012, 15:57   #133
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From their facebook page:

Volvo Ocean Race Galway.

One of the biggest names in the entertainment industry has been confirmed to play the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Festival. All will be revealed at 6pm today.

Galway is going to ROCK !!!


Looks like a twist in the tail of this story yet!
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It would be HILARIOUS if it was Peter Gabriel.
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Volvo Ocean Race Galway.

One of the biggest names in the entertainment industry has been confirmed to play the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Festival. All will be revealed at 6pm today.

Galway is going to ROCK !!!


Looks like a twist in the tail of this story yet!
My vote is for Rod Stewart!

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