On top of the hill beside Silver Strand beach is a great place to watch the in-port race,thats where we were last time and we had a great view,i highly recommend people to go there to watch it.It will be jammed with cars down there though so walk or cycle there if you can or park up at Barna Church and walk down.
I was out in the bay in the thick of it on a friends yacht the last time it was excellent being out there, got so close to the action. That's the plan again this time.
I know! They'll entertain me for about 20 minutes whereas the free gigs and shenanigans will entertain me for far longer. I've done some sailing but I'm not mad into the whole thing. It's great they're coming but if all this ado was going on for a container of monkeys being unloaded at the docks, I'd be equally as interested!
There'll be plenty of commercial boats offering day's out on the water.
I don't know about costs etc. but if I recall from last time it was about 35euro a head - not bad for a day out on the water.
On a fine day, Silver Strand is pretty accessible by public transport too, about 15/20-ish minutes walk from Knocknacarra. (No 6, Barna neighbourhood map.)
When are the boats due to arrive in Galway, the Volvo website says the boats are due to depart Lorient on the 1st of July that means it will be a few days before they get to Galway, if the weather is calm it could even be longer. That could cause a lot of grief for people coming to see them.
They're due in on the 3rd but there is no guarantee. It's sailing, spectators will have to deal with it
just saving this quote for another time
Define 'a lot of grief'? Vast majority of spectators are unlikely to be heading to Galway until the weekend.
There are two weekends for the event, I thought the boats would be in for the start which is the 30th June, I am sure there will be a lot more thinking this as it runs from June 30th to July 8. That means people arriving the 1st weekend will not see any boats.
Reminds me of my mum the last time round. She reckined the boats should have been instructed to wait around the back of the aran islands and then arrive in to the bay at a "reasonable hour.... like after 12 o clock mass"
People arriving the first weekend were never going to see any boats anyway.
Who gives a **** about boats?
If people are too lazy to at least check the timetable/schedule before 'booking time off' etc. then they've no one to blame but themselves.
Regardless of when anyone comes between June 30th - July 8th, I suspect they'll still have a ball.
I've my case of Buckie and berth in the Docks booked... bring it on
Did you wear your Dubarrys for the occasion?