Another high-speed boat race adds to Galway’s growing Volvo legacy

What we can expect on the bay this summer.

What we can expect on the bay this summer.

Galway is gearing up to celebrate another legacy of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in June.

With the Around Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race 2010 coming to Galway for the first time, the organisers have added another significant coup to the festivities with round three of the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship also taking place.

Running in conjunction with the Around Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race, which is being organised by Let’s Do It Galway and the Irish Offshore Powerboat Club, the Powerboat P1 Galway Grand Prix of the Sea will take place on June 5 to 7.

It will be the first time in four years that the SuperStock Championship teams will be racing in Ireland, having previously been held in Bangor as the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Association.

Powerboat P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks is thrilled to be taking the SuperStock series back to Ireland. “Powerboat P1 is delighted to be taking part in this Irish maritime festival and breaking into a new market.

“Ireland has a strong following and a long tradition of powerboat racing and we are sure that Powerboat P1 can complement the fantastic week’s competition and vibrant entertainment Galway is famous for.”

Let’s Do It Galway is expecting 250,000 people to attend a week-long nautical festival which will be built around the inaugural Around Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race.

Justin McInerney of the Irish Offshore Powerboat Club said: “We are delighted to welcome the Powerboat P1 Superstock Championship to Galway and Ireland as a highlight of the Around Ireland Race and Festival. Galway Bay is a unique location and offers the prospect of thrilling viewing practically in the heart of the city.”

The Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship will see 20 teams in action.

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