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Two of the biggest racing events of the year will come face-to-face this weekend as the Green Dragon boat, Ireland’s entry for the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, docks in Galway city for four days during the Galway Races.
By its very nature the 35,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race that started from Alicante on Saturday attracts the hardiest of sailors. They are usually men with tough teak muscles and a hell of a lot of fortitude, capable of withstanding the roughest of seas in temperatures that can range from -5 to 50 Celcius.
Galway received its first glimpse of its entry into this year’s Volvo Ocean Race when it sailed into the city on Sunday amid of flotilla of supporting yachts.
Just a week before the world’s greatest ocean race begins, Ireland’s entry, the Green Dragon, has been handed a major financial boost.
Ireland’s Green Dragon, currently sailing down the coast of Africa towards Cape Town on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, is the first to deal its “stealth” card.
Ireland’s entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Green Dragon, is back in the water and preparing for Saturday’s in-shore racing in Singapore after the Christmas and New Year respite.
Members of Volvo Ocean crews will be giving a special presentation to budding sailors in Galway on Monday June 1.
Andrew Moran from Newport has been announced as a finalist of the HB Let’s Sail competition, as part of the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover 2009. Primary and Secondary school students entered the competition to design and build a boat, made using HB ice-cream sticks. As a finalist Andrew will meet with Ian Walker from the Green Dragon team at the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday May 24. The overall winner, announced on the day, will receive a family trip to the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Stockholm.