Volvo Ocean Race Finale like "3 Christmases coming at once"
The organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race Finale Festival in Galway, Let’s Do It Global, has said that there needs to be strong commitment from the Government and the city if there is to be a bid to be a host port during the next race in 2014/2015.
At a press conference in Galway this afternoon, President of Let’s Do It Global John Killeen said, “The race finale and festival, which has just concluded, was a phenomenal success and has shown that the city has the capacity to stage one of the world’s biggest sporting and tourism events.” He also said that “if the city was to consider making a bid to become a host port new structures would have to be put in place and both the Government and the city authorities would have to make a significant contribution to the bid.”
Applications to be considered as a host port for the 2014/2015 have to be made by September and the race organizers will make a final decision on which ports will be selected in December this year.”
Because it was a host port in this year’s event, Galway has automatically received an invitation for inclusion in the 2014/2015 race.
The Mayor of Galway, Terry O’Flaherty, said she would “love to see the Volvo Ocean Race returning to Galway. “ She also said that the event had been a “roaring success “ and had given tourism in the city an “enormous boost.”
Mayor O Flaherty also announced that she would like to see a permanent memorial erected in the city to mark the Volvo Ocean Race’s association with Galway.
Declan Dooley, President of Galway Chamber of Commerce, said that the Volvo festival was worth more than €100 million and surveys which were being carried out amongst businesses were indicating that many of them had received a huge boost, not just during the 9-day festival but for several months in the lead up to the event.
Micheline McNamara, CEO of Let’s Do It Global, said that business people on the streets of Galway told her this morning that the Volvo Ocean Race Festival was “like three Christmases coming at once.” She also said that she bumped into Mike Sanderson, Skipper of Team Sanya, on Shop Street and he told her that he was “sad to be leaving Galway after such a fantastic experience.”
The dismantling of Race Village and Global Village has been underway throughout the day. The Race Village will be completed by Tuesday evening with work on the Global Village continuing on until Saturday.
Five of the six Volvo fleet boats have left the Docks and many of the sailing boats from clubs around the country are starting their long journey home to their sailing bases in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Sligo and Westport Co. Mayo.
Jon Bramley, Head of Communications for Volvo Ocean Race explained that “none of the current Volvo 70 boats will race in another Volvo Ocean Race due to new specifications being introuduced for the 2014/2015 race.” Most of the boats will be put on the market for sale including Team Sanya, which is on its way to Alicante to be sold.
Volvo Ocean Race Finale and Festival 2012.
President, Taoiseach, Tanaiste and 6 Ministers and 7 Ambassadors, 5 City Mayors, 1 Crown Prince and 66 extraordinary sailors.
• Over 900,000 visits by spectators and tourists to Race Village and Global Village during the 9 day event.
• Galway Chamber of Commerce Economic impact to city and region at €100m.
• Galway has shown it has the capacity to stage one of the world s biggest sporting/tourism events.
• Congratulations to Galway City in its success in staging the Race Finale have been pouring into the offices of Lets Do It Global throughout the past week.
• Local Businesses say the event has given them a extraordinary boost and the economic difficulties they face this year have been greatly eased by the huge spend in the city over the past 2 weeks.
• 2,000 newspaper articles and radio and TV broadcast have highlighted the success of the Galway Race Finale across the Globe.
• Reached target of getting 8,000 people, out on water including disabled sailors through a series of events.
• Website user 264,028 peaked on Monday 2nd 192,448
• Facebook fans 23,000 and Twitter 3,000 and counting.
• If Galway was to bid to become a host port for 2014/15 Race the Government and the City would have to commit to significant financial backing for the bid.
• 8,000 on water including disabled sailors, Galway Bay Sailing Club Regatta.
• Volvo Ocean Race hosted the biggest gala dinner in the history of the race. 1,500 guest seated in Global Arena
• Staging the event was made possible by the work largest number of Volunteers at any race host port. 1,600 volunteers some have worked on the project for 9months.