September's Cong-Galway Sailing Race holds a special place in the hearts of Galway sailors

September’s Cong-Galway Sailing Race holds a special place in the hearts of Galway sailors


The Cong-Galway Sailing Race, claimed to be ‘Europe’s oldest and longest sailing race’, is set to take place on September 2nd, 2023.

Since its establishment in 1882, the race has been a true test of skill and endurance, attracting sailors from all over the world. This year, the event promises to be even more exciting, with sailors and enthusiasts expected to converge from all over the country.

The race, which stretches approximately 30 nautical miles from Lisloughrey Pier near Cong to the city of Galway, follows the historical steamer route. Against the backdrop of the iconic Ashford Castle, the race kicks off at the northern end of the lake, presenting an awe-inspiring spectacle. Divided into two legs, the first leg concludes at Kilbeg, providing competitors with a chance to refuel and refresh. The second leg introduces a narrower channel in the lower lake, leading participants towards the river, where the finish line awaits at Corrib Village. The final stretch includes the captivating sight of boats manoeuvring to fit their masts under the Quincentennial Bridge before reaching the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club for the historic trophy presentation.

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