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Volvo Ocean Race Finale 2012, Galway, Ireland

Galway was proud host to one of the biggest sailing races in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race, over the last few weeks. Here are a few photos of the experience. As well as in-port racing and sailing demonstrations, visitors were treated to free concerts every night and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July for the American contingent. Galway was alive during the race and did its utmost to make sure everyone had a good time. Hopefully the race will stop in Galway again in 2015.

Eyre Square transformed into a mini-funfair for the kids

Galway Docks- Leisure boats

A crowd waits for the Saw Doctors to perform

Galway Bay

The Main Stage

A selection of the racing boats, including Abu Dhabi, Groupama and Camper

The famed “Sails” in Eyre Square were covered in patchwork by a local school

Galway Docks with Ferris wheel in the distance