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Countdown to Cong Galway Race 2021 Race

17th June 2021
Cong-Galway Race: this year's unique historic event - the oldest and longest inland sailing race in Europe 30 nautical miles - will take place on Saturday, June 26th.
Cong-Galway Race: this year's unique historic event - the oldest and longest inland sailing race in Europe 30 nautical miles - will take place on Saturday, June 26th

After a tremendous race last year, despite challenging conditions both on and off the water, another hugely competitive fleet has been assembled for this year's Cong Galway Race on June 26th.

The historic race from Lisloughrey in the shadow of Ashford Castle to the heart of Galway City has been attracting the cream of sailing talent in the West since 1882.

This year's unique historic event - the oldest and longest inland sailing race in Europe 30 nautical miles - will take place on Saturday, June 26th.

As Afloat reported last year, taking the top spot in 2020 was Sean and Yannick Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club, making it three-in-a-row for the father and son duo, who won a luxurious night at the 5-star Ashford Castle for their skilled sailing endeavours.

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The Cong-Galway: Ireland’s oldest inland sailing race

The annual Cong – Galway Sailing Race is Europe’s oldest and longest inland water sailing race.

The original Cong-Galway Race started at the Royal Galway Yachting Club in Galway City and travelled to Ashford Castle in Cong before returning to Galway City, a race distance of 61.5 nautical miles.

The 2020 race is the 137th such race. 

The Cong-Galway Race was a huge social event in Galway until 1914. It never recovered after the First World War and was last held in its old format in 1931. The race was later revived in 1972. Now half the original length, the race starts at Lisloughrey pier, near Ashford Castle, and ends just past the Quincentennial Bridge in Galway City.

Cong Galway Race Winner

The winner, which will be determined based on the Portsmouth handicap scheme, will be presented with the CRYC Trophy, a treasured possession of the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club. 

Cong Galway Race Course

The Cong to Galway Race start is from Lisloughrey Pier in Cong, Co. Mayo and is typically scheduled for 10.30 a.m. on a course through Upper and Lower Lough Corrib to the finish line at Corrib Village on the River Corrib in Galway. The race makes a stop for lunch at Kilbeg Pier, approximately half way, where timings will be taken for the restart.

Cong Galway Race Organisers

Corrib Rowing & Yachting Club, Galway Bay Sailing Club, Galway City Sailing Club and Cumainn Seoltóireacht an Spidéil.

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