Vovlo Ocean: Irish sailors push the boat out in first-class festivals of sail
AS festival-goers at the Vovlo Ocean race week in Galway weigh anchor, Dublin Bay is about to welcome the biggest international youth sailing event Ireland has ever hosted.
The Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship takes place from July 12 until July 21. The world's premier event for youth sailing will give spectators the opportunity to view future sailing stars and Olympians from 63 countries battle it out to win Youth Sailing World Championship titles across eight different classes.
In addition to world-class sailing, a public festival of events and free entertainment will take place along the harbour, with most of the fun taking place on the weekend of July 13--15.
Spectators will get the chance to explore sailing vessels including an Irish navy vessel and the Tara, which is used for international scientific discovery. There's an accompanying marine scientific exhibition on the East Pier.
There will also be a festival market, a classic car and motorbike fun run and a festival ceili. The opening ceremony starts at 7.30pm this Friday, July 13, with a parade of nations marching to the Harbour Plaza.
The event comes to a dramatic close with a ceremony at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza at 9pm on July 20 with entertainment by U2 tribute band The Joshua Tree, and a spectacular fireworks display.
For a full schedule of events visit www.dublinbay2012.com