2017 Cong – Galway Sailing Race

The annual Cong – Galway Sailing Race, Europe’s oldest and longest inland water sailing race, will take place this year on Saturday the 10th of June 2017 in association with Galway Bay Sailing Club, Galway City Sailing Club & Cumainn Seoltóireacht an Spidéil.

Cong – Galway Rules and Entry Forms are now available to download here or below:

Cong – Galway Rules 2017

Cong – Galway Entry Form 2017

History of the Cong – Galway Race

This race traces its history back to 1882 when the first Annual Race from the Royal Galway Yachting Club premises at the Fisheries Field in Galway (opposite Galway Cathedral) to Ashford Castle (Cong) and back, was inaugurated, a distance of 61.5 nautical miles.

The race started early and the participants were entertained to lunch in Cong. They also stopped at Kilbeg on the way home. This was a major social and sailing event in Galway until 1914. It never recovered after the First World War and was last held in its old format in 1931.

As part of the general renaissance of sailing in Galway, this Race was revived in its present format, from Cong to Galway, in 1972 and has been raced annually ever since.