Racing on Laytown Beach
Since 1876 Laytown has hosted a single annual horse racing meeting on its beach – one of only a couple of sand (held on the beach) race meetings run under official rules of racing in Europe. The BBC have made it the subject of a documentary, titled Racing the Tide, and have included passages in their Coast and Countryfile programmes.
Laytown races occupies a unique position in the Irish racing calendar as it is the only race event run on a beach under the Rules of Racing.
Laytown strand races have been in existence for one hundred and forty years. The first recorded meeting was in 1868 when races were run on the beach in conjunction with the Boyne Regatta..
People travel from far and wide, including many annual overseas visitors, to see this unique event on the beach at Laytown. It’s the only officially approved beach racing in Europe. Crowds up to 20,000 turn up to see it every year.
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