Gulf of Riga Regatta 2020 will happen

Latvia's largest offshore sailing regatta will go ahead this year, organizers have announced.

After the state of emergency situation has been suspended in Latvia, the organizers of the Gulf of Riga Regatta (#GoRR) have made decision to go ahead with competitions this year. 41 yachts from six countries have already applied for participation in the regatta. Among them are world and European champions.

"In a few days, the number of yachts that register for the regatta has doubled. Of course, we are happy about it, but we are also concerned that the number of participants will exceed the allowed limits set by the authorities, if so registrations will have to be suspended. If this is the case, we will not be able to secure the title of the Latvian Open Sailing Champion during #GoRR this year,” said Valters Romans, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Offshore Sailing Association (LOSA).

Yachts from Finland, Sweden, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania are among applying teams for the event which will open on June 28 in Ventspils. It will last five days, and viewers will be able to follow the regatta online via global positioning systems.

The competition fleet will also viit Estonia, in the port of Montu on Saaremaa island. After that, the regatta will linger for two days in Roja, where the short windward-leeward distances will take place. The regatta will end on July 3 in Salacgriva.

In addition to racing, in cooperation with the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, the attention of sailors and the public will be drawn to the health of the Baltic Sea environment. The competition is organized by the Latvian Offshore Sailing Association in cooperation with the Latvian Sailing Union, Roja Sailing School, Ventspils Yacht Port, Salacgriva Port Authority and Saaremaa Merispordi Selts.

 

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