The Latvian Open Offshore Championship - The Gulf or Riga Regatta 2018 with 18 participating yachts in three result groups (ORC, LYS1 and LYS2) was going on from June 26 to June 30 - from Riga to Roja, from Roja to Ruhnu island, from Ruhnu island to Kuressaare.
The winner in LYS2 group is Estonian yacht LILLIAN (skipper Margus Beljakov), in LYS1 group - Latvian yacht LE MANS (skipper Kristaps Remess) and again Estonian yacht KATARINA JEE (skipper Mart Tamm) got the gold medal in ORC group. Detailed results are published below in results section.
Five great days were experienced together including friendly socialisation in no wind circumstances and also high level hardiness in 49 nm windward offshore race.
Thanks to all participants, organisers (Latvian Sailing Union, City Yacht Club, Saaremaa Merispordi Selts), the race committee and sponsors: Sarma & Norde architect bureau, Apsara, Roja Sailing School, catamaran Kani Keli, company Laivu Lietas. Glass sculptures for winners were made the artist Juris Dunovskis, photos and video by Juris Kalniņš.
Thanks for warmth and friendship to hosts in Kuressaare and Romassaare, in Ruhnu island, in Roja and in City Yacht Club!
You can find photos and videos from regatta below in gallery section.
We look forward for the race in 2019!
We have published information regarding regattas courses taking place on Saturday, June 30th. Official notice can be found here.
On Saturday, June 30th, there are two races scheduled: the first one windward - leaveward race and the second short offshore Kuressaare - Kuressaare. Official notice can be found here.
Please note detailed information regarding Ruhnu - Kuressaare stage’s start and finish. Official notice can be found here.
Roja - Ruhnu course start will take place ~ 0.5 nm to N from Roja breakwater between yelloy buoy and orange flag on the RC boat. Finish near Ruhnu clearwater buoy 57.46.62N 23.17.39E, between RC boat and yellow buoy. Official notice is available here.
Prize giving ceremony for Riga-Roja leg (& soup eating) will take place on June 27th at 19:00
Starting line in the Daugava river near Vansu bridge between yellow buoy and orange flag on the RC boat. The course down the stream. Finish between Roja breakwaters marked with red and green lights.
Minimum participants for one entry group has been changed to 4 yachts. More information can be found here.
We would like to inform about changes regarding time limit for the Offshore course. More information can be found here.
While the opening day of the Gulf of Riga regatta is approaching, we have published the notice of race that provides participants information about registration procedure and event’s program.
Full notice of race is available here.
We would also like to note that registration for regatta is open.
On June 26, the most active sailors from the Baltics will gather to participate in the Gulf of Riga regatta. Five stages of the course will take racers from Riga to Roomassaare with stops in Roja and Ruhnu island. Sailors will compete ORC, LYS and TEXEL categories.
As noted by Valters Romans, the board member of Latvian Yachting Union and one of event’s organisers, the main goal of the regatta is to improve awareness for the sailing sport in the Baltics by welcoming both experienced and novice sailors. To make the sport available to every enthusiast, we have created an online platform that lets you sign up for the Gulf of Riga regatta even if you are not a member of any team. This way skippers will have a chance to add these members to their teams and fill empty roster spots.
Skippers can sign up for the regatta via registration form on website.