Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city of the Baltic states, despite a relatively small population of about 700,000. Interestingly Riga is home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. It has a large Old Town, which stretches alongside the Daugava river, and boasts a number of historic monuments the Riga Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church; also the center of the city is famous for its Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture. The Historic Centre of Riga as a whole is included on the UNESCO world heritage list. The city is an important seaport and a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltic Sea region.
Old Riga is the historical and geographical center of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava. Old Riga covers a relatively small inner area of the 13th-18th century fortifications, where unique monuments of medieval architecture which, surprisingly, have survived two world wars are concentrated. One can enjoy the aura of an ancient city in the narrow streets. Unique complexes of residential houses and sacral buildings are found here – Riga Cathedral, construction of which started in the 13th century, Gothic style St. Peter’s Church, St. Jacob’s Cathedral which houses the Seat of the Roman Catholic Church, St. George’s Church, called the White Stone Palace, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the yard of the Convent of the Holy Spirit, the Dannenstern House, the complex of residential houses “The Three Brethren”, Riga Castle, and others.
Yachtclub ”Auda” is located in Riga the capital city of Latvia on the right bank of Daugava river approximately 2,5 n.m. from the race areas. There are car and trailer parking as well as camping places available on the site. Mooring places for participants will be available form 4th till 14th of August.
Latvia is a member of European Union and Schengen Area with no visa regime with most of the European countries. Organizers will provide easy visa procedure for representatives of countries that need Schengen visas.