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Riga could apply to host another "The Tall Ships Races" regatta in eight years

08.08.2013
 | LETA

Taking into account that "The Tall Ships Races 2013" events in Riga this past weekend were widely attended, the Riga City Council will definitely apply to host another regatta in the future.

Riga City Council representative Laila Ivana points out that the right to host the regatta is not granted to all applicants, it has to be won in a competition. Riga will definitely apply to host another regatta, but this will most likely happen in eight years.

The regatta was wonderfully hosted by Riga and enjoyed by many people. It is no wonder that around 1.5 million people turned out to see "The Tall Ships Races 2013" events in the city, explains Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony Center)

The statistics, however, include people who attended several events. According to police estimates, the regatta gathered around 600,000 people.

Despite various traffic restrictions, the mayor is convinced that Rigans experienced more positive emotions than trouble during the regatta.

As reported, more than a hundred sailing ships and yachts from 17 countries visited Riga last week. The ships' 3,000 crewmembers went on a spectacular parade of Riga on July 27.

On Sunday, people had the opportunity to see the full-sail parade of tall ships leaving Riga for Ventspils.

As reported, Riga last hosted the "Tall Ships Races" regatta ten years ago, in 2013.