After a week of rainy, windy and cold weather it suddenly became better in Riga, Latvia.
Lucky people here, because there were Tall Ships coming in on Thursday to show off in the Riga Harbour. Why? It is part of an event called “The Tall Ships Races”.
To get in the mood of this event, small symbolic ships were placed in the canals around the old town of Riga.
The Tall Ships’ Races are races for sail training “tall ships” (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people between 15 and 25 years of age.
The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles and a “cruise in company” between the legs. This year the first race was from Aarhus, Denmark to Helsinki, Finland. The cruise in company went to Riga. Sunday they will leave again to race the second part from Riga to Szczecin, Poland. The start will be somewhere mid sea.
As pictures say more than words, I will post them and added some comments if needed.
Part 2 will be about the parade by the crews of these ships.
Some weird stuff came by. You will see it soon.