Beautiful old town of Jelgava is situated on the River Lielupe, 40 km from the Latvian capital city of Riga from the Baltic sea and the Gulf of Riga and Jurmala resort. The city is famous winter swimming club «Jelgavas Roņi», which this year celebrats 26 years anniversary.
In 2009, in November, when the water is ice, on the idea of the club on the river Lielupe near Jelgava Castle (project architect Rastrelli) in Jelgava Yacht Club held the 1st International Open Winter Swimming Cup «Jelgavas Roņi Kauss», and this year has been planned the 8th Championship for November 5, which became among the world winter swimmers very popular. It is important to note that the championship will be an interesting event as the 1st stage of the World Cup.
Winter swimmers from all corners of Latvia – from Liepaja, Kuldiga, Ventspils, Saldus, Tulsi, Ozolnieki, Riga, Jurmala, Carnikava, Ragana, Sigulda, Ogre – are going to come in Jelgava. Winter swimmers from Estonia (Tallinn, Tartu, Viimsi, Pärnu, Narva), from Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Pskov, Petrozavodsk, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Vladivostok), from Lithuania, Norway, USA, England, Finland, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden and even from Israel, Australia, Argentina and Brazil have requested their participation!
The venue for the championship chosen area of water between the bridges «Driksas» and «Mītavas» right in the city center near the teahouse «Silva tējas namiņš» promenade opposite.
Swim 25m breaststroke, 25m butterfly, 50m and 450m freestyle relay team 4x25m in ice water, which is always in Jelgava at +3 …+ 5 ° C degrees, will be carried out according to international rules IWSA; and most importantly, that the championship will be the 1st stage of the «Winter Swimming World Cup» by the decision of the International Winter Swimming Association.