Months of preparation on the part of the participants and organizers culminating in intense minutes as the start sequences count down. The boats are bundled up close to each other on the relatively short starting line and spectators have ample opportunity to follow the first exciting minutes of the race.
Starting is a challenge particularly in the Silverrudder. Firstly, there are all the other participants to look out for; secondly, there is the current, local breezes, shoals and ferries servicing the nearby islands in the archipelago of South Funen to steer clear of.
Single-handed sailors notoriously have their hands full. However, single-handed racers have far more than enough on their hands and particularly during the start of the race. The Silverrudder starting team have been impressed by the good seamanship displayed by participants during the final countdown, as well as by boats keeping well clear of the starting area when proceeding to the starting line. When starting with Funen on the port side, boats have respected the wishes of the Silverrudder starting team and kept well to the south along the Vindeby breakwater.
In addition, the local ferries servicing the nearby islands have been very considerate and attempted to respect the starting fleet despite the fact that it is no mean feat to maneuver a large ferry with little or no headway in confined waters and surrounded by hundreds of boats. We strongly urge all participants to continue to be extra considerate when the ferries approach and bear in mind the huge responsibility that rests upon the shoulders of the navigators on these ships.
Despite the hectic conditions surrounding the start of the Silverrudder Challenge, it is the aim of the starting team to provide you with the best possible start to your circumnavigation of Funen.
Our primary focus being on safety, the sailing instructions are constantly improved in order to optimize start conditions. An example of this is the fact that boats crossing the starting line too early are not able to restart due to the risk involved. Instead, they are awarded a penalty of no less than 30 minutes. Last year, due to the risk involved when starting more than a hundred boats in one start, we found it necessary to split some categories into two starts. This was not necessarily a perfect solution, but taken in order to secure the safety of the sailors.
- Following two years of very calm conditions during the early hours of the morning, it has been decided to postpone the first start until 10 o’clock and reserve the right to further delay starts should weather conditions require.
- A further improvement is that all starting information will now be transmitted on VHF channel 72.
- Furthermore, this year there will be a jury boat present in the starting area helping the starting team ensure that the Sailing Instructions are adhered to.
These improvements to the start of the race require extra manpower and fortunately Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub and its neighboring clubs have many volunteers willing to help. Thank you, your help is greatly appreciated! Also, the youngest ever participant of the Silverrudder Challenge, Kasper Lander has decided not to participate this year and has instead offered to assist us as part of the starting team. Well done Kasper!
As you all can tell, we are well into the preparations for the Silverrudder Challenge 2017 and can hardly wait to see you all on the starting line.
Hi SILVERRUDDER sailors
This is the first of a series of information bulletins aimed at clarifying selected Silver Rudder Sailing Instructions and Statutes 2017
- Note that the Pre-start briefing will now be held at the Meeting Point at 17.00 on Thursday 21st. September.
- In order for the Silver Rudder Safety Committee to conduct random safety checks, all boats MUST be moored and manned in the allocated area in Svendborg Harbour no later than 16.00 on Thursday 21st. September.
Any boats that do not comply with this rule will be noted as (DNC Did Not Compete).
See Rule 13 of Sailing Instructions below:
Upon receipt of a tracking system and start number, the participant declares that all statutory safety equipment on board fulfills the Statutes governing this race.
The Safety Committee will undertake random checks of participating boats from 09.00 on the day before the start and again after the race.
All participating boats must be available for random security inspection in Svendborg Harbour no later than 21st. September 16.00
- The deadline for Notice of Race announcements has been set at 07.00 on the starting day.
The Race Committee reserves the right to make alterations to the Notice of Race until 07.00 on the starting day. This has been introduced in order to accommodate last-minute weather and traffic changes.
All participants should therefore look at the Information Board at the Meeting Point between 07.00 and before proceeding to the starting line. Any changes will be posted on the Information Board.
(See Rule 4 of Sailing Instructions below:
Notice of Race and information to participants will be displayed on the official Information Board at the Meeting Point no later than Friday 22nd. September at 07.00.
Any critical information regarding starts will be announced on VHF channel 72
22.01.2017: Amendments to Sailing Instructions:
Dear SILVERRUDDER sailors
Kindly note that the 2017 version of the 2016 Sailing Instructions contains the following amendments:
All boats MUST be available for safety check in Svendborg Harbour on Thursday 21st September
The deadline for Notice of Race announcements has been amended to 07.00 on the starting day
Start count-downs and other important information will be announced on the by VHF
First start is now scheduled at 10.00
The rule that disqualified boats not having passed the starting line 20 minutes after their start signal no longer applies. See no. 7. Start, last sentence
All boats must have a boat logo or sail number or similar on their main sail. See statutes no. 9
The postponement procedure has been revised
All boat owners must take out third party liability insurance
Kindly ensure that you take the time to read up on these changes and keep an active eye on the Silverrudder.com website where each of the above changes will be explained in detail during the coming months.
Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub and the Silverrudder Team
Each participating boat must have a valid third-party liability insurance.
NOTE: Proof of cover must be shown upon registry.
22.01.2017: Verenderungen zu segelanweisung:
Jedes teilnehmende Boot muss eine gültige Haftpflichtversicherung haben.
ANMERKUNG: Ein Nachweis des Versicherungsschutzes ist bei der Anmeldung vorzuzeigen.
04.12.2016: Silverrudder Challenge of the Sea 2017 is sold out.
Dear SILVERRUDDER participants
Silverrudder Challenge of the Sea 2017 is sold out. Thanks for your huge interest in this event. The race committee has decided to stop the registration on 450 boats. In previous years, there have been many no shows, so we will allow a suitable number of extra participants to enroll, to ensure that about 400 boats actually start.
Boats on the list of participants today are in the race, if they comply with the Statutes and have paid the starting fee.
So, congratulations to all of you and we look so much forward to see you in Svendborg September 2017.
03.12.2016: SILVERRUDDER 2017 SOLD OUT
Due to the huge interest in the event, we have suspended registration. More than 400 participant enrolled for the Silverrudder Challenge 2017 in less than 24 hours. This is nothing short of sensational. Congratulations to all of you and special congratulations to those of you that have signed up for the first time. You are in for a great adventure and a memorable experience.
The Silverrudder concept remains the same. Singlehanded around the picturesque island of Funen on the 22st September 2017. Adjustments to the Sailing Instructions and Statutes have been made in order to enhance safety and service to the participants. Read these carefully.
Kindly ensure that you have paid upon enrollment or your start ticket will be passed on to another participant.
Keep an eye on the official Silverrudder website for ongoing news.
22.09.2016: Silverrudder on Sailonline
18.09.2016: For X-99 Skippers
On behalf of the Danish X-99 sailors I like to invite all X-99 skippers and support team to a small get-together event on Thursday 22nd September, 17:00 - 18:00 at the jetty near harbour office – look for Bluenose.
Then we can say hello to our competitors and wish for a good race. We will bring some beers and softdrinks.
Hope to see all of you. DEN 512 - Bluenose
05.09.2016: The Port of Svendborg will be closed for ordinarily visiting yachts in the period 19th to 25th September as the boats participating in Silverrudder 2016 will occupy the full capacity of the port in the week upto the event. Visiting yachts will be referred to the round marina or to the marina of Vindeby. Participants in Silverrudder 2016 arriving to Svendborg before 19th September are kindly requested to moor their boat in the berth right in front of the port office.
Participants in Silverrudder 2016 are free of port dues in the period Saturday 17th September to Sunday 2nd October, incl. Participants arriving before 17th Sept. will be charged DKK 100,- per day by Svendborg / Silverrudder ticket, to be settled at the port office. After 2nd October charge will be at ordinary rate to be paid at the ticket machine of the port.
18.05.2016: Statutes 2016 have been uploaded in both English and German version.
When studying the statutes you should pay extra attention to paragraph 12 which has been amended with regard to the request for navigation lights for boats less than 7 meters.
Furthermore, applying to all boats the description of approved distress rockets has been clarified.