SILVERRUDDERTM Challenge of The Sea 2023
1. Organizing Authority
SILVERRUDDER / Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub, Færgevej 19, 5700 Svendborg, denmark
2. PRE-START BRIEFING
The Pre-start briefing will be held in English at the Meeting Point on Thursday 14.th
September at 17.00 hours.
The course is governed by the statutes and safety regulations for SILVERRUDDERTM
Challenge as well as the International Regulations to Prevent Collision at Sea (COLREGS)
including the special regulations for navigation in certain Danish waters. All traffic
separation systems must be respected in accordance with Rule 10 of COLREGS.
Contravention of the above mentioned rules and regulations will result in a penalty
Participants are requested to pay attention to commercial traffic as well as to other
participants in the race.
Extra care should be paid during starts, close quarters situations and during nighttime.
3.1 USE OF ENGINE
Engines and generators etc. that can be mistaken with the use of engines must be
stopped no later than when entering the starting zone and until passing the finishing line
upon completion of the race. Any boat with its engines running in the starting zone will
be disqualified or penalized, unless proven that the engine was used to avoid imminent
Engines may also be used in order to assist a person or another boat in distress or in
Paddles and oars may not be used at any time from entering the starting zone and until
passing the finishing lone upon completion of the race.
Immediately after the assistance, such an incident must be reported by telephone to
the Safety Committee on +45/30690951 or +45/30894783.
No later than 1 hour after passing the finishing line, the incident must also be reported on
a ‘use of engine’ form available at the bureau at the Meeting Point.
3.2 NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Participating boats must be equipped with fixed statutory navigation lights in accordance
with the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). Boats of less than
7 meters in length shall however have fixed navigation lights as required for boats of 7
meters or more in length as per COLREGS. Strobe light may only be used in Distress situations.
Vessels failing to display navigations lights in accordance with COLREGS will be disqualified.
Participants whose lights fail during the race must immediately withdraw from the race
notifying the Safety Committee on +45/30690951 or +45/30894783.
SILVERRUDDER safety committee has the right to reject any boat deemed unfit for the race.
Boats must have a Ballast/Displacement ratio of 22% or more to compete.
Changes to Notice of Race and information to participants will be displayed on the official
Information Board at the Meeting Point no later than Friday 15.th September at 07.00. Any
critical information regarding starts will be announced on VHF channel 72.
6. THE COURSE
The course is around the island of Funen. The sailing direction will be announced at the
pre-start briefing on Thursday 14.th September and subsequently posted on the Information
Board at the Meeting Point. Except for starting and finishing buoys, no other marks must
be respected as part of the SILVERRUDDER course. The Starting line and Finishing line are
located between Christiansminde and Vindebyøre.
6.1 STARTING LINE
The starting line is between a yellow buoy attached to a hut on shore at Christiansminde
and a yellow buoy attached to an anchored boat.
6.2 FINISHING LINE
The finishing line is the same as the starting line.
6.3 COURSE SIGNAL
When a red flag is displayed, Funen must be kept on the port side; when a green flag is
displayed, Funen must be kept on the starboard side.
The course will not be shortened.
7. SIGNAL STATION
The signal station is located on the starting hut on shore at Christiansminde.
8. START PROCEDURE
Start date Friday 15.th September. All times are local time.
There will be a countdown on VHF channel 72 from 10 seconds before the start
Applies to all starts. In case of discrepancy between the VHF information and
the starting flags, the flags shall apply.
- start: Keelboats Mini
09.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 1 + 1 sound
09.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
09.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
10.00 – Start: Pennant 1 is lowered + 1 sound
- start: Keelboats Small
10.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 2 + 1 sound
10.26 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
10.29 – One minute signal : Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
10.30 – Start: Pennant 2 is lowered + 1 sound
- start: Keelboat Medium
10.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 3 + 1 sound
10.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of Signal flag P + 1 sound
10.59 - One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
11.00 – Start: Pennant 3 is lowered + 1 sound.
- start : Keelboats Large
11.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 4 + 1 sound
11.26 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
11.29 – One minute signal : Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
11.30 – Start: Pennant 4 is lowered + 1 sound
- start: Keelboats Extra Large
11.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 5 + 1 sound
11.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of Signal flag P + 1 sound
11.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
12.00 – Start: Pennant 5 is lowered + 1 sound
- start: Multihull Small
12.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 6 + 1 sound
12.26 – Preparatory signal: Display of Signal flag P + 1 sound
12.29 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
12.30 – Start: Pennant 6 is lowered + 1 sound
- start: Multihull Large
12.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 7 + 1 sound
12.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of Signal flag P + 1 sound
12.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
13.00 – Start: Pennant 7 is lowered + 1 sound
It will appear from the list of participants to which start each boat has been allocated.
If the number of participants in any start exceeds a safe number, the Race Committee has the right
to split a start into two or more starts in the same category.
Boats that have not passed the starting line 60 minutes following the last start signal will be
considered as NOT STARTET.
Before the starting signal of a start, the race committee may, for any reason postpone all starts
not yet startet. Flag AP will be displayed along with 2 sound signals. The postponement will be
announced on VHF channel 72. Flag AP will be displayed ashore, and can be accompanied with a
numeral pennant indicating the minimum duration of the postponement in hours.
End of postponement: When AP is lowered along with a sound signal, there will be 6 minutes to
the warning signal indicating the next start. The end of postponement will be announced on VHF
If a postponement is executed in the morning prior to commencement of the SILVERRUDDERTM
Challenge, AP over a numeral pennant will be displayed at the Svendborg Harbour Master’s office,
indicating the minimum duration of the postponement in hours.
When postponement has ended, boats will be started in the same order as described in point
no. 8. START PROCEDURE.
There will be no recalls and there will be no restarts. If any part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment
is on the course side of the starting line at her starting signal, she will be penalized by a minimum
of 30 minutes. A boat may not attempt to restart by returning to the starting line.
11. TIME LIMIT
Time limit for completion of the race at Sunday 17.th September 2023 at 12.00.
All protests must comply with Rule 61 of the 2021-2024 edition of the World Sailing’s
Rules. Protest forms must be handed in at the Bureau at the Meeting Point no later than
one hour after finishing the race. All protesting boats must, insofar as possible, fly a red
protest flag from the moment they consider an offence to have occured until reaching
All protest hearings will be announced on the Notice Board in the Meeting Point. Protest
hearings will take place no later than one hour before the prize giving ceremony.
Protest forms must be completed in all cases where physical contact between boats
occurs and in cases of damage to property.
Discretionary penalty or disqualification. The penalty for breach of a rule may, at the
discretion of the protest committee, be less than disqualification unless specifically
started otherwise in these Sailing Instructions, the Notice of Race or Statutes.
All parties involved in a protest must be available at the Meeting Point or reachable by
phone. Protests will be cancelled in all situations where the involved parties are not
reachable. The decision on the Protest Committee is final and cannot be appealed to
other administrative bodies.
13. REDRESS / ASSISTANCE
Participants in the SILVERRUDDERTM Challenge are obliged to render all possible assistance to any
person or vessel in danger or distress. If such assistance is rendered during the race, redress can
be applied in accordance with Rule 62 of the 2021-2024 edition of the World Sailing's Rules.
Redress will only be given, if it can be proven that the final result in the SILVERRUDDERTM
Challenge has been affected, solely by the assistance rendered.
An application for redress must be made in writing describing the incident for which redress is
being applied for. The application must be handed to the Meeting Point within the time frame
for protests. A red flag is not required.
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.
Participants MUST wear a CE or SOLAS approved lifejacket or buoyancy throughout the 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 safety inspection in Svendborg Harbour
no later than Thursday 14.th September 16.00
A boat that withdraws from the race or in any other way suspends the race is obliged to report
this to the Safety Committee on +45/30690951 or +45/30894783 as SOON as possible.
Participants may seek port in order to carry out unassisted repairs or rest. A boat staying in port in
excess of 6 hours is considered having withdrawn from the race.
No external assistance whatsoever is allowed during stay in port.
Eight trophies are awarded and allocated to the categories below. All measurements
are in feet (1 feet = 0,3048m) according to hull length as per Equipment
Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024 World Sailing definition.
Keelboat mini: From 18.00 to 25.00 feet incl.
Keelboat small: From 25.01 to 30.00 feet incl.
Keelboat medium: From 30.01 to 35.00 feet incl.
Keelboat large: From 35.01 to 40.00 feet incl.
Keelboat extra large: From 40.01 feet upwards
Multihull small: From 18.00 to 28.00 feet incl.
Multihull large: From 28.01 upwards
Perpetual Rookie prize for the fastest rookie in the Small Keelboat class.
17. AWARD CEREMONY
The award ceremony will be held at the Meeting Point and take place Sunday 17.th September at
The participant confirms by his/her signature at the registration, that participation in
SILVERRUDDER Challenge 2023 is entirely at their own risk. Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub can in no
way, whatsoever be held liable for any personal injury, for any damage to material, nor for death
arising as a consequence of any accidental event before, during or after the race.
Each participating boat must have a valid third-party liability insurance.
NOTE: Proof of cover must be shown upon safety check.
20. SAILING TIME
All participants in Silverrudder will be equipped with a TracTrac GPS tracker which must be mounted
on the boat during the entire voyage.
The tracker is already switched on when it is handed out and may not be switched off neither before
nor during the voyage. The tracker reports the boat's position every minute during the race. When
the boat approaches the finish line, the position is reported every third second.
The race can be tracked in the TracTrac app (iOS and Android) and in web-browser.In the app, the
participating boats are divided into separate races according to their respective start
The tracking is also used to calculate intermediate times at a number of passage points that are passed
along the way on the voyage around Funen.
Correspondingly, the tracking is used to estimate a preliminary finish line passing time. These
are not the final and official finishing times. The actual sailing time is the time recorded by the
staff in the judge's house. The time will be made public on the Silverrudder website continuously
as boats cross the finish line.
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