SILVERRUDDER™ Challenge of the Sea 2021
1. SILVERRUDDER™ Challenge is arranged once a year with start and finish in Svendborg. The race is sailed singlehanded around Funen. The direction depends on the wind direction and weather forecast. The start is at the autumn equinox, usually during the 3rd. or 4th. weekend of September.
The 2021 start date is 17 September.
2. For Silverrudder™ Challenge, seven trophies have been awarded. The holder of a Silverrudder™ Challenge trophy is obliged to return the trophy so that this is in the hands of Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub before the start of the following year’s Silverrudder™ Challenge of the Sea. A trophy is awarded to each of the following categories. 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.
From 18.00 to 25.00 feet incl.
From 25.01 to 30.00 feet incl.
From 30.01 to 35.00 feet incl.
From 35.01 to 40.00 feet incl.
From 40.01 feet and upwards
From 18.00 to 28.00 feet incl.
From 28.01 feet and upwards.
3. The winner of each category is the fastest skipper to singlehanded circumnavigate the island of Funen under sail in according to the Sailing Instructions. Sailing times will be recorded for each category, and the boat from each category holding the fastest circumnavigation to date, retains the Silverrudder™ Challenge trophy until this record is broken. SILVERRUDDER record holders are required to return the trophy to Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub before the start of the following years SILVERRUDDER race.
4. Challengers for SILVERRUDDER™ Challenge can only participate if they have signed up and paid the starting fee in accordance with the Sailing Instructions. Current SILVERRUDDER record holders are automatically entitled to participate in future SILVERRUDDER challenges as long as their record stands. Their enrollment must be received and paid no later than 30 days before the start of the SILVERRUDDER Challenge.
5. Any suitable seaworthy sailing craft can sign up for the SILVERRUDDER™ Challenge. SILVERRUDDER Safety Committee has the right to reject any boat which is deemed unseaworthy and of an inappropriate safety standard. Boats must have a Ballast/Displacement ratio of 22% or more to compete.
6. As Silverrudder™ Challenge is a singlehanded race, only one and same person shall be onboarded the boat during the race around Funen.
7. The race is performed in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) and in accordance with the governing Sailing Instructions for Silverrudder™ Challenge.
8. All challengers must carry a tracking system handed out before the race so that the race can be monitored and displayed on various media platforms. When signing up for participation, competitors also agree to return their tracker and any other related items promptly after the race.
9. Participating boats can fly a stern pennant with the SILVERRUDDER™ Challenge logo. Two vinyl SILVERRUDDER™ Challenge banners with start numbers will be handed out to each participant and must be attached to each side of the boat. These will be available the day before the start. It is the responsibility of each participant to carefully attach the banners to the boat so that they are visible from a horizontal distance. Vinyl banners must be returned along with the tracking device upon completion of the race. All boats must display clear numbers or unique logo on their main sail.
10. All participants must be contactable via either handheld or stationary VHF radio.
11. It is the responsibility of the skipper that the boat… 11.1 - is in a safe and seaworthy condition and has fixed statutory navigation lights that are applied 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.
11.2 - is equipped with the following mandatory safety equipment:
- Life jacket: a CE or SOLAS approved lifejacket or buoyancy aid MUST be worn at all times during the race
- Safety harness
- Fixed safety line/jackstay along the deck for attachment of the safety harness
- VHF radio – handheld (incl. batteries for a realistic estimated sailing time) or stationary
- 2 handheld flares, within expiry date (wheel marked) OR 1 red ODEO Electronic Visual Distress Signal
- 2 distress rockets, within expiry date (wheel marked)
- Fire extinguisher
- Bucket or bailer
- First aid kit
- Powerful flashlight and / or head lamp
- Suitable anchor with anchor chain / line ready for immediate use
By his signature on receipt of the tracking system and start number, the skipper confirms that all of the above compulsory safety equipment is onboard.
12. All challengers must no later than upon receipt of the start number provide the Safety Committee with their mobile phone number and phone number of a contact person ashore.
13. INSURANCE Each participating boat must have a valid third-party liability insurance. NOTE: Proof of cover must be shown upon safety check.
14. Any breach of the above statutes will result in disqualification.
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