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Dear participants, volunteers and friends of SILVERRUDDER - CHALLENGE OF THE SEA
SILVERRUDDER 2018 was without comparison the toughest SILVERRUDDER event in the history of the race. It is following extreme conditions and narrow escapes such as those experienced this year that an event such as this must reflect upon the race and its safety in order to improve in the future.
The 53 skippers that succeeded in battling their way around Funen deserve the unconditional respect of the sailing community and are true IRONMEN OF THE SEA. The conditions encountered were severe and harsh to say the least. Some sailors will not have experienced such conditions before. All those that chose not to start, found a port of refuge or abandoned the race due to material damage also deserve respect for their decisions. It takes as much courage not to start a race in these conditions as it does to abandon the race when it becomes clear that the conditions are beyond the capabilities of the boat and/or single-hand sailor.
It was with great remorse that we saw contestant’s boats being damaged and we realize that we were fortunate that no serious human injury occurred. Similar damage must be avoided in the future. The decision to postpone the start was also a first for the SILVERRUDDER. This posed challenges concerning logistics, availability of volunteers and catering.
The race organizers are dedicated to maintaining the spirit and concept of the SILVERRUDDER. We will however carefully consider our lessons learned this year and discuss areas for improvements and revision where possible. Within the resources available at Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub, we will take the necessary steps to make sure that the SILVERRUDDER can continue to be the highlight of the sailing year for so many of us.
We would like to thank all of the SILVERRUDDER volunteers, participants, stakeholders, fans and friends for your unconditional support. Without you, the event would not be the same. We sincerely hope to see you all again next year.
Ole Ingemann Nielsen
The race starts 20th. of September 2019
30.10.2018: Silverrudder 2019 starting lines moved
21.09.2018: (Danish only) Fyns Amts Avis: Stormende kuling: Start på Silverrudder er udsat til lørdag.
Return of trackers
09-09.2018: Phil Sharp - Route du Rhum winner taking part in SILVERRUDDER 2018
05.09.2018: Sailonline's nyhedsbrev for Silverrudder 2018
03.09.2018: Start info for category Small and Medium:
21.06.2018: Elvstrøm Sails is sponsoring a unique bag handout for the winner in each category
05.02.2018 Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub and SILVERRUDDER won the “The South Funen Initiative Award” 2018.