We are glad to see the whole Seascape fleet back in Svendborg. Even though yesterday didn’t look very promising, the vast majority of sailors managed to cross the finish line before the time limit at midday on Sunday. Not that it was easy, the second night alone out on the water resembled a psychological warfare of some evil scientific experiment. Sailors were tested with fatigue, exhaustion, sleep deprivation and forever changing weather conditions which pushed them to the limit. Sun, rain, fog, no wind, foul current, short bursts of high winds, rain again, even fouler current and occasional complete calm made this race a nervewracking experience. A lot of sailors reported a strange phenomenons they experienced around the Big belt bridge. Moonless night made them see things that weren’t there, mistake marine wildlife for something more ominous and so on. Funny things happen to you when you’re exposed to the elements for so long. Nonetheless, most of them managed to fight their way through it all, especially the last fight up the channel to Svendborg proved to be a challenge to be reckoned with.
First Seascaper to complete the challenge was Per Cederberg, who was in a substantial overall lead for almost half of the race. Eventually, the bigger boats and multihulls did catch up to him, but that didn’t stop him from winning the Mini class that consists of 49 boats. To top it all off, he did it without any help from modern technology. No plotter, no autopilot, no mobile app or phone for that matter. A true feat of sailing greatness!
He was chased through most of the race by a world-class ocean sailor Sam Manuard who also lost all means of navigation on the leg down south when his power supply from unexplained reasons cut out. He was just about to be the first Seascape27 sailor and winner of the Small class if not for the obligations elsewhere and a booked flight from Copenhagen. He had to be taken off the boat and expressly driven to the airport at the last bend of the Svendborg channel at two in the morning. The fastest Seascape27 and second in his class thus became Peder Edman.
On the other side, we have a different kind of record which was set by Kjell Johnsonn. He is now the Seascaper with the longest official time for the completing the Silverrudder. He was sailing for 49 hours 6 minutes and 49 seconds straight. It is going to be tough to beat this since the time limit for his class was 50 hours.