Author: Somogyi Lóránt
Autumn is here again – teaching is
starting again, schools are full of
bustling students, beaches are becoming
desolated. Warm, long summer
days are getting shorter as slowly darkness
and cold take over. The restaurants
and bars, which are open seasonally, will
close, the crowds of the beaches will disappear,
and the life will only take place
in the ports. This place, people enjoy the
late summer weather and the blowing
breeze. At such times, sailing is a pleasure,
because no matter how autumn comes in,
the beauty of evanishment is indescribably
gorgeous on water.
The sailing season is far from being over
with the arrival of autumn. Although,
summer sailors are already spending their
time with winterising their boat, while the
true race lovers are preparing their boat
for the next races. Many competitions are
held across Europe this time, as the weather
promises to be much favourable than
on hot summer days.
MAJOR TITLED SAILING RACES DURING AUTUMN
SILVERRUDDER™ – CHALLENGE OF THE SEA
It is an annual singlehanded boat race, which takes
place at autumn equinox this year in Svendborg
on the island of Fyn, Denmark. Silverrudder Challenge
has 7 boat categories, and there will be an
announced winner in each of them. That is, if the
competitors are able to beat last year’s winners in
speed. As the number of contestants increase, the
competition is also getting tougher. But the challenge
is still the same: 134 Nautic Miles around Fyn
– only you and your boat!
In 2012 the race was launched and attracted fi fteen
contestants. In 2013, a hundred contestants signed
up, among them sailors from Sweden, Germany,
Switzerland, Slovenia and Denmark. Silverrudder
Challenge 2013 was the biggest international offshore
singlehanded regatta in the world and this
number was doubled in 2014 where more than
two-hundred racers were registered. In 2015 the
race was sold out on the third of May, a three month
prior to race start when three-hundred and thirty
had registered, and now there are four-hundred
and thirty confi rmed entries in SILVERRUDDER
2020 – once again the greatest non-stop singlehanded
offshore category race ever in the world.
The number of competitors was limited
to 500 boats. This competition is
so widespread among sailors that the
seats are already full in the fi rst hour
after the registration opens.
We can sail in the ‘sea’ of Hungary,
admiring the wonderful panorama
of Lake Balaton around Tihany at
Istvan Széchenyi Memorial Competition.
This event is very popular among
Hungarian sailors and provides
a spectacular panorama for the
The absolute winner of the competition
will win the “Széchenyi István
Vándordíj” founded by the Széchenyi
István Society of Balatonfüred
in 2001 and the blue and red ribbon
representing the colours of the
PREPARING FOR WINTER STORAGE
Our sailing boat needs to be prepared not only for races but also for winter storage. This is
worth doing in dry weather, before the frosty nights. Our aim is to have our boat in the same
condition in spring as we stored it in fall.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR WHEN STORING
A SAILING SHIP IN WINTER?
• During crane lifting, the strap should
not crack the side of the boat or the
railing, nor damage the propeller or
speedometer at the bottom of the boat.
• The algae layer must be washed off
with a high-pressure water washer, because
if it dries, it is very diffi cult to
• It is recommended to cover against the
destructive effects of rain and snow as well
as UV radiation.
• Ventilation must be provided under the
• The possible fl are of the tarpaulin can rub
off the glossy surfaces and varnishes of the
ship in strong winds.
• Supporting sailboat will ensure the boat
is stable against wind pressure and snow
• The keel should always be supported, “not
• The tightness of the tarpaulin must ensure
that the water drains and the snow slide
down, so that “puddles, water sacks” do
not form on it.
• Remove the wind indicator from the top of
the mast to prevent damage.
• Inside the boat, remove water from water
tank, toilet, sink, engine cooling water space,
exhaust system, water heater, etc. because
ice can rip them.
• Leave the water taps on the equipment
open to avoid freezing cracks.
• Antifreeze is used on engine, toilet, but this
is prohibited in water tank, because this
liquid is toxic.
• Do not leave any food on the boat.
• To prevent mould, provide ventilation
inside the boat, it is good to use
salt tablets for collecting water vapor.
Mattresses should be removed
and stored in a dry place. If it is not
possible leave them in the boat.
• Fold the dry sails – be aware of leaves
– and place the sails in the storage
• Charge batteries full and turn of the
main switch. In every month, the level
of the batteries should be checked.
• Fill the fuel tank to prevent condensation.
• The sailboat should preferably be
oriented to northwest, especially if it
is in a windy place. So, we don’t have
to fear that a winter storm makes
Once we have
done the above
tasks, we can
will survive the