Vegvisir Race – the essence of of adventure sail racing
Vegvisir Race is a demanding double- and singlehanded adventure sail race in Danish and Swedish waters.
It's collaboration between the event and communication bureau Shorthand ECM a municipality and one or more local sailing clubs.
Everyone needs a Vegvisir
A Vegvisir is an Icelandic magical symbol that helps you to find your way. The myth says that the bearer of this sign never will get lost. On the contrary, he/she will always get through the storm and bad weather even when the route is unknown.
– A Vegvisir is both a compass literally and figuratively. It helps people to find their way at sea and in life. Therefore the symbol is a perfect match for the new event where the demands to the navigators are extreme and as the side events will “calibrate” people’s ethical compass as they focus on environmental problems of the oceans, says Morten Brandt.
Extreme demands on the participants
Comparing Vegviser Race to the ordinary distance races for club sailors and to other double- and singlehanded races the kinship to adventure sports is considerably larger.
– The race puts great demands on the participants’ skills, physics and tactical abilities. It will be an achievement to complete. During the development of the concept we were past several formats. Among other things, we had dogma sailing without the use of electronic devices on the drawing board. But instead of trying to turn back the clock, we have chosen to see things as they are. This means that we have a two course formats that will make extreme demands on the participants’ ability to use their electronics on board as navigators, meteorologists, tacticians and strategists, says Morten Brandt
Lots of gearshift required
The Vegvisir Race courses combine tight inshore sailing with potentially rough offshore. There will be lots of changes and “gearshifts”, when it goes from in-shore to offshore and back to inshore sailing.
– As Vegvisir Race has really demanding navigation tactics must be in place before starting. Route planning will have to take into account the development in the weather over the next 30-40-50 hours, says Morten Brandt.
The sailors can be followed from shore via trackers and there will be a virtual leaderboard that shows the current position of the participants based on the voyaged distance.