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  • Writer's pictureMorten Brandt Rasmussen

The most demanding row/paddle challenge in Denmark

Challenging 120 km in two stages

The start is in Nyborg on Friday 2 September. Crossing the starting line, participants row and paddle out Nyborg fjord and head south along the coast of Funen. The next waypoint is island of Thuroe, after which the route enters the narrow and scenic Sound of Svendborg, where there can be either current or countercurrent, which can be strong in the meandering sound. Once out of the Sound participants continues towards the island Skaroe, where they all camp for the night at the cabin of Svendborg Rowing Club on the island. The first stage is 55 km.

The participants must bring their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads and small tents or whatever they chose to bring for the outdoors overnight stay on Skaroe. A good evening meal and breakfast, soft drinks, milk, tea, and coffee will be served to all on the Skaroe Camp by VEGVISIR.

Stage 2 begins early next morning. The SUPs, kayaks and boats continues east over the very shallow waters south of island Taasinge before they set the course north between the islands Taasinge and Langeland. Then a little west towards the checkpoint at Valdemar Castle on island Taasinge before the direct course is again set north towards the Great Belt and the finish line in Nyborg. On the second day the distance is 65 km.

Back in Nyborg, everyone is waiting for a cool VEGVISIR FINISHER t-shirt as well as a well-deserved party and dining on Saturday night (included in price) and Nyborg has arranged a music concert and beer at the harbor.

Race regulations

VEGVISIR Row and Paddle Challenge is about endurance, navigation, insight into wind and current conditions, consuming the right amount of food and drink during the trip – and lots of adventure.

VEGVISIR Row and Paddle Challenge is simple with three "boat types":

Rowing: All kinds of rowing boats fit to an open water/ coastal challenge the challenge – wooden boats, costal rowing boats, seagoing gigs etc.

Kayaks and surf ski: All kinds fit to an open water/ coastal challenge

SUP: All kinds fit to a long-distance open water/ coastal challenge

Individuals and teams: You can participate in VEGVISIR as an individual or as a team (Team size is equal to number of seats in boat/kayak/sur ski)

5 categories

Individual Rowing Team Rowing (no matter team members)

Individual Kajak / surf ski Team Kayak / surf ski (no matter team members)

Individual SUP

Winner in each category – first in Nyborg on day two

All will get an official personal race time – day 1 + 2

However, the big competition is like the rest of the VEGVISIR concept is to challenge yourself by participating and winning by completing.

Safety Participants will be followed throughout the race via GPS tracking, which shows who is leading overall and in the different categories. VEGVISIR provides a safety organization that will follows the route from land and on the water. On land with pitstops and accompanying car with boat trailer.

Pitstop - Get close to the participants

On stage 1, pit stops are planned at Lundeborg Harbor and at Svendborg Rowing Club, while there are pit stops on the 2nd stage at Valdemar Castle and Lundeborg Harbor. The pit stops are for the participants to stretch their backs and legs, go to the toilet, fill the water bottles, and get some energy inside. And the pitstops are also just as obvious an opportunity for spectators as well as friends and families to follow the participants up close.

Sign up to participate - HERE


Vegvisir Row and Paddle Challenge will be part of the Vegvisir Race Organisation with, among other things, agency, safety and monitoring as well as prize giving, dinner and afterparty.

Thus, it is a collaboration with both Nyborg Sailing Association, Nyborg Rowing Club, Nyborg Kayak Club, Liteboat Denmark, Liteboat International and Vegvisir organization. Nyborg Municipality also supports the event and is the title sponsor of the sailing event Vegvisir Race Nyborg 2022.

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