Sunday, October 17, 2010


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VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht, Activehouse, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race.

Derek Hatfield is Canada's most experienced offshore solo yachtsman with a podium finish in 2003 in the VELUX 5 Oceans (formerly called Around Alone), he also competed in the 2008 Vendee Globe and has over 90,000 miles of offshore experience. Derek, from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, a former Canadian Mounted Policeman, he has plastered the hull of his Eco 60 yacht Spirit of Canada, with the names of every single person who helped him in his campaign.

The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race.
Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle.