Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Completes Successful First Season Onboard SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team is delighted to have completed a successful first year on the Volvo 60 Spirit of Adventure. Some of the season highlights include: the safe completion of eight (8) offshore training sessions which included two Caribbean regattas and two major international offshore races, (RORC Caribbean 600 and Route Halifax St. Pierre). The sailing adventures aboard the fully commercially coded Volvo 60 Spirit of Adventure provided 91 individuals ranging in ages from 27 to 77 years old the opportunity to sail on a grand prix yacht with two round the world sailors, Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major who between them have more than 400,000 ocean miles and 5 circumnavigations.
Along the way, two major records including the Sol Cup for fastest around the island during the 2014 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the Andre H. Patural Trophy for Overall Line Honours during the Route Halifax St. Pierre Race, a 370 nm ocean race between Halifax and the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. (winning team pictured above)
The team is now preparing for the second year of offshore training and ocean races while waiting to announce the next around the world race. The Volvo 60 Spirit of Adventure is currently undergoing a refit in Nova Scotia during the lull in offshore training created by the 2014 hurricane season. The VO 60 will be pulled from the water and undergo a number of upgrades that include a racing bottom and new sails.
Offshore Sailing Sessions – No Experience Required
The 2014/15 offshore training season schedule is now available for booking by individuals or teams. Each session includes two days of safety, boat handling and sail training prior to going offshore. All safety gear and food is supplied. Incentive program is available.
Nov 8th – 21st Lunenburg to Lanzarote, Canaries Islands – 2400 nm
Nov 29th – 11th RORC Transatlantic Race – Lanzarote to Grenada -2800 miles (two positions avaialable)
Jan 15th – 22nd Mount Gay Around Barbados Race Series
Feb 21th – 28th RORC Caribbean 600 – non-stop Around the Caribbean Sea (full – wait list)
Mar 2nd – 8th St. Maartin Heineken Regatta – including the Commodore’s Cup
Apr 11th – 18th Les Voiles de Saint Barth
Apr 23rd – May 3rd Antigua to Lunenburg – 1800 nm
May 15th – 20th Lunenburg to Bermuda – 750 nm
May 23rd – 28th Bermuda to Lunenburg – 750 nm
June 5th – 10th Lunenburg to Bermuda – 750 nm
June 12th – 17th Bermuda to Lunenburg – 750 nm
July 3rd – 10th Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race – 370 nm
Please contact us for full details on any of these sailing adventures.
The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team
Derek, Chris and Patianne
Mobile: +1 902 529 2626
About Spirit of Adventure and Ocean Challenges
Along with the Open 60 Spirit of Canada, the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Sailing Team (“Ocean Challenges”) has acquired the Mk III Volvo 60 raced as Amer Sports One in the 2001 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Together, the Ocean Challenges team bring unprecedented support and experience to those that want to sail or race offshore safely on a world class ocean sailboat. The idea of training, purchasing, equipping and preparing a vessel to safely go offshore is daunting to most; Ocean Challenges has taken that tremendous amount of work out of the equation. Ocean Challenges offers individuals with all levels of sailing experience an adventure of a lifetime that will take most of them outside the box during an international regatta, ocean passage or transatlantic race.
What crewmembers have to say about sailing aboard the boat:
“I would like to thank the team for making a dream come true. In 2001-2002 watching Amer Sports One sail around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race I would have never thought that one day I would be crewing on the same boat with 2 skippers that have so much experience and are icons in the sport of offshore sailing”. -Mike V., Newmarket
“The Volvo 60 is an ideal platform for instructors, crews, and sailing students to become invigorated by further enhancing their own skills at sea while being part of a leading edge international training opportunity aboard a top prestigious racing yacht”. Ellen, PEI
“We had the time of our lives aboard Spirit of Adventure and will be recommending our adventure to everyone!
It was a pleasure meeting you both”!
Lorraine & Joe, ON
“Deciding to take the trip from Bermuda to Lunenburg was one of the best decisions of my life! It was my first open ocean experience and to have the opportunity to live this dream aboard a racing machine was truly a unique opportunity”. Tom P., Oakville