From Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges comes a very unique opportunity for individuals with all levels of sailing ability to go offshore with not one but two round the world racing skippers; Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major.
Derek Hatfield has represented Canada in three races around the world (solo) and has over 200,000nm of offshore sailboat racing aboard his signature open boats called Spirit of Canada.
The newest member of the Ocean Challenges Team is Chris Stanmore-Major. Chris has raced around the world twice; once as skipper aboard Qingdao in the Clipper Round the world race then once again aboard the Open 60 Spartan in the VELUX 5 Oceans single-handed round the world race. Chris brings a massive amount to knowledge in not just sailing but sail training to the team, he is also an RYA / MCA commercially endorsed ocean master.
Sailing aboard Spirit of Adventure a Volvo 60 (formerly Amer Sports One from the Volvo Ocean Race 2001) with trips to or from Bermuda, St. Pierre et Miquelon, Antigua and the Canary Islands. These events are now planned through to Fall 2014 and are filling up quickly. Come explore the North Atlantic and experience for yourself the sheer exhilaration and sense of accomplishment that comes with completing an ocean passage with not just one world-class skipper but two!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, GET OUT THERE!!
This is the chance for you to go with Derek and Chris and benefit from their experience while sailing on an extended offshore passage aboard one of the safest and fastest boats in the world. You will learn how it is that these boats are sailed offshore and be given the chance to participate in the daily routine. You do not have to be a seasoned offshore sailor to go on one of these sessions, better that you are just trying to either improve your sailing ability and experience or just trying to stretch your limits during the offshore passage. You can expect to learn such things as how to deal with sleep deprivation, the offshore diet, proper sail selection and trim.
This is the experience of a lifetime for most people who want have always wanted to go offshore.
Crewmembers will participate in three of the winter regattas on the Caribbean Circuit for 2014. Sailing in the Caribbean, a dream for some, a yearly sojourn for many and an experience anyone who loves to race should not miss doing.
The year starts with the 5th edition of the Caribbean 600 which is the first offshore race to circumnavigate the Caribbean Islands, it runs from February 25th to 28th. The Caribbean 600 is a endurance sprint that will help to push the limits of the crew both physically and mentally.
It began in 1980 with 12 entries and is now hosting over 200 boat with web traffic from over 160 countries.
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
It began in 1980 with a modest 12 entries and has steadily climbed to over 200 boats and in the last year has drawn web traffic from over 160 individual countries!
With boats from as far away as Russia and Brazil and the musical talent the likes of Black Eyed Peas, The Marley Brothers and Maxi Priest to name a few. Nowhere else in the world will you find such an event, each day brings new finish locations, new and unique party atmospheres and bands from around the world.
Four days of world-class racing and four nights of fun-filled Heineken parties will take place. With the slogan being “Serious Fun” it is no wonder people come from over 25 countries to attend this “must do” regatta.
Antigua Sailing Week
During the last week of April each year, yachts from all over the world arrive in English and Falmouth Harbours to participate in one of the world’s premier sailing events, Antigua Sailing Week. From small beginnings this regatta has developed over 45 years to become one of the preeminent yacht racing events in the Caribbean. Its international status ensures its ongoing fame worldwide. Over 100 yachts participate each year, ranging in size from 24 to over 100 feet. The Regatta attracts serious racing boats including state-of-the-art, high-tech racing machines, along with a variety of performance cruising and cruising boats.
For five days crews are challenged with a variety of coastal race courses encouraging tacking duels around the buoys – all set on the deep blue Caribbean Sea with the ever-present trade winds. It’s a picture perfect setting that is enhanced as the evening colours brighten the western sky and the sun-burnt, salt-encrusted, weary sailors make their way to the barbecues, steel bands and rum punches. While hundreds of locals and visitors carry on partying well into the evening, many of the yacht crews know there is another day of racing out there and so they leave the late night revelry for the others to finish.
The Caribbean sunshine and wind; the perfect combination to forget our winter days in the north.
EXPLORE THE NORTH ATLANTIC ABOARD SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
The sea is the great equalizer, executives, housewives, bus drivers, surgeons; everyone is equal on the sea. Short, tall, big or small the sea will help develop a healthy respect for the things that can be changed and the things that must merely be survived. This is an experience that can change you forever.
To complete an ocean passage on a Volvo 60 there must be strong team work, leadership, communication regardless of backgrounds, motivations or past experiences and the appreciation of this task well done is not to be undermined. There will be professional crew aboard the boat to instruct and advise but each sailor has to show up in their own right and participate, challenge themselves and forever change their limits. For some this will be the biggest challenge they have ever taken part of and for others this will be stepping stone to bigger adventures with their own boat.
Either way the chance to be on the sea in a world class boat with world class sailors is the adventure of a lifetime.
While aboard the crew will be instructed in or learn about the following:
Safety at sea
Medical emergency procedures
2014 Caribbean Regatta Dates
Caribbean 600 February 24th
Heineken Regatta March 6th
Voile de St. Barth April 14th
Antigua Sailing Week April 26th
2014 Ocean Sailing Dates
Antigua – Lunenburg May (1800nm) – 4 positions available
Lunenburg – Bermuda June (4-5days)
Bermuda – Lunenburg June (727nm)
Lunenburg to Canary Islands June (2800nm)
Canary Islands to Lunenburg July
Please contact us for more information or to book one of these sessions.
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Discounts are given to teams or groups of people.