“…Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So toss off the bow lines…..” Mark Twain

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!

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.


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:

Sail Handling
Sleep Patterns
Safety at sea
Sail selection
Psychological factors
Communication devices
Medical emergency procedures

2014 Ocean Sailing Dates

Lunenburg – Bermuda (4-5days) – FULL
Bermuda – Lunenburg (727nm) – 2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Route Halifax – St. Pierre (France) Ocean Race – FULL
Lunenburg to Canary Islands (2800nm) 5 POSITIONS AVAILABLE
RORC Transatlantic Race Lanzarote, Canary Islands to Grenada – 4 POSITIONS AVAILABLE
RORC Caribbean 600 Race around the Caribbean Islands – 600 nm race that starts and ends in English Harbour, Antigua
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – 5 days of regatta racing in the best organized event in the Caribbean – whole boat charter or individual positions available
Les Voiles de St. Barth – daily regatta style racing – whole boat charter available – single positions available
Antigua to Lunenburg offshore sailing
Lunenburg to Bermuda

Please contact us for more information or to book one of these sessions.
By email: sail@spiritofcanada.net
Phone: +1.902.531.2532
skype: spiritofcanada.net

Discounts are given to teams or groups of people.

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2 Responses to “2014 Offshore training aboard Spirit of Adventure revealed”

  1. Nuala Trainor says:


    I was wondering if you could please provide some additional information on the Caribbean regattas (e.g. dates, fares, etc.). I am specifically interested in the Heineken Regatta, but information on the others would be great too!



  2. admin says:

    Hi Nuela, please contact us at sail@spiritofcanada.net or 902.531.2532

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