Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Offshore Training Schedule

October 11th, 2012

Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges now offer a unique opportunity for individuals with all levels of sailing ability to experience first-hand an extreme offshore sailboat. Utilizing the famous Volvo 60 Amer Sports One that completed the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001, Derek Hatfield and professional crew will provide sailors with the chance to experience the sheer exhilaration and sense of accomplishment that comes with completing an offshore passage on a world-class sailing yacht.
As in business and in life, success on the water depends on strong teamwork, leadership, communication and a competitive spirit. Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges draws on all of its combined experience in offshore sailing to take Individuals on the adventure of a lifetime.

Crew can expect to learn about:

• Helming
• Sail handling
• Racing tactics
• Weather analysis
• Nutrition
• Communications
• Sleep patterns
• Navigation
• Psychological factors
• Safety at sea
• Safety equipment & food are inclusive

“Our goal is the give the crew a sense of real participation in all facets of sailing a Volvo 60 offshore. Everyone participates in the experience including maneuvers on deck, navigation, sail handling and helming”. – Skipper, Derek Hatfield

DISCOVERY SAILING & OCEAN CHALLENGES join forces to provide enhanced RYA sail training. With Discovery Sailing, an RYA Training Centre in Nova Scotia, the RYA Competent Crew and Watch Leader practical courses as well as ocean mileage building and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passages are now available aboard the Volvo 60 Amer Sports One. RYA qualifications are known and respected the world over. For a list of available RYA courses see discoverysailing.com and for a list of Ocean passages see spiritofcanada.net.

As in business, success on the water depends on strong teamwork, leadership, communication and a competitive spirit. Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges draws on all of its combined experience in offshore sailing to take individuals, couples and teams on the sailing adventure of a lifetime.

2014 Sailing Schedule:

Caribbean 600
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Voile de St. Barth
Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, NS – Bermuda
Bermuda – Lunenburg, NS
Route Halifax – St. Pierre Ocean Race
St. Pierre, FR – Lunenburg, NS
Lunenburg, NS – Canary Islands

Contact us for more information and pricing if you are interested in one of these events.

Contact: Patianne Verburgh
Phone +1.902.531.2532
Email: sail@spiritofcanada.net

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone that you think might be interested.


July 1st, 2012

As preparations conclude for our first transatlantic training run this year we would like to say a “Happy Canada Day” to everyone.

Happy Sailing,

Derek & The Spirit of Canada Team

Happy Holidays from Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges

December 22nd, 2011

Another successful year for Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges; a 3rd place finish in the VELUX 5 Oceans Single Handed Race around the world race and a successful solo transatlantic training passage with team member Patianne Verburgh at the helm returning Active House Spirit of Canada to Canadian waters. The remainder of the 2011 summer was spent conducting two quick training runs to Bermuda.

2012 is set to be another year of challenges as we set sail once again with the training runs to Bermuda and Horta aboard the Spirit of Canada. These sessions are aimed at keeping Derek and the team competitive while preparing for the next race around the world.

Upcoming Events and Lectures

During the upcoming boat show season, Derek and his team will be making appearances at a number of Canadian boat shows and will be conducting inspirational talks about the 2010/11 VELUX 5 Oceans Race and the Spirit of Canada story. The schedule includes:

January, 2012

Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa – Jan 11th
Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, Toronto – Jan 12th
Toronto International Boat Show (check the Show Guide for the Speaker’s Schedule
and location) – Jan 14th – 22nd
Port Credit Yacht Club, Port Credit – Jan 18th
The Oakville Club, Oakville – Jan 19th
Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club – Jan 24th at 8.00pm

February, 2012

Vancouver International Boat Show, Vancouver – Feb 8th – 12th
Vancouver Marine Museum Speakers Series – Feb 10th
Halifax International Boat Show – Feb 23rd – 26th

March, 2012

Moncton Boat Show, Moncton NB – Mar 23rd – 25th

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Happy Holidays to Everyone.

Take Care,

Derek and the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team

Contact us for more information: patianne@spiritofcanada.net or call 902.531.2532

Copyright (C) 2011 SPIRIT OF CANADA OCEAN CHALLENGES All rights reserved.

Hello from Active House Spirit of Canada

September 28th, 2011

Since the finish of the VELUX 5 Oceans Race in June, the past couple of months have been put to good use aboard Active House Spirit of Canada. During this period, Derek, together with intrepid sponsors aboard, have completed two offshore training sessions to Bermuda and back. Both trips were deemed a great success. A third trip ended prematurely back in Lunenburg with the threat of a close encounter with a hurricane that was fast approaching from the south.

The 2011 hurricane season has been extremely active this year and a few, like Irene, have severely threatened the East coast. Active House Spirit of Canada has been taken out of the water and safely placed in its in ground “pit” cradle at East River Marina. The Spirit of Canada shore team is now conducting a mini refit over the next few months so the boat will be ready to go sailing again in May 2012.

Award of Excellence

Last week in Oakville Ontario, the Executive Director for Ontario Sailing presented both Derek Hatfield and VELUX Canada with the 2011/2012 Sailing “Award Of Excellence” for their combined efforts in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race 2010/11. “It is great to be recognized in this manner, as the Canadian competitor in the VELUX 5 Oceans single handed race around the world and it’s great to share this award with our long standing partner VELUX Canada”, says Derek. Shown here in the picture to the right is Derek and Nels Moxness, President of VELUX Canada.

Busy Boat Show and Public Appearances Season

The busy boat show season is approaching and we are preparing a new presentation to utilize during our public appearances. The presentation will document the highlights of the most recent race around the world, the grueling VELUX 5 Oceans aboard the Open/Eco 60 Active House Spirit of Canada as well as stories from the Vendee Globe 2008 and Around Alone 2002. We have some new sailing footage and amazing photos to show as well.

Derek and the team are very interested in doing as many public appearances as possible over the coming months. These appearances are considered the backbone to the success of Spirit of Canada as we prepare our next challenge. If you or someone you know are interested in having Derek and/or Patianne speak at a yacht club, business association or corporate function, please contact us.

Derek and the Spirit of Canada team want to thank you for your continued interest and support and hope that we have a chance to thank everyone in person over the coming winter season.

Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges

Via email: patianne@spiritofcanada.net
Via phone: 902.531.2532

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