2014 Offshore training aboard Spirit of Adventure revealed

July 19th, 2013

“…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.

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.

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