Velux 5 Oceans skipper Derek Hatfield completes the race
by Velux 5 Oceans on 29 May 2011
Derek Hatfield has crossed the finish line of the final sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans singlehanded round the world yacht race in second place, to secure a third place overall in his second successful solo circumnavigation of the globe.
Derek Hatfield gets underway onboard Active House, on the final leg of the VELUX 5 Oceans. Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com
The 58-year-old sailed his 60ft yacht Active House into La Rochelle, France, and across the ocean sprint five finish line at 0907 local time (0707 UTC) in fourth place, bringing this edition of the oldest and longest solo round the world race to a close.
From Mahone Bay, NS, former mountie Derek also finished on the podium of Class II in the 2003 edition of the race (then the Around Alone).
Derek completed the 3,600-mile final sprint from Charleston in South Carolina to La Rochelle in 14 days, 12 hours and 07 minutes.
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