Velux 5 Oceans skipper Derek Hatfield finishes second in Sprint Four

Skipper Derek Hatfield surveys the glass like seas as he searches for wind - Velux 5 Oceans Race
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Velux 5 Oceans veteran Canadian sailor Derek Hatfield has arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, finishing second in the fourth sprint of the round the world yacht race.

The 58-year-old sailed into Charleston today after racing more than 5981 nautical miles from Punta del Este in Uruguay. Derek crossed the finish line in Charleston Harbor at 07.36 am local time following 23 days, 19 hours and 36 minutes at sea, only 15 hours behind the race leader Brad Van Liew.

Derek is a veteran of the 2002 race when it was known the Around Alone and has also taken on the mighty Vendée Globe in 2008, but failed to finish due to boat breakages.

More news will follow once Derek has docked alongside in Seabreeze Marina. He is expected to come alongside 09.30 local time.

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