Ocean ChallengeAccessible offshore sailing for the beginner sailor…
 
I have questions for you. 

Did you know you can sail as a beginner in an offshore adventure vacation? Did you know you can sail to places such as Bermuda from Nova Scotia under the guidance of one of Canada's top sailing ambassadors (and in June 2015!)? Have you ever been on a Volvo 60?  Do you like to race? Do you want to sail alone or have your crew become closer? All in an offshore or ocean setting? Or maybe you need to build offshore miles? Do you want to take advantage of something so unique, this may be the only company worldwide offering this type of adventure?
 
If any of these questions are intriguing, it's time to learn more about Ocean Challenges and sailing offshore with world renowned skipper Derek Hatfield on his Volvo 60, specifically with your adventurous side in mind. 
 
After representing Canada in the Velux 5 Oceans single handed round the world yacht race, Derek Hatfield of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia laid claim to a third place overall in his second successful solo circumnavigation of the globe in an Open 60.   What transpired after that climatic milestone was to inspire new sailors and racers in off shore pursuits.
 
Starting in 2012, Ocean Challenges was born - with the purchase of Amer Sports One, a Volvo 60 Ocean Race contender, which was aptly renamed it to Spirit of Adventure. With this high performance, yet safe, offshore beauty, Hatfield has helped many sailors aboard in enjoying the challenges and successes of offshore sailing. 
 
Offshore enthusiasts have enjoyed week long regattas, such as the RORC Caribbean 600 and St. Maarten Heineken Regatta as well as transatlantic routes inclusive of the Azores and the Canary Islands to name a few.
 
In talking to several paying crew members throughout Canada who have taken advantage of this unique training, the over whelming and sincere response was "you have to do this!", and "Derek Hatfield's laid back and professional manner was perfect for (their) first time through the gulf stream enroute to Bermuda".
 
As I was lingering around the Ocean Challenges booth this past spring at the Toronto International Boat Show I asked a crew member who had joined the boat in Antigua about their experience. The entire crew compiled a message saying it was an opportunity for pure team work in an unique and rewarding setting - they smiled broadly stating they would recommend it to any group.
 
In asking Patianne Verburgh, Derek's wife and an established solo sailor in her own right delivering their second Open 60. Canada from France - who signs up for these legs? Her matter of fact response - "those who want to fulfill their bucket lists, new sailors, experienced sailors, instructors and adventurers of all ages, both men and women - and no experience is necessary".  
 
For more information on upcoming destinations, legs, or races contact Ocean Challenges at oceanchallenges.ca, call or email Patianne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-529-2626.



-Ellen Mac Phail
@WaveSkills
www.facebook.com/WaveSkills

Destinations

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 Bayfield Inlet

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It is a stunningly surreal morning.

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Welcome to another simply glorious day at Bayfield Inlet on Georgian Bay.

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Lifestyle

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Boat Reviews

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Four Winns H290OB

Four Winns H290OBBy Andy Adams

Exciting new model for 2018

The Four Winns H290OB combines two of the most popular new big boat trends to come up with a great new 30 footer. It's a luxurious and spacious deep-V day boat that can handle big water and big groups, and it's powered by outboards. In this case, two Mercury Verado 300s gives this boat 600 hp of silky smooth, ready to run power.

The H290 has been available for the past three seasons as a twin-engine stern drive powered boat, but the outboard version is brand-new and it's a home run for sure!

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Marine Products

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