DEREK Hatfield today proved why he is Canada’s top solo sailor as he took the final podium position in the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world yacht race. The 58-year-old sailed his Eco 60 Active House across the finish line of the fifth and final ocean sprint of the 30,000-mile race at 0907 local time (0707 UTC), bringing to an end a 14-day passage across the North Atlantic from Charleston.
Derek finished fourth in the final sprint, beating race rival Chris Stanmore-Major into third place overall by just three points. Derek’s arrival into La Rochelle brings to an end the 2010/11 VELUX 5 OCEANS which saw four of the five starting skippers complete the gruelling solo circumnavigation.
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