Monday, August 18, 2008

Godspeed, Spirit of Canada!

Spirit of Canada heads across Lake Ontario destined for France and the start of the Vendee Globe, a race around the planet, singlehanded and nonstop, that starts November 9.

Fairport Yacht Club hoped to send a flotilla to greet Derek Hatfield, Spirit of Canada's skipper, soon after he departed his home port at Port Credit Yacht Club. Close to 10 yachts left the dock but were unable to catch up with Spirit as she reached along at 10 knots. Only the power catamaran At Last! managed to rendezvous with the Open 60 some five miles offshore.

Derek Hatfield waves after the crew of At Last! extended best wishes for a safe and fast circumnavigation on behalf of all members of Fairport Yacht Club.

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