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    You ever consider writing a book on the highlights and low points of your campaigns?

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    Think about it a lot. Actually have so many stories already written (were you on the OP News mailing list?) that I could just compile all those.

    Or, I could tell some of the behind the scenes stuff...uh...maybe not a good idea.

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    I was on the list early, changed isp's and missed a bunch, but what I saw I liked, it seemed at the time it would make interesting book when all was said and done.

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    Looking forward to your reports Bruce!

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    Well...let's hope enough boats make the start to keep the race interesting!

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    Interesting side the moment, my (our?) old ride OP is on the way to La Rochelle. She is a possible charter for the guy who broke his mast last week (Christopher Bullens). Don't know the present state of the boat but I doubt that she's really ready go. The Velux organizers wouldn't let the current owner (Simon Chalk) into the race, having not qualified properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OceanPlanet View Post
    Well...let's hope enough boats make the start to keep the race interesting!
    I'm firing off a retort to my own comment...

    The more I look at CSM's program and his videos, I'm starting to think he could be an actual challenge for BVL. Add in Derek as a dark horse and even with just these three it will be interesting. Derek must be dying to finally finish a race without a major disaster (or at least he should be). Hopefully he won't try too hard to keep up with BVL & CSM and break down. It's a long race and he should pace himself to be there if one of the others break.

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    Christophe bullens wins race against time to compete in the velux 5 oceans

    Belgian ocean racer acquires new boat with just days until the race start

    THE VELUX 5 OCEANS has not even started yet and already Belgian ocean racer Christophe has been on an incredible voyage. After a nail-biting ten days, Christophe Bullens has confirmed he expects to be on the start line of the VELUX 5 OCEANS after securing a new boat for the race. Just five days before the start of the 30,000-mile solo round the world race, Christophe has bought the Eco 60 Artech from French yachtsman Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty.

    The 49-year-old Belgian completed a 2,500-mile qualification passage in his original Eco 60 Five Oceans of Smiles in September. But his campaign was thrown into jeopardy early last week when his original yacht Five Oceans of Smiles was cruelly dismasted 15 miles off the coast of France en route to La Rochelle, home of the VELUX 5 OCEANS.

    Five Oceans of Smiles was towed into Cherbourg with its mast broken into three pieces, a hole in the starboard side of the hull and destroyed sails. Since then, Christophe and his small shore team have been working round the clock to find another Eco 60 to sail in the VELUX 5 OCEANS.

    But with just days to go until the race start, Christophe and his team have secured funding to buy Artech, confirming his place on the VELUX 5 OCEANS start line. The yacht will now be renamed and rebranded Five Oceans of Smiles in support of the Smiles charity which supports children who are HIV positive. Based at the Saint-Pieter hospital in Brussels, Smiles seeks to give HIV positive children the possibility to be born, grow up and live a normal childhood.

    It has been a real rollercoaster since the dismasting,” Christophe said. “We never stopped believing that we could be in this race and we fought to be on the start line until the end. Funding came through at the last minute and we are going to be on the start line of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. There was no way we were going to abandon the children – we are doing this race for them.”

    VELUX 5 OCEANS race director David Adams added: “Christophe’s tenacity in the face of adversity is an illustration of what makes solo sailors so special. Many people would have thrown in the towel following the dismasting last week, but not Christophe. He has worked tirelessly to find a solution to making the start line and he has a fantastic Eco 60 to take on The Ultimate Solo Challenge.”

    Artech was built for the 2002 Route du Rhum by Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty and skippered by Elie Canivenc as Leasecom. Three years later Dejeanty raced her with co-skipper Alexandre Toulorge in the Transat Jacques Vabre under the name Maisonneuve-Région Basse Normandie. Currently lying in Lorient, she is race ready and will be delivered to La Rochelle by the weekend.

    Although he qualified previously on the original Five Oceans of Smiles, Christophe needs to satisfy the VELUX 5 OCEANS race committee that his new boat is up to the challenge of sailing round the world. Christophe will start with the rest of the fleet at 4pm on Sunday and sail a qualification passage to complete his final preparations.

    The first ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS is to Cape Town, South Africa. The race then stops in Wellington, Salvador and Charleston before returning to La Rochelle in June 2011.

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    The Contestants: Deek Hatfield

    Name: Derek Hatfield
    Age: 57
    Hometown: Aurora, Ontario, Canada
    Class: Eco 60 Boat: Spirit of Canada


    When Derek Hatfield started work as a Canadian mounted policeman in 1971, little did he know nearly 40 years on he would be one of the most respected solo sailors in the world. Back then he specialised in complex fraud investigations – now he specialises in racing state of the art yachts thousands of miles across the world's toughest oceans, alone.

    In 2003, Derek showed the world what one man can achieve if they have passion, determination and skill. Then aged 50, the Canadian steered his yacht to a podium position in the VELUX 5 OCEANS (then known as the Around Alone). It was a magnificent achievement – during one of the legs Derek's yacht flipped over and its mast was destroyed in a huge storm off Cape Horn. Somehow Derek limped to land and spent five weeks repairing the damage before again setting sail. He was rewarded for his efforts with third place in the race. In recognition of this amazing feat Derek was named 2003 Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year.

    Derek has racked up around 90,000 miles at sea in some of the best known races and is undoubtedly Canada's most successful singlehanded sailor. In October the 57-year-old will return to the start line of the VELUX 5 OCEANS for the second time, ready to once again take on the Ultimate Solo Challenge.

    For the 2008 Vendée Globe, Derek plastered the hull of his yacht with the names of every single person who helped him in his campaign, whether financially or in kind. It is something he has continued to do ever since and his Eco 60 yacht Spirit of Canada will be no exception.

    The Yacht

    Boat Name: Active house

    Former Names: Solidaires, VM Materiaux, Great American III

    Architect: Bernard Nivelt

    Year Built & Boat Yard: 1999, Thierry Dubois

    Year Launched: 1999

    Length: 18.28m

    Beam: 5.18m

    Draught: 4.42m

    Displacement (weight): 8.5 tonnes

    Mast height: 26m

    Rigging: fixed, carbon

    Keel Blade: canting with steel fin

    Upwind sail surface: 255m²

    Downwind sail surface: 460m²

    Previous Results:

    DNF 2000/1 Vendée Globe

    2nd 2002 Around Alone

    DNF 2005/6 Vendée Globe

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