Hatfield into safe haven

Following Cape Horn dismasting yesterday in Around Alone

Saturday March 8th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Following his dismasting off Cape Horn in a severe gale, Canadian mountie Derek Hatfield, is believed to be arriving imminently in Usuaia where he will rendez-vous with his shore team.

His Open 40 Spirit of Canada is believed not to be in great shape. Prior to his boat's dismasting, Hatfield had reported problems with his canting keel and had been forced to lock it in a central position. Then the dismasting at the back of a round the world race fleet at Cape Horn in a severe gale with 80 knot winds and 40 foot seas - it is the classic ocean racer's nightmare.

It is believed that Spirit of Canada's comms are down, or this could be due to a lack of power as Hatfield has been known to have had generator problems. There has also been some flooding in the boat's forward and aft compartments, as a result of the dismasting.
It is understood that a temporary mast to get him north to Brazil may be available in Ushuaia, while another more suited mast is currently in Newport, Rhode Island.

It should be pointed out that of all the smaller class two boats Hatfield has constantly appeared to be the most sorted. These set-backs are a major blow to his campaign.

Inevitably Hatfield is running short on funds...cheque made payable to 'Spirit of Canada' can be sent to:

Spirit of Canada
724 Oakland Rd. RR#2
Mahone Bay , Nova Scotia
B0J 2E0 CANADA

Position update 2200GMT 8 March 03

Pos Yacht Name Lat Long SOG DTF DTL 24h Run
1 Solidaires -19.5 -38.7 8 389.3 161.4
2 Bobst Group-Armor Lux -19.6 -37.4 2.9 403.2 14 189.5
3 Tiscali -23.7 -40.8 8 687.2 298 186.6
4 Pindar -24.9 -41.9 8 777.5 388.3 177.4
5 Ocean Planet -44 -46.8 9.6 1917.2 1527.9 250.1
6 Hexagon -42.8 -65 0 2342.7 1953.4 62.6
1 Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America -29.2 -41.7 8 995.3 172.6
2 Everest Horizontal -42.7 -46.8 8 1842.2 846.9 182.9
3 Spirit of yukoh -44 -49.1 5.2 1952.3 957 220.6
4 BTC Velocity -52.5 -58.9 7.6 2567.8 1572.5 169
5 Spirit of Canada -54.9 -67.6 4.5 2894.8 1899.4 63.7


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