2010 Velux 5 Oceans: Long Road Ahead

The four—soon to be five—skippers competing in this solo challenge are just days into a 30,000-mile journey. Photos courtesy onEdition Follow the racing in SW's Finish Line forum.

20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht, Activhouse, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Derek Hatfield is Canada's most experienced offshore solo yachtsman with a podium finish in 2003 in the VELUX 5 Oceans (formerly called Around Alone), he also competed in the 2008 Vendee Globe and has over 90,000 miles of offshore experience. Derek, from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, a former Canadian Mounted Policeman, he has plastered the hull of his Eco 60 yacht Spirit of Canada, with the names of every single person who helped him in his campaign. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht, Activhouse, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Derek Hatfield is Canada's most experienced offshore solo yachtsman with a podium finish in 2003 in the VELUX 5 Oceans (formerly called Around Alone), he also competed in the 2008 Vendee Globe and has over 90,000 miles of offshore experience. Derek, from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, a former Canadian Mounted Policeman, he has plastered the hull of his Eco 60 yacht Spirit of Canada, with the names of every single person who helped him in his campaign. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski onboard his yacht, Operon Racing, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Zbigniew Gutkowski is one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing. Known as 'Gutek' and from Gdansk, he has experience sailing in a wide range of mono and multihulls and has clocked up ore than 100,000 miles in his bid to become the first Polish sailor ever to race solo around the world. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski onboard his yacht, Operon Racing, as he departs on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Zbigniew Gutkowski is one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing. Known as 'Gutek' and from Gdansk, he has experience sailing in a wide range of mono and multihulls and has clocked up ore than 100,000 miles in his bid to become the first Polish sailor ever to race solo around the world. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski onboard his yacht, Operon Racing, as he departs on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Zbigniew Gutkowski is one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing. Known as 'Gutek' and from Gdansk, he has experience sailing in a wide range of mono and multihulls and has clocked up ore than 100,000 miles in his bid to become the first Polish sailor ever to race solo around the world. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Brad Van Liew onboard his yacht, Le Pingouin, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Brad Van Liew is a self proclaimed adrenaline junkie with a vast array of extreme sports behind him. A lifelong sailor, Brad had set his heart competing in the BOC Challenge, which would in 2005 be renamed the VELUX 5 OCEANS and in 1998 his dream was realised when he competed in the Around Alone finishing third in class two. Brad lives in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and his new yacht Le Pingouin, which he bought in France last year, has a rich racing pedigree. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht, Activhouse, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Derek Hatfield is Canada's most experienced offshore solo yachtsman with a podium finish in 2003 in the VELUX 5 Oceans (formerly called Around Alone), he also competed in the 2008 Vendee Globe and has over 90,000 miles of offshore experience. Derek, from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, a former Canadian Mounted Policeman, he has plastered the hull of his Eco 60 yacht Spirit of Canada, with the names of every single person who helped him in his campaign. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Christophe Bullens on his yacht, Five Oceans of Smiles, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Christophe Bullens a former Belgian national sailing champion and tank commander in the Belgian army, now runs a yacht charter business. A force to be reckoned with in the world of sailing his boat Oceans of Smiles has an international racing pedigree and he is looking to raise awareness of a children's charity, after which his boat was named, for children who are HIV positive. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Chris Stanmore-Major onboard his yacht, Spartan, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Chris Stanmore-Major has only just got back from sailing round the world as a skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race as as skipper of Qingdao, the Chinese entry and already he is straight into his next adventure - the VELUX 5 OCEANS. Chris, originally from Paignton, now lives on the Isle of Wight, spent many years working in the far east and has got his hands on one of the most proven Eco 60 yachts there is, Sir Robin Knox Johnston's Grey Power. The yacht saw Sir Robin to fourth place in the last edition of the race, and has previously won the race as Fila raced by Giovanni Soldini and is now called Spartan. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, DesonEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Chris Stanmore-Major onboard his yacht, Spartan, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Chris Stanmore-Major has only just got back from sailing round the world as a skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race as as skipper of Qingdao, the Chinese entry and already he is straight into his next adventure - the VELUX 5 OCEANS. Chris, originally from Paignton, now lives on the Isle of Wight, spent many years working in the far east and has got his hands on one of the most proven Eco 60 yachts there is, Sir Robin Knox Johnston's Grey Power. The yacht saw Sir Robin to fourth place in the last edition of the race, and has previously won the race as Fila raced by Giovanni Soldini and is now called Spartan. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, DesonEdition
20101017 Copyright onEdition 2010© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski onboard his yacht, Operon Racing, on the first of 5 Ocean Sprints in the VELUX 5 OCEANS around the world race. Zbigniew Gutkowski is one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing. Known as 'Gutek' and from Gdansk, he has experience sailing in a wide range of mono and multihulls and has clocked up ore than 100,000 miles in his bid to become the first Polish sailor ever to race solo around the world. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For photographic enquiries contact onEdition on +44 (0)845 900 2 900 or info@onEdition.com This image is copyright the photographer 2010©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEditiononEdition