Derek Hatfield will start the VELUX 5 OCEANS with title sponsorship signed for his campaign. The 57-year-old solo sailor will be sponsored by Active House, a global alliance of companies, research institutions and other organisations promoting sustainable buildings. The sponsorship sits well with title sponsorship of the race, Velux.
Derek purchased Rich Wilson’s proven Eco 60 Great American III in March and has since notched up more than 10,000 miles at sea in preparation for the gruelling solo race around the world. Derek’s Eco 60 Spirit of Canada will now be renamed Active House and will display the Active House Alliance’s livery on the yacht’s hulls, decks and sails.
“I couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with Active House for the VELUX 5 OCEANS. The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges team has worked hard for a long time with many partners and supporters to see our VELUX 5 OCEANS project realised. Active House has a wonderful approach to sustainability and looking after the planet, something that is very close to my heart and that will play a key role in my VELUX 5 OCEANS campaign. I have a very special affinity with the race, having competed in it before winning class three. With Active House as title sponsor our dreams of taking part in my second VELUX 5 OCEANS are well and truly alive.”
Mikkel Skott Olsen, from Active House, said:
“Active House is proud to be sponsoring Derek Hatfield in the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010. The Active House Alliance was just launched this summer, and the sponsorship offers a platform to raise awareness about Active House and attract more international members to the alliance. The opportunity was a particularly attractive proposition, not only to create global awareness over nine months, but because the race and its key stakeholders share common values with Active House. This synergy of ideas, combined with the Eco 60 class and Derek’s commitment to circumnavigate the world without using fossil fuels, supports our vision. Derek is a fantastic skipper and we wish him all the best in this incredible endeavour.”
The vision of Active House is a view shared by the VELUX 5 OCEANS race in line with its TAKING ON THE ELEMENTS initiative. TAKING ON THE ELEMENTS is the race’s commitment to promoting sustainable development. It is also key message of Derek’s campaign, and in order to reduce his impact on the planet he will be using solar, wind and hydro power instead of fossil fuels during the VELUX 5 OCEANS.
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