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13 November 2008

Halifax Sailor to Row around the World

Professional sailor and navigator Sergei Morozov, is planning an ambitious adventure to circumnavigate the world solo in a rowing boat so he can raise funds to aid children affected by war. Once he secures sponsorship, he hopes to launch from Halifax late next summer, rowing the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Originally from Russia, Morozovm, 44, sailed from England to Halifax five years ago with his daughter Aleksandra and currently runs a shipping crew agency. Contact Morozov at []

Derek Hatfield returns for repairs in Round the World Race

Derek Hatfield, 56, in "Algimouss Spirit of Canada" began The Vendee Globe race November 9 with 30 other boats. He reported electrical problems after a gale and returned to Les Sables d'Olonne, France for repairs. Race rules allow 10 days to restart. Algimouss came on board as sponsor but Hatfield is still short of funds. Hatfield is the first and only Canadian to attempt this single-handed yacht race, non-stop eastward around the world via the southern oceans (23,680 n.mi.), starting in France. Only 126 sailors have ever circumnavigated alone.
Nov. 15: Derek has restarted 6 days late, currently doing 10 kts with the lead boats 1,000 n.mi. ahead.
Nov. 25: Second last out of 26 boats still in the race, approaching the equator by Africa, 1,487 n.mi. behind leader.
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