It is the longest race on Earth for an individual in any sport. The course spans 27,000 miles of the world's roughest and most remote oceans. It is a grueling single handed sailing race where competitors are both the captain and crew, and the finish line is literally a world away. This extraordinary event is held once every four years. The race starting in 2002 marks the sixth running and the second under its new name, Around Alone. Since its inception in 1982 the event has been known as The BOC Challenge -- carrying the name of its founding sponsor, the British company BOC.

Here, we present the story of Spirit of Canada -- which is also the story of a dedicated group of supporters led by a determined Canadian sailor. Follow this team as the boat is built, tested in sea trials and put through her paces in solo offshore races. Then join us as we follow our skipper on his race Around Alone!

2003 12 24: Skipper's Update
2003 12 05: Derek Hatfield Receives Awards
2003 09 30: Skipper's Update
2003 07 23: Skipper's Update
2003 06 20: Derek's Itinerary
2003 06 10: Skipper's Update
2003 05 30: Skipper's Update
2003 05 29: Skipper's Update
2003 05 28: Skipper's Update
2003 05 27: Press Release
2003 05 27: Derek's Arrival Imminent
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