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ALPHAGRAPHICS - AlphaGrapics is the world's leading print franchise company, with more than 325 stores in 20 countries. Offering quick-print and digital publishing services to businesses around the globe, the AlphaGraphics network of print franchise stores has an international reputation for quality and innovation. They have provided logistical support for Derek while in each of the ports.

ANGUS YACHTS OF TORONTO Lending sails, showing continual support in many ways. Website

ANDERSEN WINCHES - (Denmark) Has provided the self tailing winch package for the boat. [website]

ANDREWS TRUCKING LTD Transporting Spirit of Canada both to and from the Toronto International Boat Show.

ATN INC. A spinnaker sleeve to raise and douse the chute and a top climber. This is a unique bosuns seat enabling the sailor to get up the mast alone – safely.

BAY STATE CRUCIBLE - (Taunton, Mass) The maker of crucibles; the owner, Brad Tripp, a friend of Derek's, has provided financial and engineering assistance to the campaign.

BEAR ISLAND BOATWORKS - (Mactaquac, New Brunswick) The boatshop where it all began. Bear Island Boatworks was originally set up by Derek and his father; Arthur, specifically to build the Open 40. Situated on the homestead property in Mactaquac, New Brunswick, along the beautiful St. John River, the shop became a focal point of the supporters and boat building crew for two years as the hull and deck structure was completed. The boatbuilding crew consisted of: Arthur Hatfield, Derek Hatfield, Hal Hatfield, Eugene McLellan, Keith Robinson, Mike Cashin, Mike Fenety, Bob Stuart. The Toronto builders included: Derek Hatfield, Keith Robinson and Adrian Truis.

BRUNSWICK TECHNOLOGIES, Inc - (Brunswick, ME) A manufacturer of fiberglass knitted reinforcements to the composite industry, BTI supplied all the carbon, kevlar and e-glass knitted multidirectional fabrics for the boat's hull, deck, bulkheads, rudders and interior.

CABINETECH INC - (Fredericton, New Brunswick) A cabinet and commercial furniture manufacturer, constructed the complete navigation station and galley area for the boat. The owner, Mike Cashin, is an avid sailor and has provided many personal man hours on the boat construction.

CANADIAN GENERAL-TOWER LIMITED - Canadian General-Tower is the leading supplier in North America of flexible polymer cover stocks, including vinyl, for a variety of served industries including the automotive interior industry, the swimming pool industry, and a number of other markets including book binding, roofing, and environmental containment.

CAPITAL CRANE RENTAL LTD - (Fredericton, New Brunswick) Provided the crane for the delicate turning of the hull and then subsequently loading the boat onto the truck for moving to Ontario.

C-MAP - C-map has sponsored Derek with the electronic port charts to use as an overlay with his Raymarine Chartplotter.

CMC ELECTRONICS - (Montreal, Canada) Formerly BAE Systems, CMC has provided the electronics package for Spirit of Canada, including Raytheon instruments and SSB.

COMPOSITE ENGINEERING - (Concord Mass.) Provided financial assistance in the construction of the carbon mast and boom. Composite has been involved in a number of singlehanded projects and has been very successful in producing a mast and boom that is the lightest and strongest available today.


COSIGN - (Toronto, Ontario) Graphics design.


DATA PRINT GRAPHICS The printing company that, courtesy of George Minarik, continues to fill Spirit of Canada’s printing needs.



DIGITAL OCEAN Supplied digital charts for Eastern Canada for the Route St. Pierre and ocean qualifier race.

DRESSER DESIGNS - (Hingham, Mass) Bob Dresser was the principal naval architect, responsible for the overall design of the boat in conjunction with Derek and after many hours of discussion regarding the race and the conditions that will be encountered.


EARTH RANGERS - Founded by the Schad Foundation, Earth Rangers is a charitable organization with a mission to "inspire within children a life-long passion to improve the environment". Earth Rangers recently started construction of a $20 million wildlife rehabilitation, education, and research centre in Woodbridge, Ontario. This facility incorporates a world class veterinarian hospital, Canada's only oil spill response unit dedicated to wildlife, and interactive educational displays. Incorporating leading edge environmental technologies, the Centre will be the most energy efficient building of its kind. Opening in September 2003, it will be a showplace, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. Serving as the new home for Earth Rangers, the Centre will also be the base of operations for an exciting outreach programs focused on:

  • In-school environmental education;
  • Hands-on conservation and restoration projects; and
  • Sponsorship for disadvantaged children to visit outdoor centres and attend summer camps.

EAST BY NORTH, INC. - (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Computer systems integration support for the Thrane & Thrane Inmarsat-M TT-3064A Capsat Maritime Telephone and Inmarsat TT-3026LM Mini-C satellite services with computer and email (easyMail) links.

ESPAR HEATER SYSTEMS - (Mississauga, Ontario) Provided Derek with the onboard heater that keeps him warm and dry below decks in the Southern Ocean.

EXCO EXTRUSION DIES - (Markham, Ontario) Completed the complex CNC milling of the all steel keel fin for the boat's canting keel system. Gabe Piccinin, President, and his family have been long time sailing friends of Derek.

FOUR SEASONS AVIATION LTD. Providing aerial support to the film industry, charter services, cargo transportation, aerial construction, survey and surveillance. Gracious provided a helicopter for a photo shoot.


FUGAWI - GPS navigation software.

FUSION INTERACTIVE An internet professional services company – supplying marketing advice, direction and support.

GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS Provides a variety of managed data and electronic commerce services to multinational and large domestic enterprises throughout Southern Africa. Gateway has helped financially with some of the communication costs.

GENCO MARINE - (Toronto, Ontario) Provided financial assistance and was responsible for the sourcing of many of the marine products that went into the completed boat structure. Special thanks to Graham Taylor and Nick Genco.


GILL - Gill extended offshore and ocean use multi-layer, water proof clothing.

HELIOS GRAPHICS web, marketing and graphic artists. Have designed and supplied many of the campaign’s graphics.


INFOCOMM Founded in 1989, is a Toronto-based independent systems integration firm. The company provides clients with advice regarding the application of technology to existing business processes and specific business challenges. InfoComm does not sell hardware or software; rather it acts as an outsourced adviser to organizations.

INLAND LIFERAFTS & MARINE LTD. - (Toronto, Ontario) Suppliers of ZODIAC life rafts.

INTERSPRAY SYSTEMS (Interlux) - (International Paints Canada) Supplied the exterior coating system for the boat. The boat is painted with the Interspray 800 system.

J.D.Edwards - a Business Enterprise Software Provider have donated the laptops (including backups) to be used to integrate communications and navigation on the Spirit of Canada. These vital tools run the systems that provide the means to interpret the weather, allow Derek to send/receive emails on the boat as well as run the navigational software.

KENWOOD COMMUNICATIONS - kindly supplied their Kenwood TS-50S which operates in the 160M TO 10M Amateur bands with 500kHz to 30MHz general coverage reception. The TS-50S transceiver has dual VFOÕs, supports LSB, USB, CW AM and FM with adjustable output levels of 10, 50 or 100 watts. Menu programming, 100 user memories, AIP, RIT, IF shift, AGC and TF-set round out the features. When hooked up to a computer, the TS-50S can send and receive radio-telex messages. Kenwood produces high quality consumer electronics, test and communication equipment. Kenwood has long been known as the pacesetter in Amateur radio, providing innovative product designs and concepts. Read More ...

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL - Magna International Inc. is a leading global supplier of technologically-advanced automotive systems, components and complete modules.

MIXED MEDIA - (Toronto, Ontario) Designed the "Spirit of Canada" logo. [website]

MUSTANG SURVIVAL - Survival gear.

MYBEC LTD - (Mactaquac, New Brunswick) A construction company, contractor and the builder of fine homes, Mybec Ltd. is owned by Tammy and Eugene McLellan, Derek's sister and brother-in-law. Mybec Ltd. built the Bear Island Boatworks shop where the boat was constructed.

NETWORK INNOVATIONS - (Toronto, Ontario) Will provide the satellite communications systems that will allow Derek to communicate with the world as he races around alone.

OMBRELLE - (Montreal, Canada) Has provided financial assistance and marketing opportunities. Ombrelle is the trade name for a highly successful sunscreen which will be used exclusively by Derek to provide protection from the sun as he races around the world.

PDQ YACHTS - (Whitby, Ontario) PDQ Yachts manufactures the very successful line of PDQ catamarans. Simon Slater, President, is a long time sailing friend of Derek's and has provided technical assistance along with vacuum bagging materials for the construction of the boat.

PINDAR - Pinder is a total 'solutions provider' for publishing and print, from Ink to Internet, across the world.

PORT CREDIT YACHT CLUB - (Port Credit, Ontario) The Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) is the birth place of singlehanded sailing on Lake Ontario. The Club has sponsored the Spirit of Canada with a senior membership and a docking slip until the boat was sailed to the Atlantic Ocean for the start of the Around Alone 2002.

PRISMA Composite preforms (Compsys, Inc) - (Melbourne, Florida) Provided the prefabricated longitudinal fiberglass beams for the hull and deck structure.

PROFURL (France) - Has provided two complete furling systems for the boat. Profurl has long been recognized as the furler of choice for singlehanded around the world racing.

QUANTUM SAILS - (Toronto, Ontario) Provided design and manufacturing of the boat's full inventory of sails. Principal sail designer Brian Chapman and owner Greg Bratkiw are long time sailing friends of Derek's and have been involved in all his sailing projects.

RAYMARINE - "Raymarine on board" using the Raytech route plotting software.

THE ROYAL NOVA SCOTIA YACHT SQUADRON - the oldest yacht club in North America with a rich sailing tradition. Considered one of the premier facilities on the east coast of Canada it has always welcomed visiting yachtsmen from around the world. Spirit of Canada was no exception, the RNSYS showed their support for the project by sponsoring Derek with dockage during his month long preparations for his single-handed qualifier and the First Annual Route Halifax-St. Pierre Race. The Club continued to show their enthusiasm for Derek's endeavours by sponsoring him with an Out of Port Membership while Spirit of Canada races around the world. Derek looks forward to sailing the Spirit of Canada back to the RNSYS next summer.

R S COUGHLAN TRUCKING - (Fredericton, New Brunswick) Provided the flatbed trailer and tractor to haul the hull and deck structure to Ontario from Bear Island Boatworks.


SAIL NEWPORT - (Newport, RI) Berth and shore support in preparation for the prologue race.

SEAFLIGHT HYDROFOILS Providing a hydrofoil for a fundraising venue.

SEAROOM COMMUNICATIONS - (Toronto, Ontario) Tony Cook, President, has provided the website design for this excellent site and will continue to support the website throughout the project.

SEIMAC LIMITED - (Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chelton Avionics Inc., which in turn is owned by Cobham plc. Seimac has been serving clients around the world for over 25 years and has provided two Pro-Find 406 Epirbs for the campaign.

SECOND SKIN - Second Skin are the official providers of Spirit of Canada Around Alone Challenge Gear such as hats, vests and jackets.

THE HARLEY GROUP - (Newcastle, Ontario) Ann Harley, President of the Harley Group has been a tireless supporter and marketing campaigner. She has provided financial support and effort towards the never ending drive for corporate sponsorship.

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – displaying once again their support of the Marine Industry in its many forms.

TRANSAT MARINE - (Barrie, Ontario) Has provided technical support and is responsible for the provision of all deck hardware, including Spinlock rope handling equipment and Frederiksen hardware. Is also the provider of all the stainless stanchions and pulpits used on the deck.

TRAVELEX WORLDWIDE MONEY - In March 2001 The Travelex Group acquired Thomas Cook Global & Financial Services. Now, under the name Travelex, the Group has offices in 31 countries and corporate relationships in 97 countries spanning the globe, serving over 29,000,000 customers each year. They assist Derek with his currency conversions.

UNI-SOLAR Thin-film photovoltaics solar panels by BEKAERT ECD SOLAR SYSTEMS LLC.

VANTAGE POINT LTD - (Toronto, Ontario) John Wiebe, President of Vantage Point has provided financial support and also provided shop space at his Scarborough facility. The deck coachroof, daggerboards, rudders and numerous other pieces have been constructed at this shop. Vantage Point Ltd. is the Canadian distributor of Vantage Point TV stands and mounts.

VETROTEX CERTAINTEED - (Wichita Falls, TX) The U.S. subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest makers of fiberglass, Vetrotex CertainTeed specializes in e-glass reinforcements for the composite industry. The company supplied all raw materials to BTI for the building of the boat.

WIGGERS CUSTOM YACHTS - (Bowmanville, Ontario) Provided technical assistance during boat construction. Was responsible for the painting of the hull and deck using the Interspray 800 System from Interlux. Assisted with the construction of the canting keel system and the rudders. Provided travelift services from the shop to water.