Derek Hatfield began sailing as a youth growing up in New Brunswick and has accrued more than 50,000 nautical miles of sailing and yacht racing experience, a substantial amount by any standard. He has competed in countless national and international regattas on sailboats of all sizes, honing his skills in both crewed and short-handed events.

A few of Derek's single-handed accomplishments include:
  • 2nd place 1999 Bermuda One-Two;
  • 2nd place 1997 Bermuda One-Two;
  • 1st place and Overall Winner of the 1996 Legend Cup Transatlantic Race;
  • 7th place in the 1996 Europe One Single-handed Transatlantic Race.
The 1996 event was a grueling 28-day, 4000-mile slog across the North Atlantic, considered among the most treacherous waters in the world. Rigging failure prevented Derek from a higher ranking but his perseverance allowed him to complete the course).

Other accomplishments include:
  • 3rd place finish in Class 2 for the combined legs of the 1995 Bermuda One-Two;
  • 1st place in the Lake Ontario 300 Double-handed Race and ,
  • 1st place in the 1994 Labatt's Single-handed Race Series.
Derek became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1971 and divided his time between yacht racing and a demanding responsible career. He rose to the rank of Corporal in just eight years and specialized in complex fraud investigations.

In 1986 he joined the Toronto Stock Exchange as the Manager of the Compliance Department, responsible for the managing of a professional team of auditors doing reviews of the Exchange membership. He is currently employed by National Bank Financial and is responsible for all regulatory requirements for the firm.