Port Credit Yacht Club

Port Credit Yacht Club

June 16, 2008 16:28 ET

Port Credit Yacht Club to Host Fundraiser and Farewell Dinner for Derek Hatfield

PORT CREDIT, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - On June 20th at 5:30pm Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) is hosting a fundraiser and farewell dinner for Derek Hatfield at the clubs facilities located at 115 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga, Ontario - Derek is Canada's sole representative in the 2008 Vendee Globe - a solo, non-stop, unassisted, around-the-world yacht race. www.vendeeglobe.org.

In 2003, Derek and his 40ft race boat, Spirit of Canada, placed first in fleet, third in class, in the "Around Alone" world race. He and his newly built 60ft Spirit of Canada are now qualified to race in Class I against the top solo sailors world wide.

Derek is the only competitor that does not have major corporate sponsorship. Fellow competitors are corporately sponsored, which means they have multi-million dollar budgets. Yacht racing is not a high profile sport in Canada and, while numerous donations have been made, these do not come close to covering costs.

To ensure that Derek can compete on an even playing field and represent Canada to the best of his abilities, PCYC hopes to raise $50,000 by donating all event proceeds. 700+ people plus local dignitaries will attend to pledge their support.

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