One of the best things about working at Q is the amazing people we encounter almost every day. From Olympians to ultra-running Moms, we're thrilled to meet and work with people who follow their passions and take on amazing challenges. With that in mind, we're particularly pleased to announce our new partnership with the Canadian Ocean Racing campaign. Canadian Ocean Racing is led by Skipper Eric Holden - the 2014 Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year - and Morgen Watson who was the recipient of the 2014 Gerry Roufs Trophy.
We dropped in on Eric, Morgen and their crew mates Meg, Sandy and Tristan to learn a little bit more about the program and to check out their awesome boat, O Canada, an IMOCA open 60.
Canadian Ocean Racing is dedicated to advancing offshore sailing for Canada and we're stoked to be able to support them. O Canada is preparing to leave Vancouver for a passage through the Panama Canal and to Halifax, Nova Scotia. From Halifax they will head to Toronto in time for Canada Day and the Pan Am games. We've provided Q Energy to keep the crew on top of their game every day as they make their journey.
Ultimately, the goal for Canadian Ocean Racing is for Eric to sail O Canada in the 2016 Vendee Globe single handed round the world race. Sailing single handed around the world in the Vendee Globe is one of the most epic and challenging endeavors any human being can undertake. To give you an idea of how unbelievable and difficult this is, I recommend reading "Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters" by Derek Lundy. It is a stunning, captivating and incredible book.
I believe it was the Water Rat from the Wind in the Willows who said, "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely no thing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." And while I agree with sentiment entirely, the team on O Canada is certainly not messing about. Here at Q, we're happy to support them - all the way around the world - and we wish them fair winds and following seas.