The Velux 5 Oceans Race is a single-handed race around the world. It is composed of 5 sprints with time off between races to repair the boat and the body as well as take on provisions. A Charleston sailor Brad Van Liew is representing the USA. There are three other boats from Canada, Great Britain, and Poland. The legs are New Rochelle, France 7500nm to Cape Town, S. Africa; 7000nm to Wellington, New Zealand; 4000nm to Salvador, Brazil: 4000 nm to Charleston, SC; 3600nm back to New Rochelle, France. Brad Van Liew has won the first four legs of the race completing the 4000nm leg to Charleston today in 23 days, 12 hours, and 36 minutes. He finished 112nm ahead of the boat from Great Britain. The race started on October 17 and the final leg will start on May 15.
Today, April 19, I went down to see him come in to the marina where he will be staying. The actual finish line was out beyond the breakwaters to the harbor (a two hour sail after finishing- Charleston has a big harbor). I shook his hand and congratulated him plus took a bunch of pictures. He was very accommodating and congenial. Racing seems to be his only job, he is 43, married with two young children. Others in the crowd who know the couple intimately refer to his wife as the chairman of the board as she makes all the arrangements. I thought you might be interested. Pictures attached. Tom Stoner
Editor’s Note: The whole story about this race series can be seen at http://www.velux5oceans.com/. This site contains photos, stories, videos, and more. The story is also carried on page 18 of the May 2011 issue of Sail Magazine.