Van Liew wins first legNov 16, 2010
Brad Van Liew wins the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race.
American ocean racer Brad Van Liew sailed into Cape Town on Sunday to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans Race. The 42-year-old from Charleston, S.C., blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC).
The Velux 5 Oceans is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every four years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 mile route is La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, South Carolina before finishing in La Rochelle.