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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew takes the title

'A triumphant Brad Van Liew wins the VELUX 5 OCEANS, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France.'    Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans    Click Here to view large photo

Velux 5 Oceans 2010-2011 title has gone to Brad Van Liew, the American skipper who has now sailed into the record books, winning every leg of the challenge for the second time.

The 43-year-old American skipper has now become the sole sailor in the 29-year history of the race to clean sweep two races. With the first sweep being in the 2002-03 race, he is now the first American to race solo around the world three times.

By completing his historic third circumnavigation Brad has surpassed the previous record set by his mentor Mike Plant. Having taken part in the 1986 edition of the race, then known as the BOC Challenge, and then the inaugural Vendee Globe in 1989, Plant was lost at sea en route to his third round the world race in 1992.

'Until now Mike Plant was the definitive American solo sailor,' Brad said. 'A good friend of mine who also knew Mike asked me what it feels like to have achieved what he was trying to achieve when he died. Well, it’s a big deal to me.

'This win won’t mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people but it means one hell of a lot to me and a few others. It is something that I have done and can take to the grave that no-one can deny me it. That’s why people climb mountains, sail solo round the world or even go to the moon. It’s one of those kind of moments.'

As the sun set over the French port of La Rochelle, the place where eight months ago the epic race began, a lone mast appeared over the horizon. Soon the unmistakable yellow and black of Brad’s Eco 60 Le Pingouin came into view blasting along under full main and foresail, a fresh 15-knot breeze from the north propelling the pair towards the finish line and to victory.

A triumphant Brad Van Liew is embraced by his shore team, as he wins the Velux 5 Oceans, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France. -  onEdition ©?nid=84035   Click Here to view large photo

A small fleet of spectator boats were waiting on the finish line as Brad cruised Le Pingouin to victory at 2053 local time (1853UTC). Among the well-wishers were his wife Meaghan and his mother Marcia, as well as French solo sailing legend Catherine Chabaud, the first owner of Le Pingouin.

Formerly known as Whirlpool, Tiscali and Pro Form, Brad renamed the boat Le Pingouin in homage to the name Chabaud registered her as when she was built in 1998. It is the second time the yacht has successfully made it round the world.

As soon as the Velux 5 Oceans started in October last year Brad, a three times competitor in this event, stamped his dominance on the race, leading the fleet into the Atlantic on an adventure that would see him take victory in each of the five legs. Despite his experience it was no easy feat, with his race rivals pushing Brad to the edge of his limits.

'It’s just been a really fantastic event,' Brad added. 'You’ve got to live life large and for me this event is who I am. It feels amazing to have won this race, and even better that it’s my second one. To sweep it twice is kind of unheard of, so I’m pretty happy! I’ve met every objective I set myself and then some.'

In the final sprint Brad sailed 3,809 miles from his hometown of Charleston in South Carolina to La Rochelle in 12 days, 23 hours and 52 minutes at an average speed of 12.21 knots. Over the entire race Brad sailed 31,924 miles.

A battle for second place in sprint five is now raging, with British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major currently leading Polish rival Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski into La Rochelle by less than 35 miles with around 50 miles left to sail. The next skipper is expected to cross the finish line at around 0600 local time (0400 UTC).

A triumphant Brad Van Liew wins the Velux 5 Oceans, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France. -  Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans   Click Here to view large photo

A triumphant Brad Van Liew wins the Velulx 5 Oceans, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France. -  Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans   Click Here to view large photo

A triumphant Brad Van Liew wins the VELUX 5 OCEANS, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France. -  onEdition ©?nid=84035   Click Here to view large photo

A triumphant Brad Van Liew wins the Velux 5 Oceans, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France. -  Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans   Click Here to view large photo

A triumphant Brad Van Liew wins the VELUX 5 OCEANS, having won 5 out of 5 legs, as he crossed the finish line in this evening in La Rochelle, France. -  onEdition ©?nid=84035  


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