Sent! USA sailor dominates Velux - news from Rhum,Louis Vuitton & more
After racing for 8,003 miles and 28 days, 1 hour and 41 minutes, Brad Van Liew crossed the finishing line of Leg One of the Velux 5 Oceans Race in first place, earning a bullet and a massive confidence boost. Not only did Van Liew win this 'ocean sprint', but he also controlled the lead virtually the entire time, with only Polish skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski posing any real threat.
'It feels great to be in Cape Town,' said Van Liew upon his arrival. 'Four weeks door to door is pretty good, as good as I could have hoped for. I had a real incentive—Gutek pushed me pretty hard. The weather forced my hand a few times, too. I wasn't sure when I left France exactly what my motivations were for doing this race but now I know—I'm having fun.'
Apparently so, as the 42-year-old skipper is certainly proving to be the guy to beat in this long-standing ocean race, which covers some 30,000 miles over the course of five 'ocean sprints'. The next 'sprint' starts on December 12, so stay tuned for more on this small-but-interesting event.
Meanwhile, in the ultra-famous Route Du Rhum, Roland Jourdain, aboard Veolia Environnement, crossed the finishing line in first place in the monohull division at 06 hours 12 minutes 56 seconds on Sunday, after sailing for 13 days, 17 hours, 10 minutes and 56 seconds. In total, Jourdain sailed 3957 miles, averaging 12.02 knots.
Even more impressive is the fact that Jourdain is now the first skipper in the race's 32-year history to have won the monohull division twice in consecutive editions. 'It is beautiful, it's amazing and I'm really happy,' said Jourdain. 'My best memory is a sum of things. At the end what stays is when you're in phase with the elements. I don't get this feeling all the time but on this race I reached this state when you understand how the small air molecules and the small water molecules work and that's what made me win.' Armel Le Cléac'h, aboard his IMOCA 60 Brit Air, crossed the finish line 7 hours, 55 minutes and 11 seconds behind Jourdain to claim second-place in the monohull class.
Also on tap this week is the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, which is being raced in 2007-era America's Cup Class monohulls. This event is the last of the Louis Vuitton trophies, as action for the 34th America's Cup will begin in 2011 in the new 45-foot wingsail-powered catamarans. Still, for match-racing fans, the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai offers the best action in town. Be sure to read about the weekend's collision between the Mascalzone Latino Audi Team and Team New Zealand.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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